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Arts and Humanities

Subjects like history, literature, philosophy, and music foster critical thinking and provide valuable context no matter what major you choose. That’s why UW-Madison and many other colleges require undergrads to take courses in humanities and the arts.

Make progress toward your degree this summer by meeting requirements such as language, literature, and ethnic studies, and become a well-rounded learner in the process. Contact your advisor to see which courses might help you graduate faster or lighten your load in a future semester.

Below is just a sample of some of the arts and humanities courses offered in 2017. The examples feature a combination of courses that are offered on-campus or online. Example courses are grouped by theme or UW-Madison degree requirements they fulfill.


  • Art 100:  Introduction to Art
  • Art 208: Current Directions in Art
  • Art History 364:  History of American Art: Arts, Material Culture, and Constructions of Identity, 1607-Present


  • Classics 322:  The Romans (fulfills Comm B requirement)
  • Dance 200:  Writing the Moving Body (fulfills Comm B requirement)
  • Philosophy 341:  Contemporary Moral Issues (fulfills Comm B requirement)
  • Theatre and Drama 619:  Hamilton:  A Cultural Revolution


  • East Asian Languages and Literature 371:  (En)gendering Modern China:  Women, Literature, Ci
  • English 142:  Mystery and Crime Fiction
  • Religious Studies 333:  Early Christian Literature:  Matthew-Revelation

Courses Fulfilling Ethnic Studies Requirement

  • Dance:  121:  Asian American Movement
  • History 403:  Immigration and Assimilation in American History
  • Music 319:  American Ethnicities and Popular Song


  • French 102:  Second Semester French
  • German 267:  Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience
  • Spanish 204:  Fourth Semester Spanish


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Joining us on-campus this summer?

Madison combines the tranquility of a mid-sized city with the cultural opportunities of a major metropolitan center.  Below are of just some of the museums and other cultural centers near UW-Madison that you can enjoy this summer.



Available for qualified students




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