Mentoring and Advising
Political Science Faculty Mentors
All majors are assigned to a full-time faculty member who acts as their mentor. Mentors discuss with students such topics as course selections within the major, progress in the major, concentrations, academic and career goals (graduate school, law school, or employment), political science theories, domestic and international politics, and other subjects of mutual interest. Majors are encouraged to visit their mentors at least once a semester.
All students are assigned an academic advisor in the College Office. Advisors make sure that students are meeting all requirements for graduation in the major, College, and University. They also sign registration forms for students. The following advice will help students make the most of their visits with advisors:
- Students bear the primary responsibility for making sure that all requirements for graduation are met. The advisor's role is important but secondary to the student's. Students should consult the College Catalog and the Student Handbook, Political science majors may monitor their progress in the major using this Progress Sheet.
- Students should view the advising period as the final step of the process by which course and program decisions are made, not the beginning. An advisor should not be asked to choose courses for you; the advisor is there to oversee the course of study you develop for yourself. Thus, you should be prepared with options of your own as the basis for discussion between you and the advisor about your academic program. While it is not necessary for all courses in a given semester to be chosen before meeting with your advisor, at least the core of the work you are proposing should be clear in your mind.
- Practically speaking, then, you should come to your advisor with the proper forms, and a draft schedule of the courses you propose to take. You should expect to spend some time talking not only about what you want to do, but also about what you have been doing, and to verify with the advisor where you stand in progress towards graduation.