Fall 2019 catalog offers classes and experiences to expand your horizons

People traveling in desert on camels, Continuing Studies Fall 2019

Wisconsin history, writing badges, and a wealth of new classes are featured in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies fall 2019 catalog, which debuts online and in Isthmus today.

The fall edition features more than 275 personal and professional development classes—42 new this semester—ranging from lectures and workshops to educational travel experiences. Learn about art, dance, languages, history, music, and writing, as well as sharpen your skills in fields such as behavioral health, professional coaching, certified public management, distance teaching and learning, and business. Seventy-three classes are offered online, making it easier than ever to develop your skills and expand your horizons for work, personal growth, or just for fun.

Highlighting Wisconsin and writing 

Shape of Wisconsin with images of people, places, and book covers inside. The words From Wisconsin: Our history, our culture, our stories appear next to it.A range of personal development classes on the theme of “From Wisconsin” highlights the history, stories, and culture of the Badger State. 

Taught by former state archeologist Robert Birmingham, Aztalan and the Mississippians examines Wisconsin’s river culture through excavations and new discoveries, including those at Aztalan, which learners will explore during a class field trip. Madison in the ‘60s: Urban Renewal and Civil Rights traces Madison’s civil rights arc from the passage of the state’s first fair housing code to the National Guard on campus during the Black Student Strike. The class is taught by award-winning journalist Stuart Levitan, a longtime Madison historian and author of Madison in the Sixties.

Whether you’re a developing or experienced writer, you can create your own Wisconsin story through classes like A Day of Writing in Ben Logan’s Driftless: Remembering the Land. Designed to help writers create a sense of place in their writing, the class will find inspiration as it travels from Soldiers Grove to Gays Mills. 

Graphic design of writing badges on University of Wisconsin Madison crest. Badges shown are for 2019 online writing in fiction or nonfiction.Also new this year are UWMadison Continuing Studies writing badges and certificates, which you can earn when you complete a designated number of qualifying online writing classes. Badges and certificates can help you build credentials that may be added to resumes, query letters, and personal marketing. You must complete two qualifying online classes to earn a badge, or four qualifying online classes to earn a certificate. Classes must be completed within two years.

Professional skills for a changing world

The fall 2019 catalog also features a number of classes, certificates, national conferences, and consultations to help you polish your professional skills. These online and in-person classes qualify for continuing education units (CEUs), and many are approved for specific licensure renewal credits.


New for behavioral health professionals is Applying a GEMS® Approach, which teaches a person-centered approach to dementia care. Therapeutic Mindfulness Applications and Theory offers tools, theories, and techniques to help clients reduce anxiety and depression while boosting emotional regulation abilities.

If you’re a business leader or manager, check out Executive Presence for Leaders at All Levels, which explores the verbal and nonverbal ways leaders command respect, gain influence, and inspire trust. Certified public managers can learn how to identify behaviors and create strategies to work more efficiently in Managing Time, Multiple Priorities, and Interruptions, a new offering that counts as a CPM Resource Management Class.

Not sure about your professional path? Continuing Studies’ Adult Career and Special Student Services offers a range of in-person and online tools, workshops, and consultations to help you find your focus.

Ready to start exploring? Visit Continuing Studies’ class listings for details about fall 2019 offerings.