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I believe Education is the driving force in creating a better, more just and equitable civil society. I would therefore be happy to assist you with planning your BA degree, help you identify options if you experience challenges or difficulties and explore ways to enhance your educational experience.
If you are currently studying in a different Faculty and are wondering whether the Bachelor of Arts degree would be a better fit for your interests and goals, I would be happy to meet to discuss the possibility of a transfer to the BA degree.
Kanella (Nellie) Voudouris
As you plan your BA degree, deciphering all those rules and regulations can be confusing. My role is to help you gain a better understanding of how the BA degree is structured. The flexibility of the BA degree enables you to achieve your academic goals by designing a degree program that caters towards your interests. The key to your success is to develop these interests, so that you are more engaged both inside and outside the classroom. If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies, I am here to discuss your academic options with you. I have been an Arts academic advisor for many years so I know the Faculty and the University community extremely well. My approach and experience fosters an encouraging and supportive environment for you as you use our resources to successfully complete your degree.
One of the high points of my job is that I oversee the Arts Student Advising Program. ASAP is a student outreach program and our ASAPs assist our office by doing front-line advising. They have been selected because they genuinely want to help their fellow students. Along with the ASAPs, I see all my student advisees through the student life cycle from being newly admitted, to the time they graduate. I also oversee the student outreach events, such as Orientation/Discover McGill, CEGEP Information Day, the Arts Program Fair, Parent’s Tent and Open House, and I oversee volunteer ambassadors at Arts Convocations. I am one of the first persons you will meet at Orientation and I will be one of the first persons to greet you at Convocation. I am also a member of the University Senate (2016-2019).
My favourite part of what I do... is meeting with you! If you are a newly admitted student starting out in your U0 Freshman year, pass by the information counter at OASIS and just ask for me. No appointment necessary! I'd be happy to review and approve your Freshman course selection, or to discuss any issues that might arise for you during your U0 year. I'm also available right through to your graduation.
My undergraduate degree is from McGill in Sociology and Women's Studies, and I'm very passionate about feminism and social justice issues. I also enjoy good food, fashion, and especially music, blogging about music, and oh yeah, music!
Feeling like you could be getting more out of your university experience? Wondering how your B.A. is going to advance your career path? Unsure about what you’re going to do after graduation? OASIS is pleased to offer Arts students an in-house Career Adviser. Linking the value of your degree to the quality of your own personal and professional development, the Career Adviser helps you connect your undergraduate experiences to “what comes next.” By learning to strategically develop oneself through the access and engagement of University resources, opportunities, and experiences, Arts students learn to leverage their most important asset for life-long learning and success!
To help better connect your university experience to what comes next, book an appointment today with your Arts OASIS Career Adviser, Brandy Jugandi, at brandy.jugandi [at] mcgill.ca.
Need an answer? Not sure who to ask? As Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator, I provide front-line academic advising for Arts Students at OASIS. Whether you’re unsure of where to go, how to plan your degree, how to navigate the McGill network, or just have general questions, I’m here to help. I work on Study Away, Transfer Credits, the Arts OASIS website and send out regular communications about upcoming events and academic deadlines to students via e-mail and our social media platforms. Throughout the year, I also collaborate with OASIS’ various advisers on different projects ranging from freshman advising, inter-faculty transfers and graduation. Feel free to send an email to advisor.arts [at] mcgill.ca with any questions you might have.
Students: If you are encountering problems with the IUT-CREPUQ process or have questions about transfer credits, you may email studyaway.arts [at] mcgill.ca or get a drop-in with me.
Staff: For administrative related issues do not hesitate to contact me.
Are you thinking about spreading your wings and flying away to study at another university for a semester? As the Faculty of Arts OASIS Study Away Coordinator, Anne's duties include approval of bilateral exchange and independent study away applications. She and her colleagues present information sessions on applying for a study away or bilateral exchange semester. She is available by email, info sessions, question and answer sessions, and appointments. Anne also helps students at the Arts OASIS counter. She started working at McGill in 1976 but left McGill in 1991 to work at the University of Guelph. Anne returned to McGill in 2006 at which time she promised to remain at McGill until she retires!
Anne has two children, two grandchildren and two dogs. She loves animals, gardening and loves being on McGill campus end of August when students return and the campus becomes alive again.
Assistant to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, I receive all student requests and process all student matters that involve, or appeal to, Dr. Lucyna Lach.
As a mother of triplets and recent McGill graduates, I well understand the challenges that you may encounter while achieving your undergraduate degree. I completed a Certificate of Public Relations at McGill while working here and really enjoy being a life-long learner. I also look forward to celebrating with you the reward of your success at graduation!
A.S.A.P.s (Arts Student Advising Program)
ASAPs are senior Arts students who provide peer advising through the OASIS office. They have a wealth of firsthand knowledge of student life at McGill and university procedures. If you would like to speak to someone who can understand exactly what you are experiencing right now, don’t hesitate to reach out to an ASAP. They can assist you throughout the summer and the academic year. You can reach them between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays via their online chat or in person at the OASIS counter!
Welcome from Dr. Lucyna Lach, the Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Welcome 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!