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The Humanities Department offers students several different majors and minors in English , Foreign Languages and Philosophy, as well as minors in Film Studies , Latin American Studies , and Creative Writing .

We also work closely with interdisciplinary programs such as Women's and Gender Studies , Ethnic Studies , Gay Studies , and the International Education program, and of course we offer the most-taught course in higher education, Freshman Composition. We want to make sure every student at UW-Platteville has the tools to improve his or her writing. Every year, members of our composition program publish the best examples of freshman writing in Stylus, and that anthology becomes a required textbook for the next year's students.


Our English Program offers majors in English Education , Professional Writing , and Literature. Students can participate in our Visiting Writers Reading Series , our Student Reading Series and Creative Writing Festival, as well as observe and student teach in local schools. Many complete professional writing internships.

We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language ( TESOL ).

Foreign Languages

The Foreign Language Program offers majors in German and Spanish and minors in Spanish , German and French , as well as introductory classes in Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. These programs can include participation in study abroad programs that enable students to travel to places like Spain, Costa Rica, France, Germany, China and Japan while earning college credits.

Elementary language courses also meet the foreign language competency requirement . Students who come in with intermediate level of language proficiency may want to check about receiving retroactive credit for that language ability. Such students are often much closer to earning a minor than they realize! Like the English Education major and TESOL minor, the Spanish and German majors and minors and the French minor can be part of a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approved teaching major or minor for shose who want to teach in secondary schools.


The Philosophy Program also offers a major and a minor. Studying philosophy provides students with an excellent foundation for graduate studies in law, theology, teaching, business and more.

Most of our sophomore-level and above courses in English, Spanish, German, French and Philosophy also meet the General Education Humanities Requirement , and others also meet general education requirements in Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, or International Education.

Chatter Box

Welcome to Chatter Box! Chatter Box is a Q & A column to get to know the students and faculty within each branch of the Humanities department. If you have any burning questions that you’d like to ask your fellow students or faculty members, please email flenorye@uwplatt.edu, and you just might get your answer! You can find this column posted on www.uwplatt.edu/humanities and www.facebook.com/UWPlatteville.English

This interview comes from Cuba City native Lexie Gigous, a sophomore Spanish and pre-med double major!

Q: What made you want to enter into a humanities major?
A: As a pre-med student hoping to attend medical school after my time at UWP I hope to provide my future patients with the best possible medical care. To provide each patient with the same quality of care, I understand that at times there will be Spanish-speaking patients. Being sick is scary for everyone, but can you imagine not being able to communicate with your doctor?

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I plan to attend medical school to become either an OBGYN or family practitioner.

Q:  What is something you wish people understood about humanities or your major?
A: I wish more people understood that speaking multiple languages improves every aspect of your life, I have learned more about English than I would have if I wasn’t studying Spanish.

Q: What type of music helps you study/do homework best?
A: I listen to all music, but generally music that is similar to Adele or Mumford & Sons helps me study.

Q: What’s your notetaking style?
A: I write very, very fast so that allows me to take down every little detail, and I have a bunch of shortcut symbols that I either created or picked up on the way.

Q: If you could create any club or team at UWP (and it would be instantly popular) what would you create?
A: Very nerdy, but a Quidditch team!

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