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All incoming First-Year and Transfer students will be advised at their in-person orientation session. Make sure to check out the New Student Orientation site for information about signing up for your orientation session and keep an eye on your inbox for new information. Advisors are not able to meet with incoming students or clear their registration holds before their in-person orientation session.

Undecided Majors

Unsure which major you want?  It is OK to be Unspecified! Select an AB or BS Unspecified major in Athena.  The Exploratory Center advises Unspecified/Undecided students.  

Request Appointment with an Explore Advisor

Advising & Information for History students

All History majors are now advised in the History Department in LeConte Hall. If you have not yet officially declared your major, you will first need to apply to be a History major on-line in Athena.  Please see below for your assigned advisor. All students advised in the History Department should go to SAGE, the Student Advising & Guidance Expert for Franklin College, to make an advising appointment and be cleared to register.

Advising for undergraduates begins in September for the spring semester, and in early spring for summer and fall semesters. The History Department posts start dates for advising in LeConte Hall each term prior to advisement. It is in your best interest to see an advisor when our advising sessions begin so that you may register at the earliest possible time. Please see below for the name of your advisor.

History majors and minors

To apply for the Major or Minor go to Athena and select the My Programs tab. Major and Minor requirements may be found at the UGA Bulletin.

Your History Advisor: Once advising begins for the semester, students will need to make an appointment with your assigned advisor in SAGE. See below for advisor information.

History major undergraduate advising offices for history majors not on retention (academic probation or dismissal) – please make an appointment with  Jessica Couch (103 LeConte Hall) in SAGE.

Honors: If you are taking an Honors HIST 4960H, 4970H, 4990H etc. Summer or Fall you must obtain the application from the CURO office or their website and follow their instructions on the form. Please do this EARLY during PHASE 1A registration.

Retention students (History): students on academic retention (probation and dismissal) should make an advising appointment with Laurie Kane in SAGE for advisement (Rm. 211 LeConte Hall);  non-traditional or working students or UGA staff unable to make regular advising hours may do the same, or email for an appointment.

Faculty mentoring

If you have questions about history as a career, applying to graduate school in history, being a history professor, or questions not related to advisement and registration, please see a faculty member in the history department for mentoring. If the faculty member is out of the country, you may see your advisor for a recommendation. Any student may contact a particular faculty member of their choice if they have an interest in any certain field of history.

Transfers of credit, AP approvals - See below, do not email to Department.

Many courses have already been evaluated for transfer. Before you request an evaluation, please check the current transfer articulation for your course from the Admissions Transfer Equivalency Page. If the transfer equivalency page lists a particular 4-digit course number (eg. HIST 2111) as equivalent to your course, it will transfer automatically as that course and there is no need to have your course evaluated. (These transfer equivalencies are generally not changed unless there has been a very substantial change in the course syllabus at the host institution.) If the transfer equivalency page lists a course number containing T or G and XX (eg. HIST2TXX) then either your course does not correspond to a course we teach at UGA (this often happens) or your course has not yet been evaluated, and you should proceed.

To proceed, you must complete the credit evaluation survey at the following link for review by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please upload your course syllabi. Be specific - use the UGA course evaluation number (such as HIST2TXX) and the specific areas you are requesting the course to fulfill (Area VI/F, Major, elective etc.)

IB Credit

IB credit is evaluated along with any other transfer courses on an admitted students transcript, and any credit will appear on the student's Degree Works record, no further action will be taken and no other submissions are necessary. Any credit given for IB by UGA will be as HIST 1TTT, which will count as a general elective. For more information on IB equivalencies, check the Registrar's web site

Study Away Course Credit

If you are attending a Non-UGA Program or UGA Exchange Program, the Transfer Credit Approval Form (TCAF) serves as your pre-approval for transfer credit brought in from your education abroad experience. Upon completion of this form, Global Education will notify the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Accounts of your approved Global Education program details. This form maintains your active enrollment for the time you will be abroad. It is your responsibility to notify Global Education of any changes to your course work while abroad and be familiar with the residency requirements for your degree.

History Internships and HIST 4800

HIST 4800 is for the history major who is accepted into an internship program to gain experience in an institution or organization and who wants to earn academic credit for history-related research work in conjunction with the internship.  A scholarly research paper is required. Enrollment is subject to approval of the course application. Students find internship opportunities in a variety of ways--through legislative entities, our Public History in D.C. program, the Student Conservation Association, and other individual profit and non-profit organizations. History students who wish to apply for academic credit for their internship should meet with Laurie Kane in Rm. 211 LeConte Hall for information.

Graduation dates and graduation certification

If you need to change your graduate date or find out when it is, find your

  • Degree Works record (look for "Pending Degree Term" in the column under your name)
  • Academic Advisor
  • Graduation Advisor

Note: The "Expected Graduation Date" in ATHENA may not be correct. Check Degreeworks for accurate information.

Does my graduation date need to be accurate?

It is important for the graduation certification process, as well as Financial Aid, that your tentative graduation date is accurate. To update your graduation date, please contact our office at 706-542-1522 or email

Appeal of Grades, other appeals

Information and detailed instructions on student appeals may be found on UGA's Academic Honesty web page.

The Educational Affairs Petitions Subcommittee considers student grade appeals. Grade appeals must originate with the instructor who assigned the grade. If the instructor will not change the grade, an appeal should be made to the chair of the department in which the course was taken (or in non-departmentalized schools/colleges, in the college/school in which the course was taken). If the matter is not resolved to the student's satisfaction at that level, the petition should then be directed to the college/school in which the department is located, except for graduate students, who will appeal any grade in a graduate course from the department or school to the Graduate School. Students may appeal decisions of college or free-standing schools to the Educational Affairs Committee. Appeals will follow the Hearing Procedures described in Section 4.05-02 of the General Academic Policy: Student Appeals.

Application for Graduation

All students are required to submit an application for graduation in Athena prior to the midterm of the semester they plan to graduate.

If you have 2 or fewer upper division History courses left to take to complete your major, go to Rm. 211 LeConte Hall for your graduation/major check at any time between 8 am and 4 pm Monday-Friday.

Annual Graduation reception for graduating history majors

Our reception is held the day of Spring commencement in the afternoon, details are announced in March. All graduating seniors and their families are invited to the celebratory reception prior to commencement.

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