History Department
History Department

History Undergraduate Advising Office

Remote appointments:

To decrease campus density and maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently working and advising students remotely. No in-person, on-campus advising services are being offered and we do not anticipate working from campus during the Fall 2020 semester. Remote advising appointments are typically conducted over Zoom and are appropriate for current history majors, or students who wish to declare the history major. If you have a question about registration in a history course, please scroll down the page for more information.

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. 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 questions, we may ask you to schedule a remote appointment. Please do not call or leave us a voicemail. While we have the ability to monitor our voicemails remotely, it will be easier for us to answer your request expediently if you direct it to email.

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.

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. 


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.