This is a website constructed by Dr. Tom Isern for the benefit of his undergraduate advisees at NDSU. It is intended both as a source of specific information (how to fill degree requirements, what counts for general education, that kind of stuff) and as a font of wise counsel about the big issues in university education. Please note: this website reflects the requirements of the History major effective fall 2004. If you started earlier than that, you operate under the old requirements (but may be eligible to shift to the new ones, if you wish).
BA in History
BS in History
BS in History + History Education
BS in Public History
Dr. Tom Isern, Professor of History
Minard Hall 412C
Graduate Record Exam
Law School Admission Council
AHA: Careers in History
Phi Alpha Theta: So You Want to Be a History Major?
The Bulletin says that "students are fully responsible for their academic decisions." This is to say that your advisor helps you make informed decisions, but in the end, they are your decisions. So be informed! I expect you to look after yourself in most of the routine matters of registration and other paper work. I sign off on things, of course, but you can figure out most of the routine things for yourself. Here are things that I expect to help you with.
I'd like to get to know you, so when we meet, I'll ask you things about yourself. Drop by and let me know how you're doing now and then. In particular, let me know about your accomplishments--I keep a file on you.
- Learning about careers in History. I can talk with you about public history, teaching, preparation for graduate or professional school.
- Navigating the curriculum. There are a lot of choices to make. Some of them you can make on your own, but many of them we should talk about, especially the ones that have implications for your career.
- Developing intellectually and professionally. As you go along, I keep an eye on how you are doing, watch for problems, suggest opportunities, nag and encourage you. In other words, I have your best interests at heart.
- Answering tricky questions. Things come up, and you don't know who to ask. Ask me, and if I don't know the answer, I'll help you find someone who does.
"A historical career can be a great adventure, and not in ideas alone."--Samuel Eliot Morrison to the AHA, 1950
How to Get a Good University Education
Counseling & Disability Services
Center for Writers
Dr. Cox, Chair, Department of History
Mr. Jackson, Department Secretary
Department of History
Organizations - highly recommended!
Phi Alpha Theta
What the heck is a graduation audit?
How do I drop or add a course?
Can I take more than 20 credits?
Library of Congress
American Historical Association
Phi Alpha Theta
State Historical Society of North Dakota