The History Department Counseling Offices are located in 6248 and 6250 Bunche Hall. The department undergraduate advisor is Paul Padilla, (310) 825-3720. An appointment is not necessary for advising and students are always welcome. The departmental counselors can provide students with referrals for other types of counseling or assistance on campus.
Career Planning and Graduate School
We urge students to utilize the services of the Career Center early in their college careers. The Center provides students with many services including vocational planning and graduate school planning. Students who want to apply to professional schools or academic graduate schools should contact the Career Center and the various departmental advisors on campus. The History Graduate Advisor is Hadley Porter, Bunche 6290. Students should realize that majoring in History does not preclude a career outside of academia. Most professional schools do not require a B.A. in a specific subject for admission, though they may require applicants to have taken specific courses. Thus students with B.A.s in History may apply to professional schools in business, law, and even medicine.
Letters of Recommendation
One of the most important aspects of applying to graduate school is having good, supportive letters of recommendation. Therefore, it is essential for you to get to know at least three professors. Do not expect to get a good letter from a professor who barely knows you. Begin early in your undergraduate career to make yourself known to your professors. Professors keep office hours, but one excellent way to meet and associate with professors is through undergraduate seminars and independent studies (History 97,191, and 199).
Students are advised to keep close tabs on their degree progress. All undergraduates who entered UCLA after the fall of 1988 Quarter can obtain a degree progress report (DPR) from the College of Letters and Science Counseling Office in A316 Murphy Hall. Students can also look up their DPRs on the University Records System Access (URSA). Students who entered before 1988 can have a degree check done. The Undergraduate Advisor will complete the major portion of the degree check, and the Letters and Science Counseling Office will evaluate the other requirements.
The History Department Main Office does not give out grades. If you would like to know your grade, you may do so by visiting URSA. If you have any questions about the grade you received in a class, please contact your professor. The professor of the course is responsible for the final grade and cannot be overruled by the Department.
The College advises students to avoid taking Incompletes if at all possible. Students must make up an incomplete by the end of the following quarter. The student must file a Petition for Removal of an Incomplete by the sixth week of the following quarter or the grade will automatically lapse to an "F". Incompletes are not granted automatically; you must request one from your professor. If you must take an incomplete, make arrangements for completing the necessary work as soon as possible.
If you must discontinue your studies for any reason before the end of the quarter in which you are enrolled, be sure to submit a withdrawal form. Otherwise you will receive Fs in your courses; this can make it difficult to reenter UCLA or any other university. Generally, students who leave the university in good standing and reapply for an "open" major are readmitted. Also be aware that withdrawal can affect your financial aid status. See the College of Letters and Science for withdrawal forms.