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Advising Information

Advising for first-year students:

First-year students and those with fewer than 30 s.h. earned are advised at the Academic Advising Center. The Center’s team of advisors specializes in transitioning students to academic and student life at Iowa. Working with an assigned caseload, the advisors help each student plan for a successful academic start at Iowa. 

Advising during sophomore through senior years:

Colleen Kelley is the Senior Academic Advisor for the history department. She advises students with more than 30 s.h. earned.

How to contact your advisor: 

Scheduling an individual appointment is recommended if you would like to review your degree audit, map out a plan to graduation, or have other questions for which you would like to have an extended conversation.
To schedule an appointment, please use the online scheduler located in My-UI.

Advisors are available to assist students with the following: 

  • Advisor signatures on add/drop and other university forms 
  • Questions about course registration 
  • Questions or problems with your degree audit 
  • Academic probation 
  • Review of study abroad courses for major credit 
  • Discussions regarding adding second majors, minors, and certificate programs 
  • Information regarding campus resources for students 
  • Questions about navigating campus resources

In addition, history majors who achieve junior standing have the opportunity to be matched with a faculty mentor–perhaps a professor whose course you particularly liked, or a professor whose interests you share. Your advisor can help you select and connect with a faculty mentor if you’re not sure how to get started. You will still meet with them each semester for routine advising functions such as course selection–but you may also wish to discuss your semester planning with your faculty mentor.

Faculty mentors can also:

  • Help you define and explore your interests within the discipline of history or in conjunction with interdisciplinary work
  • Advise you on major research projects and honors theses
  • Discuss your ideas about what to do after graduation