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Welcome to ILS

The Integrated Liberal Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the basic subjects in the liberal arts curriculum. Its faculty members – all excellent teachers and scholars – are drawn from many programs and departments at the UW-Madison. This diversity enables the ILS Program to offer the different subject areas needed to satisfy the breadth requirement and for a sound liberal education.

ILS is a coherent program for students and offers an alternative to scattered electives. The ILS Program offers courses in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Students will find at least 12 credits of ILS courses in each of the required areas and so can complete their breadth requirements entirely with the ILS program.

ILS Syndicates

An ILS Syndicate is a group of affiliated classes across varying fields and departments that centralize around one theme. Our brand new 2018-2019 theme is "Philosophy and the bible"- check out the new courses on our page!

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Our History

Read up Meiklejohn's Experimental College and how it became the certificate program it is today

A group of people stand around a milk vending machine in Tripp Hall sipping from containers of milk. The photograph caption indicates that this machine and one in Adams Hall average 300-400 quarts a day. 1955.