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Fact Sheet Details

Center for Academic Advising

Fact Sheet Details


Each year, up to 1/3 of the new students arriving on campus enter the university as "undeclared." Other students declare a major and later change it-some change majors more than once. At UW-Superior that's OK! It's the ideal place to explore topics, ideas and professions that may be new to you-all while earning credits toward your degree and being connected to the campus community. As your knowledge and experience grows, you'll find a major that fits your needs and interests and you'll continue to build your connections.

The Center for Academic Advising is Your Connection:

The Center for Academic Advising offers information, advice, and classes to help you select a major and reach your academic goals. And when you are ready to declare your major or if you wish to change your major, you do so at the Center (Old Main, 134). Also at the Center, you can meet with your academic advisor to talk about your interests and options. In addition to your advisor, the Center's website at www.uwsuper.edu/advise provides helpful info and links to various campus support services and academic programs (as well as other tools and resources).

Expect Knowledgeable and Helpful Academic Advisors:

All students are assigned an advisor from the Center for Academic Advising. Your advisor is an important connection to the campus community and will: 

  • Help you understand the University of Wisconsin- Superior's graduation (UWS) requirements
  • Assist you with setting goals (academic and career)
  • Refer you to campus support services (like tutoring, health and counseling, etc.)
  • Discuss how a liberal and professional education from UWS can help prepare you to reach your life goals
  • Advise you with class enrollment and in developing semester and long-term schedules

Supportive Faculty:

If you are curious about an academic field or about the various careers related to that academic field, make an appointment to talk with a faculty member in that area. You can find office locations and telephone numbers for all academic departments and faculty members through our online or hardcopy campus directorieswww.uwsuper.edu/search/directories

Active Learner: Hands On… Both In and Out of the Classroom:

You'll gain these lifelong skills in a variety of ways. Examples include: 

  • Participating in hands-on learning activities like internships, lab work, performances, and classes that stress the practical application of theories and data.
  • Exploring different majors and careers by volunteering with campus and community organizations. You can explore new fields and potential careers by joining any of the dozens of student-run academic or social organization on campus. Plus, it also looks great on your résumé!
  • Providing unparalleled professional training. You learn skills needed to succeed in business, computing, science, teaching, social work, music and many other fields.

With our small classes and personal attention, you cannot help but to be an engaged learner. You'll have the chance to join discussions, get extra help and take part in team projects. Experienced professors teach all classes and help advise students within their majors on the courses needed. Our campus offers increased opportunities for you to work in labs, perform in musical ensembles, join theatre productions, or work individually with professors.

A Great Liberal Arts Education:

A liberal arts education prepares you both personally and professionally. Many employers know that a liberal arts education prepares students for successful careers. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), companies tend to focus on finding graduates with the right skills rather than the right major. Also, a majority of employers have indicated that a new employee with the right skills could easily learn the specifics of an industry by utilizing their transferable skills.

Basically, UW-Superior provides you with a well-rounded liberal arts education-you'll learn how to examine ideas and to solve problems; to organize your thoughts and to present your views; and to work as part of a team so that you can eventually take the reins and become a leader. You'll need all of these skills no matter where your career path takes you. All of these skills are emphasized throughout our active and supportive learning environments and they are what employers are looking for when hiring. The UWS liberal arts (general education) requirements provide a strong foundation for academic and career success.

The 42 to 48 credits of General Education (liberal education) requirements are generally completed during your first two years of college. You have many choices when fulfilling these requirements and your advisor can help you select courses that are most appropriate for you. Many students have used these courses to help explore different fields of study that ultimately led to a major and/or was valuable to their career.

  • Andrea Beck's (Senior, Biology) favorite general education course was Intro to Technical Theatre (COMM 180). "I thought it was going to be some beginning acting course, but we actually got to help build the sets for the University Theatre production, Rumpelstiltskin. "The entire class went to see one of the performances and it was cool to see our work used in the production."
  • Junior Jack Hajewski was having second thoughts about his major, so he decided to explore courses in subject matter he was enthusiastic about, video production. He enrolled in a video production class, something he was involved in during his high school years, and he rediscovered his passion and consequently discovered a new path. Now Jack is majoring in Communicating Arts (Mass Communications Concentration) on the Video Production Track and he is combining that with another passion of his, athletics-so he is also earning a minor in Sports Management.

Learn About Yourself

The Academic Advisement Center recommends the class Exploring Majors and Academic Possibilities (IDS 297) for students, like you, who haven't yet decided on a major or for those who just want to clarify their choice of majors or careers. The course may be taken for 1-3 credits and assists you with understanding your personality preferences that ultimately lead toward an improved understanding of what majors and what careers would be most compatible and interesting for you.

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