The Department of History advisors at Western Michigan University work to support and enrich your academic experience by helping with curricular decisions and providing information and guidance on extracurricular options, career paths and post-graduate plans.

New to WMU student advising

If you are a new to WMU transfer or first-year student starting at WMU in Summer 2021 or Fall 2021, you must first take part in the Orientation process through the Office of Student Transitions. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor as part of that process.

Current student advising

Due to the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak facing the state of Michigan, there will not be any face-to-face advising appointments. History students will continue to be served through online meetings, email and phone. Drop-in advising information can be found at To schedule an appointment, please click the link below.

Book an appointmeNt

Advising for history majors and minors

Beginning fall semester 2020 for advising with both Essential Studies and history courses, declaring a gistory Major or Minor, and approvals to enroll in certain courses, students should consult with Beth Cramer, the history advisor, in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office. You can schedule an appointment with her using the yellow "Book an Appointment" icon up above.

The Department of History also encourages students to reach out to any faculty member in the department with questions about individual areas of history, advice on choosing or changing different tracks of history majors (history major, secondary education major and public history) and how they would serve your career goals, information about applying to graduate schools and other matters. Visit our department directory and then click on the names of individual faculty members to view their areas of specialization.

The following faculty members in the department are serving as point persons to communicate with students about the following fields of history and direct you to other faculty members in other fields, or to assist with other issues:

Dr. David Benac (Public History, Environmental History)

Dr. Linda Borish (American Sport History, Gender, U.S. History)

Dr. José António Brandão (Early North American History, Canada, Native Americans)

Dr. Wilson Warren (Modern American History, Teacher Education, Food History)

Dr. Eli Rubin (Modern European History, World History)

Dr. James Palmitessa (Medieval and Early Modern European History, World History)

Dr. Takashi Yoshida (Japanese, Non-Western Histories, World History).

Contact these individuals directly by email with your questions or to schedule a phone call or video chat.

The Department of History office, located in 4301 Friedmann Hall, is now physically open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (269) 387-4650 or email our Administrative Assistant, Amanda Lapekas, or the Department Chair, Linda Borish, to initiate an inquiry.

Advising Handout Fall 2020

History majors and minors

Undergraduate history majors and minors are strongly encouraged to see an advisor for all questions, general and specific.

Major slips

Minor slips


If you are in need of advising for history, contact Beth Cramer or click the button below.

Book an Appointment

Advising Handout