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Department of History

Advising Instructions

Dear History Majors:

Students should make an appointment with a history advisor each semester to review their progress toward their degree, consider courses for future semesters, and discuss their academic progress and career plans. Enrollment for the following semester occurs during between the ninth and twelfth weeks of each regular semester (so usually late October through mid November to plan for the spring semester, and mid March through mid April to plan for the summer and fall sessions). Here are the steps students should follow each semester when advising season approaches:  

1. Check your enrollment time in iSIS. 
This will be clearly displayed in your Student Center. In order to ensure that the information on course availability will be current, appointments with advisors may be scheduled no earlier than 48 hours prior to the time you will be allowed to enroll. 

2. Schedule your advising appointments through the Department of History.
You may schedule an appointment in person by stopping by the office in Eisenhower 208, or by phone at 785-532-6730. Advising appointments may not be scheduled via email. The office staff will have your advisor's schedule and will help you find a time that works for you.

3. Review your DARS report to see what requirements you need to fill. 
Your DARS report is available through iSIS, and you should review it each semester. You should also keep a record of your progress on the forms for a B.A. in History or B.S. in History. These forms are available at: http://www.k-state.edu/history/undergrad

4. Look over the course schedule at: http://courses.k-state.edu/spring2015/HIST/ and--MOST IMPORTANTLY--put together a schedule or at least a list of courses that you can discuss with your advisor.

5. Check out the additional advising resources on the History Department’s Web site: http://www.k-state.edu/history/undergrad
Forms at this site include the template for a B.S. and B.A. degreein the College of Arts & Sciences; the template for History majors,double-majors, and minors; a chart that explains the distribution requirements for 300-level History classes.

I also want to pass along the topics for the Hist 586 sections:

HIST 586 Advanced Seminar in History  Spring 2015

Section A Mondays 12:30-3:20 pm, EH 201, Professor Defries

TOPIC:  The Middle Ages.  Students will create a research project in one of these areas:

1)  In the development of western Europe during the Middle Ages (c.500-1500 AD):  students with the requisite skills can pursue original research using medieval sources.  

2)  In the historiography (construed as the history of the history) of the Middle Ages in western Europe:  students can compose intellectual biographies of medievalists (historians, art historians, musicologists, literary critics, etc.).  An essential part of each biography must be an assessment of how the scholar's intellectual contact influenced his or her analysis of medieval sources.

3)  In the influence of the concept of "medieval" on later eras:  students can pursue original research on how perceptions and misperceptions of medieval society in western Europe have influenced subsequent cultures.  Models for this reserach could come from the recent collection of essays The Disney Middle Ages:  A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past, ed. Pugh and Aronstein (2012).

Section B Tuesdays 12:30-3:20 pm, EH 201, Professor Sanders

TOPIC: U.S. History before 1900.  Students will develop a research/writing topic from 17th, 18th, and 19th-century U.S. history.  Any topic that will yield an acceptable research paper will be approved.

Best wishes!
Brent Maner
Lead Undergraduate Advisor
Associate Professor of History

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Important facts you should know about enrollment through iSIS:

1. Pre-requisites are enforced by the iSIS system. If you do not have the pre-requisites for a course, you will not be able to enroll in it.

2. iSIS also incorporates a wait list feature. When a class closes, you may add your name to the wait list for that class. As spots open in the class, iSIS will automatically enroll the first person on the wait list.

3. iSIS does not generate any notice that a student has been moved from the wait list into the class. So, if you are on a wait list, you must periodically check your course schedule to see if you have been added to the class. If you have not been added to the class, iSIS will display your position on the list.

4. iSIS will not allow you to schedule more than 21 hours. If you are on the wait list for a class, those hours will be counted toward the 21-hour limit just as if you have already been added to the class.

5. iSIS will not allow you to enroll in two classes that meet at the same time (or overlap in meeting times). Again, if you are on the wait list for a class, iSIS will treat it the same as if you were in the class. You cannot be enrolled in a class and on the wait list for another class that meets at the same time.

6. iSIS will also not allow you to enroll in more than one section of a class, and this includes classes where you are waitlisted. You cannot, in other words, sign up for an open section of a class at the same time that you are on the wait list for a closed section of the same class.1. In order to ensure that the information on course availability and other options will be current, appointments with advisors may be scheduled no earlier than 48 hours prior to the time you will be allowed to enroll. Your enrollment time will be clearly displayed in the Student Center of iSIS. Courses for the spring semester and a current copy of your DARS report may also be viewed through your iSIS account.