Navigating the Major and Minor

General Advising Tips

  • Be sure you meet with History’s Director of Academic Advising, Dr. Jason Krupar, to ensure you are on track for meeting your history major and minor requirements. 
  • Your History advisor can give you tailored advice and input as to how to best navigate the program.
  • You History advisor can help you select courses that best fit your interests and challenge you. 
  • Your History advisor can help you determine which major concentration(s) you are on track for and how to declare them (once they are accessible to you via Catalyst). 
  • Your History advisor can help you learn about existing opportunities on the horizon, like future study abroad courses, new courses in History, and who you should reach out to in the department, to learn more about different certificates, concentrations, events, and happenings!
  • All majors and minors should meet with your Advisor in History (Dr. Jason Krupar) and the College (Danny Hagedorn or Kevin Ploeger), especially during your first and third year, to stay on top of your path to a degree.
  • Make sure to connect with your favorite faculty members on regular basis; they can also tell you about great research opportunities, their future classes, as well as local events and activities. 
  • Interested in a History Internship? Contact Dr. Rebecca Wingo.
  • Education Majors should consider adding a History Major (Cross-College). Why? You are already much closer to earning the Major than you might think!  
  • Minors from colleges outside of Arts and Sciences: consider a Cross-College History Major. This option allows you to earn your Major in History without having to add additional GenEds to your home college’s requirements. 
  • If you are thinking about applying to law school after you complete your college degree, be sure to connect with your pre-law advisor in History.
  • If you are thinking about applying to graduate school in History after you complete your History degree, make sure you reach out to your favorite faculty members for advice, strategies, and overall mentoring.  

 

Year-by-Year General Advising

  • In the term you plan to graduate, please be sure to check your Catalyst degree audit to ensure that you have met or will be meeting all of the requirements in your major, minor, and overall degree. 
  • Meet with your college advisor (Hagedorn or Ploeger)  to ensure all your GenEds are on track to be fulfilled and that you’ll be completing 120 hours, total, for your overall degree from Arts and Sciences.  
  • Meet with your History Advisor to ensure that you are on track to graduate on time.
  • If you have not already completed HIST 5000 with a C or better by the term you plan to graduate, you must enroll in HIST 5000.
  • If you have not already completed a 4000 level course, you must to do so before the term you plan to graduate.
  • There will be at least one, and sometimes two sections of HIST 5000 every term during the regular academic year.  We recently shifted the way the Capstone seminars work, please see your history adviser for more information. 
  • In the term you plan to graduate, please be sure to check your Catalyst degree audit to ensure that you have met or will be meeting all of the requirements in your major, minor, and overall degree. 
  • Meet with your college advisor (Hagedorn or Ploeger) to ensure all your GenEds are on track to be fulfilled and that you’ll be completing 120 hours, total, for your overall degree from Arts and Sciences.  
  • Meet with your History Advisor to ensure that you are on track to graduate on time.
  • If you have not done so already in the term you plan to graduate, you must complete HIST 3000 with a C or better in order to be certified for your minor.
  • There are two sections of HIST 3000 offered every term during the regular academic year. If you have problems enrolling (because they fill up fast!), please contact Dr. Jason Krupar.
  • Completing HIST 3000 and at least one history course at the 4000 level in the academic year will put you on track to meet the prerequisites for enrolling in HIST 5000 in your fourth year. Be sure to also keep track of your elective requirements. 
  • If you have not done so already, we highly recommend that you plan to fulfill your HIST 3000 requirement in the Fall term.
  • If you have already completed HIST 3000, but have not yet completed a 4000 level course, we highly recommend that you do so during the academic year. 
  • This is a good time for minors, whether they have completed HIST 3000 or not, to enroll in a 4000 level History course. 
  • It is highly recommend that minors, especially those who are majoring in Education, take at least one 4000 level class before graduating. 4000 level courses are excellent opportunities to develop key research and writing skills that enhance your degree experience and prepare you for any number of opportunities in the future, academic and professional. They are small courses that also enable you to work closely with faculty and peers. 

 

  • If you have not taken a 3001 and above level course yet, fall is a good time to do so. This coming fall term is also a good time for you to start planning for your future enrollment in HIST3000 (if you have not completed it yet). As a minor and major requirement, the sections fill up rather fast. 
  • As a general rule of thumb, you should be planning on enrolling in HIST 3000 as early as you can given that it not only helps you acquire skills you need for upper-level electives; it also fills up fast.  
  • Again, in preparation for HIST 3000, we strongly advise all students to complete a course at the 3001-3099-level  course in our department first. Given that these mid-level courses are different than 1000s, 2000s, and AP courses, they offer a great opportunity for students to begin to get a sense of our expectations of history majors and minors at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Remember, History Internships fulfill upper-level electives credits (up to 6 credit hours), so its never too early to reach out to Dr. Wingo to get a sense of what internships are available or on the horizon. 
  • It is never too early to declare you major in history—as it opens the gateway for you to select major concentrations. 

 

  • Many of our new minor and majors have completed some of their lower level requirements through AP credit. However, we still advise that you take at least one course 1007 level or above during the fall term. 
  • Looking for a Freshmen Seminar? We have one-two every term.  
  • If you are coming in with AP credit, fall is a great time to take a survey (1007 or above) or a 2000 level course! 
  • It is never too early to declare your major in history—as it opens the gateway for you to select major concentrations!