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Students explore screen printing in a summer art class

Arts and Humanities

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 2019. 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.

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.

*Some or all sections of this course are online.

Summer students in theatre class


  • Art 100: Introduction to Art*
  • Art History 202: History of Western Art II: From Renaissance to Contemporary*
  • Landscape Architecture 250: Survey of Landscape Architecture Design*
  • Theatre 431 History of Theatres and Staging*
Summer students in comm arts class


  • Communication Arts 300: Film Comedy
  • History 227: Black Men and Women in U.S. Sports: 1890-1980*
  • Journalism 176: Introduction to Sports Communication*
  • Life Sciences Communication 350: Visualizing Science and Technology
  • Music 151: Basic Concepts of Music Theory*
Student in literature class


  • Classics 370: Classical Mythology
  • Comparative Literature 203: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Literary Forms
  • Literature in Translation 360: French and Italian Renaissance Literature Online*
  • Spanish 224: Introduction to Hispanic Literatures*
Ethnic studies class working outside on Bascom Hill

Ethnic Studies

  • Afro-American Studies 156: Black Music and American Cultural History
  • American Indian Studies 450: American Indian Art – A Closer Look
  • Dance 121: Asian American Movement
  • Library & Information Studies 202: Informational Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society*
  • Sociology 200: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies*

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