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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?

Who is my major advisor?

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

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


Why is advising important?

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. 

Faculty advisors primarily support students with major specific advising which may also include potential careers and professional opportunities within the discipline.

Students seeking advising from the History Department should consult with their assigned advisors on a regular basis, and should schedule advising sessions in advance via phone or email. The department does not hold round-the-clock drop in hours for advising.


Who is my major advisor?

The following information is in effect as of September 26, 2016.

Returning students are expected to continue meeting with their previously assigned advisor.

New students considering the major in History are assigned advisors alphabetically:

Last Name
Advisor (link to email) Office # Phone #
(area code 503)
A - Bo Joseph Bohling CH 441-T 725-8988
Br - Co Tom Luckett CH 441-G 725-3982
Cr - Fi Desmond Cheung CH 441-R 725-3889
Fl - G John Ott  CH 441-M 725-3013
H - I Jennifer Tappan CH 441-E 725-9061
J - K Friedrich Schuler CH 441-N 725-3988
L - Mar Chia Yin Hsu CH 441-S 725-9064
Mas - My Catherine McNeur CH 441-D 725-2765
N - Q Laura Robson CH 441-L 725-3941
R - Sk Jim Grehan CH 441-P 725-3994
Sl - To David Johnson CH 441-F 725-4953
Tr - Z Ken Ruoff CH 441-I 725-3991

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.

All 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).

All inquiries regarding the Honors Option in History or the Minor in Medieval Studies should be directed to Professor Brian Turner (CH 441-U, 503-725-3992).

All History faculty will advise history students interested in education (MST, MAT, and secondary certificate candidates, etc.) according to the rota above.


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.

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


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. Professional advisors are available to assist with university general education (University Studies or Honors) and degree requirements, assist with academic standing issues and petitions, and provide referrals to various campus services.

Students seeking a professional advisor for History/Social Studies should contact Jon Rousseau (Smith Center M305, 503-725-3822).

Drop-in Schedule for professional advising for History/Social Studies:

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

To schedule pre-education advising:
3rd Floor Mezzanine, Smith Center, 503-725-3822

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