Undergraduate Advising Social

You're invited! Join the History Department faculty for our biannual undergraduate advising socials:

Winter 2018

Tuesday, February 13th
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Humanities 1, rooms 200 (Asia and the Islamic World), 202 (Europe), and 210 (Americas and Africa)

Spring 2018

Tuesday, May 1st
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Humanities 1, rooms 200 (Asia and the Islamic World), 202 (Europe), and 210 (Americas and Africa)

Undergraduate Advising Social: What You Should Expect

The History Department believes in fostering strong relationships between students and faculty, as well as encouraging a supportive undergraduate community. The Undergraduate Advising Social provides students with an opportunity to develop these important relationships in a relaxed and cordial environment. The connections students make at these socials encourage meaningful one on one meetings with faculty later on in their undergraduate careers. The social is a "meet and greet" event where you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and converse freely with UCSC history faculty. You will be expected to approach the faculty with any questions you may have. You must be proactive about your participation if you hope to obtain any useful information from it.

New students are required to attend at least one social in the year that they formal declare their history major. Be sure to sign in by the front door so you receive credit for attending! Continuing students are encouraged to attend as many socials as they wish, and often!

Undergraduate Advising Social: What We Expect of You

Before attending the social, all students should review the History Department Faculty Profiles. Please Note: Not all faculty are able to attend every quarter's social, so be sure to identify 3 - 4 faculty that you would like to meet.

After reviewing the faculty profiles, compose a list of questions that you would like to ask them. Preparing questions in advance will ensure that your time at the social is well spent. If you are having trouble coming up with questions, consider using some of these:

  • I am interested in BLANK BLANK BLANK. What classes should I be taking to pursue this area of study?
  • I am interested in taking some of your courses. Can you tell me more about them?
  • Are there articles, journals or books that you recommend I read related to my field?
  • What opportunities exist outside of the department for me to pursue my area of research? Are there specific faculty or courses I should look into?
  • What skills are needed to be successful in my area?
  • Based on my interests, what seminars do you recommend consider pursuing?
  • I am interested in pursing a thesis. What do I need to know?
  • What courses do you plan on offering in the near future?
  • I am interested in more than one area of concentration. Do my different areas of research relate to each other at all? Do you think I can pursue a seminar paper related to both of these topics?
  • Based on my interests, are there any other majors or minors on campus that you suggest I look into?
  • I am interested in going to graduate school. What advice do you have for me?
  • What changes do you see occurring in this field over the next few years?
  • Do you know of any history internship opportunities in the area?

If you have any questions or concerns, consult the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.