General Class Information

It’s important to plan your classes out ahead of time so that each semester builds on the last. Your Academic Advisor can help answer any questions you have regarding your classes.

Visit the Student Plan Page for information on course requirements.

Visit the One Stop Calendar for semester start dates and enrollment deadlines.

Visit the Final Exam Schedule Page to look up your semester finals.

Course Catalog
The Course Catalog lists all courses for each UWM program. The Catalog is broken down by School or College, then program. Each program will include some or all of the following information:

  • Program Description and Information
  • Major and Minor Requirements
  • Requirements for Honors in the Major
  • Course Name and Number
  • Course Credits, Level, Description, and Prerequisites
  • Recommended Schedule by Semester
  • Program Faculty
Schedule of Classes
The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term. You can browse terms in advance so that you can discuss your next semester with your Academic Advisor. Each course will have the following information:

  • GER: Whether or not the course satisfies GER Requirements
  • Units: The number of credits you can receive for the course
  • Section: The individual components of the course (some have more than one)
  • Class#: The five-digit class number you use to add that section in PAWS
  • Hours/Days/Dates: Choose a section that best fits your schedule
  • Instructor/Room: Further details on the class

Use the Course Abbreviations & Symbols to understand the class details.

Course Levels
The Schedule of Classes includes both undergraduate and graduate level classes. Graduate students can enroll for their classes in PAWS just like any other on-campus class.

Classes numbered 700-999 are labeled with a “G” and are for graduate students only. Both graduate and undergraduate students can take classes numbered 300-699. These are labeled with a “U/G.” Some graduate students may not earn credit for “U/G” classes.

Classes numbered 299 and lower are labeled with a “U” and are for undergraduates only. Undergraduate students can take classes numbered up to 699, but some may require special permission. Contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

Online Classes
The Schedule of Classes includes classes that are 100% online or blended. Blended, or hybrid classes, combine online and in person instruction. You can enroll for these classes in PAWS just like any other on-campus course.

Online classes use D2L, Desire to Learn, as the main tool of instruction. If you’ve never taken an online class before, talk to your Academic Advisor for tips and suggestions, or browse the Online Student D2L resources for first-time users.

Off-Campus and Study Abroad Classes
The Schedule of Classes includes off-campus and Study Abroad classes.

You can enroll for off-campus classes in PAWS just like any other on-campus course. Off-campus classes are typically scheduled for on-site education, fieldwork, and training. Off-campus classes can cost additional fees, so read the class information carefully.

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to travel internationally as part of a for-credit educational experience. You need to complete an application and have a current passport before you can be considered. Contact the Center for International Education to apply.

Enrolling in Classes

All active UWM students can enroll in classes online through PAWS during the Open Enrollment Period.

For information on auditing or other enrollment exceptions, review the Registrar’s Office Enrollment Policies.

Enrollment Eligibility
You can review the full Enrollment Eligibility Policy online anytime.

Enrollment is the process of signing up for your classes electronically in PAWS. You’ll be able to enroll in classes as long as you meet these requirements:

  • You were enrolled in classes at UWM within the past two fall/spring terms (if not, you will have to apply for re-entry to UWM)
  • Your graduation date is not at the end of the current semester (if so, contact the Registrar’s Office to postpone your graduation date or submit an application for a new program to pursue after graduation)
  • You don’t have any Holds in PAWS (if so, look up & resolve all Holds)

New freshman will enroll during New Student Orientation

You can only enroll while the term is open, following this general schedule:

  • Fall term opens in April
  • UWinteriM opens in October
  • Spring term opens in November
  • Summer term opens in March/April
Enrollment Appointments and Order of Priority
An Enrollment Appointment is the first day that you’re able to enroll in classes for the next term. Most active and continuing students will be assigned an Enrollment Appointment.

Your Enrollment Appointment date and time will appear in your PAWS account roughly one week before enrollment begins. Look in your PAWS Student Center under Enrollment Dates.

To estimate the date of your appointment, you can review the order of appointments. If you have questions about adding classes, speak to your Academic Advisor.

Adding Classes to Your PAWS Shopping Cart
  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the yellow Academics header, click on the blue Enroll link
  3. Enter the five-digit class number (found in the PAWS Class Search or in the Schedule of Classes) under the Add Classes to Shopping Cart menu and click the enter button
  4. You will be brought to the Enrollment Preferences page where you can review the specifics of each class section
  5. You may need to select multiple sections for each class (a LEC and a LAB), so look closely at the Notes section
  6. Click the NEXT button to add the class to your Shopping Cart
Enrolling in Classes from Your PAWS Shopping Cart
Continuing from a class search or after you’ve added classes to your PAWS Shopping Cart, follow these steps:

  1. Once all of your classes are in your Shopping Cart, check the boxes in the Select column and click the enroll button
  2. Review the Confirm classes page, then click the FINISH ENROLLING button
  3. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have enrolled successfully
  4. If your request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column
  5. When you finish enrolling, double-check your changes by reviewing the my class schedule sub-tab

If you have questions or need assistance adding classes, contact your Academic Advisor or visit the Registrar’s Office

View or Print Your Class Schedule in PAWS
Once you’ve finished enrolling in classes, you can print a weekly schedule from PAWS.

  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the yellow Academics header, click in the drop down menu and select Class Schedule, then click the yellow arrow button
  3. Select the current term to print, then click the Continue button
  4. From the List View, you can view your class information and the current status
  5. Click the View the Course Materials for your enrolled classes link to view or order your book list at the UWM Bookstore
  6. Click the Weekly Calendar View button for a snapshot schedule of your classes by day and time
  7. Below the yellow Display Options header, click the blue Printer Friendly Page to print an easy to read document

Changing Your Classes or Schedule

You can easily make changes to your schedule in PAWS before classes begin. Always double-check the changes you make in PAWS by reviewing my class schedule in the Academics section.

If you have questions about your schedule, contact your Academic Advisor. If you’re having trouble with PAWS, call the Help Desk at (414) 229-4040.

Review the Registrar’s Add/Drop Calendar before making significant changes to your schedule.

Important Information for Scheduling Changes
If you’re changing the number of credits in your schedule or swapping classes that require additional fees, you may be increasing or decreasing your total charges. Check your PAWS account for an accurate, up-to-date total of your charges. You can contact the Bursar Office for more information.

If you’re covering all or part of your charges with financial aid, you have to make it to the “60% Point” of the semester to earn your entire financial aid award. If you drop one or more classes before the “60% Point,” you’ll be responsible for paying back at least a portion of the financial aid you’ve accepted. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Swap a Class in PAWS
  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the yellow Academics header, click on the blue Enroll link
  3. Click on the swap sub-tab
  4. Under the Swap This Class header, choose the current class you want to drop
  5. Under the With This Class header, enter your new 5-digit class number or search for a new class
  6. Click the Finish Swapping button
  7. Review the Confirm your selection screen, then click the FINISH SWAPPING button to submit
  8. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have swapped successfully
  9. If you request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column
Change a Discussion or Lab Section in PAWS
  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the yellow Academics header, click on the blue Enroll link
  3. Click on the edit sub-tab
  4. Under the yellow Classes you are allowed to edit header, select the class you want to change and click the PROCEED TO STEP 2 OF 3 button
  5. Choose your new Discussion or Lab section and click NEXT
  6. Check your new class preferences and and click NEXT
  7. Review your selections and click the FINISH EDITING button to submit
  8. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have edited successfully
  9. If you request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column
Drop a Single Class in PAWS
  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the yellow Academics header, click on the blue Enroll link
  3. Click on the drop sub-tab
  4. Check the box in the Select column next to the class you want to drop
  5. Click the DROP SELECTED CLASSES button
  6. Review the Confirm your selection screen, then click the FINISH DROPPING button to submit
  7. A green check mark in the Status column confirms you have dropped successfully
  8. If you request was not successful, a Red X with an error message will appear in the Status column
What is an Administrative Drop?
An Administrative Drop could release you from one or more of your classes in these situations:

  • If you enroll in a class that you don’t meet the prerequisites for, but you haven’t requested Class Permission
  • If you don’t show up for the first week of class and don’t notify anyone
  • If you ever fail to meet the class attendance policy

Instructors and departments issue Administrative Drops at their discretion. If you know you won’t be able to attend a class, complete a drop in PAWS or ask your Academic Advisor for help. You may be responsible for the tuition of a dropped class, so it’s important to act as early as possible.

Drop All Classes: Withdrawal
You can review the full Withdrawal Policy online anytime.

If you need to leave school for personal or medical reasons, you need to complete a withdrawal. After the first day of class, you are responsible for withdrawal fees or a percentage of your tuition. Withdrawing after the 25% point for any of your classes will result in a “W” grade for those classes on your transcript. A “W” grade is an administrative notation; it has no impact on your GPA or ability to re-enroll in classes.

Before the 50% point for each of your classes, you can withdraw on your own by successfully dropping each of your classes in PAWS. Dropping all of your classes in PAWS will automatically result in a withdrawal.

You’re encouraged to talk to your Academic Advisor before withdrawing, particularly after classes start.

After the 50% point for each of your classes, approval is required for withdrawal. Approval will only be granted for reasons other than academic difficulty. Print out and complete a Withdrawal Form. Return the form to your Academic Advisor by certified mail, fax, or in person. Additional information may be required by your Academic Advisor before the withdrawal request is considered.

Check your PAWS Student Center to verify withdrawal. From your Student Center, click on the Enroll link in the Academics section and select the applicable term. If your withdrawal is processed, a red box will appear indicating that your status is withdrawn.

When You Can’t Add A Class…

You will only be able to add classes after your Enrollment Appointment and during Open Enrollment.

First, make sure you can view the class in PAWS. If you aren’t able to log in to PAWS, call the Help Desk at (414) 229-4040.

Speak to your Academic Advisor to find out what your options are if you don’t understand why you can’t add a class.

Prerequisites
You can review the full Prerequisite Policy online anytime.

You might not be able to add a class if you don’t meet the prerequisites (or course requirements). If a course requires a prerequisite, it will be explained in the Notes section of the Schedule of Classes or in PAWS under the class Description in one of the following ways:

  • Previous Coursework (Economics 101 before Economics 301)
  • Year in School (Junior Status)
  • Placement Test Scores (Level 3 score on German Placement Test)
  • Admission to a Specific Major (Dance majors only)
  • Grade Point Average (Minimum GPA of 2.5)
  • Permission of an Instructor (Independent Study)

If you don’t meet the prerequisites and you enroll in a class anyway, you might be dropped. If you think you’re prepared to take a class but don’t meet the prerequisites, you can work with your Academic Advisor to request permission using the Add-Drop Form.

Holds on Your PAWS Account
If you have a hold on your PAWS account, you might not be able to add classes. Holds could also prevent you from receiving a diploma or having your transcripts released. To view your holds, log in to PAWS and review the items under the yellow Holds header.

You can click the blue details link to view a full list of your holds. Click on the name of the hold in blue to read the instructions for removal. If you have trouble understanding your next steps, you will also find contact information for the department that placed the hold so that you can ask for help.

If you have trouble finding your holds, or if you have general questions about holds, you can contact the Help Desk at (414) 229-4040.

Using Wait Lists
You won’t be able to add a class if it is full. Many classes offer Wait Lists in PAWS for you to hold your place in line in case seats open up. Generally, Wait lists are active until the last Friday before classes start, but you should check the Registrar’s Important Dates Calendar for exact dates by term.

  • Wait List classes are full (but not closed) and are marked with a yellow triangle
  • The Class Availability shows you how many students are on the Wait List already
  • If you add yourself to the Wait List, you can view your place in line under my class schedule in the Academics section
  • If a seat opens up and you don’t have any scheduling conflicts, you’ll be automatically enrolled

Review the Wait List Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

When to Use the Add-Drop Form
You can review the Enrollment Policy on Course Permissions online anytime.

The Add-Drop Form allows you to be administratively added to or dropped from a class when you can’t add or drop yourself in PAWS. Work with your Academic Advisor to complete and submit an Add-Drop Form.

Fill out the term/class information completely and sign the Add-Drop Form in the student signature section or your form may not be processed. Your Academic Advisor can provide School or College approval on your form. Graduate students can request School or College approval from the Office of Graduate Education. Your Instructor can usually sign for Department Approval (Business and Chemistry courses require separate department approval).

Completed Add-Drop Forms with all required signatures should be dropped off or faxed to the Registrar’s Office.

Reason Request Approval
You want to take more credits than the Maximum Allowed Load Academic Advisor
You want to repeat a course beyond the allowed limit (speak to the course instructor also) Academic Advisor
The class status is closed, but you want to enroll anyway Instructor
You don’t meet the course prerequisites but feel you’re ready to take the class anyway Instructor
The course requires an instructor’s permission to enroll Instructor
The “Add Deadline” has passed, but you want to enroll in the class anyway Academic Advisor & Instructor
The “Drop With W Deadline” has passed, but you want to drop the class anyway Academic Advisor & Instructor