SoHE advising is lead by the Student Academic Affairs and Career Development Office (SAA), which supports students through academic and career advising. Our team of advisors is here to help current students and UW students interested in one of our majors.

Academic and Career Advising

The Student Academic Affairs and Career Development (SAA&CD) team are your partners for navigating both your academic and career path. This one-stop office provides a welcoming and supportive environment with expertise to clarify and explore SoHE, UW-Madison, and post-graduation questions. Whether you are a SoHE student or prospective student interested in a SoHE Major, our team of dedicated advisors would love to hear from you.

The Many Reasons to Meet with an Advisor

Dillon Wright advising SAA
  • Learn how to get into a SoHE major
  • Set your academic, career, and post-grad goals
  • Select courses for Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Plan graduation timeline
  • Connect major to career aspirations
  • Interpret University and SoHE rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Explore campus opportunities
  • Discuss any challenges and difficulties
  • Prepare for graduate/professional school
  • Identify campus resources
  • Form a relationship and get answers to your questions!

Questions? Contact us!

Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office
Nancy Nicholas Hall, Room 1194 

How to Prep for an Advising Meeting

  1. Review your Majors Curriculum Checksheet (See Resources below)
  2. Login to your UW DARS (Degree Audit Report) to view academic process; download the DARS Quick Start Guidefor help
  3. Make a list of questions and topics you’d like to cover
  4. Download and look over the Appointment Checklist PDF

Your Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Team


Annette McDaniel, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Patrick Jackson, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Allison Murray, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Academic Advisors

Kristin Armstrong
Amy Bertrand
Dillon Wright
Emily Keepman

Career Advisors

Alicia Hazen, Director of Career & Leadership Development, Career Advisor
Danielle Croegaert, Employer Relations Coordinator, Career Advisor

Student Resources

Schedule an Advisor Meeting Set up a 30-minute academic advising appointment with your SoHE Advisor using the Starfish online scheduler found in your MyUW portal. Search “Starfish” and follow the instructions. Having trouble? Contact 608-262-2608 or
Drop-In Academic AdvisingDrop in meetings are 10-15 minutes, no appointment required. Students are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular drop-in advising is available Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Major ChecksheetsCommunity & Nonprofit Leadership: 2019-2020
Human Development & Family Studies: 2019-2020
Personal Finance: 2019-2020
Financial Planning: 2019-2020
Interior Architecture: 2019-2020
Retailing & Consumer Behavior: 2019-2020
Textiles & Fashion Design: 2019-2020
- Fashion Institute of Technology: 2019-2020
Add/Drop DeadlineUniversity dates and deadlines. Students are responsible for being away of important dates and take any action before deadlines. Students may submit a Late Drop request to the Academic Dean in the event of that non-academic extenuating circumstances prevented a student from dropping by the deadline.
Academic Dean's Policy RequestsLate Drops, Dual Degrees, Credit Overloads, and Readmissions to SoHE; Please complete the Dean's Policy Request Form after speaking with your academic advisor.
Becoming a SoHE Student (BASS)Complete the online BASS presentation for an in-depth overview of Human Ecology and all of our majors and register for an optional group advising session.
Enrollment/ Course Access QuestionsSpeak with your advisor first. Further enrollment questions, such as your placement on the waitlist and course access when will impact graduation, can be emailed to
Major Declaration FormReady to declare a SoHE Major: First Year students, First-semester transfer students, and Pre-Interior Architecture students may declare a SoHE major using the SoHE Major Declaration Form. These students are not required to complete the Online Major Application.
Online Major ApplicationUW-Madison sophomores, juniors or seniors must complete the Online Major Application to apply to the following SoHE majors. Application open at the beginning Fall and Spring semesters.
Scholarship InformationApply for a SoHE scholarship during the fall or summer cycles.
Applying for GraduationAll students must apply for graduation in the MyUW Student Center when nearing degree completion. See application instructions. Minimal Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours, 2.0 cumulative GPA, last 30 credits completed in residence.
Transfer Course EquivalencyCheck to see if the course you plan to take at another Wisconsin university will transfer back to UW-Madison. Transfer Wisconsin.
Career and Internship HelpMeet your Career Development advising team and discover how they can help you get a great internship and professionally polished.
Study AbroadVisit the UW Study Abroad office to explore programs abroad. Be sure to talk to your advisor about your plans.
SoHE Student OrganizationsStay involved and gain leadership experience by joining a SoHE Student Organization.
Helpful UW-Madison LinksSoHE Undergraduate Guide
How-To Course Help Tutorials
Transferring to UW Website
Course Enrollment Tutorial