Planning & Guidance

You can never be too prepared to earn your degree.  See below for helpful information that can help guide you in planning for your UWM degree.

Your Academic Advisor
Many students don’t always know who to contact with questions or concerns about their academics or student life in general. Outside of the classroom, your Academic Advisor is your main point of contact as a student. You’re assigned to an Academic Advisor within the Advising Office of your School or College.

Who is Your Academic Advisor?

You can contact the Advising Office of your School or College to find out who your Academic Advisor is, or you can look up your Academic Advisor’s name in PAWS:

  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. On the right side of your Student Center, find the yellow Advisor header
  3. All students will see a Program Advisor and some students will also see a Multicultural Advisor
  4. You can click on the blue details button to send your Academic Advisor an email
  5. You can also look up your Academic Advisor’s name in the UWM directory to call, email, or visit
What Does Your Academic Advisor Do?
Your Academic Advisor is a professional staff member who helps you get the most out of your college experience. Your Academic Advisor can connect you to campus resources and help you make the best choices as a student at UWM.

Specifically, your Academic Advisor…

  • Directs you to UWM support services and resources
  • Helps you make realistic educational plans so you can complete your degree
  • Assists you in defining your educational, professional, and life goals
  • Helps you overcome educational, personal, or academic struggles
  • Guides you to identify your strengths
  • Shows you how to interpret UWM policies and procedures
  • Recommends co-curricular activities for personal development
Advising Tips
Try scheduling an appointment with your Academic Advisor at least once per semester or before you enroll in classes. It’s up to you to reach out and make the appointment with your Academic Advisor.

Here are some suggestions for making the most of your meeting:

  • Bring a list of questions or concerns you want to talk about
  • Figure out what you liked and didn’t like about your last semester
  • Spend some time thinking about your current and future goals
  • Be open to your Academic Advisor’s feedback
  • Be honest about yourself and your expectations
The Honors College

The Honors College offers a competitive program and challenging educational opportunity. The Honors College degree is the highest undergraduate degree issued from UWM. Contact the Honors College for admission requirements and program details.

Designation Requirements
Honors College Degree
  • Must be a graduate of the Honors College
  • Complete 21 credits (minimum) in Honors College coursework
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the end of senior year
Honors College Degree with Distinction
  • Must meet Honors College Degree requirements
  • Incorporate 6 credits of Research in Honors, a Senior Honors Thesis, or a Senior Honors Project as part of 21 credits of Honors College coursework
Your PAWS Academic Advisement Report
In addition to your meetings with your Academic Advisor, you can also look up your Academic Advisement Report in PAWS, which outlines your Academic Requirements.

  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the yellow Academics header, click on the blue My Academics link
  3. Click View my advisement report next to the Academic Requirements header
  4. Click the UWM General Education Requirements menu to review your progress and recommended open classes
  5. During Open Enrollment, you can add classes to your Shopping Cart from the Academic Advisement Report

This report is a nice guideline, but you shouldn’t use it in place of a meeting with your Academic Advisor.

The Academic Year Checklist
Nearly each month of the year there is a student business task that needs to be attended to. You can review the list online or print a PDF copy so you always know when to do what.

Your First Year

The Student Success Center is dedicated to helping all first year undergraduates transition to UWM with programs and support specifically for new students. Here are some suggestions for first year success:

August
September

First day of classes for Fall Semester

October
  • First Installment Payment Plan charge for the Fall Semester is due
  • The UWinteriM Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your UWinteriM schedule
  • The Spring Semester Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your Spring Semester schedule
  • Enrollment for UWinteriM begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add UWinteriM classes
  • Attend the All Majors Career Day
November
    • Enrollment for the Spring Semester begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add Spring Semester classes
    • Second Installment Payment Plan charge for the Fall Semester is due

Thanksgiving Break

December

Final Exams and last day of classes for Fall Semester
December Graduation

  • Sell back or return your Fall Semester textbooks
  • UWinteriM Financial Aid Disbursement begins: Accept or decline your awards in PAWS
  • UWinteriM tuition is due

Winter Break

January
  • Fall Semester grades post to your PAWS account

UWinteriM classes in session (beginning and ending in January)

First day of classes for Spring Semester

  • Spring Semester tuition is due
  • Last chance to add/drop classes for the Spring Semester
  • Deadline to apply for Spring Graduation in PAWS
  • UWinteriM grades post to your PAWS account
  • The Summer Term Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your Summer Term
February
  • First Installment Payment Plan charge for the Spring Semester is due
  • File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for next year
  • Attend the Diversity Job & Internship Fair
March
  • Second Installment Payment Plan charge for the Spring Semester is due
  • The Fall Semester Schedule of Classes is available online: Meet with your Academic Advisor to plan your Fall Semester schedule
  • Enrollment for the Summer Semester begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add Summer Semester classes
  • Preorder your Summer textbooks online
April
  • Tax Deadline Day: File your taxes by April 15th
  • Preorder your Fall Semester textbooks online
  • Enrollment for the Fall Semester begins: Check your PAWS account for the first day you can add Fall Semester classes
May
Final Exams and last day of classes for Spring Semester
Spring Graduation

  • Spring Semester grades post to your PAWS account
  • Sell back or return you Spring Semester textbooks
  • Buy or rent your Summer Term textbooks
June
July
  • Enjoy your summer!
Online & Distance Students

Your first point of contact as an online student is your Academic Advisor.

Email online@uwm.edu questions about online learning or online programs.

For technology help with D2L or your ePantherID, call the Help Desk at (414) 229-4040 or toll free at (877) 381-3459. You can also send a request at GetTechHelp.uwm.edu.

Resources

D2L: Desire 2 Learn
D2L is a virtual classroom space. If you are new to D2L, browse the links below to get started:

Online Tutoring
The Writing Center offers online audio-video chat appointments to help you with your essays, papers, or other writing projects.

Panther Academic Support Services hold Online Exam Review Sessions and Weekly Online Tutoring Sessions for many courses. As a student who can’t come to campus, you can access Online Tutoring Rooms or archived versions of tutoring lessons in D2L. You can also request a NetTutor appointment, a 1-on-1 online session with UWM Tutoring Specialist.

For more information or to submit a request for Weekly Online Tutoring, email pass-online@uwm.edu.

Distance Library Services
Online students can request library books and other media with the UWM Interlibrary Loan service. You can use the Search@UW feature on the UWM Libraries Home Page to find your materials just like any other student.

Once you find the item you’re looking for, use your Interlibrary Loan, or ILLiad account, to request free delivery of books and media to your PAWS Mailing Address or to another UW System/Wisconsin Public Library. You can also request PDF versions of articles and documents to be sent to your ILLiad Account.

To set up your ILLiad Account, send an email to deserv@uwm.edu that includes your name, 9-digit Student ID number, and your major and review the Distance Education Services information.

Student Business

PantherCards for Online & Distance Students
No photo PantherCards are available for 100% online students (students who never come to campus). If at some point you transition to classes on campus, update your card at Panthercard Services, located in Union 143, so that you can access campus services.

To order a no photo PantherCard, send an email to campusid@uwm.edu, including your full legal name, month and date of birth, and 9-digit Student ID number. The $15 order fee will be posted to your PAWS account, and the card will be sent to your PAWS mailing address.

Tuition & Fees
100% online students, or students who don’t take any classes on campus, aren’t charged Segregated Fees. Segregated fees fund on-campus activities, programs and associations.

Each School and College has specific fees for each online class offered. These are listed in the Schedule of Classes.

When you search for classes in PAWS, you can review all Additional Tuition, Differential Tuition, or Special Course Fees listed under the Notes section before adding it to your PAWS Shopping Cart.

Undergraduate Degrees

The following undergraduate degrees are offered at UWM:

  • BA: Bachelor of Arts
  • BBA: Bachelor of Business Administration
  • BSE: Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • BFA: Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • BS: Bachelor of Science

The faculty of each major have determined degree titles to be awarded upon completion of their approved programs of study. A complete list of majors and corresponding degrees offered at UWM is published below.

Double Majors
Double Majors allow a student to major in two subjects. You can pursue a primary degree program and study an additional major that may even be in another school or college. To attempt a Double Major, you must complete the degree requirements of your primary degree program and only the major requirements of your additional major. Upon completion of a Double Major, you will apply for graduation once and pay the $40.00 graduation fee once. You will receive one diploma, and your final transcript will reflect one degree with two majors.

Dual Degrees
Dual Degree programs offer students the opportunity to acquire two degrees in less time than it would take if pursued independently. The specific requirements of each Dual Degree program differ. Most schools and colleges at UWM do not offer Dual Degrees. To attempt Dual Degrees, you must apply to and be accepted by each program separately. You will be assigned advisors from both programs unless both programs are in the same school/college. You must fulfill both sets of degree requirements before either degree is awarded. Upon completion of both Dual Degree programs, you will apply for graduation twice and pay the $40.00 graduation fee twice (one $80.00 fee billed from the Bursar Office). You will receive two diplomas (one for each completed degree), and your final transcript will reflect two separate degrees.

Degrees by School/College
Undergraduate Degrees
School/College Major Degree
College of Health Sciences Clinical Laboratory Sciences BS
Communication Sciences & Disorders BS
Health Care Administration BS
Kinesiology BS
Occupational Therapy BS
Therapeutic Recreation BS
School of Architecture & Urban Planning Architectural Studies BS
Lubar School of Business Accounting BBA
Finance BBA
Human Resources Management BBA
Information Technology Management BBA
Marketing BBA
Supply Chain & Operations Management BBA
School of Education Community Education BS
Education BS
Educational Studies BS
Exceptional Education BS
College of Engineering & Applied Science Civil Engineering BSE
Computer Science BS
Electrical Engineering BSE
Industrial Engineering BSE
Materials Engineering BSE
Mechanical Engineering BSE
Peck School of the Arts Art BA & BFA
Art Education BFA
Dance BA & BFA
Film BFA
Inter-Arts BFA
Music BA & BFA
Music Education BFA
Theatre BA & BFA
College of Letters & Science Actuarial Science BA
Africology BA
Anthropology BA
Applied Mathematics & Computer Science BS
Art History & Criticism BA
Atmospheric Sciences BS
Biochemistry BS
Biological Sciences BA & BS
Chemistry BA & BS
Classics BA
Committee Interdisciplinary Major BA & BS
Communication BA
Comparative Ethnic Studies BA
Comparative Literature BA
Course in Chemistry BS
Economics BA
English BA
Film Studies BA
French BA
Geography BA & BS
Geosciences BA & BS
German BA
Global Studies BA
History BA
International Studies BA
Italian BA
Jewish Studies BA
Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies BA
Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies BA
Linguistics BA
Mathematical Sciences BA & BS
Microbiology BS
Philosophy BA
Physics BA & BS
Political Science BA
Psychology BA
Religious Studies BA
Russian BA
Sociology BA
Spanish BA
Women’s and Gender Studies BA
School of Information Studies Information Science & Technology BS
College of Nursing Nursing BS
Nursing (Collaborative Program) BS
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Criminal Justice BS
Social Work BS
Degree Requirements
Degree Requirements are the credit total, grade point average and residency standards you have to meet to earn a degree from your UWM School or College.

The following degree requirements are provided as a general guide. Students should work with their academic advisor and school or college to determine exact requirements.

  • A minimum of 120 undergraduate credits
  • A minimum of 30 credits overall and half of upper-level credits in majors and minors must be earned in residence at UWM
  • A minimum GPA of 2.000 or better both overall and in the major and minor fields
  • The General Education Requirements (GER), University Requirements (UR) and all Major and/or Minor Requirements (MMR).
School/College Minimum Credit Total Minimum Credits in Residence GPA Requirements Other Requirements
School of Architecture & Urban Planning 120 24
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 or better for all UWM credits & all Level II credits attempted
  • Satisfactory completion of GER, UR, MMR
Peck School of the Arts 120-130 (depending on major) 30
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000-2.750 (depending on major)
  • Satisfactory completion of Peck School curriculum requirements
  • Fulfillment of MMR & GER
Lubar School of Business 123 30
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.250
  • All Business & Economics courses (transfer & UWM courses): Non-Accounting Majors: Minimum 2.250 GPA, Accounting Majors: Minimum 2.500 GPA
  • Satisfactory completion of GER, UR, MMR
  • 50% of business credits required for degree must be completed at UWM
School of Education 128 (Community Education is 120) 30
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.500 in all UWM credits OR
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.000 in all credits earned in the System if SOE course GPA is at least 2.500
  • Satisfactory completion of SOE core curriculum requirements & GER
College of Engineering & Applied Science 120-128 (depending on major) 30
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000
  • Satisfactory completion of CEAS curriculum requirements, GER & UR
College of Health Sciences 120-131 (depending on major) 30
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500
  • Satisfactory completion of CHS curriculum requirements
  • Fulfillment of GER & UR
  • Students must meet program & graduation requirements in effect at time of entry (or re-entry if not continuously enrolled)
School of Information Studies 120 30
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in the major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 overall
  • Satisfactory completion of SOIS curriculum requirements, GER & UR
College of Letters & Science 120
  • Last 30 OR
  • 45 of last 60 OR
  • Any 90
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in the major (Calculated 2 Ways: On all transfer/UWM credits counted towards major; on all major credits attempted at UWM)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 overall
  • Minimum 2.500 GPA on all 300+ level major courses
  • Satisfactory completion of L&S curriculum requirements, GER & UR
  • At least 15 UWM advanced major credits
College of Nursing 124 30
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 overall
  • Satisfactory completion of CON curriculum requirements, GER & UR
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare 120 30
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 overall
  • Satisfactory completion of HBSSW curriculum requirements, GER & UR
General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements, or GERs, are frequently offered broad-based courses that all students need to take to earn a UWM degree. GERs are marked with letter codes in the Schedule of Classes and are noted in PAWS under Enrollment Information.

You have to satisfy the GERs in these 8 areas:

  1. Oral & Written Communication: Achieve required placement OR earn a C or better in English 102 & a 3-credit (OWC part B) course
  2. Quantitative Literacy: Achieve required placement OR earn a C or better in Math 103, 105, or 175 & a 3-credit (QL part B) course
  3. Foreign Language: 2 years of high school or 2 semesters of college in a single language
  4. Arts: a 3-credit (A) course
  5. Humanities: Two 3-credit (HU) courses
  6. Natural Sciences: A 3-credit (NS) or (NS+) course and a 3-credit (NS+) course
  7. Social Science: Two 3-credit (SS) courses
  8. Cultural Diversity: A 3-credit (CD) course

Your Cultural Diversity course may be combined with your (A), (HU), or (SS) course. Always check the status of your GERs with your Academic Advisor.

For details, see the full GER policy document as approved by UWM faculty.

Major and Minor Requirements
Major requirements are the specific courses you have to take to graduate from your program within a UWM School or College. Degree-seeking students should declare their major by the end of sophomore year.

Most UWM programs publish a recommended year-by-year course schedule that you can use as a guide when you enroll in classes. You can also search the Undergraduate Catalog for the list of credits, courses, and requirements in your program.

A minor is an optional secondary specialty that usually backs up the major. You can take any elective courses you want, but some students choose to build a minor out of their electives.

Your Academic Advisor can walk you through the process of declaring your major or minor. If you’re having trouble narrowing down, choosing, or changing your major, the Career Development Center can guide you through making a decision.

Honors Requirements
Your School or College may have its own unique Honors, either as Dean’s Honors designations at the end of a semester, or attached to your completed degree. Your Academic Advisor can also help you navigate the various Honors and let you know what you might be eligible for. A complete list appears online in the Undergraduate Catalog.

UWM Degree Honors
Commencement Honors
  • Undergraduates with a high cumulative GPA at the end of senior year
  • At least 40 degree credits completed at UWM
Final Honors
  • Undergraduates with a high cumulative GPA at the end of senior year
  • At least 60 degree credits completed at UWM
Honors College Degree*
  • Highest undergraduate degree issued
  • Must be a graduate of the Honors College
  • Complete 21 credits (minimum) in Honors College coursework
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the end of senior year
Honors College Degree with Distinction*
  • Must meet Honors College Degree requirements
  • Incorporate 6 credits of Research in Honors, a Senior Honors Thesis, or a Senior Honors Project as part of 21 credits of Honors College coursework

*Contact the Honors College for admission requirements and program details.