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Political Science Department

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. #205
PHONE: (208) 885-6328
FAX: (208) 885-5102

Mailing Address:
Political Science Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 5102
Moscow, ID 83844-3165

The James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research
McClure Center Website

Reagan at the Berlin Wall


The Department of Political Science provides one-on-one advising to all undergraduate students. We are here to help guide you through the academic process and to provide resources for you when we don’t have the immediate answer.

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is a relationship in which the student and adviser are partners in planning academic, personal and career goals. It fosters intellectual and personal development that leads to academic success and self-directed life-long learning. This partnership requires proactive participation and involvement by both parties. Both parties have clear responsibilities for ensuring that this partnership is successful. (NACADA, 2005 & Student Advising and Learning Center at Washington State University)

Student Responsibilities:

  • Schedule and keep regular appointments
  • Gather all necessary information and questions prior to meeting
  • Come to registration/advising appointment prepared
  • Proposed schedule for the following semester
  • Familiarity with up-to-date degree audit
  • List of questions and concerns, if any
  • If possible, bring laptop computer to look at degree audit in meeting
  • Discuss any problems that impact academic performance
  • Know where to access accurate information about requirements, policies and procedures
  • Discuss career goals, changing directions, interests and majors
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward your degree (degree plan)
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and your actions that affect your academic career and life goals

Adviser Responsibilities:

  • Maintain confidentiality within the advising relationship
  • Be knowledgeable and attentive during advising sessions
  • Encourage and guide students as they develop academic goals and pursue their degree
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements and university, college and department policies and procedures
  • Encourage and support all students with information and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services at the University of Idaho and in the community