History Department
History Department

History Undergraduate Advising Office

Summer and Fall 2020 History course registration questions for non-majors:

If you are a non-major experiencing trouble registering for a history course, please read THIS DOCUMENT. It will answer 90% of the "quick registration questions" we receive from non-majors having difficulty enrolling in a desired history class. If, after thoroughly reading this document, your questions or situation are not addressed, you may email us at history-advisors@utlists.utexas.edu. Your co-operation will reduce response times for everyone! Please do not schedule a remote advising appointment to address a quick course registration question. 

COVID-19 Changes:

Beginning March 16, 2020, we are advising students remotely. No in-person, on-campus advising services are being offered. To schedule a remote appointment with a history advisor, please go HERE. Once you have scheduled a remote appointment, your advisor will reach out to you with instructions for connecting with them during your appointment time, typically via Zoom. For basic inquiries, the best way to direct your request will be to email us at history-advisors@utlists.utexas.edu. Depending on the nature of your questions, we may ask you to schedule a remote appointment. If possible, we ask that you do not call or leave us a voicemail. While we are monitoring our voicemails remotely, it will be easier for us to answer your request expediently if you direct it to email.

Contact History Undergraduate Advising to:

  • explore history as a new major
  • create a degree-plan as a current major
  • discuss post-graduation plans
  • find out about history courses and faculty
Garrison Hall (GAR), Room 1.140

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9-11:45 a.m., 1-4 p.m.

To schedule an appointment with a history advisor, please go here. Both current and prospective history majors are welcome to schedule appointments. For brief questions, we do accept walk-ins during our regular office hours.

Mailing address
Undergraduate Advising Office, History Department
University of Texas at Austin
128 Inner Campus Dr. B7000
Austin, Texas 78712-1739

Academic Advisors

Susan SomersSusan C. Somers, Academic Advising Coordinator
Susan’s time with the Department of History began in 2005 when she arrived in Austin to study early modern European history in graduate school. She began her career as an academic advisor for the Department in 2010. Over the years, she’s advised in History, Classics, and Philosophy, and in 2018 she returned home to Garrison Hall to lead the History advising team. Susan earned her BA in History and Philosophy from Washington & Lee University and her MA in History from The University of Texas at Austin. She is mom to two daughters who keep her busy with dance, Girl Scouts, and toddler-proofing. Her husband teaches Economics at ACC. She loves Star Wars, figure skating, and urban transit.

EscalanteMichelle Escalante, History Associate Academic Advisor, is the newest member of our History Advising Team having joined in July 2019. Michelle is originally from the Rio Grande Valley in deep south Texas. She earned her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the former University of Texas- Pan American (UTRGV) in 2015. Ever since then, she has been making her way north. In 2018, Michelle earned her MS in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Now at UT, Michelle says her journey north has stopped as “how can it get better than working for UT.” On her off time Michelle volunteers for her sorority, enjoys road trips, going to concerts, and binge-watching Netflix.

Jason GentryJason Gentry, History Senior Academic Advisor, joined the History Advising team in February 2016. He started at UT in 2000 with an advising position in the International Office and has also served as academic advisor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the College of Education. Jason enjoys working with students and their families from first campus visits and orientation all the way through graduation.  He earned his BA in History and English at Texas A & M Corpus Christi, but reports that he “got here as fast as he could.” When not helping students, Jason can be found skateboarding and surfing with his son, cooking dinner for family and friends, or playing guitar.