General Information

The History Department wants to help our majors plan their programs of study wisely and effectively, so that students can take maximum advantage of what we have to offer. Although we do not assign each student an adviser, we encourage all students to consult regularly with one or more members of the Department about course choices and also about other matters related to their studies. One of the advantages of Rutgers-Camden’s small size is that faculty can get to know students, and vice-versa. Give your professors a chance to get to know you outside the classroom, and they can give you a lot of useful suggestions, pointing you in the right direction early on in your major.

Students’ first point of contact for questions about the History major or minor is the Department’s Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Prof. Kate Epstein.  You can reach her at  She is always happy to answer questions by email or in person.  Her office is Room 204 in the History Department’s building at 429 Cooper St.  You should feel free to drop in without an appointment during her office hours, which will be Tu/Th 1:00-2:30 for the Fall 2016.  She is also happy to meet at other times by appointment.

You are also always welcome to consult the department chair, Prof. Lorrin Thomas, about advising or any other matters related to the History major or History Department. During the fall semester 2015, Prof. Thomas holds office hours on Mondays from 3-4 and Tuesdays from 12:30-2:30, in room 100 at 429 Cooper. You may also contact her to set up a meeting by appointment; her email is

Students who have gotten to know particular professors are urged to ask them to serve in an advisory capacity, particularly for in-depth advice about such matters as graduate study or preparation for careers.

For general advising on your course of study outside the History major or minor, students should consult the Advising Office.  Staff at Advising are assigned to work with particular departments.  The History Department’s liaison is Assistant Dean Kyle Jenkins.  Dean Jenkins and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator work together to ensure that History students receive appropriate advice about their course of study.

Whenever you visit an adviser, it is a good idea to bring a copy of your worksheets, both for the major and for the general requirements, so you can easily show which requirements you have fulfilled and which you must still fulfill. Please take advantage of Degree Navigator, a flexible degree audit and academic advising system for undergraduate programs.

One other point to bear in mind: if you think you have been given an exemption from a requirement (or that a special arrangement has been agreed to), make sure that you have it in writing.

Transfer Students

It is actually the campus Advising Office, not the History Department, which is responsible for arranging transfer credits, but the History Department works closely with them.  Any questions about transferring in History credits should be directed in the first instance to the History Department’s liaison in the Advising Office, Assistant Dean Kyle Jenkins, who consults with the History Department as appropriate concerning particular questions about transfer credits.