Academic advising is an important part of the educational experience here at Marshall. When you officially declare a Political Science undergraduate major in the College of Liberal Arts, your first step should be to talk to your advisor.
Your advisor will assist you in picking courses, remind you of graduation requirements, and help you explore options after graduation, such as graduate school, law school and/or career choices. As an adult, your choices are ultimately your own. However, your advisor is here to help you make the best possible choices for you and your future.
The College of Liberal Arts Student FAQ can also provide you with important information on choosing your courses, calculating your GPA, applying for graduation, and much more.
Advising procedures will differ for each student depending on how many credits the student has completed:
- All Freshmen and Sophomores must see their PSC advisor for registration advising and to have their registration holds removed.
- Juniors (over 60 credits) and Seniors (over 90) credits will NOT need see their PSC advisor for registration advising, although they are welcome to stop in with any questions. As soon as a student passes 60 credits and becomes officially a Junior, he/she will go instead to Old Main 110 to do a “degree evaluation.” College of Liberal Arts (COLA) staff will carefully go through graduation requirements with each Junior to make sure that he/she is on the right track and will release the student’s registration hold. Students will do the same thing as soon as they pass 90 credits and become officially a Senior. Call the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) to make an appointment for your degree evaluation at (304) 696-2350.
Advance Registration for Spring 2019 classes
For currently enrolled students, advance registration will begin on November 5 for Spring 2019 classes (click here to find out when you register based on class standing). (Note: this link is pending an update from the Registrar as of 10/3/2018.)
Click here for a list of the schedule of courses (available after October 8, 2018).
Click here to look at the entire academic calendar.
Who is my advisor?
Freshmen and Sophomores
Freshmen and Sophomores are distributed among the PSC faculty. Students can check MyMU to see which PSC member is their faculty advisor or they may call the College of Liberal Arts main office at 696-2350.
What should I bring with me when I meet with my advisor?
You should always bring the following things to see your advisor:
- (1) Official Political Science Major Advising Sheet with Core Curriculum (for students who started Marshall after the Summer of 2010)
- (2) List of questions about the major, about specific courses, and about post graduation options.
Your advisor will NOT see you unless you have these two things. When you come prepared, the registration advising session should take approximately 10-15 minutes.
What will happen at the meeting with my advisor?
You will show your advisor your completed advising sheet and discuss what courses you need to take to fulfill the three requirements needed for graduation: (1) PSC requirements; (2) College of Liberal Arts requirements; and (3) University general education requirements (either the Marshall Plan or the new Core Curriculum). You will also discuss your preferred course schedule for the following semester. After this discussion, your advisor will remove your hold (via the computer) and, as soon as it is your turn to register (based on number of credit hours completed and last name), you will be able to register for classes in person, over the phone, or via the computer.
Juniors and Seniors
Congratulations on achieving junior standing! As part of your junior year, you must complete a junior degree evaluation with the College of Liberal Arts. During the evaluation, the COLA Student Program Advisor will determine which requirements you need to complete your degree. You will have a hold placed on your registration that will not be removed until you have completed this requirement. You cannot register until you have attended this meeting.
If you have a junior degree evaluation hold, call or stop in to the College of Liberal Arts office as soon as possible–Old Main 110, (304) 696-2350–to schedule your appointment.
Congratulations on achieving senior standing! Before graduation or registering for your next term, you must complete a senior degree evaluation with the College of Liberal Arts. During the evaluation, the COLA Student Program Advisor will determine which requirements you need to complete your degree. You will have a hold placed on your registration that will not be removed until you have completed this requirement. You cannot register until you have attended this meeting. Whether or not you plan on graduating right away, you must have an evaluation.
If you plan on graduating this semester, you must pay your graduation fee to the Bursar’s Office before your meeting and bring the receipt to the College of Liberal Arts Office (Old Main 110). Please check the Registrar’s Office website or call the College of Liberal Arts at (304) 696-2350 for more graduation information.
If you have a senior degree evaluation hold, call or stop in to the College of Liberal Arts office as soon as possible–Old Main 110, (304) 696-2350–to schedule your appointment.