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History | Advising & Program Supervision



The director of graduate studies supervises the graduate program and may be consulted with regard to the completion of program requirements. Academic advising and supervision is the primary responsibility of the major professor. After determining a course of study in consultation with the major professor, the student will assemble a committee composed of at least 3 graduate faculty members with the appropriate specializations. The student must file a program with the department chair by the end of the second semester of enrollment. The program and the committee require approval by the dean of the Graduate School. Subsequent to that, the major professor must approve any adjustments or changes in the program. Failure to file a program may result in the loss of financial eligibility or expulsion from the graduate program.

The committee will be chaired by the major professor and will be responsible for advising the candidate on all matters of form and content of the thesis. Such advice shall be binding upon the candidate. A student who wishes to change fields or committee members must file a change of program form with the director of graduate studies and the Graduate School.

Program Supervision


In order to evaluate graduate students’ academic performance, the Department of History requires each graduate student and their major professor to complete the department’s annual review form by following the process described below. The entire process is transparent: the student and the major professor will meet and discuss the review. The Graduate Studies (GS) Director will oversee the entire process. The GS Committee will make teaching assistant reappointment decisions based on the annual review as well as the teaching assistant evaluation form.

  1. Each graduate student will complete the first three pages of the annual review form and submit it to their major professor, along with a current Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  2. The student’s major professor will complete the fourth page, including detailed comments on the student’s academic progress.
  3. The student and the major professor will meet and discuss the review and both will sign the form.
  4. The major professor will submit the form to the Director of Graduate Studies by February 1.

Should the situation appear to merit it, a major professor may note any apparently marginal or deficient performance by a student and request that the Graduate Studies Committee review the student’s records and make appropriate recommendations to the entire faculty. If approved by majority vote of the faculty, that student may be barred from further enrollment effective at that time or be denied consideration for appointment as a teaching assistant in future years.

During the spring semester each year a student who so desires may make a written request for an evaluation of their overall performance by the Graduate Studies Committee. This will be conducted in consultation with the major professor and other appropriate faculty members. The Graduate Studies Committee will notify the student of the results of the evaluation by the end of the semester.