A&H Academic Advising

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Academic advising is an integral part of the university academic experience. The goal of academic advising is to assist students in taking responsibility for developing meaningful educational plans compatible with their career and personal goals. Advising is more than imparting specialized knowledge: it includes helping students formulate important questions about the nature and direction of their education and helping them find answers to those questions. However, the ultimate responsibility for making academic decisions and progress rests with students.

While advisors confer with students about courses and educational experiences, students themselves are responsible for defining the content of their academic program and making progress toward an academic degree. Advisors will assist students in designing an appropriate course of study that will satisfy requirements for graduation as well as offer information on particular courses and University rules and procedures. All students must verify their class schedule each semester, must see that necessary transactions are completed by the published deadlines, and are responsible for all documentation related to schedule changes, dropping or withdrawing from classes, and other transactions.

How to have a Successful Advising Appointment

One of the many goals of the advisors in the School of Arts and Humanities is to ensure that students have an efficient, effective and meaningful advising appointment. In order for this to occur, students should seek advisors assistance by scheduling and keeping appointments, asking questions regarding degree requirements until all concerns are addressed, and knowing University policies and procedures. Because each student's needs are unique and specific, students should be proactive in contacting advisors and should accept final responsibility for their actions and decisions regarding their educational pursuits. To encourage student self-efficacy, advisors in the School of Arts and Humanities work directly with advisees, even if others (such as FERPA approved family members) are present at advising appointments.

Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Advisors
Name Email Phone Advising for Office
Emily Akins [email protected] 972-883-2759 Literary Studies, Historical Studies and Art and Performance, undergraduates last names A-L JO 4.508
Megan Gray Hering [email protected] 972-883-2980 Literary Studies, Historical Studies and Art and Performance, undergraduates last names M-Z JO 4.508


Arts and Humanities Graduate Advisors
Name Email Phone Advisor for Office
Pia Jakobsson [email protected] 972-883-4706 MA in History, MA in Humanities, MAT in Humanities, PhD in Humanities and MA in Latin American Studies Graduate Students JO 4.128

For Students and Parents

While students bear the primary responsibility for their education and academic career at UT Dallas, parents still have an important role to play. We encourage parents to offer support to their students and to promote their independent thinking.

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records and information. You can learn more about FERPA at the UT Dallas Bursars Office and find FERPA release forms at the UT Dallas Registrar.

  • The UT Dallas Student Success Center can help students with various classes and includes a Math Lab and Writing Center. The Math Lab and Writing Center are located in the McDermott Library – MC 3.606 and MC 1.06, respectively. See http://www.utdallas.edu/GEMS/ for more information about the Student Success Center

  • For general information about campus resources, special events, important deadlines, and issues associated with college students, see the "Comet Families" webpage at http://www.utdallas.edu/family/. This page also includes special information for families of freshman students, including links to "ten rules for parenting freshmen" and information about the "rhythm of the academic year."