The 104-R is the Army's semester-by-semester plan for graduation. Whether you have to fill one out or not, these step-by-step instructions will help you plan for your degree and ensure that you graduate on time. If you do have to fill out a 104-R, please work through these steps prior to seeking a signature from Dr. Bristol.
1) Use your Degree Evaluation in Patriot Web to identify requirements that you still need to meet.
2) Use the list of courses on the CHSS website (http://chss.gmu.edu/general-education/all-requirements) to identify courses you can take to fulfill your University, CHSS, and History major requirements. (Do not pick your courses based solely on the Schedule of Courses in Patriot Web, which is only a list of courses offered in a given semester.) Please read the section on Catalog Year and choose the catalog that is specific to your arrival at Mason, because the courses that meet each general education requirement change slightly from year to year.
For History major requirements, go to http://historyarthistory.gmu.edu/programs/la-ba-hist/requirements.
3) Take ENGH 100 or 101 your freshman year. Take HIST 300 when you have 30 credits, ideally in the fall of your sophomore year. Take ENGH 302 when you have 45 credits and have already met your Literature requirement, ideally in the spring of your sophomore year. Take HIST 499 after you have 90 credits and have completed ALL of your general education requirements. Remember, you cannot take HIST 300 & HIST 499 concurrently, and they are not offered in the summer.
4) As you're choosing your courses, keep in mind that some courses don't count towards CHSS degrees: all Physical Education (PHED) activity courses, all Parks, Recreation, & Leisure Studies (PRLS) activity courses, and most Military Science courses. The exceptions are MLSC 400 and MLSC 401, for which you will earn a total of 6 credits towards your degree.
5) For your History courses, make sure you have two US, two European, and two Global (Latin America, Africa, Asia, or the Middle East), plus four elective History courses. These distribution requirements may not be met by HIST 300 & 499. Your four elective History courses may be about any time period and any part of the world.
6) Did you include a course to satisfy ROTC's military history requirement? You may take HIST 370: War & American Society, HIST 373: The Civil War, or HIST 377: The Vietnam War to meet this requirement.
7) Have you left enough time for your foreign language? Most students need at least two semesters for FOR LANG 110 (6 credits) and FOR LANG 210 (3 credits).
8) Add up ALL of your credits towards graduation: Do your transfer credits and your Mason credits add up to 120? Again, you're only going to count 6 MLSC credits, for MLSC 400 & 401 towards this goal.
9) Add up your upper-division credits: Do you have 45 credits total at the 300/400 level? These can include MLSC 400 & 401 and HIST 300 & 499.
10) Add up your History credits: Do you have at least 36 credits in History? Are at least 18 of them at the upper-division level, including HIST 300 & 499?
11) Do you have more than 18 credits in any given semester? If the answer is yes, Dr. Bristol won't sign it, because you have to have special permission from the University to take more than 18 credits, and it is not something the History and Art History Department recommends.
12) Check it all again. Then email Dr. Bristol (firstname.lastname@example.org) about signing off. When you meet with her, bring a clean, neat, hard copy, but also bring a virus-free thumb drive with the file on it, so that if you have to make quick changes, you can do so without having to meet a second time.