We are an inclusive community of passionate learners who question, discover, and create the world of today and tomorrow. Through the mastery of cutting-edge technologies and a deep appreciation of creative expression and humanistic traditions, you'll find what you need to create a clear path to a meaningful career and life-long civic and cultural engagement.

The College of Arts and Humanities offers undergraduate majors in art, communication, English, graphic designliberal studies, music, Spanish, and theatre arts, and a master's degree in professional communication. You can also bring focus to your studies with concentrations, minors, and certificates, such as digital media and production, film and cultural studies, art education, and digital design and fabrication.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the college allows for individual as well as collaborative educational initiatives. Each program provides theoretical foundations along with practical experience and skills. Graduates are prepared for careers, leadership, and citizenship in the fine arts, communication, and many other fields.

Our graduates achieve successful lives and careers...

Our innovative 21st century interdisciplinary degrees in the arts and humanities, rooted in the liberal arts tradition, prepare our graduates to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills
  • Think imaginatively
  • Creatively express themselves
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve real-world problems
  • Collaborate in a diverse society
  • Become engaged leaders
  • Succeed as global citizens
  • Realize rewarding personal lives
  • Achieve rewarding careers
  • Our beautiful campus is ideally located between Milwaukee and Chicago, providing students with easy and regular access to endless cultural opportunities and experiences
  • Learn and create in the new $37 million Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, a 200,000 square foot facility that includes:
  • Four flexible state-of-the-art theatres
  • Acoustically-perfect Bedford Concert Hall
  • Three expansive art galleries
  • 24 new high-tech classrooms, studios, and rehearsal halls for the arts and humanities
  • Virtually unlimited access to the vast University of Wisconsin library and information services
  • Small class sizes offer students extensive personal attention and advising from faculty and the ability to work collaboratively on research and creative projects
  • 100% of our faculty have achieved the highest level of degrees in their discipline and continue to actively engage in significant research and creative activity
  • Many highly-qualified working professionals from the region serve as lecturers and bring a wealth of practical expertise and experience to our classrooms and studios.
  • Excellent professional apprenticeship, internship, and job opportunities for students that provide “real world” career preparation experiences that prepare them for successful careers and rewarding lives.
  • Frequent “study away” trips to cultural centers in America (Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City) and internationally (including England, Central America, China, India, Italy, Germany).
  • Many renewable scholarship and financial aid programs for students majoring in arts and humanities programs, which help to make college very affordable at UW-Parkside.
  • Outstanding career-placement rates for graduates -- with over 90% of our graduates successfully finding rewarding careers in a variety of professions where they actively use their skills and talents gained in the arts and humanities.

UW-Parkside Foundation Scholarships include:

Picken Scholarship

  • $1,500/ renewable up to four years
Open to all newly admitted students pursuing art and humanities majors:  
  • Art
  • Communication
  • English
  • Graphic Design
  • Liberal Studies
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts 

Joseph Johnson/ Snap-on Scholarship - up to $3,646


  • Child or grandchild of current employees of Snap-on, Inc., or its subsidiaries, or of a Snap-on Tools franchisee or independent dealer   
  • Full-time UW-Parkside student   
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0   
  • Minimum ACT of 22   
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school/community activities 

KABA Catalyst2Careers Scholarship - half in-state tuition


  • Graduate from Kenosha County high school
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.8
  • Minimum ACT of 23
  • Math, Science, Technology, Medicine, Engineering or Business major
  • Three awarded each year

Mary Louise and Henry Link Arts and Humanities Scholarship


  • Must be a declared major in the College of Arts and Humanities.
  • Have successfully completed at least sixty (60) credits (the equivalent to two full years of full-time) college-level work at UW-Parkside or another accredited college or university.
  • Have at least a 2.75 grade point average at the time of first application; have at least a 3.25 grade point average to reapply for a second year of funding.
  • Have resided in Kenosha County when completing high school (or the equivalent).
  • Have demonstrated financial need.  

Apply for the Link scholarship.

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Lesley H Walker

Lesley H. Walker, Ph.D. 

Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Professor of Modern Languages

We invite our students to join us on a journey to explore, understand, and appreciate the beauty and complexity of human experience and expression. We teach critical thinking, teamwork, effective oral and written communication, and creative problem solving. Through training in the arts and humanities, students develop skills and talents that offer clear pathways to meaningful careers, civic engagement, and enriched lives.

We also invite the community of Southeastern Wisconsin to embark with us on amazing artistic and cultural adventures that take place at the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Humanities, fondly known as the Rita. Any given night, citizens of our community can hear a world-class jazz concert; attend an inventive interpretation of a classical play put on by our award-winning Theater Arts students; or view a cutting-edge artistic installation in our Fine Arts Gallery. Opportunities to participate in the "life expressive" abound and are not to be missed!

If you have any questions about the College of Arts and Humanities at Parkside, feel free to contact me at 262-595-2188 or at lwalker@uwp.edu. I would be happy to discuss the diverse opportunities that exist for you here at Parkside. Let's "live.do.create." together!

Students create and innovate in enviable spaces.

The Rita

Since 1968, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside has continued to build a reputation as an outstanding liberal arts institution with particularly strong fine arts programs. With The Rita Tallent Picken Center for Arts & Humanities, our state-of-the-art instructional facilities and stunning performance venues match our award-winning academic programs and provide even greater community access.

Learn more about the Rita.

Digital Design & Fabrication Lab

Our new certificate program teaches students how to design and make things, using computer-aided software, 3D printers, and state-of-the-art CNC machinery—laser cutter, vinyl cutter, polymer kiln, embroidery machine. We have intentionally created alignment between art and industry to offer our students the opportunity to train for a digitally complex world. Our certificate program will prepare UW-Parkside students to use with fluency these tools as creatives, artists, technicians, and entrepreneurs.

Learn more about the DFAB program.

Ranger Production Studio

Our newest studio space boasts a multi-camera—3 to 5 DSRLs—setup that allows for either video recording or live-streaming. The space is highly configurable. The cameras can be operated either by hand or digitally through advanced switching technology. The attendant acoustical and lighting support is likewise state-of-the-art. The Ranger Production Studio supports student learning, particularly those in the Digital Media and Production minor or certificate programs.

Learn more about the DMAP minor.

Graphic Design Labs

Our newly renovated graphic design spaces afford students access to high-powered computing and software in an urban, studio-like setting. Critique and collaboration are facilitated by an open floor plan, cork walls, and promethean screens. A production studio is attached, allowing for easy printing, assemblages, and CNC laser cutting.

Learn more about the Graphic Design major.

Theatre Design Labs

An intimate space that supports both hands-on set design through model building as well as computer modeling of scenic decor. Promethean boards make demonstrations easy and beautiful. Would-be set designers take inspiration from the models of earlier production displayed on high shelves in the lab. 

Learn more about the Theatre Arts program.

Art Studios and Galleries

Our fine arts facilities are state-of-the-art. Each artistic discipline that we teach has its own dedicated studio—ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, and print making.  Our CNC milling machine and plasma cutter reside in the sculpture studio

Learn more about the Art program.

There are two art galleries—the Mathis Gallery and the Foundation Gallery.  The Mathis Gallery is big enough to host large juried exhibitions, while the Foundation Gallery creates a more intimate atmosphere, ideal for solo or small group shows. The gallery programming itself is educationally-driven with thematically-focused exhibitions from local, regional, and national artists.

Learn more about the galleries.

There is always something happening in the arts and humanities.

There are no upcoming events at this time. Please check back later.

For more theatre, music, art, film, and more, visit uwp.edu/therita

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