ACADEMIC ADVISING

All College of Arts and Communication majors are required to meet with their academic advisor or attend a group advising session prior to registration each semester. Please consult your major department to verify requirements.


How to determine my advisor's name and office location?


Use WINS or contact the office of your major.

Art, Media Arts and Game Development, Music and Theatre/Dance majors are assigned a faculty advisor their first semester on campus. All other new students are advised by the Academic Advising and Exploration Center.

Communication Department (Communication & Journalism majors) who have earned less than 24 credits toward graduation are advised by the Academic Advising and Exploration Center located in Roseman Hall. Once you have earned more than 24 credits then you will be assigned an advisor in the College.

How to declare or change your major:

Major, minor or degree changes are made in the office of the major you are declaring. Minor declarations and changes are made at the office of your major.

  • Art majors - Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 2073
  • Communication majors - Heidi Hall Room 406
  • Music majors - Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 2038
  • Theatre/Dance majors - Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 2076
  • Media Arts and Game Development majors -
    • Communication/Gaming emphasis - McGraw 104 OR
    • Visual Media Design emphasis - Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 2073 OR
    • Technology emphasis - Laurentide Hall, Room 2205

Summer Advising:

In the summer or other academic breaks, many faculty advisors are not on campus. If you need advising, contact the chairperson of the department of your major. For general questions, or if you cannot reach the department, contact the Associate Dean's Office at 262-472-1934.

Minors:

If you do not have a minor advisor, you should meet with the department chair of your minor area to verify requirements. Art minors must participate in the Department of Art and Design early registration. Contact the Art Dept. for information. Remember that Theatre and Dance minors have holds and must see a Theatre or Dance advisor prior to registration.

Transfer Students:

If you are a transfer student with 21 or more credits, or credits for courses that are given a 999 equivalency, you may want to check with the Associate Dean's Office, CA 2030, 472-1934 to verify that your transfer work has been properly credited.

Have questions:

Feel free to contact College Advising Coordinator Robert Mertens, associate dean, (472-1934) or the following people who serve either as Master Advisors or Department Chairs.

Master Advisors:

Art and Design:

Communication:

Director of Advising: Jim Disrude, disrudeJL10@uww.edu 472-1607  

Media Arts and Game Development:

Music:

Theatre/Dance:

Department Chairs:

ACADEMIC HOLDS

All College of Arts and Communication majors and some minors have advising holds. Note the specific advising requirements and processes for each major and minor as listed below. Prepare for your appointment by bringing a copy of your AR and a list of questions or concerns. Review the Schedule of Classes to get an idea of what courses you might be interested in. If any area of your AR is bolded, be sure that you know why.

ART AND DESIGN MAJORS AND MINORS  

You have an advising hold. Each semester, all majors and minors in Art, Art Ed and MAGD Visual Media Design are required to meet with an advisor in the Department of Art and Design prior to registering for classes.

The Department offers three strategies for students to receive focused advising:·      

  • One - One meeting with assigned faculty advisors     Your advisor's name is listed in your WINS information page. Advising sign-up sheets are usually posted on faculty advisors' office doors during the two-week advising period leading up to Priority Registration. You may also schedule appointments to visit with your advisor at any time during the semester. ·      
  • One - One meeting with Assistant Chair:      The Assistant Chair dedicates 6 hours a week to advising students. Appointments are made through the Department Office: 262-472-1324.
  • One - One meeting with faculty advisors      Each semester the Department offers a Walk-In Advising session before Priority Registration begins. During this session, students meet with a group of faculty advisors on a first come, first served basis. The Department Office sends out an email to all students announcing the date of the Walk-In Advising session.


Once you are advised, you will receive an Individualized Advising Sheet that must be turned in to the Department Office. Upon receipt of the signedIndividual Advising Sheet, the Department ADA will release your Advising Hold. At that time, barring any additional holds (ie. Terms + Conditions or unpaid fees), you should be able to register for the classes you discussed in your meeting with your advisor.

Information on Department Majors and Minors is available on the Department website and in the Undergraduate Catalog. It is each student's responsibility to meet with an advisor and become familiar with programmatic expectations. Contact the Department of Art and Design, 262-472-1324, or stop in the Department Office, CA 2070, for more information regarding the advising process.

COMMUNICATION MAJORS

(Journalism and Speech--includes print, broadcast, public relations, advertising, electronic media, interpersonal, international and organizational emphases)

You have an advising hold. To remove that hold you must either participate in the Communication Department's special "marathon" advising process or attend one of its group advising sessions.

If you have 90 or more credits, or have both a Communication major and minor, then you must go through the special advising days "marathon" process (usually mid-semester). During this process you will meet with Communication department faculty who will review your AR and plan for next semester's registration.

If you have fewer than 90 credits and only have a major (minor in another department) then you must attend one of the Communication Department's group advising sessions. Check with the Communication Department, 262-472-1034, to learn the date and time of these sessions.

Communication minors do not have an advising hold. Advertising majors or minors who wish to take Art and Design department classes may have to attend the Department of Art and Design's special pre-registration process. Check with the Department of Art and Design about that process.

Media Arts and Game Development (MAGD) MAJORS AND MINORS

(Art track and Communication track)

You have an advising hold. If you are a Communication track MAGD major or minor then follow the Communication department process. If you are an Art track MAGD major or minor then follow the Department of Art and Design's procedures.

MUSIC MAJORS

You have an advising hold. Contact your advisor and make your advising appointment early. Your advisor's name is listed in your WINS information page. If you have not been assigned an advisor, please call your academic department. Use the "Directories" quick link on the UWW homepage to look up your advisor's location, phone and e-mail address. Music minors do not have an advising hold.

THEATRE/DANCE MAJORS AND MINORS

You have an advising hold. Contact your advisor and make your advising appointment early. Your advisor's name is listed in your WINS information page. If you have not been assigned an advisor, please call your academic department. Use the "Directories" quick link on the UWW homepage to look up your advisor's location, phone and e-mail address.

Location

Center of the Arts
950 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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