The best course of study combines planning with flexibility. It is usually a mistake to select courses each semester on a purely ad hoc basis without giving any thought to the coherence of a program. On the other hand, no one should try to plan ahead so completely that the ability to accommodate new interests and enthusiasms disappears. Plans and goals can be revised occasionally.

Ten courses are required for the major with at least one of the classes in each of the sub‐fields. PSC 101 is the only required course for the political science major. Six of the courses must be at the 300 level or above. Only six credits of internship courses may be used to fill the 10 course requirement. Selected courses in related disciplines as anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, psychology, religion and sociology are desired.

When entering the political science program, undergraduate students should make an advising appointment with the main advisor. The department has prepared a packet of information for new majors, which is available at the main office, Thompson Building, Room 221.

An advisor is a valuable resource and can help plan a coherent and satisfying curriculum and can provide students with information on course offerings and opportunities within the department. All incoming freshman and sophomores should meet with the undergraduate advisor for initial advisement.

Undergraduate Student Advising

Dr. Eric Herzik

Office hours:

  • Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am
  • Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00am
  • Fridays, 1:00-3:00pm
  • By appointment:

Dr. Susanne Martin

Office hours:

Dr. Horohito Norhatan

Office hours:

  • By appointment on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays: or (775) 682-7613

 Advising also available at College of Liberal Arts Student Center.

Graduate Student Advising

Have questions about a graduate program? Contact Dr. Susanne Martin, the graduate advisor for the political science department, at