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.

Students must assess whether or not online courses are a good fit for them, and if they can adapt successfully to such a learning platform. There is a readiness quiz students should review prior to taking online classes: www4.uwm.edu/future_students/online/readinessquiz.cfm

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.

Currently, the following Letters & Science majors can be completed on-line:

  • Communication (BA)
  • History
  • 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, 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 the requirement on-line and transferring the credit back to UWM.

We also offer special advising at several UW two-year campuses under the name “College Connections” for students interested in making the transition from a two-year 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