Distance/Online Education


Distance learners have unique advising needs because they take most — if not all — of their courses online. Appointments can be conducted via telephone or at satellite locations at some of the UW two-year campuses.

Distance learners may be adults juggling full-time work and family responsibilities or traditional-aged students who find online courses the best solution to meet their educational needs. Advisors for distance learners understand the challenges of being located off of the main campus and provide educational guidance about courses and academic requirements as well as help with self-discipline and motivation necessary for success in an online degree program.

The online format requires a high level of self-motivation and higher than average time management skills, and online courses operate on the same semester schedule as in-person classes. Our online program is not a self-paced program; fall classes start the first week of September with finals in mid-December, and spring classes start the third week of January with finals in mid-May.

Online students take the same courses that traditional on-campus UWM students take and are taught by the same faculty and academic staff. The courses are just delivered in a different format. No distinction is made between an online student and a traditional student. The online coursework leads to the same high-quality degree that is received by students who attend face-to-face classes, and the application process begins at apply.wisconsin.edu.

Currently, the following Letters & Science majors can be completed online:

  • Communication
  • History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

While all of the requirements for the major can be completed on-line, there may be some degree requirements that are not available on-line. For example, if you still need to meet a foreign language requirement because you did not take enough in high school, you and your advisor will explore options on how to fulfill the requirement since those classes are not on-line. Common options include coming to the UWM campus just for those classes, taking the requirement at a university close to where you live and transferring the credit back to UWM, or finding another university that does offer foreign language on-line and transferring the credit back to UWM. All of our online majors require that the fourth level of a single foreign language be completed. A student who has passed, for example, Spanish 4 in high school will have met this requirement. Otherwise the student must take through fourth-semester Spanish (or another foreign language) while in college. Students with some previous high school foreign language, but not four levels worth, should consult with an advisor about either continuing that language through the fourth level or starting a new language in college; one path may be shorter than another.

We also offer in-person advising at several UW two-year campuses for students interested in making the transition from that campus to UWM. The advisors listed below can meet with you to help you plan your next steps. Contact them for days and times they are available at the two-year campuses.

  • Andy Cuneo takes appointments at UW-Waukesha
  • Jim Klingbiel takes appointments at UW-Washington County and UW-Marinette
  • Ian McLaughlin sees students at UW-Sheboygan
  • Kimberly Hanan assists students at UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Baraboo, and UW-Rock County

If your UW two-year campus is not listed, please contact Andy Cuneo to discuss opportunities to meet via Skype or telephone.

Other UWM schools and colleges besides the College of Letters & Science also offer online programs. You can explore all of the online majors, minors, certificates, and graduate programs here.

Distance Education Advisors

profile photoAndrew CuneoSr Student Serv CoordStudent Academic Services - General(414) 229-4654acuneo@uwm.eduHolton Hall 157
profile photoKimberly HananSr AdvisorStudent Academic Services-General(414) 229-4654kimmarie@uwm.eduHolton Hall 129A
profile photoJim KlingbielSr AdvisorStudent Academic Services-General(414) 229-4654jimk@uwm.eduHolton Hall 149
profile photoIan MclaughlinSr AdvisorStudent Academic Services-General(414) 229-4654mclaughi@uwm.eduHolton Hall 126