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Academic Advising

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Political Science provides a full-time staff advisor dedicated solely to political science majors. Staff advisors can help students plan thoroughly throughout their academic career. It is recommended that students meet with their academic advisor at least once a year to ensure that requirements are being met. 

Academic Advisor

Estela Sorensen, M.Ed. Candidate 
Assistant Director for Academic Advising 
Esorens6@depaul.edu (when emailing your advisor, please include your DePaul ID number) 
773-325-8497

The Academic Advisor:  

  • Meets with newly declared Political Science majors and minors.
  • Assists Political Science majors by liaising with other departments, like Study Abroad, the LAS College Office, the Dean of Students Office, University Counseling Center, etc.
  • Conducts graduation checks for Political Science majors in their senior year. 
  • Advises Political Science majors on Academic Probation.

How do I schedule an academic advising appointment? 

Political Science majors can schedule an advising appointment via Bluestar​. For step by step instructions, please visit: https://offices.depaul.edu/depaul-central/student-resources/Documents/BlueStar_Scheduling.pdf

Faculty Advisor

Faculty advisors are assigned after your first quarter at DePaul. They can assist you with your concentration, research, independent studies, and life after graduation. Please note that the faculty advisor does not replace the services provided by the political science academic advisor.

To schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor, please email them with a request. Your faculty advisor information can be found in Campus Connect under Bluestar, My Success Network. To learn more about your faculty advisor or our PSC faculty (i.e., research interests, professional experiences, publications), please visit our faculty profile page.

Resources:

Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Affairs: https://offices.depaul.edu/student-affairs/about/departments/Pages/adult-veteran-commuter-student-services.aspx

Center for Students with Disabilities: https://offices.depaul.edu/student-affairs/about/departments/Pages/csd.aspx

Career Center: https://resources.depaul.edu/career-center/pages/default.aspx

Our PSC department also has an Internship Coordinator who can help you earn credit for your internship. Please visit our PSC Internship Coordinator ​page for more information. 

Dean of Students: https://offices.depaul.edu/student-affairs/about/departments/Pages/dos.aspx

DePaul Central: https://offices.depaul.edu/depaul-central/Pages/default.aspx

Study Abroad: https://offices.depaul.edu/global-engagement/student-resources/study-abroad/Pages/default.aspx

University Counseling Center: https://offices.depaul.edu/student-affairs/about/departments/Pages/ucs.aspx

FAQ: 

I would like to add a double major or minor. Who do I contact for advising? 

The Office of Academic Advising Support (OAAS) advisees both undeclared and exploratory students. To schedule an advising appointment, please visit: https://offices.depaul.edu/academic-advising-support/Pages/default.aspx

I am missing AP/course credits in my transcript and Degree Progress Report. Who do I contact? 

If you transferred AP credits or course credits from a previous institution and it is not listed on your DePaul record, you can request information by emailing trac@depaul.edu with your name and DePaul ID number. Please note that when a transcript is sent to DePaul, it can take up to three weeks for credit to be posted. 

Do I have to complete a Modern Language Requirement in Political Science? 

Yes, there is a Modern Language Requirement (MLR) for all students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The modern language requirement may be met in any of the following eight ways: ​

  • completing the last course in the fourth-year high school sequence of a non-English language; 
  • completing the last course in the first-year college sequence of a non-English language; 
  • completing a college course beyond the first-year level in a non-English language; 
  • achieving a satisfactory score on any of the Modern Language placement examinations administered at DePaul University: https://www.depaul.edu/admission-and-aid/test-credit-and-placement/online-placement-process/Pages/modern-languages.aspx;
  • achieving a satisfactory rating in a language proficiency examination accepted by DePaul University; 
  • scoring a 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement (AP) test of a non-English language; 
  • scoring 5 or higher on the Language B assessment from a Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) program in a non-English language; or 
  • achieving a satisfactory score on the CLEP evaluation in a non-English language. 

Note: American Sign Language (ASL) does qualify as a modern language.

Note: Transfer students will need to provide official high school transcripts in order to use high school coursework to meet the non-English language requirement. For students who applied to DePaul as high school students, the university already has a copy of the high school transcript.

I speak another language and want to demonstrate my language proficiency to meet the university Modern Language Requirement (MLR). What can I do?

The Department of Modern Languages proctors language exams provided by Language Testing International and Brigham Young University.  Please thoroughly review and follow the instructions outlined in the non-DePaul language proficiency handout.​

Advising Resources

University Statement on Academic Advising
Academic Advising in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

LAS Advising Office:

Faculty Advisors

In addition to the academic advisor, a faculty advisor is assigned to each student. The faculty advisor can help students with:

  • Course selection relating to a students career or personal interests 
  • Preparing for graduate school, law school, or other career paths 
  • Learning about research, publication, and conference opportunities 

To find out who your faculty advisor is, log on to DePaul's Campus Connect and go to Self Service > Academic Planning > View My Advisors.  To make an appointment with your faculty advisor, please contact her/him directly.  A list of political science faculty members and their contact information is shown below.​

How to prepare for your advising appointment

Review your Degree Progress Report (DPR) which outlines all of your current degree requirements.  If you are considering a change in major or minor, you can use the "what if" function in the DPR to see how your courses would fit into the new plan. If your appointment is about registration, become familiar with the course offerings for the upcoming quarter.  Think about your interests, skills, values, and career plans.  This can help you choose appropriate courses for your needs. Review the course descriptions and degree requirements.​

Full-time PSC Faculty

The Political Science offices are located at 990 W. Fullerton Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 2100 & 2200. ​​

Name of Faculty

Phone

Room

E-mail Address

Adibe, Clement

773-325-1981

2210

cadibe@depaul.edu

Andolina, Molly

773-325-4709

2101

mandolin@depaul.edu

Epstein, Ben

773-325-2282

2107

bepstein@depaul.edu

Farkas, Dick

773-325-1977

2211

dfarkas@depaul.edu

Hibbard, Scott

773-325-7542

2105

shibbar1@depaul.edu

Ibata-Arens, Kathryn

773-325-4716

2209

k.ibata-arens@depaul.edu

Johnson, Valerie

773-325-4731

2201

valerie.c.johnson@depaul.edu

Mello, Joe

773-325-7384

2207

jmello1@depaul.edu

Rivers, Christina

773-325-4593

2208

crivers@depaul.edu

Spalding, Rose

773-325-1983

2102

rspaldin@depaul.edu

Stalley, Phillip

773-325-4179

2206

pstalley@depaul.edu

Steger, Wayne

773-325-4240

2103

wsteger@depaul.edu

Tafoya, Joe

773-325-3893

2208

j.tafoya@depaul.edu

Tillman, Erik

773-325-4131

2204

etillman@depaul.edu

Williams, David

773-325-4906

2205

david.williams@depaul.edu​

​Updated July 21, 2020. ​