Undergraduate Advising

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As a student in the Department of Political Science you are encouraged to make use of the advising services available to you while at Iowa.

How to contact your advisor

For quick questions, email Martha at martha-kirby@uiowa.edu.

For adding and dropping courses and other immediate issues, stop by Martha’s walk-in hours in 344 Schaeffer Hall.

Monday: 9:30 – 10:30am
Tuesday: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30 – 11:30am
Thursday: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Friday: 11:00 – 12:00pm

You may schedule an appointment with Martha, or check her walk-in hours, using the online scheduler.

To meet with your faculty advisor please contact him/her directly. Information about the faculty, including their office hours and contact information is available here.

Advising for first-year students

First-year students and those with less than 24 s.h. earned are advised at the Academic Advising Center. The Center’s team specializes in transitioning students to academic and student life at Iowa. Working with an assigned caseload, the advisors help each student plan for a successful academic start at Iowa.

Advising during sophomore through senior years

Martha Kirby serves as the professional academic advisor for international relations and political science students who have earned at least 24 s.h.  She is available to assist students with the following:

  • Advisor signatures on add/drop and other university forms
  • Questions about course registration
  • Questions or problems with your degree audit
  • Academic probation
  • Review of study abroad courses for major credit
  • Opportunities for honors students
  • Discussions regarding adding second majors, minors, and certificate programs
  • Information regarding campus resources for students
  • Other questions or concerns you may have

In addition, students are assigned a faculty advisor in their junior year.  While students continue to see Martha Kirby for the routine advising functions noted above, your faculty advisor is available as your mentor in the discipline to:

  • Provide disciplinary guidance for research projects
  • Serve as a mentor for honors theses and projects
  • Discuss your graduate and professional school aspirations
  • Supervise off-site student internships

We encourage you to allow your advisor the opportunity to get to know you well enough that he or she can provide expert advice tailored to your individual interests. In addition to the formal advisor-advisee relationship, you will find that every member of the Political Science faculty is more than happy to discuss aspects of individual courses with you, during office hours or at any other time if he or she is not busy. 

Honors Advising

Students interested in graduating with honors are encouraged to consult with the Department of Political Science Faculty Honors Advisor. Professor John Nelson is available to discuss ways in which honors students may enhance their undergraduate education through research and other high impact academic activities.