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Political Science Advising Resources

Advising in the Political Science Department

Most students do not need to contact a faculty adviser specifically to request that a registration hold be cleared; however, all freshmen and all students on academic probation are required to make an appointment with their adviser.

Students who have questions about Political Science requirements, specific courses, sponsored awards and programs, etc, can: (a) visit the Political Science website; (b) contact their faculty adviser during office hours; or (c) contact their adviser by email. Some advisers will prefer that students visit in person; others prefer email.

Office hours are blocks of time faculty set aside for one-on-one meetings with students. These times are posted outside the adviser's office door. Office hours are held on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis. Most faculty advisers have offices on the second floor of Bentley Annex, but a few are in other buildings. See the faculty directory for faculty offices.

Your Political Science adviser is unlikely to be in a position to help with your minor or second major; go to talk to a faculty member in the host department.

Advising in the College of Arts & Sciences

For general college requirements (e.g. distribution), go to Walk-in Wednesday at the College of Arts & Sciences Office of Undergraduate Advising & Student Affairs (first floor of Wilson Hall Administration Building on the College Green) 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Students should meet with an A&S adviser part way through the junior year and no later than spring of junior year to perform an initial graduation check. If they are missing requirements, they will need time to make them up during the senior year and/or spring of the junior year. CAS advisers will likely suggest that students return during the senior year for a final check.

For language requirements, speak with an adviser in the A&S Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs, or contact an adviser in the relevant language department:

  • The Modern Languages Department for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • The Linguistics Department for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Swahili.
  • The Classics & World Religions Department for Greek or Latin
  • American Sign Language (Contact: Becky Brooks at saunderb@ohio.edu)
  • For transfer credit, contact the College of Arts & Sciences Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs.

General Ohio University Resources

Students who are having mental health or other personal problems affecting their academic work are welcome to consult with their faculty adviser. Help is also available through Counseling and Psychological Services at Hudson Health Center. For major crises affecting completion of academic courses, students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students.

Office Locations and Contact Information

Political Science
266 Bentley Annex

College of Arts & Sciences Office of Undergraduate Advising & Student Affairs
Gordy 155

Modern Languages Department
283 Gordy Hall

Linguistics Department
383 Gordy Hall

Counseling and Psychological Services
Third floor of Hudson Health Center