Constellations are humanities classes, amplified!
Our undergraduate classes encourage students to deeply engage with vital questions & themes critical to their academic goals while fulfilling general education requirements.
The Constellations humanities program demonstrates the relevance of the humanities to all majors and career trajectories through our undergraduate classes and high-impact co-curriculum. Our classes are open to all UW-Madison undergrads but are particularly suitable for STEM students looking for highly-complementary humanities credits. Each Constellation focuses on pressing contemporary questions, integrates out-of-the-classroom opportunities, and supports students in the pre-med intensive writing requirement.
What is a Constellation?
A Constellation = Core humanities Course + Co-Curriculum
Each of our Constellations revolves around one core humanities course taught by our award-winning faculty. Constellations courses are highly interdisciplinary and connect to special opportunities including: out-of-the-classroom experiences, workshops, events, and research and funding possibilities for students.
The concept of Constellations is, in part, based on the philosopher Walter Benjamin’s use of the term to describe the relation between ideas and objects: ideas are to objects what constellations are to stars. Constellations don’t actually exist in the heavens, but they allow us to perceive relations among existing stars and to give conceptual shape to the pattern that emerges from these relations.
All Constellations courses can be taken for L&S Honors credit and satisfy the pre-med humanities writing requirement.
“[My Constellations class] taught me important lessons about noticing those around me and being aware of some of the problems the world has, and how you can actively help diminish those issues. Overall, I think it made me a better person…”