Undergraduate Advising in History

Advising at the undergraduate level is critical, since students are encouraged to develop their own thematic, chronological, or geographical focus through their choice of upper-division electives courses as they pursue the major or minor in History.

 

Click on the links below for answers to specific questions:

Why is advising important, and whom do I contact for advising in History?

What do I need to do if I want to teach history (what do I need to do to apply for the GTEP)?

What is a DARS report, and how do I get one?

 




Why is advising important, and whom do I contact for advising in history?

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process in which students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes that support student success. This partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student and spans the student’s whole educational experience. 

Paloma Harrison and Jon Rousseau are the professional advisers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are assigned to History. They are the primary resources for helping students plan course schedules and advising students about undergraduate degree requirements for History. We strongly recommend that students book appointments with them regularly -- at the very least, once per year -- to discuss progress towards the degree. In addition to drop-in hours on Wednesday afternoons (from 1:30 to 2:30 in Cramer 441), Jon and Paloma are available by appointment.

 

Paloma Harrison
503-725-3822 for appointments
SMSU - M305

 

Jon Rousseau
jon5@pdx.edu;
youcanbookme page
503-725-3822 for appointments

SMSU - M305
 

In addition to the general advising provided by Jon and Paloma, students who have more specific questions about careers in History, degree options for History students at Portland State, etc. may wish to contact one of the following History faculty:

1. Professor Tim Garrison, Chair of the History Department (CH 441-H, 503-725-3978), is responsible for advising all non-admitted undergrads, all prospective history majors, and all majors and minors whose advisor is unable to meet with them.

2. Inquiries regarding graduate study with the History Department or the Minor in the History and Philosophy of Science should be directed to Professor Richard Beyler (CH 441-O, 503-725-3996).

3. For the Honors Option in History, students should contact Professor Brian Turner (CH 441-U, 503-725-3992)

4. All inquiries regarding the Minor in Medieval Studies should be directed to Professor John Ott (CH 441-M, 503-725-3013).

5. For information on public history, including related careers, contact Professor Katy Barber (CH 441-J, 503-725-3979).

6. If you are interested in a particular field of history, we encourage you to consult our faculty list and contact the appropriate faculty member directly.

 




What do I need to do if I want to teach history (what do I need to do to apply for the GTEP)?

Portland State utilizes both professional and faculty advisors in delivering advising for students. 

Students seeking a professional advisor for History/Social Studies should contact Jon Rousseau (see contact info above).

Drop-in Schedule for professional advising for History/Social Studies: https://www.pdx.edu/clas/drop-in-schedule

PSU undergraduate History majors who plan to apply to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) should make an appointment to speak to the appropriate pre-education advisor:

For general pre-education advising, education minors, and elementary education:
Advising Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Smith Center M305, 503-725-3822

For pre-education advising, secondary education, and social studies and history:
Jon Rousseau
Advising Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Smith Center M305, 503-725-3822

https://www.pdx.edu/clas/prepro.html

For more information on the GTEP program, including course requirements, click here.

 




What is a DARS report, and how do I get one?

Through Degree Audit Reporting Software (DARS), students can track their progress toward a PSU undergraduate degree, major, minor, or certificate. Students can access a DARS report through the PSU Information System by logging in with their student ID number and PIN before selecting the DARS option.


Note: Be sure to select a catalog year from before 2015-16 if you plan to graduate under the old major requirements for History.