Advising FAQ

Below you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions by History majors regarding advising and course registration. If you have a suggested question to add to the list, please send to Ms. Leslie Lestinsky at llestins@nd.edu

 

Q: When and how should I declare my concentration?

A: Each history major declares a concentration of three electives that form the heart of her/his major coursework. The concentration must be approved by the major’s individual advisor, who will pass on the concentration to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and it must be declared by the end of the junior year. There are no rules regarding appropriate concentrations; they can be defined geographically, chronologically, thematically, or some combination of the three.

Q: History is not my primary major, so I get my PIN number from another department. Why do I need to see my history advisor?

A: Each major should see her/his advisor at least once a semester, as this advisor serves as the intellectual mentor for the student regarding the history curriculum. Most importantly, only this advisor can approve a concentration area, a requirement of the history major program.

Q: I am going abroad next semester and therefore not registering for ND courses.  Should I still see my advisor during Advising Week?  Do I get a PIN number?

A: Yes, to the first question. You should always meet your advisor at least once a semester to touch base on your progress, propose courses you would like to take abroad and how they might fit into your major, and talk about your evolving interests that might form a concentration down the road.  No, to the second:  you don’t get a PIN to register for abroad courses; you should receive an email from the registrar’s office and/or follow the particular program’s guidelines on registration.

Q: I am currently abroad; how do I see my advisor?  Do I get a PIN number?

A: Yes, to the first question:  you should “see” your advisor via an email or phone consultation (send your advisor an email to get the process rolling). You should always meet your advisor at least once a semester to touch base on your progress, propose courses you would like to take upon your return to campus and discuss how they might fit into your major, and perhaps declare or modify your concentration, which must be approved by your advisor.   No, to the second: you don’t get a PIN number to register from abroad; you should get an email from the registrar informing you of the process for registering from off-campus.

Q: My history major file and GPS (Graduation Progress System) on InsideND don’t match up.  Is this a problem?

A: As we transition to GPS, please realize that it has never perfectly reflected our major program and it likely never will, though we've been working hard with the registrar's staff to make improvements. In short, your courses may not slot exactly how you imagine them, but as long as all slots are filled we will live with that. However, we will perform exceptions under two circumstances: to make sure your concentration courses slot correctly, and to make sure all courses are counting toward the major. If this is the case, send an email to Ms. Leslie Lestinsky at llestins@nd.edu and explain the discrepancy. She will get back to you soon after consulting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Q: I forgot to see my advisor during Advising Week; how do I get my PIN number?

A: Make arrangements to meet with your advisor at her/his convenience.  It is important for you to have a quality advising session, and the history staff will not provide your PIN number.