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Advising

Do you have any questions or concerns about political science? Our faculty and staff are well informed on topics such as academic advice, course schedules, major/minor requirements, and graduation petitions.

If you would like to meet with a faculty advisor, please email them for an appointment. If you would like to see one of our peer advisors, check this schedule and come by the office during those hours.

Major/Minor Checklist

Advising Office Location: Vari Hall 230.

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional inquiries, please come by the office or email Casey Robertson. 

Advising Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the Political Science Department Office located?

The Political Science Department Office is located on the second floor of the Vari Hall in room 230.

How do I declare a Political Science major or minor?

To declare Political Science as your major, you must fill out an "add/change major" form, which you can pick up in the office or in the Registrar's Office.

How does the Political Science Department communicate important messages and information to declared majors?

The Political Science Department stays in close contact with declared majors via their SCU email account. Please check your SCU email account regularly to stay informed of important announcements, opportunities, and deadlines.

What classes do I need tograduate?

Please visit the Majors & Minors page for the respective course information to fulfill graduation requirements.

How do I locate contact information for a Political Science Department professor?

Please visit the Faculty & Staff page for email and phone contact information. If you are looking for office hours, they are posted on the corkboard outside of the Political Science Department.

Where do I get forms for changing my major, petitioning to graduate, etc.?

Forms are kept in the Political Science Department Office. They can also be picked up in the Registrar's Office located in the Schott Admissions & Enrollment Building.

How can I get a copy of my requirements checklist/degree audit?

Log-in to eCampus to view your most current degree audit.

How do I go about changing my advisor?

Visit the Political Science Department Office to complete the necessary paperwork to have your advisor officially changed.

How do I join the Political Science Honor Society?

Please go to the Political Science Honors Program page to learn about membership criteria and the process for obtaining membership.

How do I petition to graduate?

Pick up a Petition to Graduate form from the Political Science Department Office. Upon completion, office staff will prepare a pre-graduation evaluation, have it signed by the Department Chair, and notify you to pick it up and takeit to the Registrar's Office.

Petitions generally follow the due dates below but can vary year to year. The Political Science Department emails seniors regarding important graduation deadlines.

  • the end of of the 3rd week of the fall quarter fordegrees to be conferred in December
  • the end of of the 3rd week of the winter quarter fordegrees to be conferred in March
  • the end of of the 7th week of the winter quarter fordegrees to be conferred in June
  • the end of of the 3rd week of the spring quarter fordegrees to be conferred in September
What are the prerequisites for upper division Political Science courses?

Upper division Political Science courses vary in their prerequisites, but typically an upper division Class within a particular subfield will require the lower division class of that subfield to be taken beforehand. Please see the course descriptions page and/or CourseAvail for more information regarding prerequisites.

Do any Political Science courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements?

Yes, there are a number of Political Science courses that fulfill the Core curriculum and Pathway requirements. Please see the course descriptions page and/or CourseAvail for more information.

Does the Political Science Department offer internship assistance for majors?

Not only does the Political Science Department encourage internships for our majors, we also have an Internship Coordinator. For information regarding internships, email Matthew Harrigan.

If an instructor tells me to pick something up in "student pick-up" where do I find it?

Visit the Political Science Department Office and look for your item in the student pick-up mailbox.

If you have any more questions, you can contact the Political Science Department by email, phone, fax, or send postal mail: 

Tel: Casey Robertson, (408) 554-4508

Political Science Department
Vari Hall 230
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053