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School of Human Ecology

Student Academic Services

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
Career Development
Scholarships and Other Financial Resources
Student Organizations

The Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office (SAA) prepares students to take an active role in their educational experience. Committed to helping both current and prospective students succeed, the SAA staff provides a variety of academic services including:

  • academic orientation through SOAR
  • academic advising
  • coordination of internships
  • preparation for careers
  • assistance with transfer, study abroad credits, and reentry procedures
  • interpretation of program requirements
  • certification of degree candidates
  • coordination of the school's class schedule and registration procedures
  • referrals to campus-wide resources for a wide range of student interests and concerns
  • maintenance of student records

Academic Advising

Each student in the school is assigned to an academic advisor in the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office. Every student is strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor regarding long-range planning toward a degree. This includes educational objectives, academic requirements and course sequence, and specific problems related to academic progress and plans. It is the student's responsibility to select a major, learn about and get admitted to the major, and fulfill degree requirements. A student may participate in group information sessions, attend walk-in advising hours, or confer with an advisor by appointment during the academic year or summer. It is especially important for students to seek advising during the preregistration periods each semester.

The Student Academic Affairs & Career Development staff regularly assists students with referrals to campus testing, tutoring services, and counseling services.

The Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office, 1194 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, actively recruits and supports students from diverse populations and assists students in meeting academic and career goals. 

Faculty Mentors

Advising is complemented by faculty mentors in the student's major. Faculty mentors can share their expertise to:

  • broaden student's understanding of the discipline and related professions;
  • develop individualized focus areas;
  • enrich educational experiences through research and identification of internship opportunities.

For more information, contact the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office, School of Human Ecology, 1194 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive, Madison WI 53706; 608-262-2608; advising@sohe.wisc.edu; www.sohe.wisc.edu.

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is a tool that students and advisors use to determine how courses and credits fit into degree requirements. DARS is an automated report of a student's academic progress toward completion of a degree. A DARS report shows which course requirements have already been completed and which course requirements remain unsatisfied. It includes a list of appropriate courses that may be taken to meet specific degree requirements.

Students should check the DARS report at least twice each semester—before registration to determine which requirements remain un-satisfied and after registration to see how new courses apply. The "what if" DARS report allows students to see how completed or in-progress courses may be used in different degree programs, either within the School of Human Ecology or in other UW–Madison schools/colleges. Both the DARS report and the "what if" DARS report can be accessed through the student's My UW–Madison Student Center.

The quick and thorough analysis provided by DARS provides an opportunity during an advising appointment to discuss course options, research opportunities, graduate school, or issues of personal interest or concern to students. Although students are encouraged to review the DARS report regularly with their advisors, final responsibility for completion of the requirements for graduation rests with the student.


Undergraduate students are encouraged to augment the content in their chosen major through the internship program. The School of Human Ecology recognizes the value of enhancing classroom learning with the practical work experience that an internship provides. Students gain marketable skills and work experience, while contributing to their community and the mission of the School of Human Ecology.

Through partnerships with local, national and international businesses, internships are offered to upperclassmen in the fall, spring, and summer terms for varying amounts of university credit. Each department within the school offers internships for credit. In certain majors, the internship is a requirement. For further information, see Internships. Students interested in pursuing an internship should contact an internship coordinator in the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office, advising@sohe.wisc.edu.

Career Development

The Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office (SAA) provides students with career development services. Advisors work with students to identify their strengths and passions, explore career options, make career decisions and conduct a successful job search. The office also provides connections with recruiters.

SoHE Career Services
  • Internship/career preparation course
  • Career services drop-in appointments
  • Resume critiques
  • Mock interviews
  • Internship and job search strategies
  • Career advising appointments 

BuckyNet is a software program at UW-Madison that connects students and employers. Through BuckyNet, students find internships and full-time employment opportunities, sign-up for on-campus interviews, learn about employers, and register for career events and workshops.

For career advising appointments and BuckyNet registration, please contact the Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office at 608-262-2608 or advising@sohe.wisc.edu.

Scholarships and Other Financial Resources

The Awards Committee in the School of Human Ecology awards many merit and need-based scholarships each year. The deadline to apply for scholarships is generally early in the spring semester. To be eligible for these awards, scholarship recipients must be registered as full-time SoHE students. 

Students who experience emergency financial situations may inquire about the availability of short-term loans through the SoHE Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office. In addition, university scholarships, loans, and employment are available through the Office of Student Financial Aid (333 East Campus Mall; 608-262-3060).

Student Organizations

School of Human Ecology student organizations include:

  • Apparel and Textile Association (ATA)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals– UW-Madison Chapter
  • Community and Nonprofit Leaders (CNLUW)
  • Financial Occupations Club for University Students (FOCUS)
  • Phi Upsilon Omicron (an national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences)
  • Student Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
  • Students for Families and Children (SFC)
  • Student Retail Association (SRA)