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Political Science - Major Orientation Session

FHSS Adv Major Orientation Session

Eduardo Pino

on 17 August 2015

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Transcript of Political Science - Major Orientation Session

Why Academic Advising?
How can we Help?
What is
Political Science?
How do I choose my classes?
What major classes also fulfill general education requirements?
Important University Policies
-Declaring a Major

-Second Major Petitions

-Adding Minors

-University Total Hours
120 hours, 30 residency hours, 2.0 GPA

-Timely Graduation

Our Purpose and Vision
We are your advocate with the university

We are a “hub” for university resources, policies, and information

We help you:
- Engage in productive graduation planning
- Make progress toward timely graduation
- Prepare for careers and graduate programs
Political Science
- Political science involves a full range of inquiry, to study and analyze political systems and political behavior

Examines the allocation of goods and questions the nature, uses, and abuses of power
Involves fundamental choices concerning our life in communities, whether local, national, or global

- The department offers courses that allow students to experience topics in American government, comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy, and public policy by completing courses in one of five professional tracks.

1-International Strategy & Diplomacy
2-Legal Studies
3-Political Strategy
4-Research & Analysis
5-Global Development


more information, visit learningoutcomes.byu.edu
-Academic Advisors
-Course Materials
Course Syllabus
Course Textbooks
Professor Contact
-Department Support
Department Offices
Faculty Contacts
- American Heritage - Poli 110 covers half of the req

- Advanced Writing- Poli 200 and Rsch Project

- Languages of Learning- Poli 328

- GCA- Poli 150 or 170

- Civ 1- Poli 201

- Civ 2- Poli 202

- Letters- Poli 202

- Social Sciences- Econ 110, Poli 310, Poli 328
How can I enhance my BYU experience?
-Choose a
that adds variety to your skill-set
-Become a
teaching assistant
-Participate in
-Research Assistantship
-Fulton Mentored Learning Research Conference
-Political Affairs Society/Alumni Association/Pi Sigma Alpha
-Get involved in
campus organizations
or programs
Apply for scholarships or grant opportunities (
field studies
(study abroad; Cambridge Program)
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
College Advisement Center
Our Learning Outcomes
Introduction to advisement
Introduction to the Political Science major
How to increase your future marketability
Career paths for Political Science majors
“We will
students to gain greater vision and perspective, thus
them to
their personal and professional potential.”
Students will understand the value of academic advisement

Students will learn the requirements for graduation

Students will understand the value of a liberal-arts major

Students will learn how to enhance their BYU experience

Advisors will teach students about resources for career and graduate school options
Planning Feature
Progress Reports
-Major Checklists
See fhssadv.byu.edu
-University Catalog
Course Descriptions
Major MAPS
Value of Liberal Arts
-Why is your degree valuable?
Foreign languages and cross-cultural knowledge
Research and information retrieval
Analytical thinking
Creative thinking
Effective with ambiguity
Learning and synthesizing new ideas
-How to Get Any Job with Any Major, by Donald Asher, 2004
Orientation Instructions
Thank You!
1. BEFORE filling out any paperwork, log into a computer.

2. On the desktop, there will be an icon called “Pre-Orientation Survey”. Please click on the icon and take the survey.

3. AFTER taking the survey, start filling out any paperwork you received at the front desk.

4. Once you finish, wait patiently for the advisor to come in and start the session. Please be aware that you may be asked to move from your computer so that additional students can take the survey.
What are the
Political Science
Major Requirements?
Do I Need an Internship?
Internships are not required, but strongly recommended
Approved internship credit can be applied to major electives requirement
Experience enhances marketability
Opportunities include:
- International
- Utah Legislature
- Washington Seminar
- Research Abroad (e.g. PEAT)
- Other as approved
What can I "do" with my degree?
A political science degree is ideal for liberal arts students who are interested in an undergraduate major that focuses on challenging questions facing modern society.

A political science major will prepare students for graduate study and professional degrees in related fields such as law, international law, and business.

Alumni of the Political Science Department often work with the FBI, CIA, and local, national, and international governments, embassies, and public service organizations
Where can I find information about careers and graduate schools?
Advisement Resource Center (ARC)
Advising appointments
Alumni Association
Career fairs and workshops
Informational interviews
Job shadowing
Pre-Professional Office-3328 WSC
University Career Services-2410 WSC
Career Development Opportunities
5 Reasons to use Linkedin
Professional Profile
Broadened Network

How do I prepare for a successful advising session?
1. Bring a list of questions

2. Prepare a tentative schedule or graduation plan

3. Complete paperwork ahead of time

4. Be punctual

5. Contact our office if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment
Thank you!
For additional questions, please schedule a one-on-one meeting with your academic advisor.
1041 JFSB
(801) 422-3541

Political Science Sub-Fields
- American Politics
Politics in the United States
- Comparative Politics
Domestic politics in countries other than the United States
- International Relations
Relations between states and other actors
- Theory
Political philosophy
“In order to encourage timely progress towards graduation, advisement centers may require mandatory advisement before students are allowed to register for classes. Deans, in consultation with advisement centers, may also place registration holds and mandate specific course completion in order to facilitate a timely graduation.”
In the BYU undergraduate catalog it states:
In the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences, students who have been enrolled in courses for 8 semesters or who have completed 100 credit hours (whichever occurs first), will have their records reviewed by their academic advisor. Students who are not making adequate progress towards graduation will be encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss a timely graduation plan.
Civic Engagement
Civic Engagement consists of individual and collective actions to address issues of public concern and work to aid in the improvement of a community.
What will this minor do for me?
- Organizing others
- Working successfully in a non-profit organization
- Communicating with elected officials
- Helping shape public policy
- Working effectively in government or other forms of public service
For more information visit: www.civicengagement.byu.edu
It will give you skills in:
Students at BYU can use the bridge to:

- Schedule an appointment
- Search for a job or internship
- Sign-up for on-campus interview
- Connect with employers

...and so much more

Some courses may count toward major electives (See your advisor)
Refer to the advisement center website for updates on career workshops
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