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Undergraduate Advising & Planning

The department's flexible undergraduate curriculumoffers students the opportunity to design a course of study that fits their interests and goals. It also places responsibility on students to choose their course of study wisely. Advising is a significant part of the program, and there are a range of history advisors available to assist you.

The Undergraduate Program Advisor, Suzanne Bell, is available M-F from 9am-4:30pm. Email her at undergrad@history.umass.edu to schedule an appointment or just drop by. The Undergraduate Program Director, Professor Joye Bowman, is available by appointment and during her office hours to answer queries about studying abroad, obtaining History Department credit for classes you have taken or are considering taking elsewhere, and related questions.

For thinking about history – what classes might interest you, how you might connect them, what historians do, etc. – talk to your faculty advisor. To get a candid perspective from a fellow student, talk to one of our peer mentors. You can set up an appointment to meet with a peer mentor by contacting Suzanne Bell at undergrad@history.umass.edu. For advising related to Internships and Careers, including resume and cover letter review and one-on-one career and internship strategy sessions and assistance, contact the Internship and Career Advisor Mark Roblee. For questions about Departmental Honors contact the Honors Program Director, Professor Jason Moralee. And for students interested in law school, contact Law and History Advisor, Professor Jennifer Nye.

You should plan to see an advisor at least once a semester. Please come by more often if you have questions and whenever you need advice or assistance.


Your History Advisors


Other Advising Resources

Why study history?
What can I do with a degree in history?
Applying to Graduate School
HFA Advising Center

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