Advising Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Q: Who is my advisor?
A: Click UDSIS from the University of Delaware homepage > Login > UDSIS Student Services Center page > listed in right-hand column under Advisor.

Q: Where can I find my advisor's office and office hours?
A: Click here (www.udel.edu/poscir/people/faculty) to view faculty page with office locations. Office hours are also posted at their offices.

Q: How do I declare a Political Science major?
A: 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.” Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to change their major to political science.

Q: How do I declare an International Relations major?
A: 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.” Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to change their major to international relations.

Q: How do I declare a concentration in Political Science or International Relations?
A: 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.

Q: How do I declare a regional specialization in International Relations?
A: 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.

Q: How do I declare a minor in Political Science?
A: 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”.

Q: How do I declare a minor in International Relations?
A: There is no minor in International Relations.

Q: May I double major in Political Science and International Relations?
A: No. This is not permitted.

Q: May I do a major in International Relations and a minor in Political Science?
A: No. This is not permitted.

Q: What are the requirements for the majors in Political Science and International Relations and the minor in Political Science?
A: Please see the Degrees Offered page on this website.

Q: What is a DEGREE AUDIT and where do I find it?
A: 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.

Q: May I take as many Political Science courses as I want to?
A: Please note that no more than 45 POSC credits will count towards the 124 credits needed to graduate.

Q: Who approves course substitutions for the Political Science major, the International Relations major and the Political Science minor?
A: Please see Professor Jason Mycoff (mycoff@udel.edu), Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department.

Q: If I receive a passing grade below C- in a required Political Science course, must I repeat the course?
A: 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.

Q: If I receive a passing grade below a C- in a required International Relations course, must I repeat the course?
A: 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.

Q. How do I meet the DLE Requirement within the Political Science Department?
A: 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.

Q: How do I find an internship in Political Science or International Relations?
A: Please see the Internships page on this website or contact Professor Philip Jones (pejones@udel.edu), Director of Internships in the Department.

Q: Who can advise me on going to Law School?
A: Please see the Pre-Law Advisement link from Undergrad page of this website or contact Professor Wayne Batchis (batchisw@udel.edu), Pre-Law Advisor in the Department.

Q: If I study at another college or university for a semester, can I get transfer credit?
A: 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.

Q: If I study abroad through a university other than UD, can I get transfer credit?
A: 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.

Q: Are there minimum grade requirements for courses required outside the major?
A: 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.

Q: When do I take my Second Writing requirement?
A: This course is taken after a student has completed 60 credit hours. Courses are listed here.
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.

Q: What classes count toward the College of Arts & Sciences Breadth/Group requirements?
A: Certain courses are designated as fulfilling the Breadth/Group requirements. Courses are listed here.

Q: What classes count toward the University Breadth/Group requirements?
A: Certain courses are designated as fulfilling the University Breadth/Group requirements. Courses are listed here.

Q: What courses may be taken pass/fail?
A: 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 credt hours taken as pass/fail count toward a degree.