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What classes should I take this semester?  How do I ensure I am on track to graduate?

Your first stop for all course related questions should be the Mentor Advising Center (MAC)

MAC offers academic advising to undergraduate Social & Behavioral Science students in the following majors: Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Political Science, Social Sciences, and Sociology. It is located in faculty Office Building in room FO-145. Trained Mentor Advisors are prepared to help you select classes, plan a quarter schedule, and propose a long term Education Plan tailored to meet your needs.

You can reach the MAC at 909.537.5518 or by email at

More information about the advising center is available here: Advising 

Am I maximizing the opportunities available to me at the university? Am I on the right track to fulfill my career goals?  What should I do with my history degree?  Students are encouraged to regularly meet with full-time faculty to ensure that they progress toward graduation as smoothly as possible, and also take advantage of various opportunities available on campus.  Students can meet with faculty about any of the following:

  • declaring a history major or minor
  • planning a course schedule for a particular semester
  • course substitutions
  • checking your progress towards completing the major/minor
  • potential internship opportunities and career planning
  • participating in extracurricular activities such as history club/Phi Alpha Theta, history journal, study abroad, research positions, supplemental instruction opportunities, volunteer opportunities, scholarships etc.  
  • developing graduate study plans
  • getting in touch with other campus entities for help with problems
  • discussion about honors projects or independent study courses
  • assistance with applying to graduate programs.
  • career counseling
  • any other questions or issues you may have.

Quarter to Semester (Q2S) Transition

As you know, CSUSB has transitioned to the semester system in Fall, 2020. How will this transition affect your graduation plan? What can you do properly prepare?

The Mentor Advising Center (MAC) will provide support with the transition.  In addition, however, the history department can guide students with the transition.  

Students are urged to create a graduation plan with an academic advisor and regularly check the proposed course offerings on the history website (note: these are often tentative, so students should have back-up plans in case some courses are changed/cancelled). 

Careers in History

Historians research and analyze the past through writing, teaching, and studying. Please visit the Careers in History webpage for detailed information on career choices available for history majors. 

Hints and Guide for Success

Students and faculty have put together a quick handout on "Things I Wish I Had Known" or "Hints for Success" for history students.  Students are encouraged to consult this guide which contains some practical suggestions for navigating the university and degree process.