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Services for student success
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Murphy Learning Center (MLC)
Tutoring, Writing Center, Public Speaking. All UW-La-Crosse students can receive free tutoring services in a variety of courses, as well as utilize the Writing Center and the Center for Public Speaking at the MLC. In addition to on-site tutoring they can also direct you to tutoring offered by other campus departments.
The OMSS peer tutoring program provides free course specific tutoring to multicultural UWL undergraduate students upon request.
Student Support Services (SSS)
SSS provides academic, personal, career, and financial advising and support services to low income and first generation college students, as well as students with disabilities.
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- Assist with course selections and schedule planning for one or more semesters.
- Advice on progression toward graduation (Gen Ed requirements, major, minor, college requirements).
- Discuss opportunities such as undergraduate research and creativity, job shadowing, internships, study abroad programs
- Need the name of your faculty advisor? Check your Student Center in WINGS.
College Academic Services
Your major determines which of the following colleges you are in:
- College of Business Administration (CBA)
- College of Liberal Studies (CLS)
- School of Arts and Communication (SAC)
- College of Science and Health (CSH)
- School of Education (SOE)
Each college office provides extensive academic services:
- Process program (change of major) change forms.
- Perform credit checks and degree verifications.
- Ensure accuracy of the Advising Report (AR) report.
- Interpret academic policies and procedures
- Advise incoming transfer students and assist with transfer credits.
- Approve off-campus courses for transfer credit.
- Notify and advise students who are ineligible or on probation
- Advise students without a declared major who are following health-related pre-professional tracks OTHER than pre-PT or pre-OT (those students should contact the Academic Advising Center)
Academic Advising Center
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- Advise students in the College of Science & Health (SAH) and the College of Liberal Studies (CLS) without a declared major, including students following a pre-PT or pre-OT track.
- Students without a declared major who are following other pre-professional tracks in health should contact the SAH College Office.
- Assist students with exploring alternative majors, transferring schools, or researching graduate school and careers.
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- Choosing a major?
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- A student with a declared major and registering for next semester?
- Concerned about Advisement Report (AR) accuracy?
- Planning for Commencement?
- Making post-graduation plans?
- A student with other questions about advising, registration, grades or transcripts?
In the Department of Communication Studies, we take advising seriously, and ask that you meet with your assigned advisor at least once every semester. Your advisor, who is a faculty member in the department, is trained to help you understand your advisement report, your university, college, and departmental requirements, and how to locate any additional services you may need while you are with us at UW-L.
Below, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding advising. Please take the opportunity to review the questions and answers, and do not hesitate to contact your advisor (listed on the right side of your WINGS account) if you have additional questions or concerns.
Becoming a CST Major
How do I declare a CST major?
What are the emphasis areas in the CST major?
Do I need to declare a minor?
Why did extra classes get added from CLS when I declared my official CST major?
Progressing in the Major
How long will it take to complete the major?
How does CST handle waiting lists and course overrides?
If a CST course has a pre-requisite course, can I take them both at the same time?
Are there any scholarships available for CST students?
Are there any CST organizations or clubs that I can join?
When does advising happen each semester?
How should I prepare for my advising meeting?
MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!
Becoming a CST Major
Students can declare to become a pre-CST major at any time by filling out the appropriate form in Morris 260. However, to become an official CST major, students must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of a minimum of 45 semester credits (transfer students must have completed a minimum of 12 of the 45 semester credits at UWL).
- Successful completion ("C" or better) of CST 110 and either ENG 110 or ENG 112.
- Completion of CST 190 with a grade of "BC" or better or completion of CST 301 with a grade of "BC" or better.
- Achieve a UWL cumulative GPA of 2.70 at time of admission.
Students who have fulfilled these requirements must see the CST Department Chair or their CST faculty advisor to obtain approval to declare the major. A current Advisement Report (AR) will document fulfillment of admission requirements. The approval form then must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Studies in Morris 260.
Majors in Communication Studies will choose from one of four emphasis areas in the department:
- Advocacy and Communication Criticism
- Broadcast and Digital Media
- Interpersonal Communication
- Organizational and Professional Communication
For a complete description of each of the emphasis areas as well as the course requirements for each, please click here.
Yes. Every CST major needs to declare either a minor or the CLS/SAC Program Option (done in Morris 260). Students, in consultation with their advisor, should decide on the best path to develop a set of skills and/or knowledge that will be useful in their future endeavors. For a list of minors at UWL, click here. Some of the more popular minors for CST majors are: Business Administration, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Professional Writing, Anthropology, English, Spanish, Sociology, and Women's Studies.
Instead of a formal minor, students may choose the CLS/SAC Program Option to fulfill this requirement. The CLS/SAC Program Option requirements are: Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements. Students can declare this option in Morris 260.
You do not necessarily need to declare a minor or the Program Option when you declare your pre-CST major, unless you are within a few semesters of graduating.
When you declare your official CST major, you will be asked to decide if you want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. In either case, you will need to complete several courses as a way of fulfilling this requirement. Speak with your advisor about the best option for you, and also review the material here to understand the requirements for each.
Progressing in the Major
The minimum time it takes to complete the CST major is four semesters. Our four core classes build on each other, and must be taken in sequence. This unique set of core courses familiarizes students with the discipline of Communication Studies (CST 190), explores the breadth of communication theories that comprise the discipline (CST 301), trains students on communication research methods (CST 498), and provides an opportunity to engage in an independent original scholarly research project supervised by a CST faculty member (CST 499).