Special Programs

At the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee at Washington County, we offer a number of special academic programs to support and supplement our curriculum and co-curricular offerings.

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience Program helps students transition to college by offering classroom opportunities that maximize academic success, building positive relationships among faculty, staff and students; and providing campus-wide resources tailored to first-year students.   

The centerpiece of our First-Year Experience Program is LEC 100, our one-credit, first-year courses that focus on the skills students need for academic and career success. LEC 100 not only helps students in their transition to college, but it also counts towards their associate degree.  

Youth Options

The Youth Options Program presents exciting educational options for eligible Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors. By meeting some general requirements and following specific guidelines, you may be able to take university-level courses at UWM at Washington County, earning both high school and college credit. What’s more, you do not have to pay for a course if your school board determines the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. All public high schools participate in the Youth Options Program. And so, all juniors and seniors who meet the program requirements are eligible.

Student Research Symposium

The Student Research Symposium provides students at UWM at Waukesha and Washington County with a unique opportunity to conduct original research and to distinguish themselves in their chosen field of study. Students work independently with a faculty sponsor to select a project topic in the fall term and present the results of their research at a multidisciplinary symposium held on the Waukesha campus in late spring.

Students interested in submitting a proposal should contact wakhonors@uwc.edu or contact Bob Bermant (Psychology), Timothy Dunn (Philosophy), Suzanne Joneson (Biology), Ellyn Lem (English), or Scott Silet (Library). 
This year's Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in room C101 on the Waukesha campus.

Washington Seminar

Interested in learning how our government works? Consider the Washington Seminar, a 3-week summer program that meets May 28-June 15, 2019. This unique course (now in its fourth year) provides an up-close and personal view of the workings of government in Madison, WI & Washington, D.C. with access to congressional and executive leaders, lobbyists and other policy-influencers. Space is limited and deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2019. Students will earn 3 college credits which are easily transferable throughout the UW System. UWM at Waukesha has partnered with Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service to present this unique program.
See flyer and Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service 
website for application and details.