Academic Advising

Drop-In Hours

Remote “drop-in” advising is available for all students, regardless of your major, from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday – Friday.  Remote advising will be conducted through Teams, Google Meet, or over the phone.  You can schedule an individual appointment with one of our academic advisors (Alicia Johanning or Nick Bourke) via Starfish.

General Office Hours are currently not being offered.

Phone: (608) 262-6925

For Career advising, you can schedule an appointment with one of our Economics Career Advisors, Elizabeth Foste or Ilsa May. Find more information about career advising here.

Declared majors may schedule remote appointments for the Fall 2020 semester through Starfish with our academic advisors, Nick Bourke or Alicia Johanning

  1. Log in to your MyUW
  2. Open the Starfish app (if you do not see it, you can begin by searching for it in MyUW and adding it to your dashboard)
  3. Within the Starfish app, select an economics advisor’s name and find an available date and time.

More help on using Starfish can be found here. If you have any questions or issues, you can email

How To Declare an Economics Major


If you aren’t declared yet, you can run a “What-If ” DARS Report to assess what courses you still need for your major in Economics.  For directions on how to do this, view the following PowerPoint which will guide you through the process: How to Run a What If DARS for Economics

1. Meet the following requirements:

    • Complete at least two economics courses on the UW-Madison campus.
    • Complete 1 calculus course.
    • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all completed economics and calculus courses.

2. Complete the online declaration form and sign up for our virtual webinar: “Economics Unveiled: Your New Major”

    • Students are welcomed and encouraged to meet with an economics career advisor as well (Elizabeth Foste or Ilsa May) however, career advisors are not able to meet with you to declare your major
    • You will be emailed the link to the webinar the day before.

3. Attend the webinar!  Currently scheduled dates are below:

    • November 18 – Wednesday at 3:00 pm
    • January 19 – Tuesday at 10:00 am
    • January 22 – Friday at 9:00 am
    • January 26 – Tuesday at 3:00 pm
    • January 29 – Friday at 1:00 pm
    • February 4 – Thursday at 10:30 am
    • February 9 – Tuesday at 3:00 pm
    • February 12 – Friday at 9:00 am
    • February 22 – Monday at 2:00 pm
    • March 11 – Thursday at 2:30 pm
    • April 26 – Monday at 11:00 am


If I passed a course with SD, will it count towards my major declaration requirements?

Yes, in congruence with the UW-Madison Spring 2020 SD (Satisfactory-Disruption) and UD (Unsatisfactory-Disruption) special grading option: SD grade courses will count towards the Economics major declaration requirements, Economics major requirements, and will satisfy future Economics course prerequisites.

UD grades will not count towards any of these requirements.

Example: If a student is currently taking Economics 102 as their second on-campus course to declare, an SD grade will suffice to fulfill our major declaration requirements of ‘two completed courses on campus’

Fall 2020 General Office Hours:

Our office is currently closed.

Please direct your emails to  This is often the best way to get your questions answered.

For general questions, you may call us at (608) 262-6925 during regular business hours (9:00am – 5:00pm).  We do not offer academic advising through this phone number.

If you need to speak to an advisor about an academic issue, please schedule an appointment with one of our academic advisors, Alicia Johanning or Nick Bourke, via Starfish.  For quick questions, you can call our Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Brian Brannon, at (608) 262-6925.