Graduate Program Handbook

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 

  

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN HISTORY

HANDBOOK

Masters of Arts Degree -- History

Masters of Arts Degree -- African American Studies with A Concentration in African Diaspora History

Doctor of Philosophy Degree -- History

 

Sixth Edition 2011

  

Table of Contents

Graduate Faculty.............................................................................pg 3           

MA Degree in African-American Studies...............................................pg 4 

            Course Requirements..............................................................pg 4

MA Degree in History.......................................................................pg 5   

            Course Requirements.............................................................pg 5

            Comprehensive Exam Guidelines..............................................pg 6                                                     

            Thesis-Writing.......................................................................pg 6

            Timetable for MA Program Completion.......................................pg 8                                                     

            Graduation Checklist...............................................................pg 8  

            Program Change Procedures....................................................pg 9  

Transfer of Graduate Credits from Other Institutions..........................pg 9

PhD in History................................................................................pg 10 

            Course Requirements.............................................................pg 10

            Guidelines for Taking Independent Study Courses........................pg 12

            Comprehensive Exam Guidelines..............................................pg 12           

            Dissertation Writing Guidelines.................................................pg 13

            Forming a Dissertation Committee.............................................pg 13 

            Graduation Checklist...............................................................pg 15

MA & PhD Student Responsibilities.....................................................pg 15           

MA & PhD Advisement & Registration..................................................pg 16           

 

For More Information: 443-885-3400; 443-885-1156

Department of History, Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD. 21251

 

Chair of Department

Dr. Annette Palmer, Associate Professor of History 

 Holmes Hall, Room 326-I, (443) 885-3190; (443) 885-8227

Email-Annette.Palmer@morgan.edu

    

Coordinator of Graduate Programs in History and African American Studies

Dr. Jeremiah I. Dibua, Professor of History

Holmes Hall, Room 326-B, (443) 885-3400; fax (443) 885-8227

Email-Jeremiah.Dibua@morgan.edu

 

  

Graduate Faculty

Brett A. Berliner, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Associate Professor of History (Modern Europe)

Jeremiah I. Dibua, Ph.D., University of Benin, Professor of History (Historiography, Modern Africa, African Diaspora)

Jelani Favors, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Assistant Professor of History (Modern African American)

Mary Ann Fay, Ph.D., Georgetown University, Associate Professor of History (Modern Middle East)

Debra Newman-Ham, Ph.D., Howard University, Professor of History (African American, Public History)

Charles Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., Howard University, Associate Professor of History (African American, American Military)

Robert Morrow, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Associate Professor of History (Post-1945 America)

Lawrence Peskin, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Associate Professor of History (Early America)

Glenn O. Phillips, Ph.D., Howard University, Professor of History (Caribbean, African Diaspora)

 

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES WITH A CONCENTRATION IN

AFRICAN DIASPORA HISTORY

Objective

The Master of Arts Degree in African American Studies has a concentration in African Diaspora History. The degree is designed for students who plan to have careers in teaching in secondary schools or community colleges; for students who plan careers in journalism, museum or information services, non-governmental organizations, business and industry, and/or for students who are contemplating further scholarly activities.

Admission Requirements for the Program

For unconditional admission, applicants must have: (1) a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate history or fields related to African American Studies; (2) earned an undergraduate scholastic average overall of 3.0 and not less than 3.0 average in History or related fields. For conditional admission, applicants must have: (1) a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate history or fields related to African American Studies; (2) earned an undergraduate scholastic average overall of 2.5 and not less than 2.5 average in History or related fields; (3) maintain a 3.0 average for the first 12 graduate credit hours.

(See the MSU Graduate School Catalog for "General Degree Requirements.")

 

Requirements for the MA Degree in African-American Studies

Candidates for the MA Degree in African American Studies must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours, pass a written comprehensive examination, and submit an acceptable written thesis.

Course Requirements for the MA Degree in African-American Studies

1.    HIST 598 Historiography & Historical Methods....................................3 hours

2.    HIST 599 Historical Writing.......................................................3 hours 

3.    Four courses in African American, African, or African Diaspora or related topics offered at MSU.................................................................................................12 hours

4.    History Elective.................................................................................... 6 hours

6.    A Supervised Research or Seminar Course in History......................3 hours 

5.    HIST 799 Thesis Seminar.....................................................................3 hours

Total...............................................................................................................30 hours

*History elective and electives from other departments must be approved by your advisor.

 

MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY

Objective

The Master of Arts Degree in History is designed for students who plan to have careers in teaching in secondary school or community college, public service, public policy, public history, and/or for students who are contemplating pursuing further scholarly activities.  It is a useful adjunct degree for persons with careers in theology, law, library science, journalism, news management, government, business, industry, and/or administration.

Admission Requirements for the Program

For unconditional admission, applicants must have: (1) a minimum of 24 semester hours of undergraduate history courses; (2) earned an undergraduate scholastic average overall of 3.0 and not less than 3.0 average in History. For conditional admission, applicants must have: (1) earned an undergraduate scholastic average overall of 2.5 and not less than 2.5 average in History; (2) maintain a 3.0 average for the first 12 graduate credit hours.

(See the MSU Graduate School Catalog for "General Degree Requirements.")

Requirements for the MA Degree in History - Thesis Option

Candidates for the MA Degree in History (thesis option) must complete a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours, twenty-four (24) of which must be in History, pass a written comprehensive examination, and submit an acceptable written thesis.

Course Requirements for the MA Degree in History - Thesis Option

1. HIST 598 Historiography & Historical Methods..........................3 hours

2. HIST 599 Historical Writing....................................................3 hours

3.  A Supervised Research or Seminar course in History.................3 hours

4. HIST 799 Thesis Seminar..........................................................3 hours

5. The remaining eighteen (18) credit hours may be taken by following the student's approved program of study; 6 of these credit hours may be electives taken in other disciplines with your advisor's approval.....................................................................................18 hours

Total...........................................................................................................30 hours

MA Comprehensive Exam Guidelines

MA students can take the comprehensive exam for either degree options in History or MA African American Studies after completing a minimum of 18 credit hours with at least 12 of the credit hours in History. In the Fall, the exam is given the first or second week in November. In the Spring, the exam is given the first or second week in March. Students should inform the Graduate Coordinator at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to take the exam, so that the Graduate Coordinator can contact them about the exam dates and the nature of questions on the exam.  Students must also register to take the exam with the Graduate School.

MA Thesis Writing Guidelines

Students enroll for HIST 799 Thesis Seminar when they are ready to begin researching the thesis topic.  Students should have passed the comprehensive exam, or can take the comprehensive exam while taking Thesis Seminar.  Students receive a CS grade, which remains until their theses topics are completed and approved.

Arrangements for thesis writing are made with the Graduate Coordinator, who discusses the proposed thesis topic and Thesis Advisor with the student.  Once the Thesis Advisor and student decide on the thesis committee members and everyone agrees, the student must officially register the thesis topic and the names of the thesis committee members with the Graduate Coordinator.  (The committee consists of three MSU graduate faculty members: the Thesis Advisor, who chairs the committee; at least one other history professor; and a third professor, who can be from the History Department or a senior faculty member from another department.)  Once the committee has formally agreed to serve, the candidate works independently with the Thesis Advisor until releasing the approved draft to the committee to read.  Students must register for HIST 797 Thesis Guidance (2 hours) each semester while writing the thesis.

The Graduate School provides students with The Dissertation and Thesis Handbook, which contains guidelines for the preparation of the thesis. Once the thesis has been approved and signed by the committee, three copies of the thesis printed on acid-free, bond paper with 25% rag or cotton must be submitted.  The student then must pay the binding fees for three copies of the thesis to the university cashier and present the receipt to the Graduate School along with the copies for binding.  Candidates may pay to have additional copies bound.

Thesis Deadlines

Spring - Candidates who plan to complete the thesis for the Spring semester graduation must follow these deadlines:

Submit all first chapters drafts to the Thesis Advisor early in the Fall semester.

Submit revised draft of the entire thesis to the Thesis Advisor before the Fall semester final exams.  Once the draft has been approved, the Thesis Advisor will authorize the student to make two copies for the committee to read.

Submit the thesis to the committee no later than the third week of January.

Submit final approved and signed thesis to the Graduate School office no later than the specified deadline to ensure May graduation. If you miss the deadline you can continue working on the thesis until the Spring semester ends. If you turn it in to the Graduate School before graduation, you will not have to register again, but you will need to reapply for graduation in December.

Summer - Candidates who plan to complete the thesis in the summer must register for the first session.  Candidates can only finish in the summer if their committee members will be available to read and sign the thesis during June. 

Fall - Candidates who plan to complete the thesis for fall semester graduation must follow these deadlines:

Submit all first chapter drafts to the Thesis Advisor early in the Spring semester.

Submit revised draft of the entire thesis to the Thesis Advisor by April 30th.  Once the draft has been approved, the Thesis Advisor will authorize the student to make two copies for the committee to read.

Submit thesis to the committee when classes begin in August/September.

Submit final approved and signed thesis to the Graduate School office no later than the specified deadline.

Advisors will not accept a thesis from a candidate who does not meet the deadlines.  Candidates must be registered for HIST 797 Thesis Guidance during the semester the thesis is submitted to the Graduate School.  Faculty will not supervise thesis writing students who are not registered. To guarantee full supervision from the Thesis Advisor students should complete the thesis within two semesters of registering for HIST 797 Thesis Guidance. Candidates receive grades of CS for HIST 799 Thesis Seminar until the thesis is completed and the Thesis Advisor submits the final grade to be recorded by the teacher who taught the candidate HIST 799 Thesis Seminar.

Timetable for MA Program Completion

The Graduate School requires MA students to complete the program within five years of enrollment.  Students who have emergencies, which prevent them from continuing their studies, should consult with the Graduate Coordinator and if appropriate the Graduate Coordinator will write a letter to the Dean of the Graduate School in support of the student's letter to the Dean requesting leave for a stated amount of time.  The time missed during the leave period agreed upon by the Dean will be included in the five year completion period.  After the five-year period, students will lose all credits earned since the first calendar year of enrollment, which may include the year the comprehensive exam was taken. All credits, including the comprehensive exam if necessary, must be retaken.  After the five-year period, there is no guarantee the thesis or the Thesis Advisor selected will be available or that students can continue unless the Graduate Dean authorizes an extension.  Students may be required to reapply to the program for admission.

MA Programs Graduation Checklist

  • Complete course work.
  • Register for and take the comprehensive exam.
  • Follow Thesis Writing Guidelines.
  • Apply for graduation and pay appropriate fees.*
  • Pay thesis-binding fee.

*Applications for graduation should be submitted to the Graduate School with a copy of the receipt for the paid fees by the appropriate deadline for the semester (Spring, Summer, or Fall) of the academic year in which the candidate hopes to complete all requirements. Applications must be signed by the Graduate Coordinator or Chair of Department

If the candidate is ineligible for graduation on the graduation date indicated on the application, he/she must withdraw his/her application and resubmit it. If the candidate does not resubmit for graduation he/she will not be able to register the next semester via the computer and will need a new PIN number. However, the candidate will not need to repay graduation fees, but he/she will need to make another copy of the fee receipt to present with the graduation application to the Graduate School.

Procedure for Changing History Department MA Program

Students who wish to change from one History Department MA degree program/option to another may apply to do so by following these steps:

1. Consult with Advisor.

2. Wait until the completion of at least nine credit hours of course work in the Department.

3. Meet the requirements for admission into the new program/option in order to be approved.

4. Apply for a program/option change from the Graduate School, which will seek department approval from the Graduate Coordinator or Chair of Department.

Transfer of Credits from Other Institutions for MA Programs

The Graduate School policy for transferring MA degree credits is to accept up to six credit hours of graduate credits from another accredited institution, after the student has successfully completed twelve credit hours from MSU.  Students must apply to the Graduate School.  The Graduate Coordinator will review the student's MSU progress and the transcript for the course transfer request.  The department reserves the right to approve or deny any request.  Hence, transfer of graduate credit is not guaranteed.

 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE IN HISTORY

Objective

The Ph.D. program in History is designed for students who plan to have careers as research scholars, college and university professors, and/or public historians in archives, museums, government, and community organization, and/or as curriculum specialists in secondary and elementary education.

Admission Requirements for the Program

Admission to the doctoral program in History is granted once a year for the Fall semester and is based on the following requirements:

1. A Master's degree with a thesis or the equivalent thereof in History, or a related field, from a regionally accredited college or university;

2. A grade point average of at least 3.3 in all previous post-baccalaureate work;

3. A formal application with an official copy of GRE scores and official transcripts submitted to the Graduate School;

4. Students for whom instruction has not been in English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);

5. Three academic letters of recommendation;

6. A writing sample (a graduate seminar or research paper) in History; and

7. A statement of goals, the proposed major concentration and two minor concentrations of study.

(See the MSU Graduate School Catalog for "General Degree Requirements.")

Additional Requirements upon Enrolling in Ph.D. Level Courses

1. Students entering the program with GRE verbal scores below 500 are required to enroll in and pass with a grade of "B" or better in HIST 599: Historical Writing (no credit toward the degree).

2. Students who have not completed prerequisite credits required for enrollment in Ph.D. level courses in previous post-baccalaureate study will be required to take up to 6 credits of prerequisite courses at the 500 to 700 levels.

3. Students with post-baccalaureate degrees in related fields must have earned a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours in History.

4. Students must select one major from the three fields below:

            (A) African American History,

            (B) African Diaspora History

            (C) Twentieth Century United States History.

The remaining two fields will serve as minor concentrations.

 

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in History

Candidates for the Ph.D. Degree in History must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.3 in all course work at the end of each academic semester. Candidates must complete a minimum of thirty (39) credit hours, not including a maximum of twenty-four (24) non-degree credit hours, pass a written comprehensive examination, submit an acceptable written dissertation and successfully complete an oral defense of the dissertation.

Other Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in History

Writing Skills Requirement

1. GRE Verbal Score above 500 or HIST 599 Historical Writing.................3 (non-degree) hours

2. Prerequisite History Courses (500 to 700 level courses).......................3-6 (non-degree) hours

3. HIST 804 Advanced Historiography............................3 hours

Content and/or Theory Courses

4. Major Concentration Courses.........................................................12 hours

5. Minor Concentration Courses 1........................................................6 hours

6. Minor Concentration Courses 2........................................................6 hours

Professional Competency Requirement in Two Areas

7. Foreign Language 1 or 2*............................................3 (non-degree) hours

            and/or

*Competency in Foreign Language may also be met by a proficiency examination administered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

8. HIST 808 Oral History Practicum................................3 (non-degree) hours

            (Prerequisite: HIST 708 Oral History)*

            and/or

9. HIST 807 Archival Practicum......................................3 (non-degree) hours

            (Prerequisite: HIST 707 Archival Theory)*

*Prerequisite course HIST 708 Oral History may be applied toward the degree as a 3 credit hour Twentieth Century course, or an elective.  Prerequisite course HIST 707 Archival Theory may be applied to toward the degree as a 3 credit hour elective.

Dissertation Courses

10. HIST 901 Dissertation Proposal...................................3 hours

11. HIST 998 Dissertation Seminar....................................6 hours

12. Elective.............................................................3 hours

13. HIST 997 Dissertation Guidance or.............................3 (non-degree) hours

14. HIST 999 Dissertation II..............................................6 (non-degree) hours

Total Degree Credit Hours....................................................39 hours

 

Ph.D. Student Guidelines for Taking Independent Study Courses

Courses: There are only two Independent Study courses, HIST 880, offered in the Fall semester, and HIST 881, offered in the Spring semester.  Ph.D. students should be careful about selecting these courses, because they can only take two Independent Study classes. Students should consider the types of courses they need and seek consultation about how to register. Independent Study courses are designed primarily for Ph.D. students who need a course in a specific area, which will not be offered in the upcoming semester.  The Graduate Coordinator approves topics for Independent Study.

Selecting an Advisor: Once a student has pre-registered for Independent Study and determined the type of course he/she needs, the student must speak to a professor about his/her availability.  If the professor is willing to consider working with the student, the student should prepare a proposal with a cover letter, asking the professor to serve as the course supervisor, explaining which area of history the course represents, and requesting a response in writing. If the professor agrees, then both parties should set up a written schedule for the work plan.  At minimum, the student should arrange at least one appointment to see the professor before the class begins.

If a Professor declines, the Graduate Coordinator should advise the student of other possible Course Supervisors. Students may need to be flexible in finding a Course Supervisor. At times it may be necessary to change proposed topics to accommodate the professor or ask the professor which topic he/she would be willing to supervise.

Informing the Professor of Record and the Graduate Coordinator: Once the proposed topic has been approved by the Course Supervisor, students should report to the Professor of Record to discuss the plan and to give him/her copies of the letters exchanged between student and teacher. Students should send copies of these letters to the Graduate Coordinator, who will place them in the student's record files.

Recording Grades: It is the responsibility of the Professor of Record to contact the Course Supervisor in order to obtain the mid semester and the final semester grades for all Independent Study students registered for the course during the current semester.  In addition, the Professor of Record should give the Graduate Coordinator a copy of the grade sheet to confirm that the student has completed the assignment and indicate what area of history the course represents.

Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Guidelines

The Ph.D. comprehensive exams are required of all students earning a degree. The exams are the second level of the three levels required for the Ph.D. in History.  There are three exams: the Major Exam, the First Minor Exam, and the Second Minor Exam.  The exam essay questions are individualized and based on the History courses each student has taken to fulfill the course work level for the degree. In the Fall, the exams are offered on the first or second week in November. In the Spring, the exams are offered on the first or second week in March.

In preparation for taking the comprehensive exams, students must notify the Graduate Coordinator at the beginning of the semester in which the exam will be taken, provide a Graduate Comprehensive Exam form available from the Graduate School and a Websis transcript of all courses taken.  Failure to notify the Graduate Coordinator of plans to take the exams will prevent the student from taking the exams at the expected time. Students must also register each time they plan to take the exams.

Ph.D. Dissertation Writing Guidelines

A student considering a dissertation topic should do preliminary research to locate other dissertations, books, or scholarly essays related to his/her proposed topic to eliminate conflicts with the topic and to find sources for primary research.  Afterwards, students should confer with their academic advisor, the Graduate Coordinator, who registers the topics in the department and advises students as to the appropriateness of the topic. Once a tentative topic is agreed upon, the advisor will refer the student for consultation with a graduate faculty member in the department whose expertise matches the area of research.

Forming a Dissertation Committee

The Dissertation Committee consists of the Dissertation Supervisor, two members of the History Graduate Faculty, and an outside reader. The Dissertation Supervisor must agree on the topic selected. If no agreement can be reached, the student must find another Dissertation Supervisor, or change to a topic upon which the current Supervisor can agree.  Dissertation Supervisors and students must commit to work together. The Dissertation Supervisor and the student must both agree to the selection of other members of the committee, who in turn should commit to work with the student and supervisor.  The supervisor, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, invites the outside reader to join the committee.

HIST 901-Dissertation Proposal (3 credits): Students officially begin researching and writing a dissertation proposal in HIST 901.  The goal of this course is to complete searching the secondary literature to find any existing work that may duplicate the proposal; to locate additional repositories with primary sources; and to find models for analysis and conceptual frameworks.

Once topics are confirmed, students begin working with the dissertation faculty.  After the committee has been confirmed the student will write a proposal to be approved by both the teacher of record for HIST 901-Dissertation Proposal and the Dissertation Supervisor (these persons may be one and the same).  Before the semester ends, the dissertation committee members will receive a copy of the approved proposal.  The teacher of record for HIST 901-Dissertation Proposal will then convene a group session, where dissertation students enrolled in the class present their proposals orally before their Dissertation Supervisor and committee members.

Students will receive letter grades for HIST 901-Dissertation Proposal.  Those who do not complete the dissertation proposal, or participate in the group session, will receive an "I" or "F" grade for the course.  Requirements for HIST 901 - Dissertation Proposal must be completed during the semester following receipt of an "I" grade.

HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar (6 credits): Students do the major researching and writing for the approved dissertation topic in HIST 998.  This is a required course and its goal is to complete the research and to continue writing the dissertation.

Enrolled students work primarily with their Dissertation Supervisors. However, students will also report to the teacher of record for HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar, who will assist students individually and meet with all the enrolled students periodically in a group for progress reports.  At this point, students should be submitting completed dissertation chapters to be critiqued by the dissertation supervisor and others assigned.

Before the semester ends, the teacher of record for HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar will convene an open meeting for students enrolled, Dissertation Supervisors and committee members, who will receive a copy of the revised, approved proposal.  Students will provide a verbal progress report and receive questions from the committee members.  This is a rehearsal for the required oral defense.

Students will receive a "CS" grade for HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar.  Those who do not complete the dissertation at the end of HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar must take HIST 997 - Dissertation Guidance, which is a three-hour in residency course. The grade for HIST 997 - Dissertation Guidance is  "S". Students must continue registering for HIST 997 - Dissertation Guidance every semester after taking HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar until the final approved dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School.

Final grades for HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar will be submitted by the Dissertation Supervisor to the teacher of record for the HIST 998 - Dissertation Seminar taken by the student.  The teacher of record will then change the "CS" grade and submit it to the Graduate School and to the Registrar.  Students are responsible for remembering who was their teacher of record for HIST 998 -Dissertation Seminar and when the course was taken in order to facilitate receiving their final grades.

Ph. D. Graduation Check List

Complete prerequisites (if needed).

Complete Ph.D. course work.

Complete methods/skills requirement.

Register for and pass major comprehensive exam.

Register for and pass two minor comprehensive exams.

Follow Dissertation Writing Guidelines.

Pay diploma fees and apply for graduation.*

Submit dissertation to the committee.

Defend dissertation orally.

Pay binding and microfilming fees.

Submit approved dissertation to Graduate School.

Pay binding and microfilming fees.**

*  Applications must be signed by the Graduate Coordinator or Chair of Department and taken with the diploma payment to the cashier.  Applications with receipt should be taken to the Graduate School office.  Applications should be submitted to the Graduate School with a copy of the fees paid by the deadline for the semester of the academic year (Spring or Fall) for which the student hopes to complete all requirements.

If the student does not meet all of the degree requirements by the date indicated on the application, he/she must resubmit it with a new date.  Although the student does not have to repay the diploma fees, he/she does need to make another copy of the fee receipt to present with his/her application upon resubmitting it to the Graduate School office.

**Binding and microfilming fees copyright your dissertation.  The form is available in the Graduate School. Students may take the form and the fee to the cashier. For fee schedules, see the current Graduate School Schedule booklet for finishing semester.

MA and Ph.D. Student's Responsibilities

Students are responsible for providing the History Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate School office with changes of addresses and phone numbers.  Students are responsible for following History and Graduate School instructions concerning the conditions for remaining in good standing in their graduate programs, for registration and fee-paying procedures, and comprehensive exam and graduation application procedures.

Course Syllabi Requirements for MA and Ph.D. Students

Students have a right to receive a syllabus at the beginning of each course.  The syllabus is a contract between the professor and students, which cannot be changed later in the semester, unless, put forth in writing by the professor and agreed to by the students.  The syllabus should state all requirements and penalties, with instructions given for projects and papers, as well as due dates.

Advisement and Registration Procedures for MA and Ph.D. Students

The Graduate Coordinator advises all graduate students until they complete their class work and successfully pass the comprehensive exam.  Together the student and graduate coordinator will discuss the proposed thesis or dissertation topic and consult with appropriate MSU graduate faculty to select a thesis or dissertation advisor.

Both the MSU thesis or dissertation advisor and student must agree to work together.  Either party can request to terminate the relationship and the Graduate Coordinator will consult with both parties to determine what steps should be taken.

Registration for new students occurs at the beginning of the semester in which they enroll into the program. Returning students, however, are required to register for the following semester in the middle of the current semester. For example, April registration is for the Fall semester; November registration is for the Spring semester. (Graduate classes are not usually offered in the summer, except for Thesis Guidance - HIST 797 and Dissertation Guidance - HIST 997). Students must receive written registration approval from the Graduate Coordinator or his/her designate.  Students then register by computer. The Graduate School staff has the authority to remove students from classes not approved by the advisor.  Students who fail to register and pay fees by the due date will be charged a substantial late fee by the university.