The History Department is involved in several types of advising and mentoring. All first and second year students participate in the Pathways Advising Program, a two-year advising and mentoring experience designed to ease adjustment to college life, improve retention among first- and second-year students, and help them find their individual pathways through college and into their first careers. Many history faculty participate in the Pathways Program.

If a student has any questions about the history major before declaring, they should reach out to the department chair, Dr. Lane Harris. If the student does not have any questions and is ready to declare, they should fill out the major declaration form.

The major declaration form not only asks prospective majors to provide basic information about themselves, but also to reflect upon their academic pathway to date, what skills they hope to acquire in the major, their interest in various Furman Advantage opportunities, and whom they would like as their major advisor.

After completing the form, it routes to the department chair, who will then reach out to the prospective major to set up a meeting. During the meeting, the chair gets to know each student personally, discusses the major requirements, talks about what kinds of TFA opportunities the student would like to pursue, and then asks them about potential advisors. Students are allowed to select their advisor, but if they do not have specific faculty member in mind, the chair suggests several faculty teaching in the student’s area of interest or the chair may serve as their advisor until they find a faculty member they would like as their advisor.

Once a student declares, they are required to meet their advisors at least twice per year, once each semester to prepare for course registration, though advisees are strongly encouraged to visit more open. During each advising meeting, faculty will start with an informal discussion of the student’s progress during the current semester, inquire about their general situation at Furman (what is going well, what they need help with in classes, etc.), inform them about their remaining general education and major requirements, discuss potential double majors or minors, inquire about their interest in available TFA opportunities, and answer any other questions they may have about their classes or progress towards graduation.

If a student has any concerns about their advising or mentoring in the department, or they have any special needs or accommodations, they are strongly encouraged to reach out to the department chair, Dr. Lane Harris, to discuss their concerns or needs.