Should You Meet With An Advisor?

We encourage students to visit with a faculty advisor at least once a year; it is a good way to build relationships for the future. Advisors often recommend classes, job opportunities, and write recommendation letters. Meeting with your advisor is also indispensable for solving problems specific to your program and career - making sure that course you took at another institutions transfers, finding out about graduate schools, and talking over your career goals. Come see us!

What Do Your Advisors Do?

Your major advisor serves as your personal academic counselor and guide through the program. With your advisors, you organize your degree requirements and develop a plan for your studies. You should check in with them often in order to make sure your degree is on track. Your advisors can also make suggestions regarding coursework and elective courses within and outside the department. 

Your major advisor can provide guidance with regard to difficulties you may be having in the program, career planning, or selecting graduate schools. Finally, your advisor will sign off on most of the major documents needed to graduate from the program.

Undergraduate Advising​

The College of Liberal Arts and Science utilizes a dual advising system, which means all declared History majors will have two advisors to guide them: 

  1. A faculty advisor from the History department will work with you on academic major requirements
  2. An assigned academic advisor from the college advising office who can handle educational issues such as: clarification of university and college policies and procedures, core curriculum advising, transfer credits evaluation for Core Curriculum, academic warning and probation.

Your degree progress and graduation plans are monitored and approved by both advisors.

Our Undergraduate Program Advisor is Professor William Wagner. He can answer questions related to major and minor requirements, transfer issues, the honors program, and graduation.

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Dr. William Wagner
Office: Student Commons Building 3118

Graduate Advising 

Upon admission graduate students must contact the Graduate Advisor, Peter Kopp, who will help them select faculty advisors and give them general information about the program. Graduate students are responsible for selecting 2 faculty advisors: one in their major field of study and one in their minor field.

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Peter A. Kopp

Office: Student Commons Building, Room AB1- 3124