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School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Contacting Advisors

UC Merced Policy on the Use of Email for Official Communications with Students establishes email as a method for official communications from UC Merced to graduate, professional, and undergraduate students. The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts uses email as an official means to communicate with students on many important matter. Email is often the only way many of the important information are distributed. Please check your UC Merced email regularly. All students are responsible for knowing and when relevant, acting on all contents we send you via email.

Contacting SSHA Advising

Communication via a student’s UC Merced email account is the official method SSHA Advisors will use to communicate with you. Due to privacy regulations, your Advisor will communicate solely through the email account assigned to you ( Due to an increase in email since moving to our operations to distance service, students emailing their advisor should expect a response within 3-4 business days. While some inquiries may be resolved through email correspondence, most situations benefit from scheduling a virtual appointment or virtual walk-in meeting for further discussion.

When emailing your advisor, it is appropriate to use complete sentences and good grammar. To help the advisors assist you more quickly, please be sure to include the following in your message:

  • Your full name
  • Your student ID number
  • A brief but detailed explanation of your concern or problem

Email contact is preferred. Students emailing their advisor should expect a response within 3-4 business days.  For a quicker response (and for answers to general questions), students are encouraged to email

Students contacting SSHA Advising via voicemail should expect a response within 3 business days.