WHO IS THE UNDERGRADUATE ADVISOR?

For 2014-2015 academic year it is Prof. Art Simon.

WHO IS MY ADVISOR?

First Year Students: The Undergraduate Advisor

Incoming Transfer Students: The Undergraduate Advisor

Sophomores, Juniors, Transfer Students after their first year: All non-freshmen majors will be assigned a specific advisor in the political science department. If you are currently a sophomore, junior, or transfer after your first year and have not yet been assigned an advisor, please contact Dr. Casey Klofstad.

Seniors (in Fall 2011/ Spring 2012): Any full-time faculty member during his/her office hours. View a list of faculty.

HOW CAN I FIGURE OUT WHAT CLASSES I NEED TO TAKE?

Download the advising checklist:

Advising Checklist for Students Entering the University prior to Fall 2008

Advising Checklist for Students Entering the University in 2009 or later

Advising Checklist for POL minors

Some important notes:

POL211: Introduction to American National Government is now POL201: Introduction to American National Government

POL212: Introduction to Comparative Politics (World Politics) is no longer offered. Students required to take POL212 should now take EITHER POL202: Introduction to Comparative Politics OR POL203: Introduction to International Relations

HOW CAN I FIGURE OUT WHAT SUBFIELD A CLASS FULFILLS?

To see what subfield a course fulfills click on Major/Minor Requirements.

WHAT IF I WANT TO STUDY POLITICAL SCIENCE ABROAD?

Before you enroll in any study abroad course see the Undergraduate Advisor to determine whether that particular course will transfer. You will need to bring the name of the Institution, the name and number of the course, a course description or syllabus, and a course equivalency form from the Study Abroad Office. Note that 21 credits of the major (or 9 credits of the minor) must be taken in residence.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TAKE A POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE AT ANOTHER US INSTITUTION?

Before you enroll in any non-UM course see the Undergraduate Advisor to determine whether a particular course will transfer. You will need to bring the name of the Institution, the name and number of the course, a course description or syllabus, and the appropriate course equivalency form from your School or College advising office at UM (e.g., Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, etc). Note that 21 credits of the major (or 9 credits of the minor) must be taken in residence.

WHAT IF I WANT TO TRANSFER A POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE ALREADY TAKEN AT ANOTHER US INSTITUTION?

See the Undergraduate Advisor to determine whether a particular course will transfer. You will need to bring the name of the Institution, the name and number of the course, a course description or syllabus, and the appropriate course equivalency form from your School or College advising office at UM (e.g., Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, etc). Note that 21 credits of the major (or 9 credits of the minor) must be taken in residence.

WHAT IF I WANT TO DO A FOR-CREDIT INTERNSHIP?

Political science majors with junior or senior standing may do a for-credit internship if they fulfill the following requirements:

An overall GPA of at least 3.3

A political science GPA of at least 3.5

The student must find a faculty member to supervise their participation in POL520 or POL521

If the faculty member requires, the student must keep a weekly journal documenting their internship experiences

In conjunction with the faculty sponsor, the student must write a 30 page academic research paper related to their internship. The faculty member will then determine a grade for the course based on this paper and (if applicable) the journal.

WHAT IF I WANT TO ATTEMPT TO RECEIVE DEPARTMENTAL HONORS?

See the Departmental Honors page

WHAT IF I WANT TO WRITE A SENIOR THESIS?

For students interested in going on to graduate study in political science, or students strongly motivated to do independent research on a specific political science topic, it is possible to write a senior thesis. This process entails working with a tenure-line professor and enrolling in POL563 and POL564: Senior Honors Thesis I and II. The first of these courses (taken in a student’s second-to-last semester) involves researching the thesis and the second course (taken in a student’s last semester) involves writing the approximately 100 page thesis. Each course is for three credits and will be graded by a student’s supervising professor. A student’s thesis must ultimately be approved by the supervising professor and a second political science professor. The two courses do not fulfill the department’s two 500-level seminar graduation requirement, nor can they be used fulfill a subfield requirement. Interested students should identify a tenure-line faculty member with whom they want to work and approach that person prior to the beginning of the student’s final year at UM. View a list of tenure-line faculty here.

WHAT IF I WANT TO DO AN INDEPENDENT STUDY?

An independent study is an appropriate option for students who wish to study in-depth a topic not covered in a regular UM course or for students who need 1 or 2 credits of POL to reach the 30 credits required for a major (or the 15 required for a minor). Such students should contact a tenure line faculty member and propose a 1-3 credit course of study. The faculty member will work with the student to develop an appropriate reading list and written work load for the independent study. For a 3 credit independent study the workload should be equivalent to that of a regular 500-level course, for a 1 – 2 credit option the workload would be 1/3 or 2/3 that of a regular 500 level course. Independent studies should be pursued with a lecturer or instructor only in exceptional circumstances.

WHAT IF I AM INTERESTED IN THE FIVE-YEAR DUAL B.A./MPA PROGRAM?

First, see details about the program on the MPA website. If you think that it would be a good opportunity for you, discuss enrolling with your advisor. You may also discuss the program with Professor Jonathan West.