FAQs about Undergraduate History Courses and the Major
1. How can I get into a course that is closed?
To be “forced” into a course that has reached its maximum enrollment,
you must obtain permission from the instructor. The Undergraduate Office of
the History Department cannot help you. Only the instructor of the course in
question has the authority to admit extra students over the enrollment cap—and
this is only possible if the fire code limit for the classroom has not been
If the instructor agrees to admit you to the course, your next step is to
contact the Assistant to the Chair of the History Department, Gloria Paveljack
(firstname.lastname@example.org). She is the person who
can actually put your name into the computer. To do this, she needs to see written
permission from the instructor. You can go to see her in person or e-mail her
(including a forwarded e-mail from the professor agreeing to admit you to the
2. How do I get accepted as a History major or minor?
After you have fulfilled the basic requirements (two History courses with a
C or better), you need to fill out an application and come in to the Undergraduate
office for advisement. Try to avoid the Drop/Add period at the start of the
semester and the last two weeks of the semester, as both are times when there
are often long lines.
3. Can I use World Civilization courses to qualify as a History
Yes, the department will accept World Civ courses toward the 12-course requirement
for graduation as a History major. When you apply, however, we would like at
least one of your 2 courses to be a regular history course.
4. Do I need to make an appointment to talk to an advisor in the
No appointment is necessary. The Undergraduate Office (Park 540) is open for
walk-in consultations several days a week. Hours are posted each semester. You
can call the department to find out these times (645-2181).
5. Are there any prerequisites for history courses?
No specific courses are required, but students are encouraged to begin with
lower-division (100-and 200-level) classes before taking upper-division (300-
and 400-level) ones.
Friday, May 21, 2004