Advising and Support


You are required to speak with your advisor before registering to discuss your schedule and receive your Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN changes each semester, so you will not be able to use an old one. Your advisor's name is on your Degree Audit Report, DAR.

You must print and bring 2 copies of your DAR to your advising session. 


A)  SCHEDULE an advising appointment by signing up on the Advising Schedule posted on or near your advisor's office door—do not call.  Do not wait until the last minute. If your advisor is unavailable then, your registration could be delayed. It is to your advantage to register at the earliest allowable date.  If the advising times do not fit your class or work schedules, try attending office hours. If those also conflict, e-mail your advisor, explaining the situation, and provide multiple days and times when you are free so a mutually agreeable meeting time can be identified.

B)  Log into eSIS and check your records for any holds (e.g. books overdue at the library, parking tickets, unpaid bills, etc.) and address those right away. You will not be able to register without clearing all the holds.

C)  BRING two items to the advising appointment:

  1. your tentative schedule for the upcoming semester; and
  2. two copies of your DAR.

D)  As soon as possible after meeting with your advisor, log onto eSIS and enter your PIN, roll your deposit forward, and provide the electronic signature for the fee payment agreement.

E)  Register online at the date and time given to you (you can also register after that time if you miss it).

Schedule Planning Tips

Plan ahead to ensure that you accomplish your academic goals in a timely and cost-effective manner, and so you can accomplish your career goals.

*All majors must complete a minor (or second major). If you are uncertain about your choice, try to identify general education and/or liberal arts courses that might help you make your decision. For example, if you are interested in a German minor, but are not certain, you could enroll in German 101, and this could count as a liberal arts course for you even if you decide eventually to minor in something else. If you enjoy art, you could enroll in Art 100, and it would count as a general education course for you, even if you decide not to minor in it. There are many other good choices, too. Planning this way helps keep you on track to graduate on time.

*Employers value internships, study-abroad experiences, and extra-curricular activities because they show that you have skills and abilities beyond typical academic work. Explore these options with your advisor, family, and others who you trust, to ensure that they fit into your academic program. If, for example, you are interested in studying-abroad, work to identify courses, or categories, such as general education, that might be completed off campus, and leave those slots open.

*POLS 200 Political Analysis is only offered during spring terms. You should complete this course no later than your sophomore year. Freshmen can consider taking this course, after consulting with their advisor.

*Many upper-level courses are offered on a two-year cycle. If you are a junior and are particularly interested in a 300-level course, for example, be certain to select it because it might not be offered again before you graduate.

*All majors are required to compete a substantial research project as part of their senior seminar. As you select political science courses, consider how they might help you prepare to complete a major research project on a topic you enjoy.


Tools for You:

Course Catalog

General Education Requirements

Liberal Arts Requirements

University Requirements

New! First Year Adventure Courses

Getting Organized

Class Schedule Lookup

Political Science Advisors

Davida Alperin—KFA 355B

Sooh-Rhee Ryu—KFA 355D

Neil Kraus—KFA 355