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AcademicsExploratory Courses

We are building a culture of leaders who want to make a positive impact in their community, in their career, on the world-  creating a future to be passionate about starts here.

Civil Society & Community Studies

CSCS 125 Community and Social Change
3 credits
Examine contemporary issues that emphasize the role that individuals and communities play in achieving positive social change. Specific themes may shift based on current events, but often include education reform, racial justice, health equity, alternative economies, food systems, and sustainability.

CSCS 300 Nonprofit Sector: Overview and Foundations
3 credits
Provide learners with the concepts and tools to analyze the broad environment in which nonprofits operate and assess the impact of this environment at the community and individual organizational level.

CSCS 254 Community Nonprofit Leadership Symposium
1 credits
Provides detailed examination of careers in Human Ecology and the fields of community and nonprofit leadership. High-level leaders from leading community organizations, nonprofits, community health institutions, family support agencies, NGO’s, and public-sector entities will present as guest speakers and panel members

Consumer Science

CNSR SCI 111 Financial Life Skills for Undergraduates
1 credit | Freshmen and Sophomores only
Get the information and tools you need to manage your money throughout college. Topics include financial values and behavior, credit and student loans, housing, transportation, financial services, and spending and savings plans.

CNSR SCI 321 Financial Life Skills After Graduation
1 credit | Juniors and Seniors only
Graduation approaches and this is your guide to post-college finances. Learn about spending and savings plans, investing, insurance, paychecks, taxes, managing debt, retirement, housing, autos, and more.

CNSR SCI 275 Consumer Finance
3 credits | In-person and online sections
This classroom and online course introduces the concepts and methods used in personal and family financial planning. Topics include investments in real and financial assets, consumer credit issues, and insurance, pension, tax, and estate planning.

CNSR SCI 250 Retail Leadership Symposium 
1 credit
Learn about the exciting and creative world of retailing from industry leaders. High-level experts from leading companies visit the classroom to talk about their careers.

CNSR SCI 251 Financial Leadership Symposium
1 credit
Provides students a detailed examination of careers in the financial services industry. High-level experts from leading companies in the financial services industry participate as guest speakers and panel members.

CNSR SCI 257 Introduction to Retailing
2 credits
How do products get from concept to shelves or online? Find out in a course that covers the business, including the retailing process, evolution and future of the industry, and key drivers and trends.

Design Studies

DS 101 Introduction to Textile Design
3 credits
A survey class that introduces students to the technical and conceptual ways of working in Textile Design.

DS 120 Design Fundamentals I
3 credits
Explore the elements and principles of design and visual environments through lectures as well as hands-on studio time.

DS 252 Design Leadership Symposium
1 credit
What types of design careers are available in the fields of textiles, fashion, apparel design, interior design, industrial design, and architecture? Learn first-hand from design industry experts who visit class as guest speakers and panel members.

DS 270 Design and Fashion Event Practicum
2 credits
Help produce UW–Madison’s annual student fashion show. By planning this all-student event, you’ll learn creative direction, strategic marketing, stage and performance, visual communication, event organization, audience engagement, and event production.

DS 341 Design Thinking for Transformation
3 credits
Students will innovate, prototype, and test designs that address real-word problems with real-world constraints and the limitations of technology.

Human Development & Family Studies

HDFS 362 Development of the Young Child
3 credits | Online
Begin to understand child development from conception through middle childhood. You’ll learn theoretical foundations, research findings, and practical applications.

HDFS 363 Development: Adolescence to Old Age
3 credits | Online Sophomore Standing
Begin to understand human development from adolescence through old age. Content includes theoretical foundations, research findings, and practical applications.

HDFS 253 Human Development & Family Studies Leadership Symposium
1 credit 
Discover careers in the fields of human development and family studies. High-level leaders from leading community organizations, nonprofits, community health institutions, family support agencies, and public-sector entities join the class as guest speakers and panel members.

Interdisciplinary Courses

INTER-HE 201 Belonging, Purpose And The Ecology Of Human Happiness: EcoYou
3 credits / Reserved for first year students only
Explore the art and science of purposeful living by integrating academic knowledge with issues real and relevant to students’ lives including: identity and belonging; happiness, purpose and meaning; self-awareness and self-presentation; romantic, peer and family relationships; material culture, consumer behavior and financial well-being; and connections to community, culture, and society.

INTER-HE 301 Theory & Practice Of Human Flourishing
3 credits / Reserved for first year students only
You will engage with perspectives from the sciences and humanities in conjunction with contemplative practices – working directly with your ideas, emotions, cognitive abilities such as attention, and social capacities such as compassion. The goal is to facilitate expanded selfawareness, enhanced social connectivity and a greater ability to work with your own inherent capacity to change so as to become more resilient, flexible, balanced, and caring.