Advising Instructions

Dear History Majors,

Enrollment for the spring 2013 semester will begin on Monday, October 28 and run through Friday, November 22. That means that advising season is just around the corner!

Here are the steps you should follow:  

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.
**Note: The History Department will not schedule appointments after November 22.

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:

4. Look over the course schedule at: 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:
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 distributionrequirements for 500-level History classes; and an explanation of the University General Education requirement.

I also want to pass along some information about a few courses that are either new or are listed as generic numbers in the catalog without full descriptions.

HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Thinking
Section A 14113  Wednesdays, 12:30-3:20 p.m. EH 201 Parillo, Mark P
DESCRIPTION: The section of Hist 300 features a series of discussions and exercises designed to acquaint history majors with the fundamentals of historical thought and writing, such as source and book reviews. The bulk of the course focuses on the preliminary research and writing stages of a research paper on a topic in American history from the World War II era.

HIST 533: Topicsin History of the Americas, Sec A: African-American Kansas
Prof. Morgan, Tu/Th 1:05—2:20
"African-American Kansas" is one of the only history courses to take students off campus and into the field. Students will research vanished Kansas settlements and communities formed by black migrants from Missouri, Tennessee, and the Deep South, with a goal of discovering and preserving their history. Students will have the opportunity to have their work posted to a digital archive through Chapman Center for Rural Stud-ies, and they may also compete for the only paid internships on campus. Videography, oral history, cartography, and photography -- these hands-on research methods will interest students from many disciplines. This course needs your expertise!

HIST 533: Topics in History of the Americas, Sec ZA: History of Food in America
Prof. Lynn-Sherow, Tu/Th 5:30-6:45
HUNGRY?? Ever wonder about WHY we choose to eat certain foods and HOW that happened? We have the answers! Join us for a full meal of history, science, culture, economics, technology, religion, ethnicity and more! You will never ask, “What’s for Dinner?” again without thinking about the incredible, edible story of Food In America.

HIST 533: Topics in History of the Americas, Sec B: The U.S. Since 1945
Prof. Hoff, Tu/Th 1:05-2:20 p.m.
The U.S. Since 1945 explores recent American history, in particular America’s rise to superpower status, the growth of the state, the economic boom of the 1950s to the 1970s (and subsequent relative economic decline), the rise of interest groups, environmental and technological change, the struggle by various minority groups for greater inclusion in American society, and the ascendancy of conservatism since the 1970s. Along the way we will consider the evolution of music from Elvis to Flo Rida, of gender norms from Leave it to Beaver to Sarah Palin, of foreign policy from the containment of communism to the War on Terror, of economics from the “New Economics” to Great Recession, of the media from the birth of commercial television to Twitter.

HIST 597: Topics in Western History, Sec A: The Crusades
Prof. Defries, M/W/F 1:30-2:20 p.m.
This course is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the medieval crusades and their legacy in Western and Middle Eastern culture. We will cover the period from abotu 1000 AD to the present, but gocus on the period between roughly 1000 and 4000. We will consider not only the famous expeditions against the Muslims in the Levant, but also those against the Spanish Muslims, Cathar heretics and Baltic pagans.

HIST 598 Topic in Non-Western Hist, Sec ZA: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Islam
Prof. Kazemi, M/W 5:30-6:45 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: This course explores critical themes in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the Islamic world
from the ancient period all the way to the present. We will begin with defining the variegated roles of
women and gender in pre-Islamic times and move on to show how these roles changed in the medieval
and modern periods. Key topics include the portrayal of women in principal Islamic texts (the Qur'an
and hadiths) and in historical records (biographies and chronicles); women as sources, actors, and
subjects of Islamic law; gender and sexuality in pre-modern Islamic societies; homosociality and
homoeroticism in traditional Middle Eastern cultures; and extreme transformations in the meaning of
gender and sexuality, as well as in the position of women in society during the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. We will also spend some time discussing the misreading of women's role in Islam by Western
commentators, rights advocates, and policy makers.

HIST 586 Advanced Seminar in History
Section A Thursdays, 12:30-3:20 p.m. EH 201 Maner, Brent E
TOPIC: Europe, 1789-1848

HIST 586 Advanced Seminar in History
Section B Wednesdays, 12:30-3:20 p.m. LS 112 Breen, Louise A
TOPIC: American Revolution

Best wishes for the upcoming advising season!
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.