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Student Advising and Registration FAQ Sheet

Revised: December 2010

General

Q. There is a hold on my account, blocking me from registering. Why and what can I do to get it lifted?

You must meet with your advisor who will remove your hold. This meeting is to make sure you are following the correct path to your major and other requirements.

Q. How do I find out my advisor’s name and office hours?

You cannot register without meeting with your History advisor, who will lift the hold after you meet. You can find your advisor’s name and office hours by logging onto KeanWISE and clicking the link for “Search Office Hour by Faculty/Advisor Name.” Your advisor’s name should pop up there.

  • Please note: don’t plan to drop in for 30 seconds—and do not say, “Quick question….” The question may be quick, but the answer might not be.
  • Budget time for a 10-minute meeting. It might take 30 minutes or more. This is important, so don’t be ready to run out the door; you’re not doing yourself any good if you rush this process.
  • Please make an appointment with your advisor via an email inquiry, even if you plan to come by during office hours. We can’t advise you adequately nor lift the hold through a brief chat before or after class or walking across campus.

Q. What should I bring when I meet with my advisor?

Please bring all information connected to your coursework, at Kean and elsewhere. We don’t want to hear, “I have it at home…it’s in my car...” We can’t help you without the proper documentation, which typically includes:

·         a current guidesheet (filled in and up to date, please)

·         all transfer credit paperwork: program evaluation (available on KeanWISE, transfer equivalency report, transcripts

·         your plan for the upcoming semesters

Q. Which guidesheet do I follow?

The guide sheet you go by is the one in use at the moment you matriculated into Kean University. See Guide Sheet page above.

  • Some students have opted to use the updated guidesheet, which represents a stronger program, a better Educational experience, and broader training (especially for teaching). If you do so, please be sure to tell your advisor.
  • If you choose to go with a later guidesheet, you must go to One Stop and fill out a specially-designed Change of Major request form, which indicates that you are changing your catalog year (meaning: the guidesheet that you will follow since it is a different, later year than the one in place when you matriculated).

Q. I see that I have to take courses in different categories and regions of History. How do I know what courses fit in each category?

See the Courses page above
 
Transfer credits

Q. I am concerned that the transfer credits from my prior college were not properly counted. What should I do?

You may want to first check with you History advisor, who can review the credits on an informal basis and then send you to the Transfer Advisement offices in CAS for an official assessment and subsequent report. If History courses are under question, the History Dept. Chairperson can officially review them and then request that a university transfer advisor officially update your Kean transcript.

  • Do not wait until you are preparing your graduation check-list: it often is a time-consuming process and may have to be repeated if any errors are made. You may find out too late that you have to take more and/or different courses, delaying your graduation.

Q. I took US I (HIST 2303) and/or US II (HIST 2304) at another school. Do I have to retake those courses or substitute them with others?

You do not have to retake courses that were transferred to Kean by the transfer advisor who analyzed your transcript. (This also applies to HIST 1030 Western Civ I and HIST 1040 Western Civ II). However, upper level History courses are typically approved only by the Department Chairperson.

Q. How do I know if AP (Advanced Placement) credits earned in high school will be transferred to the History major?

Normally, History AP courses completed with a score of 3 (equals a C) or above are approved. These will be analyzed by the transfer advisor assigned to your application.

If approved, you will receive 6 credits: 3 each for US I (HIST 2303) and US II (HIST 2304). You do not have to retake those courses.

GPA questions: History major/minor

Q. What must my GPA be as a History major or minor?

For students entering Fall 2008 and afterwards, to declare your major and to graduate as a major, the GPA must be 2.75. Before that, it’s a 2.0.

Q. I took classes at another school before matriculating at Kean. Do those grades count in my major/minor?

Your credits transfer in, but the grades do not. Therefore, your grades at a prior school are not calculated into your Kean GPA.

  • However, if you take equivalent courses at another school while matriculated at Kean to be counted for your Kean bachelor’s degree, then both the credits and the grades carry over and are calculated into your Kean GPA.
    • You cannot take upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses at a community college. Upper-division courses must be from a 4-year college or university.
    • Be sure to get prior Kean approval from the Department Chairperson/Assistant Chairperson before you take that course elsewhere. There is a course equivalency form available from One Stop/CAS. This form must be completed with the proper signatures and returned to One Stop before you register for that course at that other college.
    • If you take a course without prior approval, we are under no obligation to accept it.

Q. How many grades of C or below in History courses can I have and still be a History major/minor?

You are allowed two grades of C or below in the History major.

You must receive at least a B- in:

    • HIST 1030 Western Civilization I
    • HIST 1040 Western Civilization II
    • HIST 2303 United States History to 1877
    • HIST 2304 United States History 1877 to Present
    • HIST 4990 Senior Seminar

You can retake a course to replace the original grade, but you must petition the registrar to recalculate your GPA. Only 4 retakes are allowed.

History/Education Majors

Students in the following categories take the full 45-credit History major:

History/Teacher Certification majors

History/K-12 Teacher of Students with Disabilities major

History/K-5/5-8 Option majors

Students in the following categories take a 36-credit major following the History Department guidlines (see Guide Sheet page-content area above).
            History/K-5/P-3 with Option for Teacher of Students with Disabilities

            History/K-5/P-3 with Option for Bilingual Education

Q. Who is my advisor?

You have two: a History advisor and an Education advisor. The History Department urges you to see your Education advisor first as we do not have expertise in the many details of state certification and can’t be held responsible if your find yourself without  the proper Education courses taken in the right sequence.

Q. How do I apply for the Secondary Education program with a concentration in History?

The short answer is: make an appointment to see Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir, J-334, lcahir@kean.edu , for secondary ed. For other education majors, see the coordinators listed above.

Dr. Cahir informs us—and you—that acceptance into Kean University is not the same thing as automatic acceptance intoo a specific education program. This is a separate, formal process.

Q. Should I complete all of my History requirements before starting the Education program?

No. Students should move through each major roughly in equal sequence, but keep in mind that, in most cases History has more required credits and should be started in the first year with HIST 1000 or HIST 1062.

Q. What must my GPA be as a History/Education major?

To declare your major and to graduate as a major, the GPA must be 2.75. Please note that this is the minimum, but research reveals that students with a GPA below 3.0 encounter serious problems passing the state-mandated PRAXIS II exam.

Q. I took classes at another school. Do those grades count in my major/minor?

Your credits transfer in, but the grades do not. Therefore, your grades at a prior school are not calculated into your Kean GPA.

  • However, if you take equivalent courses at another school while matriculated at Kean to be counted for your Kean bachelor’s degree, then both the credits and the grades carry over and are calculated into your Kean GPA.
    • You cannot take upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses at a community college. Upper-division courses must be for a senior college or university.
    • Be sure to get prior Kean approval from the Department Chairperson/Assistant Chairperson before you take that course elsewhere. There is a course equivalency form available from One Stop/CAS. This form must be completed with the proper signatures and returned to One Stop before you register for that course at that other college.
    • If you take a course without prior approval, we are under no obligation to accept it.

Q. How many grades of C can I have and still be a History/Education major?

You are allowed two grades of C or below.

  • Please note: a grade of B- or better is required in the following courses:
    • HIST 1030 Western Civilization I
    • HIST 1040 Western Civilization II
    • HIST 2303 United States History to 1877
    • HIST 2304 United States History 1877 to Present
    • HIST 3000 Perspectives on History (PRAXIS review)
  • HIST 1000 and HIST 1062 may be completed with a C.

Q. I took US I (HIST 2303) and/or US II (HIST 2304) at another school. Do I have to retake those courses or substitute them with others?

No. You do not have to retake courses that were transferred to Kean by the transfer advisor who analyzed your transcript. (This also applies to HIST 1030 Western Civ I and HIST 1040 Western Civ II). These courses must meet the B- requirement previously noted. However, upper level History courses are typically approved only by the Department Chairperson.

Q. What happens to these courses and credits if I must use them as part of my History major?

Depending on your particular Education major requirements, the guidesheet requires you to take US History I and II (HIST 2303-2304), Western Civilization I and II (HIST 1030, 1040), World Civilization (HIST 1062), or Civil Society in America (HIST 1000).

  • HIST 1000 and HIST 1062 are considered General Education courses and, while we consider them part of the History major, they must remain on the left side under GE courses.

Q. When do I take HIST 3000?

HIST 3000 serves as a final review and preparation for the PRAXIS II and the Professional Internship (student teaching/senior field).Take the course once most of the other History requirements are finished. Otherwise, you will be overwhelmed with the great amount of content and skills covered in the class. You should plan to take the PRAXIS as soon as possible after the course, since much of the recall information can be lost if a long gap ensues between the class and the exam.

Q. Can I skip HIST 3000 if I already passed the PRAXIS?

Yes, but keep in mind that HIST 3000 is designed to also help prepare your for your Professional Internship and first year of teaching. Graduates have reported that this course helped them most in these two areas. Also, save the review books and material that professors hand out. Students have highly praised them as basic aids during their initial teaching experiences.

Q. What is HIST 4991 Internship? Do I have to take it?

The Internship provides opportunities to actually practice History at a field placement for three credits. It is not required, but it is highly recommended by the Department and valued by school systems and prospective graduate school programs as interns bring new perspectives to their classrooms as a result of their field experiences.

Q. What courses should I take in the World Areas? 

These courses are designed to enlarge your experience of the world and the perspectives  offered by global History. Be sure to complete at least one course at the 2000 level and the others at the 3000-4000 levels. On occasion, when all classes are filled and with the permission of the advisor, some students have substituted courses from other levels (2000-4000) and departments  (i.e., Political Science, Anthropology, English, Art History).

For specific courses, see the Courses page above.
Q. How should I complete the advanced US History requirements?

One course is required: HIST 3326 History of New Jersey, which helps ground you in state history, which is commonly taught in many school districts. A second course is open at the 3000-4000 levels. We recommend completing a broad-based course such as Immigration, The American West, Colonies and Revolution etc., which will help you successfully complete the PRAXIS and Professional Internship, as well as be valuable in your teaching career.

Q. How should I complete the advanced European History Requirements?

We recommend that you take at least one course in Greek or Roman History and then the second course from the Middle Ages to the present. Take a broad-range course like a survey, not one that is too specifically focused in content unless you already have a strong background in European History.

Q. When do I begin my student teaching experiences? How will I prepare for them?

All questions dealing with Education issues should be addressed to the respective College of Education advisor.

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