University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Undergraduate Advising in the Department of History

The history department relies on one-on-one advising between students and an individual faculty advisor. Ideally, students should meet with their academic advisor several times a year and, when possible, attend the additional special events that the department hosts annually to assist students in locating internships, seeking career opportunities, and applying to graduate or professional school.

Purpose of Academic Advising

The fundamental purpose of academic advising is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. Academic advising requires that both the student and faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas.

Seeking Other Kinds of Advising?

Your academic advisor has expertise in scholarly issues, especially pertaining to History.  There are many other issues about which you may seek advice and support such as student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, financial aid, academic accommodations and more. UVM offers a variety of free professional advising regarding these and other issues. The College of Arts & Sciences Student Services can help you to identify the resources most likely to meet your needs.

Advising within History: Advisor Roles and Responsibilities

When you declare a History major, you will be assigned to an individual faculty advisor who can provide assistance on the following topics:

  • course selection (for detailed course descriptions, see here)
  • fulfilling the requirements of the major
  • general distribution and minor requirements within CAS
  • planning for off-campus studies, internships and other opportunities
  • navigating the Four-Year Plan for Career Success
  • career ideas and opportunities

All advisors hold regular office hours; please check the online list to see when your advisor is available and to find contact information to arrange an appointment.
History minors or students considering a minor/major who would like advice are welcome to make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or to reach out informally to professors they know in the department.

Advising in History: Student Responsibilities

  • To keep your advisor informed about changes in your academic progress, course selection, and academic and career goals.
  • To be familiar with the requirements of the major and to keep up to date with changes.
  • To understand that your advisor can suggest, recommend, and remind you of rules and regulations, but that you have the primary responsibility for meeting program and degree requirements.
  • To keep your advisor informed in a timely fashion when personal issues arise that interfere with academic progress, so that 1) your advisor can refer you to the appropriate campus resources which can help you, and 2) so that your advisor has enough facts about your situation to be able to assess your academic progress fairly.
  • To come prepared to your meetings with your advisor.

Last modified October 08 2015 04:49 PM