Keep Calm and See an Advisor
Meeting with an advisor should be a regular occurrence from your first day on campus to your last. In the College of Arts and Sciences, we have employed a dual advising structure. This means that all Political Science majors have access to a major advisor, who has in-depth knowledge about the major requirements, and to the Academic and Career Advising Center . Through this dual advising structure, we hope to help you navigate immediate questions and concerns as well as plan for your future professional goals.
Your Advisor Can Help You:
- Understand degree requirements including ACE requirements, College Distribution Requirements, Political Science requirements, and options for additional major(s) or minor(s)
- Utilize the Undergraduate Catalog to find pertinent information regarding academic policies
- Create an individualized program of study that will help you attain your personal academic and career goals
- Interpret your degree audit
- Evaluate transfer credit for political science courses from domestic institutions or abroad
- Find opportunities to get involved on- and off-campus
- Identify research opportunities
- Explore career options in political science
- Connect with other campus resources as needed to help you succeed personally, academically, and professionally
Avenues for Advising
When contacting an advisor via email, please include your first and last name and NUID on all correspondence. Your Political Science advisor will try to respond to all emails within approximately 24 hours, but during busier times of the academic year (first week of class, priority registration, etc.) it may take slightly longer to receive a response.
- Scheduled Appointments: Appointments can be scheduled in advance using the MyUNL system. Search for your advisor's name under your success network to see full availability.
- Walk-ins: Walk-in advising sessions are available on Tuesdays from 1-4:30 p.m. in Oldfather 530, and Wednesdays from 1-4:30 p.m. in Oldfather 719. Walk-in appointments are first-come, first-served, and cannot be scheduled in advance.
- Summer Advising: Advising during the summer months is by appointment only. Please see MyUNL for advisor availability.
To schedule an appointment, use MyPlan. MyPlan allows you to easily view advisor schedules and request an appointment. Be sure to include a short description of the topics you would like to discuss.
Note: If you would like to discuss a financial aid appeal, academic probation, or create a four-year plan, you MUST make an appointment.
Advising Expectations: Make the Most of Your Advising Experience
Advisors can be both an advocate for and a mentor to students. For this to happen, however, both parties must work together and do their part to reap the benefits of the relationship. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your advising experience.
- Take the initiative. It is your responsibility to schedule an advising appointment. Do this at least once a semester to make sure you are on track to graduate and are taking classes that will help benefit your academic and career goals.
- Be respectful of your advisor’s time. If you cannot make it to a scheduled appointment with your advisor, call or email them in advance so they know not to expect you.
- Come prepared. Print a copy of your degree audit and bring it with you to your advising appointment. Make a list of questions beforehand so you ensure that all your questions get answered. Ask for clarification if you do not understand something.
- Be open and honest. The answers to your questions can change based on individual circumstances. Advisors cannot provide you with the most accurate information if they do not know the full story, so be as open as you can be about your grades, career goals, and personal issues that may be impacting your ability to be successful.
- Be polite. Do not answer phone calls, check your phone, or text during appointments. If you know that you are expecting an important phone call, let your advisor know at the beginning of your session.
- Keep records. Advisors will email you notes through MyPlan summarizing your advising session at the end of each meeting. Save these in an email folder so that you can refer back to them later if needed.
- Your education, your choices. Remember that advisors are just that – they give advice based on the information you provide. Advisors cannot choose courses, enroll you in courses, or make decisions for you.
Political Science Advisor