Advising Information

The Department of Political Science requires that all declared majors meet with their faculty advisors at least once a semester for advising (although they may contact their advisors at any time for guidance).  This meeting provides majors an opportunity to ask questions and receive input about their progress in the major.  Students can use this time to also discuss minors, internship interests, study abroad opportunities, graduate school and career plans.  A two week time period is designated for advising each semester. Faculty contact their advisees via email to inform them how to sign up to for an advising appointment and copies of the political science advising newsletter are distributed in classes and posted online each semester.  SNAP, Honors College students, seniors and athletes will likely need to be advised in advance of this designated time period and should contact their faculty advisors directly to sign up for a time to get advised.

Preparing for Advising Session

To get the most of out of your time with your faculty advisor, it is important to prepare in advance of the advising session by doing the following:

Review your degree audit in “DegreeWorks” located in My Charleston ( to see where you are in your academic program.
Review the courses being offered next semester and write down what you are thinking about taking and any questions you have about a course.
Think about and write down question you may have about minors, internships, studying abroad and any future plans you're considering.
Bring the list of classes you plan to take and your questions to your advising session.

Pre-Law Advising

Many political science graduates go on to successful legal careers.  Political science offers relevant coursework that helps those interested in law develop analytical and writing skills.  Visit the Pre-Law advising webpage at and if you have additional questions contact CofC's Pre-Law Advisor Dr. Claire Wofford at

Department Advising Holds

To ensure that political science majors meet with their assigned faculty advisor before they register for classes each semester, department advising holds are placed on political science majors records.  Political science majors will not be able to register for classes for the upcoming semester until they have first met with their faculty advisors who will remove the department advising hold at the end of the advising session. For majors studying abroad or elsewhere, advising can be arranged to occur via email or phone.

Special Enrollment Classes

Several political science courses require the permission of the instructor or Department Chair prior to enrolling; please consult the advising newsletter or contact the department for more information.

  • POLI 119 Special Topics: Mock Trial
  • POLI 261 Model United Nations
  • POLI 267 Model African Union
  • POLI 268 Model Organization of American States
  • POLI 402 Field Internships
  • POLI 405 Capstone (online application information can be found in the advising newsletter)