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Academic Advising in Political Science

At Miami, faculty and staff define advising as a developmental and collaborative academic planning process that promotes self-efficacy for success at the university and beyond.

By DEVELOPMENTAL, we mean that advisers help students become progressively able to take responsibility for making wise decisions regarding their educational journey.

By COLLABORATIVE, we mean that the advising process is a two-way interaction in which students and their adviser(s) will explore various academic pathways so that students can attain a meaningful and purposeful educational experience throughout their time at Miami. Students will likely interact with multiple advisers throughout their college experience. Each adviser will have a unique perspective to share and will inform students of his/her particular area of expertise and will help students connect with other advisers as necessary. All advisers have students' success as their common goal. 

The first step to successful academic advising is yours: take the initiative and ask questions. Academic advice at Miami University can come from a variety of places. First, there are a range of materials that can help you understand the requirements of the Miami Plan, your major, minor, and studying abroad opportunities. The Miami Bulletin and The Student Handbook are great resources that students should consult and keep handy.

You will be assigned an advisor within POL depending upon your major. Your POL advisor will assist you with your course planning. Your Degree Audit Report (DAR) has a lot of information that can help with academic advising (please bring a copy of your DAR with you, or a ‘what-if DAR’ that the college advising office can run for you, when you seek academic advice).

There are divisional advisers, such as the advisers of the College of Arts and Science (Room 146 Upham), who can help with a range of general questions about the Miami Plan, your academic program, and planning for the future.

The Chair of the Department, Dr. Bryan Marshall (529-0161), can assist you with questions as well as Dr. Mark Morris (529-xxxx), Assistant Chair and Chief Departmental Adviser.

In addition to Dr. Marshall and Dr. Morris, POL majors have a “Chief Departmental Adviser” who can help answer general questions about majors and minors. Dr. Abdoulaye Saine (529-2489) is the CDA for Diplomacy and Global Politics majors; and Dr. Mark Morris (529-6959) is the CDA for Public Administration majors.

All majors in the Department of Political Science are assigned a faculty adviser.

Who is my POL academic adviser?

Faculty office hours