Academic Advising

Academic advising is key to your successful completion of your undergraduate degree in History. Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule advising appointments and avoid last minute rushes in the 1st and 10th week of the quarter. Remember, you must have completed a Major Check with your faculty advisor before you can apply for graduation. Applications for graduation are due no later than the last day of the drop/add period in the quarter before the quarter in which you plan to graduate (in early January for a June graduation, for example).

The History Advising Route

All new History majors and minors, and prospective majors and minors, should start their advising at the History Department office with Dr. Bridget Ford,  Department Chair.
Please contact Wanda Washington, our Administrative Support Coordinator, at (510) 885-3207, or at, to make an appointment. The Department Office will provide the necessary paperwork.  The Department Chair will determine what courses if any you may transfer into your History major.


Faculty Advisors

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Students should meet with their Faculty Advisors at least once per academic year. Faculty Advisors will help you plan your major, complete your major check, and help you stay on track with course choices. They will also have access to course schedules ahead of time. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with an advisor. Faculty's email addresses and office hours are listed under "Faculty Profiles" and "Faculty Office Hours" on this website.

The major is divided into core curriculum, your concentration courses and your electives. Your faculty advisor can provide further guidance in helping you see what you've accomplished, and what remains to be accomplished before graduating.  The attached cheat sheet will help you see what you've done, and what remains to be done.

As campus is currently largely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns, please feel free to reach out the faculty advisors via email, or set up a meeting with them via zoom. 


Graduate Coordinator

The Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Linda Ivey, is the general academic advisor for all M.A. students in History. The Coordinator's office hours change each quarter.


The Center for Applied History

The Director of the Center for Applied History is a project in the works for the History Department, facilitating dynamic ways for our students to interact with history and the world around them.  As the center develops, note that the director, Dr. Anna Alexander, is the point person for questions about the center's program and opportunities for students to put their history interests to work! 


Social Science Single Subject Preparation Advisor

Please contact Dr. Elizabeth McGuire , the Social Science Single Subject Preparation Advisor, for guidance on this matter.


Department Chair

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If the Undergraduate Coordinator or your Faculty Advisor is not available, feel free to discuss any concerns with Dr. Bridget Ford, the Department Chair. She will be happy to help!


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