Advising

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 the number of completed credit hours:

  • All students must see their PSC advisor for advising. Freshman (0-29 credits) and sophomore (30-59 credits) advising appointments will focus on both curricular advising and career advising. Junior (60-89 credits) and senior (90 credits or more) advising appointments will focus mostly on career advising.
  • Juniors and Seniors also must see a COLA Academic advisor in Old Main 112 to do a Junior/Senior Degree Evaluation.” The 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.

Click here to look at the entire academic calendar.

Advance Registration for Fall 2022 classes

For currently enrolled students, advance registration for Spring 2022 courses will begin November 8, 2021 (or November 4 for those with priority registration).

Helpful Links:

  • Click here for a list of the schedule of courses.
  • Click here for a list of PSC undergraduate courses by subfields concentration.
  • Need to fulfill a Humanities, Literature, Math, Natural Science requirement? You can search directly for those courses here.

Who is my advisor?

Freshmen and Sophomores

Students can check MyMU to see which PSC member is their faculty advisor.

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
  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

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 112, 304-696-2350–to schedule your appointment.

Seniors

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 112). 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 112, 304-696-2350–to schedule your appointment.

How/Where Do I Register?

For information on how to register for classes in person or online, click here. (link to PDF on Registrar’s website)

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
Smith Hall 738
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Phone: 304-696-6636
Fax: 304-696-3245