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Arts OASIS: Office of Advising and Student Information Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the Faculty of Arts Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS) is to ensure the integrity and coherence of the Arts undergraduate degree.  We provide advice and support to our students regarding their academic trajectory, from entry to graduation.  We do so valuing principles of fairness, accessibility, respect, engagement, confidentiality and collaboration with key stakeholders.

Guide for New Students

Incoming students—read the Faculty of Arts OASIS Guide for New Students for important information on beginning your Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Planning

Print and fill out the Degree Planning Worksheet and use the Degree Planning Guide in order to systematically plan your degree as you go.

Emergencies

For emergencies, pleases call 514-398-1029 or visit us in Dawson Hall, Room 110.

Welcome from the Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Professor Lucyna Lach

 Associate Dean Lucyna LachWelcome to the Faculty of Arts Office of Advising and Student Information Services (otherwise known as OASIS), your first stop for obtaining information and support so that you will be able to complete your degree in a timely manner.

 

Your Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree at McGill provides you with the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of human endeavour and creative expression. It is a wonderful journey of knowledge acquisition that will equip you with ways of understanding scholarship in whatever field of study you select. It will enable you to develop linguistic, critical, and analytical skills that will allow you to approach a question or an issue from a variety of perspectives, to respond effectively to new developments, and to adapt to changing circumstances. You will also learn more about who you are, how you learn, what you enjoy, and what your next steps could be.

An Arts degree at McGill is comprised of 120 credits. The BA is structured to provide you with an opportunity to explore at least two fields of study. The Faculty of Arts offers you numerous programs of study within which you can develop your interests. As a result, there are numerous choices and decisions that you must make along the way. You will therefore find the flexibility of the BA structure to be both an asset and a challenge. Building the academic year with the right courses and ensuring that degree requirements (required and complementary courses) are met can be challenging. But it is also extremely satisfying because you can design the degree program that is precisely right for you.

Most students find that their degree planning is relatively straightforward. Using our degree planning worksheet, you can map out the courses that you must take to meet your degree requirements. You will then have a better idea of where your elective courses can fit in to your overall plan. You may find, however, that you need or would like more support. If you would like to talk to someone about how to structure your academic year and how that structure will come together so that graduation requirements are met, an advisor from OASIS may be helpful. In addition, there may be times during your degree when things do not work out exactly as you have planned. This is when it is essential that you see an advisor.

OASIS, your department, and Service Point each provide advising services on specific issues. It is therefore important that you direct your enquiry to the right office. When you come to OASIS, you will first talk to someone at the front desk. Your questions may be answered immediately. Alternatively, you may be directed to your department or to Service Point, or toward an advisor who will sit down with you to answer your questions and to discuss your academic plan.

Keep an eye on this homepage for news of events and reminders of deadlines. Spend some time browsing through our website and the various places it will take you.

Most of all, enjoy your journey to your BA!

Our Advisers

Arts OASIS Faculty Advisers provide ongoing advice and guidance on program selection and degree planning, and assist students in managing academic situations during periods of personal, financial, or medical difficulty by working with students to identify the various possibilities and strategies available. They also approve course selection for U0 Arts Freshman students.

Students may meet with a Faculty Adviser in Arts OASIS on a drop-in basis.

Please see the Drop-in Advising Schedule tab for the schedule.
 

Drop-in Advising Schedule

 

If you wish to meet with a Faculty Adviser during their drop-in hours, you must request a drop-in space from the Arts OASIS counter (ground floor of Dawson Hall, room 110) during our regular office hours (10:00 am to 4:00 pm). Students are advised to be at the counter by 10:00 am for the best chance at securing an appointment. If you were given a confirmed drop-in space but have to cancel it, please contact Arts OASIS right away at (514)-398-1029 so that the spot can be given to another student. For more information please contact Arts OASIS.

Please note that drop-in spaces are given on a first-come, first-served basis and Adviser drop-in hours may be subject to change without notice.

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Departmental Academic Advisers

Departmental Academic Advisers provide advice on departmental programs and approve course selection for U1-U3 students. Students must have a departmental adviser for each major or minor. Students are encouraged to contact their department academic adviser(s) from time to time - certainly before their final year.

Unsure which adviser to contact? Contact Arts OASIS for assistance, or click here: Which adviser can help?