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FAQ for Undergraduate Majors in Political Science

Q: What is the process for declaring majors/minors?

A:  Students must pick up a Major Declaration Form from their academic advisor and bring it to Professor Brox during office hours for his signature.  They cannot just drop off declaration forms.

Q: Who are the Faculty/Major advisors?

A: When students declare their majors, Professor Brox will assign them a major advisor.

Q: What is the process for transfer credit?

A: Students must bring hard copies of their Transfer Credit Approval form (signed by their academic advisor), syllabus and course description to Professor Brox during office hours.

Q: Where do students often study abroad?

A:  Students study all over the world.

Q:  Who should I talk to about counting study abroad credits toward my major or minor? 

A:  The Undergraduate Advisor will assign major and minor credit after your return.  Before departing, it is a good idea to consult with your faculty advisor or the Undergraduate Advisor about what courses you need to complete the major.  Please save all course syllabi from your courses abroad.

Q: What classes can students take within this major to fill the public service requirement?

A:  We offer classes every semester that fulfill the public service requirement.

Q:  I've already fulfilled my service-learning requirement.  How do I receive credit for an internship without the public service component?

A:  Our internship is a public service internship program.  Credit is not given for non-public service internships.

Q:  What are the requirements for the political science internship program?

A:  You must be a rising junior or senior political science major with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Interns are required to complete 60 hours of unpaid service at an approved site and attend a weekly academic seminar concurrently with their internship.  You must submit an application and other relevant documents PRIOR to commencement of your internship.  The application and other information can be found here: http://tulane.edu/cps/students/internships/studentoverview.cfm

Q:  I've already done an internship for which I would like to receive credit.  How do I do that?

A:  You may not receive credit without prior acceptance into the Public Service Internship program.  Applications for spring internships are due in early December, summer internships in early April, and fall internships in early August.  Information on program deadlines can be found here: http://tulane.edu/cps/students/internships/program-deadlines.cfm

Q:  I would like to do an internship but I don't have one.  Can the Department of Political Science assist me with internship placement?

A:  Yes.  The Center for Public Service maintains dozens of relationships with organizations that regularly offer internships.  Upon submission of your Public Service Internship application (link), CPS can help you find an internship that matches your interests and experience.

Q:  I've found an internship for next semester/summer.  Can I get Political Science credit for it?

A:  Probably.  As long as you submit the internship application by the required due date, the organization is approved by CPS, and you meet the program requirements, you may receive political science internship credit.

Q:  Will my internship count as one of my two required 400 level political science courses?

A:  No.  Although you receive POLS 4560 credit for your internship, it does not count as one of your required 4000 level courses. It will, however, count towards the required 30 credit hours.

Q:  Can I complete more than one internship for POLS credit?

A:  No.  You can only get credit for one internship.

Q: Does TU have a graduate program in this area?

A: The department just re-started its PhD program, but does not yet offer a Master’s Degree or a 4+1 program.

Q: Are there any clubs affiliated with this program?

A: Pi Sigma Alpha, Women in Politics (WiP), The Tulane College Democrats, The College Republicans, Tulane Organization for Global Affairs (TOGA), Young Americans for Liberty at Tulane (YAL), Common Sense Action, and The Tulane Political Science Association.

Q:  What sort of off-campus housing options are there in New Orleans?

A:  Living off-campus is a wonderful way to experience New Orleans. This Housing Guide can help you find a safe place near campus or in one of New Orleans many historic neighborhoods.