Students, faculty, and staff at UWM are able to use PAWS to search for classes.  The class search within PAWS is the best source for complete information on class offerings in a current or upcoming semester. 

Steps to Search for Classes

  1. Log in to PAWS.
  2. For students, click on the Search link that appears in the Academics section of your Student Center (students also can access the Class Search via the search option on their enrollment shopping cart):
    For faculty, navigate to Self Service > Search > Class Search:
    For staff, navigate to Records and Enrollment > Enroll Students > Search for Classes (staff also can access the page via Self Service > Search > Class Search):
  3. The Class Search page will look and function the same for students, faculty, and staff.
  4. The Institution will default to "University Wisconsin-Milwaukee."  Leave the default selection.  Select a Term (semester) from the drop-down.  For students and faculty, the term will default to the current term.
  5. You are required to select at least two additional search criteria from the search groupings.
    General Course Information:
    Course Designation Information:
    Course Meeting Information:
    Miscellaneous Course Information (collapsed by default):
    Examples of specific searches that are possible are at the bottom of the page.
  6. Once your search criteria are selected, click the Search button to execute the search.
    If your search yields 50 or more class sections, a warning message will appear.  Click OK to continue the search or Cancel to end it. 
  7. Your search results will appear with all class sections matching your search criteria.  A message will appear to indicate the number of sections matching the search criteria.   
    General information about each section will be visible in the search results, including meeting pattern and whether it is open, closed, or in waitlist status. 
    You can click on the blue link on the section number of each class to see detailed information, including start and end dates, if the class has any prerequisites, a link to required and recommended course materials, specific seat availability, and a course description.  Students are also able to add the class to their enrollment shopping cart from this view (see the Changing Your Schedule website for more information on the enrollment process).
  8. To start a new search or modify the current search, use the buttons at the top or bottom of the search results page. 

Glossary of PAWS Class Search Criteria

See below for a description of the search criteria available in the PAWS Class Search.

Course Subject The department or program offering the class (e.g., Anthropology, History, Mechanical Engineering, etc.).
Course Number The three-digit catalog number associated with the course (e.g., 101, 250, 599, 715, etc.).
Open Class Classes with seats available.
Class Number The five-digit number associated with a specific class section offering of a course in a term (e.g., 29608, 31098, 43707, etc.).
Course Keyword A keyword appearing in the main title of a course.
Course Attribute and Course Attribute Values Designations used to identify General Education Requirement (GER) courses, freshmen eligible courses, Living Learning Community courses, and Service Learning courses, among others.
Requirement Designations Designations used to identify courses that apply toward both the GER Cultural Diversity requirement and another GER distribution area (Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences).
Days of Week The scheduled meeting days of a class (NOTE: online classes do not have any meeting days listed).
Meeting Start and End Time The scheduled start and end times of a class (NOTE: online classes do not have start and end times listed).
Location The general location of a class offering, either on campus, off campus, or online (NOTE: ignore the location of transfer).
Mode of Instruction The format of the class offering, including In Person, Online, Hybrid (part In Person, part Online), Independent Studies, and Video Streaming.
Instructor Name The last name of the instructor assigned to the class section.
Course Units The number of units offered for the class section.
Course Career Indication of whether the class is at the Undergraduate (699 or below) or Graduate (700 or above) level.
Session Code The session within the term when the class is offered.  Most classes are Regular (full-term), although some are in a partial-term session.  For specific begin and end dates associated with session codes in current and upcoming terms, see the Registrar's Add/Drop Calendar.
Component The type of class section offering, typically Lecture, Seminar, Discussion, Lab, Independent Study, or Field Study.  Please note that most classes with Discussion and Lab components have a primary Lecture component that serves as the main component for enrollment and grading.

Examples of PAWS Class Searches

A search for History classes, open and closed, at the 200 level or below that are eligible for freshmen enrollment.
  1. Select "History" from the Subject drop-down.
  2. Change the Course Number drop-down to "less than or equal to" and enter 299 in the Course Number search box.
  3. Un-check the "Show Open Classes Only" checkbox.
  4. Select "Freshmen Eligible Course" from the Course Attribute drop-down.
  5. Select "Freshmen Eligible Course" from the Course Attribute Value drop-down.
  6. Click the Search button.

A search for open Dance classes that apply toward the GER Arts requirement.

  1. Select "Dance" from the Subject drop-down.
  2. Select "GER" from the Course Attribute drop-down.
  3. Select "(A)" from the Course Attribute Value drop-down.
  4. Click the Search button.


A search for all classes, open and closed, that apply toward the GER Humanities and the GER Cultural Diversity requirements and do NOT meet on Mondays.

  1. Un-check the "Show Open Classes Only" checkbox. 
  2. Select "GER Cultural Div & Humanities" from the Requirement Designation drop-down.
  3. Select "exclude only these days" from the Days of Week drop-down and check the "Mon" box. 
  4. Click the Search button.


A search for any open class with "global" in the title that is offered in a fully-online format.

  1. Type "global" into the Course Keyword search field.
  2. Select "Online course taught via WEB" from the Location drop-down.
  3. Click the Search button.


A search for all classes, open and closed, that include a Service Learning component.  

  1. Un-check the "Show Open Classes Only" checkbox. 
  2. Select "Service Learning" from the Course Attribute drop-down.
  3. Select "Services Learning Class" from the Course Attribute Value drop-down.
  4. Click the Search button.