Constellations are combinations of courses grounded in the humanities.
Deeply engage with vital questions & themes critical to your academic goals while fulfilling general education requirements!
Launching in spring 2019, Constellations is a new initiative designed to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to all majors and career trajectories. Constellations are open to all UW-Madison undergraduates but are designed with STEM students looking for highly complementary humanities credits in mind. Each Constellation equips students with innovative humanities-based methods and tools to solve pressing contemporary questions, bring coherence to their undergraduate experience, and prepare them for the challenges of a complex world.
What is a Constellation?
Celestial constellations don’t actually exist in space, they are human concepts that map meaning and patterns onto the visible stars in our sky. In that spirit, the Constellations program creates groupings of courses that give shape to an idea that would not otherwise be discernible within traditional disciplinary boundaries.
A Constellation is composed of highly-complementary courses taken concurrently: one core humanities course taught by our award-winning faculty, plus connected classes. Our curriculum—inside and outside of the classroom—highlights connections across the three courses, allowing students to take a deep dive into a particular topic area while fulfilling requirements in meaningful ways.