University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee



Hello and Welcome to the Peck School of the Arts
Office of Student Services!

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. In the PSOA, we offer academic advising in the following disciplines: art, dance, film, music, theatre and inter-arts.

PSOA advisors provide students with individualized advising appointments to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, etc.

Our office is located in the Theatre Building, room 120—theatre lobby. We are open from 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. To schedule an advising appointment, please call 414-229-4763.

The staff in the PSOA Office of Student Services takes great pride in assisting students with their academic goals. We look forward to meeting with you to ensure you have a positive experience in the Peck School of the Arts and the greater campus community.

Louis Molina
Assistant Dean
PSOA Office of Student Services

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is a process of information exchange that empowers students to realize their maximum educational potential. The goal of academic advising is that students will gain a clearer understanding of themselves and the experience of higher education. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about life goals and educational plans rests with the individual student. Academic advisors assist in this process by helping to identify and access alternatives and the potential consequences of decisions.

When do I Need to Have Academic Advising?

All students are encouraged to meet with academic advisors throughout their academic careers. Some students will be required to meet with academic advisors at various times. If academic advising is required prior to registration, a registration hold will prevent the student from registering until the hold has been removed. Students who have registration holds for advising are notified through their PAWS account. The following groups of students will have mandatory academic advising:

  • New freshmen are required to meet with an academic advisor for a Mandatory Freshmen Conference during their first semester of their first year.
  • All students on academic probation (cumulative GPA below 2.00) must meet with an advisor to monitor their progress and complete a probation contract for the semester.

What are my Responsibilities as an Advisee?

As an advisee you should:

  • Accept responsibility for your academic plans and decisions.
  • Schedule regular advising appointments.
  • Arrive at advising appointments ready to share information about progress and/or obstacles.
  • Take steps to clarify your values, interest, and goals.
  • Make yourself aware of pertinent policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Develop positive relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students.
  • Read and respond appropriately to all university correspondence sent to you via U.S. mail or e-mail.
  • Take advantage of all resources that will improve and enhance your educational experience.

What are the Responsibilities of my Advisor?

Your advisor should:

  • Provide accurate information about policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Appreciate and respect your uniqueness.
  • Assist you in understanding the purpose and potential of higher education.
  • Assist you in developing academic/career plans consistent with your goals, interests, and abilities.
  • Refer you to additional resources when necessary or appropriate.

What are the Expected Outcomes of Academic Advising?

  • Students will know how and where to access accurate information about policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Students will be able to identify fields of study that are consistent with their goals, interests and abilities.
  • Students will learn to select curricular and extra-curricular activities that enhance their educational experience.
  • Students will know what support services are available and will use them when appropriate.
  • Students will develop meaningful positive relationships with faculty, advisors, other staff, and fellow students.