Advising Tips for a degree in History at UWL

Take HIS 200 your sophomore year. This course introduces you to many of the skills and perspectives that will help you in the rest of your upper-division history courses.

Complete the 200-level surveys early, before enrolling in 300 and 400-level courses. These 200-level survey courses are offered once every year.

Realize that  400-level elective courses present the same workload and expectations as 300-level courses, and are open to all juniors, seniors, non-majors and even sophomores with appropriate preparation. Except for a small number of specialized courses (450 Internship, 490 Seminar, 497 Individual Study), these 400-level courses are not reserved for advanced students.

Avoid taking HIS 490, the capstone research seminar, the same semester you are student teaching. Both require large time commitments. Preferably, 490 should be taken when you are a senior, or no earlier than your second semester as a junior. Consult with your advisor if there are other curricular, graduate school, or work issues involved.

Notice that many 300 and 400-level courses are scheduled in the afternoon or evening. This is especially important for Teacher Education students who have other morning scheduling commitments.

Remember that courses are offered twelve months a year. Core 200-level surveys as well as 300-400 level courses are regularly offered during winter session and in all three summer sessions.

Work with your advisor to incorporate international study.  

Meet with your advisor before enrolling in next semester's classes -- they can help you pick the right classes, but you have the ultimate responsibility to take the courses you'll need. Study the catalog carefully and come prepared with questions and plans.