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Advising Services

Our Mission

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.

Welcome from Professor Miranda Hickman, Acting Associate Dean, Student Affairs

At Arts OASIS, we think of the university experience as multifaceted—and students as multidimensional individuals. Academic advising is at the core of our mandate. We are here to assist you with degree planning and to help you think about how to make the most of your time at McGill in the Faculty of Arts. We can provide resources, both in person and on the web, for you to position the work you do in your individual programs (your majors and your minors), together with extracurriculars, in the context of a larger picture – of both your degree and of your future.

Our motto—indicating our commitment to the Faculty of Arts, and work in the Humanities and Social Sciences—is “It starts with Arts.” Yet what we also emphasize is that your Arts degree starts with you. We will work with you to make sure your degree is on course; but in larger terms, we can also help assess your areas of interest, strengths, needs, and preferred paths, toward possible futures. We can also refer you to services around campus ready to support your health and wellness at McGill.

Today, those pursuing a Bachelor of Arts can feel under pressure to justify their choice to work in the Humanities and Social Sciences when many choose to move into areas such as science, engineering, and management. Yet Arts graduates are widely recognized, and valued, for their critical thinking, communication skills, capacity for empathy, cultural awareness, sense of the past, knowledge of diverse traditions around the globe, ability to cross divides of nation and language, and creativity.

As Dean Antonia Maioni of the Faculty of Arts notes, Arts graduates are known for being the “best prepared for the unexpected”—well equipped to be flexible in a rapidly evolving contemporary climate. (https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/arts-graduates-a...).

The late Steve Jobs of Apple underscored the importance of including Arts graduates in professional teams for their creative thinking. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/steve-jobs-technology-alone-is-...

So whether there’s a specific question on your mind about your paths while at university – or a broader-brush question about what you might step to after the BA, and how the many aspects of university experience here can support that direction, please be in touch with Arts OASIS.

This year, on our website and in our office on the first floor of Dawson Hall, we have available newly enhanced resources for Study Away, Degree Planning, and assessment of your skills, interests, and needs. We also offer a career-focused academic advisor on site. Please come to the front window at Dawson Hall, where our team can address your initial queries – and if it’s the best option, we’re glad to arrange for a follow-up meeting with one of the Faculty Advisors at OASIS.

Counter Advising

Come to the counter Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for advising on the topics below! Depending on the complexity of your situation, we may suggest that you book a one-on-one advising appointment for later that day.

  • Freshman Program
  • Course selection
  • Important deadlines
  • Study abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Course and university withdrawals
  • Policies & procedures
  • Form submissions
  • Graduation
  • Upcoming events

One-on-One Advising

For more in-depth conversations on the topics below, we may book you to speak with an advisor one-on-one later the same day. Faculty Advisors 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.

  • Readmission
  • Program selection
  • Academic standing
  • Leaves of absence
  • Students in distress
  • Graduation issues
  • Degree planning
  • Career planning
  • Deferred exams
  • Supplemental exams
  • Inter-faculty transfers

To see which advisors are offering one-on-one appointments each day, please see the schedule below. If you were given a confirmed drop-in space but have to cancel it, please contact Arts OASIS immediately at 514-398-1029 so the spot can be made available to another student.

Pre-Booked Appointments

You can always email an advisor you have already met with to request a follow-up appointment outside of their regular drop-in schedule.

In-Rez Advising

Available to all Arts students living in residence, in-rez advising appointments are available for groups of 5 or more students. To book an in-rez advising session, please submit this webform. It is the student's responsibility to organize the group and to secure an appropriate location in residence for us to meet. Please note, this service is unavailable during the Add/Drop period of either the Fall or Winter terms.

Arts OASIS - August 2019 Faculty Advisor Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00-10:30 a.m.

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10:30-11:00 a.m.

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11:00-11:30 a.m.

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11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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12:00-12:30 p.m.        

 

1:00-1:30 p.m.

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1:30-2:00 p.m.

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2:00-2:30 p.m.

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2:30-3:00 p.m.

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3:00-3:30 p.m.     Brandy

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