Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Letters & Science
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Advising

Karen Thompson

702 Van Hise Hall
karen.thompson@wisc.edu
(608) 265-3183 no voicemail - email is best!
 
(no appointments scheduled via email or phone)

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Study Abroad Advising

For general questions about eligibility, financial aid opportunities, etc., please visit the International Academic Programs website. You can find information specific to study abroad as a Spanish major here. Questions about study abroad course equivalencies and requests for assistance with the IAP Advising Worksheet should be directed to the appropriate faculty study abroad liaison.

Enrollment Deadlines

Declaring the Spanish or Portuguese Major

  • Students in the College of Letters & Science (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science designation) may declare the Spanish or Portuguese major at any time.
  • Students not in the College of Letters & Science need permission from their primary School or College to declare the Spanish or Portuguese major. Generally, this just involves students taking a copy of their major declaration form back to their primary School or College. For students in CALS, a permission form is also required.
  • Students with a “pre” designation (ie: Pre-Nursing/PRN, Pre-Kinesiology/PKN, General Engineering/EGR, among others) are unable to declare a College of Letters & Science major until they have been officially admitted into that School or College.
  • To declare, simply make an appointment here or stop by during walk-in hours. You may also declare online if you do not feel the need for an in-person meeting.
  • You must bring the appropriate DARS report with you if you wish to declare the Spanish or Portuguese major during walk-in hours. Not sure how to run your DARS report? Step-by-step instructions are available here. Students with recent study abroad experience whose courses do not yet appear on their UW-Madison records should bring a list of approved course equivalencies for the courses taken abroad so we can check it against your DARS report.

Declaring the Certificate in Spanish Studies for Business Majors

Honors in the Liberal Arts and Honors in the Major

Canceling your Major or Certificate

Need to cancel your Spanish or Portuguese major or Certificate in Spanish Studies for Business Majors? We're sorry to see you go! Simply email Karen Thompson from your wisc.edu email account (why?) and include your Campus ID number and your intent to cancel your major or certificate.

Quick Question?

  • If you have a quick question that does not require a conversation, feel free to email me at karen.thompson@wisc.edu. The email should come from your wisc.edu email account (why?) and include your Campus ID number. If it is an ongoing email conversation, please include the history.
  • Please check our website for answers to common questions.
  • Questions about remaining course requirements or impending graduation must be accompanied by the appropriate DARS report. Not sure how to run your DARS report? Step-by-step instructions are available here. Students with recent study abroad experience whose courses do not yet appear on their UW-Madison records should include a list of approved course equivalencies for the courses taken abroad so I can check it against your DARS report.
  • If it is determined that your question cannot be answered via email you may be asked to make an appointment.

Walk-In Hours

I will hold walk-in hours at various times throughout the semester.
 
There are no scheduled walk-in hours at this time.
 

  • Please be sure to check this page after 8:00am on the day you wish to attend walk-in hours to ascertain they were not canceled or rescheduled.
  • Walk-in hours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are intended for quick (less than ten-minute) coversations.
  • You must bring the appropriate DARS report with you if you wish to declare the Spanish or Portuguese major or the Certificate in Spanish Studies for Business Majors during walk-in hours, or if you have questions about remaining course requirements or impending graduation. Not sure how to run your DARS report? Step-by-step instructions are available here. Students with recent study abroad experience whose courses do not yet appear on their UW-Madison records should bring a list of approved course equivalencies for the courses taken abroad so we can check it against your DARS report.

Appointments

Students may make an appointment here.

  • Students may make an appointment up to one week (but not less than twenty-four hours) in advance.
  • If germane, I will run the appropriate DARS report for all students making an appointment with me. Students with recent study abroad experience whose courses do not yet appear on their UW-Madison records should bring a list of approved course equivalencies for the courses taken abroad so we can check it against your DARS report.
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so through WiscCal. Students who fail to show up for an appointment must wait at least two weeks before scheduling another appointment. Students who fail to show up for a second appointment will be unable to schedule further appointments during that term. If you are running late, please let me know if at all possible. I will not extend appointment times due to late arrival.