Graduate Advising

Upon entrance to the M.A. Program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor’s role is to assist you in undertaking your graduate studies, including planning your coursework, deciding between the thesis and exam option, finding primary and secondary sources relevant to your research and/or exam fields, and developing a thesis proposal. This person may or may not become your thesis or exam chair. Eventually, you may choose another faculty member to supervise your thesis or exam. However, the original faculty advisor should help to see you through at least your first year in the program. During the first year especially, this is the person you should see about any questions regarding your course of study. Please make an appointment to meet with your assigned faculty advisor upon entrance to the program—or upon your arrival on campus. Then, at the beginning of the fall semester, send the advisor an email message, outlining your mutually agreed upon plan for maintaining regular contact.

For more general questions about the graduate program, including requirements and permits, you should contact our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Ritika Prasad, at

Graduate students specializing in Public History should also seek advice from the Director of Public History, Dr. Tina Shull, regarding public history requirements, internships, and courses. Dr. Shull can be reached at

If you feel you have a serious and justified grievance of any sort with a faculty member in the department, you should consult with the Chair of the History Department, Dr. Amanda Pipkin, at