History Department
History Department

History Undergraduate Advising Office

Welcome back for Fall 2021!

We are excited to see you as we all transition back to campus!

To decrease campus density during the current COVID-19 surge, the majority of our interactions with students are virtual at this time. 


If you are a history major or wish to declare the history major, please schedule an appointment HERE. In your appointment confirmation email, you will be provided with your advisor's personal Zoom link. If you have a quick question, the best way to direct your request will be to email us at history-advisors@utlists.utexas.edu. Depending on the nature of your emailed questions, we may ask you to schedule an appointment. If your advising questions do not relate to your Fall 2021 course plans, we ask that you consider scheduling your appointment after the first twelve class days.

Declaring the history major

History is an open major. Students who wish to the declare the major must meet with a history advisor by scheduling an appointment at the link above. Once you have met with an advisor, we will assist you in filling out any necessary paperwork.




We answer the phone during business hours. If we are in appointments or on the phone, your call may go to voicemail. While we are checking voicemails, we often do not check our voicemail as frequently as email. We recommend you email us rather than leave a voicemail.

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.