The Political Science advising office advises undergraduate students in the Political Science major and students minoring in Political Science, Nonprofit Management and Administration, and Public Management. The advising office assists students with curriculum and career planning; general administrative matters, including processing of university forms, appeals, and letter requests; and graduation applications. Additionally, we review and approve political science curriculum for B.I.S. focus areas and study abroad course equivalencies, and generally consult students throughout the university interested in Political Science coursework.
Our office is located on the 3rd floor of Founders Hall, 827 W. Franklin St.
Phone: (804) 827-3707
Academic Advising Appointments
Academic advising appointments are designed to guide students through Political Science major requirements and to assist in developing curriculum and graduation plans that best serve individual student needs. We require that students schedule formal advising appointments to review degree requirements and develop graduation plans, and we highly recommend that students schedule appointments once per semester to ensure timely completion of degree requirements. Students must schedule advising appointments at least one day prior to a desired appointment date and time. Common advising appointment requests are:
- Reviewing graduation requirements, and semester by semester course planning
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or Academic Regulations and Appeals Committee (ARAC) assistance
- Signatures on forms to verify degree progress, such as a request to Walk in Commencement form
- Signatures on forms to verify completed or planned coursework to fulfill degree requirements, such as military benefits forms
- Signatures for B.I.S. focus area curriculum approval and study abroad course equivalencies.
If you are currently a Political Science major or minor you may make an advising appointment by clicking the Advising Appointments link in your VCU Portal and following the prompts. This is the fastest and easiest way to find a time that works for you. If you are not yet a Political Science major or minor you may use email to set up an appointment. We encourage students to visit or contact us (via phone or email) for quick inquiries and general assistance.
Policies and Procedures
Substitution and waiver policies
Political Science topics courses (e.g., POLI 391 or 491 course sections) often fulfill Political Science major and minor electives, but require formal approvals from our faculty and advising staff to substitute degree requirements. Please contact us if you have inquiries about topics courses may apply to your POLI degree requirements.
New Major Declaration
Pre-Graduation Advising Appointments
Graduation Application and Commencement Ceremony
To apply to graduate, students will need to complete the online graduation check-out and submit a paper application to our office before the deadline. The paper application can be found on the Records and Registration homepage.
Students planning to graduate should anticipate and carefully read graduation application instructions at the beginning of the semester sent to VCU student email accounts.