Here's some helpful information for any questions you may have about Political Science and International Relations majors.

Declaring the Major

  • How do I declare PS or IR as my major?
  • How do I know which Undergraduate Course Catalog box to check?
  • Can I change my Catalog year after I declare the major?
  • Can I declare more than one major/minor on the form?
  • How will I know who my advisor is?
  • What happens after I declare the major?

Meeting with a PS/IR Advisor

  • How often do I need to meet with my advisor?
  • My advisor is not available. What do I do?

Registering for Classes

  • Why is there an advising hold on my account?
  • I am trying to register, and the system won’t let me. What do I do?

Degree Plans/Verification of Enrollment or GPA

PS/IR Major and the Core

  • Can I double count a single class toward the Core and the major?
  • Why can’t I find a POLS class that fulfills a Core requirement not listed above?
  • Are all of the Core/Major courses offered every semester?

Combining a PS/IR Major with Other Majors/Minors

  • Can I double count a single class toward two majors or toward a major and a minor?
  • Can I double major in Political Science and International Relations?
  • Can I major in either Political Science or International Relations and minor in the other?
  • What other fields of study combine well with the Political Science and IR major?

Frequency of POLS Course Offerings

  • How can I find out when a particular PS/IR course will be offered?
  • What courses are offered during intersession?


  • I am interested in law school. How do I get on a Pre-Law track?


Study Abroad

  • How many study abroad/transfer courses can I count toward the major?

Counting Transfer Courses Toward the PS/IR majors

Course Sequence

  • Do I need to take POLS courses in numerical order?

Senior Capstone

  • When should I take the Senior Capstone (POLS 495)?
  • Which Senior Capstone should I take?
  • When are Capstone topics announced?
  • The Capstone conflicts with another class I want to take. What should I do?