Advising

We are glad you have chosen to be part of the University of Washington Tacoma community and are investing time in planning your academic career.

We, the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences advisors, are student-centered professionals who aim to guide and challenge students through their academic career. Our mission is to engage students in meaningful conversations which require them to critically think and learn life skills. We strive to successfully prepare students for graduation from the University of Washington Tacoma to enhance the impact they make in our local & global communities.

Meet with your advisor quarterly to make sure you are on track to graduate and to stay up to date. Find us in GWP 102. We look forward to meeting you.

Advisors are assigned by majors; who is your academic advisor?

In the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, majors are advised by specific advisors. See the table below to find your advisor.

MAJORS

ADVISORS

HEATHER

SUZANNE

ARLYN

ERICA

SUSAN

KARIN

American Studies

 

 

 

 

X

 

Arts, Media & Culture

 

X

 

 

X

 

Biomedical Sciences

 

 

X

 

 

 

Communication

 

X

 

 

X

X

Environmental Science

 

 

 

X

 

 

Environmental Studies

 

 

 

X

 

 

Environmental Sustanability

 

 

 

X

 

 

Ethnic, Gender & Labor Studies

 

X

 

 

 

X

Global Studies

X

X

 

 

 

 

History

X

X

 

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

X

X

 

 

 

 

Law & Policy

X

X

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

 

 

X

 

 

Politics, Philosophy, & Economics

X

X

 

 

 

 

Psychology

X

X

 

X

 

X

Spanish Language & Cultures

 

 

 

 

X

 

Writing Studies

 

 

 

 

X

 

To schedule your appointment:

  • Go to http://www.booknow.so/SIAS_Advising
  • Find your major on the list and click the plus sign to the right.
  • Choose the reason you are visiting your advisor.
  • Find the advisor assigned to your major. Click on the "Book Now" button next to their name.
  • Click on the day on the calendar that you’d like to come in.
  • Select a time that works for you – make sure you don’t have any conflicts with class or work.
  • Enter your information and click on the "Done" button.

After you submit your appointment request, you will receive an email confirming the appointment date and time. Please note – your advisor is setting aside this time just for you. If you can't make your appointment, email your advisor by replying to the confirmation email or call the Academic Advising Center front desk (253-692-4857).

Before your appointment:

  • Write down your questions for the advisor.
  • Look through our individual major and minor pages to find the ones that best fit your interests.
  • Go to MyUW and review the tools found there, including MyPlan.
  • Check the Time Schedule Quick Search for ideas about classes to talk about with your advisor.
  • Log into your MyPlan page to start planning your classes for the quarter and academic year.

How can an advisor help you?

  • Partner with you in clarifying and planning your academic career.
  • Teach you how to navigate academic planning tools.
  • Review both departmental and university policy in regard to major and graduation requirements.
  • Educate you about campus resources and deliver information to support your education.

When should you see your academic advisor?

If you have questions on the any of the following topics, consult with your advisor. Some topics can be discussed via email, but some issues are better discussed in person. Your advisor can help you find the best way to get the information you need.

Reason

Appointment

Email

Academic difficulty

X

 

Applying for graduation

X

 

Changing to an SIAS major (or planning to declare an SIAS major)

X

 

Changing graduation date

 

X

Course registration (current term)

X

 

Course planning (next term)

X

X

Course planning (beyond next term)

X

X

Declaring a double major

X

X

Declaring or dropping a minor

 

X

Degree audit and degree progress

X

X

Readmission/ reinstatement

X

 

Registration holds

X

X

Reviewing general education requirements

X

X

Reviewing transfer credit

 

X

Summer school

X

X

Taking classes outside of UW Tacoma

X

X

Please see us in person in GWP 102, call 253-692-4857 or schedule an appointment.

To request changes to this page, please contact Suzanne McCusker.