All students in the Political Science Department are assigned an advisor. If you do not have an advisor, but have declared Political Science as your major or minor or Law and American Civilization as your major, please reach out to Lisa Pressman (lisapressman AT_TOWSON) and she will set you up with an advisor.
If you have forgotten your advisor's name, you can find that on Towson Online Services. If you need further assistance, please see the Towson Online Service Student Center Reference Guide.
You need to meet with your advisor every semester, prior to registration for the subsequent semester. Typically, advisors will email their advisees several weeks or a month before registration starts with information and suggested meeting times.
Students are assigned a day and time when they are allowed to register. You can greatly increase your chances of getting the courses that you want by registering at that time. This is why advisors reach out to students well in advance of registration; you should make sure to set up a meeting with your advisor a week or more prior to your registration date. To find out when you can register, go to Towson Online Services and follow SA Self Service>Learner Services>View Enrollment Appointment.
Students can also always reach out to their individual advisors at any time. Faculty contact information can be found in the TU Directory.
Advising meetings are mainly dedicated to planning for the next semester, although a key part of the process along the way is also the Degree Completion Plan (DCP). Students sometimes complain about the need to complete this DCP form, but this form is required by Maryland Senate Bill 0740, the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013.
DCP's must be submitted to advisors once a student reaches forty-five (45) credits or more. The DCP is intended to then be your guide toward graduation.
Political Science DCP: View the DCP form (XLSX)
Law and American Civilization DCP: View the DCP form (XLSX)
Tips for completing the DCP: