Advisement Plan for the Department of Political Science
All tenured and tenure-track faculty members share advisement responsibilities for undergraduate students. The Chair of the Department will assign advisees to faculty advisors on a roughly equal basis depending on the faculty member’s other advisement duties. Because the Department offers a wide range of advisement for undergraduate and graduate students, several faculty members necessarily will serve as advisors in more than one area (see “Types of Advisement” below). Faculty meetings regarding advisement will be held annually or as needed to review university, college, and departmental advisement policies and to review technical aspects of advising on GET. All new faculty members will be assigned an advisement mentor and will be required to attend workshops on how to use GET for purposes of advisement.
Expectations of Students
The Department of Political Science strongly encourages and expects students to see an advisor on a regular basis, at least once per quarter. Students are also expected to assume responsibility for tracking their progress toward graduation and to alert their advisors of problems that might impede such progress.
Expectations and Duties of Academic Advisors
Academic advisors create and maintain files for students, document each advisement session, and review ADVIP reports during each session. Undergraduate academic advisors inform students of both general education and major (or minor) requirements, assist students in developing a plan for meeting these requirements, including the selection of classes, and help students develop strategies for academic success. Undergraduate advisors are also responsible for administering grad checks, doing course substitutions in the major or minor, and helping students with academic difficulties.
Faculty members also advise students on filing petitions for reinstatement, readmission, GE course substitutions, academic renewal, retroactive drops, and financial aid, among others. Although primary responsibility for these tasks lies with the Chair of the Department, other experienced advisors might perform them as well. Staff in the Department office provide a vital service in aiding both students and faculty with respect to University procedures in these matters.
Graduate student academic advisors create and maintain files for students, document each advisement session in detail, and review ADVIP reports during each session. Graduate student academic advisors inform students of the requirements of the graduate program (MA or MSPA), assist students in developing a plan for meeting these requirements, including the selection of classes and seminars, help students develop strategies for academic success, and advise on preparation for the comprehensive exams. Only designated graduate advisors perform grad checks and course substitutions.
Advisement Plan for the Department of Political Science
Types of Advisement
(1) Academic Advisement for Political Science Undergraduate Majors and Minors
All tenured and tenure-track faculty members are responsible for advising undergraduate students on the requirements of general education, the Political Science major, and the Political Science minor.
(2) Academic Advisement for Political Science Graduate Students
Academic advisement for the MA in Political Science and the Master of Science in Public Administration (MSPA) will be performed by one advisor in each program. These positions require considerable time and expertise and are conjoined with other responsibilities for administering the programs, including screening and selecting students.
(3) Prelaw Advisement
Prelaw advisement is performed by advisors with expertise and training in this area. Students are advised individually and in groups in the following areas: (1) choosing law schools; (2) LSAT preparation; (3) academic preparation; (4) personal statement; (5) financial aid; (6) law school admissions procedures.
(4) Advisement for Students Applying to MA or Ph.D. Programs
Faculty members who teach MA courses advise undergraduate students interested in applying to MA and Ph.D. programs as well as MA students who wish to apply to Ph.D. programs after they receive their MA degrees. Faculty members who teach in the MSPA program advise undergraduates who wish to apply to MA programs in Public Administration. Both MA and MSPA faculty help students select appropriate universities based on their academic achievement and promise and often provide insight based on sub-disciplinary expertise.
(5) Advisement for Community Service in Political Science (POLS 395)
The faculty member responsible for supervising POLS 395 performs this advisement task. The advisor maintains contacts with local community agencies, non-profit institutions, public institutions, courts, political office holders, and non-partisan political groups, among others, that offer internships to CSULA students. The advisor supervises students who have been placed in internships and is responsible for administering the Superior Court Judicial Internship Program.
(6) Advisement for Student Organizations
Faculty members advise three student organizations sponsored by the Department: the Prelaw Society, the Political Science Association, and the Political Science Honors Society.
(7) Advisement about University Resources
Both faculty members and staff advise students concerning access to campus resources, such as the University Academic Advisement Center, Tutorial Center, Writing Center, and Career Development Center.