College of Letters and Sciences


The College of Letters and Sciences is firmly committed to a faculty advising model in which students are assigned to instructional staff members within the department of their major to meet with one-on-one each semester in order to track progress to degree, explore co-curricular opportunities, and prepare for the journey beyond graduation. Within the advising structure of the College of Letters and Sciences, we seek to build upon effective first-year advising, form relationships with students, and assist them in setting and achieving goals.


Academic Advising

The objectives of academic advising are to:

  • Provide accurate information on institutional policies, requirements, and resources and to assist individual students in making appropriate course selections to fulfill all graduation requirements.
  • Aid students in a continuing and realistic appraisal of their choice of major and their success in all aspects of the academic program.
  • Lend support and encouragement to students as they pursue their educational and personal goals.
  • Make referrals to campus resources when appropriate.
  • Support students in goal-making and future planning to include talk of career options and prospects, graduate school, and opportunities within and beyond the curriculum to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities desired by employers and expressed in the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.

The degree planning guide is intended for students in the College of Letters and Sciences. Other colleges may have different policies and procedures. Consult the official University Undergraduate Catalog at for the most up-to-date explanations of requirements and policy statements.

Click here to view the degree planning guide.

Use the Undergraduate Degree/Major/Minor Change Form to declare or change a major, minor, or certificate. For major changes, submit the form to the department office of the new major. If you are keeping the same major, submit the form to the department office of your current major to make changes to minors and certificates. Forms may be emailed to If you are unable to email the form, send an email with all necessary information regarding your change to from your UW-Whitewater student email account.

To declare a dual degree, select the form for the college of the second degree at and follow the instructions on the form.

Request Form for Overload of Credits

For Letters and Sciences students in good academic standing, use this form to appeal to exceed the maximum credit load (over 18 credits in a Fall or Spring term. See Registrar's policy for Summer term rules). Exceeding the maximum credit load will result in additional tuition charges. Students on probation must appeal to the Academic Standards Office.

Request for personalization: 300/400 level coursework

6 units of upper division course work (300/400 level) from the arts, humanities or social science fields of study. These courses may not be from the department of the student's major or minor. They may not be used in a student's University Requirements. All 6 units may be from the same subject.

World language waiver based on high school courses
Students who graduated from high school before 2012 may waive the BA language requirement with 2 years of the same world language in high school.

Request For Retroactive Credits in World Language Form

To apply for retroactive credits, students must earn a grade of B or better in their first college level language course (numbered 142 or above, or Japanese 102 or above). They are then eligible to apply for retroactive credits for the courses below the course completed.

Registrar Office Forms

Use the link above to access these forms:

  • Third or More Attempt of a Course Appeal
  • Time Conflict Form
  • Late Add Form
  • Late Drop From
  • WINS Late Class Adjustment Form (section or unit change for the same course)

The withdrawal process is to be followed if you are dropping ALL courses in a term.

For information regarding graduation and services for the commencement ceremony, visit


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA” or the Buckley Amendment) is a federal law that affords students certain rights with respect to their education record. Authorization for Release of Records »

Academic Standards Appeal Forms

  • Academic Standards Appeal
  • Exceeding 15 Units (overload for students on probation)
  • Academic Forgiveness

The Undergraduate Course Catalog can be viewed at

College of Letters and Sciences Advising Office
Laurentide Hall 4100