If you are a new History major, whether transferring in or starting here at Wright State, you will first meet with the chair of the department for a welcome and a handshake.  All History majors are assigned a faculty advisor, one of the department’s professors who will guide you through your major program and provide advice regarding careers and graduate study.  You are strongly encouraged to meet with your advisor at least each semester prior to scheduling your courses.  Getting to know your advisor and your advisor getting to know you will help when it is time for letters of recommendation or if there is a problem with the university experience and you do not know where to turn for help. 

  • If you do not have an assigned faculty adviser, please contact Ms. Melodee Caudill, the department support supervisor.
  • In the semester before you plan to graduate, you will need to schedule a meeting for a graduation check with Prof. Jonathan Winkler, the department chair.  Contact Ms. Melodee Caudill to schedule this appointment. Prof. Winkler can also help you if you have problems contacting your faculty advisor or if you would like to change to a new advisor.
  • If you have questions about the Wright State Core or College requirements, you may also contact Ms. Ann Barr, advisor for History majors in the College of Liberal Arts Advising Office.

Below you will find a link to the general course descriptions for History department courses. The specific list of classes to be offered in a given semester will be available several months in advance. A sample four-year graduation plan is linked below as well. More information on the major, minors, and graduate program is available on our Programs page.

Students interested in scholarships and department prizes should look at our Opportunities page for more information.


Are you a potential transfer student who wants to study History at Wright State? We have history transfer agreements with several community colleges across Ohio. We accept transfer credits from all regionally accredited institutions as well as all branches of the military.  Furthermore, students can earn credit through Prior Learning Assessment, such as CLEP and AP.  If you don’t see a transfer agreement for your institution, you can meet with an advisor to map an individualized pathway.



The Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Awad Halabi, advises all students in the thesis and course intensive plans.  Students should meet with him each semester to plan their courses.

The Director of Public History, Prof. Drew Swanson, advises all Public History plan students. Students meet with the Director to plan their program of study each semester until graduation.

Prof. Paul Lockhart provides additional advising to any students pursuing the War and Society concentration.