Undergraduate Handbook


Download the full undergraduate handbook here, or see links to parts of it below: 

Why Study History? (an essay by Peter Stearns, American Historical Association)
History Minor (PDF Flyer)
Proposed Four-Year Degree Plan, 2017-18
Enrollment Advising Form
Career Paths for History Majors
What to do with a Degree in History (PDF)

Enrollment AdvisingSee all the information about enrolling here: https://registrar.okstate.edu/Registration-and-Enrollment

  • Plan Ahead. Ahead of meeting with your advisor before your enrollment date, review your degree sheet and all the requirements of your major. Use this, along with the course listings online, to prepare a proposed schedule with specific courses for next semester. For students who have completed 90 hours, you can download your most recent Grad Check and Degree Sheets via STAR star.okstate.edu (under Reports).
    • From the Student Self-Service page on Banner, you can check for holds, check your enrollment date, view general education courses, and view available courses and times. This is also where you’ll officially register after your advising meeting.
    • Fill out a proposed Enrollment Advising Form before coming to your advising meeting.
  • Schedule Your Appointment. You should meet with your advisor in the weeks before your enrollment date, making an appointment via STAR star.okstate.edu.
    • Make note of the purpose of our meeting in the STAR notes: indicate “enrollment.”
    • Schedule these meetings as far in advance as possible.
    • If you cannot make your appointment, cancel via STAR as soon as possible, so that another student may be able to take your spot. If you are late to your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.
    • If you are unable to meet in person for any reason, please email me to arrange an alternate means by which we can touch base to confirm your schedule and lift your registration hold.

History Club. History Club is more than just a fun student organization—it is a way to become a real part of the History Department community. Events are usually held 2-3 times a month. Check the website for the up to date schedule: http://history.okstate.edu/academics/history-clubBecoming involved in History Club has many benefits:

  • A chance to get to know other History majors and to build relationships that will strengthen your academic and social lives.
  • An opportunity to interact with faculty outside of class, getting to know them as real people and not just intimidating figures in front of the classroom (also comes in handy when soliciting recommendation letters).
  • The chance to develop leadership and planning experience.
  • Access to lots of fun events, ranging from historical trivia night to guest speakers, from career preparation events to movie nights, from field trips to study nights. And lots of free food!
  • A space to get to work more closely with the undergraduate advisor.

Undergraduate Office Space
    In response to student demand, we have created a space within the History department for dedicated undergraduate office space, to be used as a regular place to work on campus, a place to stash your books, and a place to interact with other History majors. The big office at the end of the north hallway, S. Murray Rm. 122, houses 11 cubicles, each with a desk, computer, and shelf, and a printer for the whole office. The department will call for applications for these desks before each semester begins, and at least 1 desk will remain open for drop-in use, to be open to all History majors during work hours. Students assigned a desk will be given keys to the building and the office, to be used at any time. Some tips to keep in mind for students interacting in the shared workspace, given that it's often hard to balance social interaction with the quiet space many need to really focus on their work:

  • If there are others in the office, keep your conversations to a minimum.
  • Try to read others' body language to pick up on whether they are trying to have quiet work time.
  • Take extended conversations, in person or on phone, away from the work area.
  • If you listen to music while you work, do so with headphones or ear buds.
  • Ask whether someone is busy before approaching for a conversation.
  • Be respectful, flexible, and honest. Respectfully express your situation to others (“I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m  trying to meet my deadline; could you take the conversation to the hallway?”). Be kind.