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Who is​​ my advisor?

Login into UDSIS Student Services Center​ page > listed in right-hand column under Advisor.

Where can I find​​​ my advisor's office and office hours?

Office hours are posted at faculty offices.

How do I c​​hange my Advisor?

Students who wish to change their official Advisor, may do so by emailing Barbara Ford, Undergraduate Administrative Assistant, barbford@udel.edu. Include your UD ID Number and the name of the professor you would like to be your new advisor.Students are welcome to seek advice from all members of the POSC Department faculty.

How do I ​​declare a Political Science major?

Login into UDSIS > Student Services Center​ page > Listed in right-hand column under Forms. Click the link for “Change Major, Minor, etc." Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to change their major to political science.\

How do I declare​​​ an International Relations major?

Login into UDSIS > Student Services Center page > Listed in right-hand column under Forms. Click the link for “Change Major, Minor, etc." Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to change their major to international relations.

How do I d​​​eclare a concentration in Political Science or International Relations?

In UDSIS, submit a “Change Major, Minor, etc." form to declare the concentration. Select “Political Science BA/American Politics" or “International Relations BA/Diplomacy". Submit form. If you are declaring BOTH a concentration and a specialization, you will need to submit a “Change Major, Minor, etc." form for each transaction.

How d​​o I declare a regional specialization in International Relations?

In UDSIS, submit a “Change Major, Minor, etc." form to declare the specialization. Select “International Relations BA/African Regional Spec." Submit form. If you are declaring BOTH a concentration and a specialization, you will need to submit a “Change Major, Minor, etc." form for each transaction.

How do I decl​​are a minor in Political Science?

Click on UDSIS from the University of Delaware homepage. Login > UDSIS > Student Services Center page > Listed in right-hand column under Forms. Click the link for “Change Major, Minor, etc.".

How d​o I declare a minor in International Relations?

There is no minor in International Relations.

May I dou​​ble major in Political Science and International Relations?

No. This is not permitted.

May I d​​o a major in International Relations and a minor in Political Science?

No. This is not permitted.

What are t​​he requirements for the majors in Political Science and International Relations and the minor in Political Science?

Please see the Majors Offered page on this website.

What is a DEGR​​EE AUDIT and where do I find it?

The Degree Audit lists all the requirements for your degree. It tells you which requirements have been fulfilled and which requirements need to be satisfied. This evaluation is provided for advisement. It is not an official record. Please report any discrepancies or questions to your Academic Advisor. Consult your Academic Advisor and/or Assistant Dean to verify that all requirements have been met. UDSIS Student Services Center page. Drop down menu: “other academics". Select degree audit, click arrows, wait for the degree audit to load.

May I take a​​s many Political Science courses as I want to?

Please note that no more than 45 POSC credits will count towards the 124 credits needed to graduate.

Who approves course substitutions for the Political Science major, the International Relations major and the Political ​​Science minor?

Please see Professor Jason Mycoff (mycoff@udel.edu), Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department.

If I receive a ​passing grade below C- in a required Political Science course, must I repeat the course?

All POSC courses that count for the Political Science major require a minimum grade of C-. Students must have a cumulative average of 2.0 in required courses.

If I receive ​​a passing grade below a C- in a required International Relations course, must I repeat the course?

All POSC courses taken for the IR major require a minimum grade of C-. Students must also receive a C- or better in 30 of the 51 required credit hours and have a cumulative average of 2.0 in the 51 required hours of the IR major.How do I meet the DLE Requirement within the Political Science Department?In the Department of Political Science and International Relations, POSC 464 Internship and POSC 468 Undergraduate Research meet the DLE requirement. An Independent Study, POSC 466 can meet the DLE requirement, after the registered student initiates the webform: “Independent Study and DLE Agreement" form. The POSC courses, POSC 423 "Congress" and POSC 471 "Polling Research and Analysis", have been approved to satisfy the DLE requirement.

How do I find a​​n internship in Political Science or International Relations?

Please see the Internships page on this website or contact Professor Philip Jones (pejones@udel.edu), Director of Internships in the Department.

Who can adv​​​​ise me on going to Law School?

Please see the Pre-Law Advisement website or contact Professor Wayne Batchis (batchisw@udel.edu), Pre-Law Advisor in the Department.

If I study ​​at another college or university for a semester, can I get transfer credit?

Yes, but the program must be accredited, and you must have approval in advance on a course-by-course basis from the UD department where equivalent course is housed. The first step is to visit the Transfer Credit Center website for instructions for obtaining departmental and Dean's office approval.

If I study abroa​d through a university other than UD, can I get transfer credit?

Yes, but the program must be accredited, and you must have approval in advance on a course-by-course basis from the UD department where equivalent course is housed. The first step is to visit the Transfer Credit Center website for instructions for obtaining departmental and Dean's office approval.

Are there minimu​​m grade requirements for courses required outside the major?

Students must have a C- or better in ENGL 110 and the Second Writing course. Students must have a D- or better in the Math requirement, Foreign Language requirement, Breadth/Group requirement (prior to Fall 2010), or Multicultural requirement (prior to Fall 2010). As of Fall 2010, both University Breadth requirements and Arts & Sciences Breadth requirements require a C- or better to fulfill the requirement. Students must have a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average for graduation.

When do I take​ my Second Writing requirement?

This course is taken after a student has completed 60 credit hours. Courses are in the Course Catalog. These courses are not, however, always taught to fulfill the second writing requirement. Only the specific sections designated within each academic term will satisfy the second writing requirement. Please check the UDSIS registration system to ascertain whether a particular course section will be offered as a second writing course.

What class​es count toward the Arts & Sciences Breadth Requirements?

Certain courses are designated as fulfilling the College of Arts & Sciences Breadth requirements. Courses are listed in the Course Catalog

What cl​​asses count toward the University Breadth/Group requirements?

Certain courses are designated as fulfilling the University Breadth/Group requirements. Courses are listed in the Course Catalog.

What courses may be taken pass/fail?

Courses elected to be taken pass/fail count only as free electives; they may not count toward your major or Breadth/Group requirements. Only one course per semester may be taken pass/fail. A maximum of 24.00 credit hours taken as pass/fail count toward a degree.

How do I comple​te the SENIOR CHECK OUT for graduation?

For CAS, the Senior Check Out is completed "behind the scenes". The Undergraduate Academic Services Office (109 Mitchell Hall) will complete an official senior check out for each spring graduate in the Fall semester of their senior year. Students will receive an email with the link to the Web Form Senior Check Out. Students must view the web form and approve the form. Students would reply at that time, if they see a discrepancy. Students are encouraged to print their Official Senior Check Out for their files. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences do not have to "apply to graduate" (like students in the College of Business). The May Commencement Program includes graduates who completed the previous Fall and Winter, current Spring, and following Summer.

I am a Fresh​man. How can I change my major?

Students must have an established overall gpa of 2.0 in order to change the major. A freshman may submit the "Change of Major, Minor, etc." webform after their first semester grades have been published and the gpa determined.

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