Guiding your way from start to finish

Students in the Department of Political Science have the advantage of a two-tiered advising system. All students are assigned a professional academic advisor, an expert in degree requirements, the university system, and experiential learning opportunities, while faculty serve as mentors in the discipline, guiding students in career, research, and advanced study opportunities. Additionally, pre-law students in our department have the advantage of working with a national leader in pre-law advising, Martha Kirby. Students can schedule advising appointments through MyUI. 

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“My advisor not only answered any question I had about law school, but she also went out of her way to put me in touch with people that could help. I always left her office reinvigorated and excited for my future.”
Victor Brown-Rodriguez ’10, BA Political Science

Academic Advisors

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Martha Kirby

Academic Advisor
Martha Kirby advises international relations and political science students who plan to attend law school.
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Andy Tinkham

Academic Advisor
Andy Tinkham advises political science, international relations, and the online political science B.A. program. Andy has over 20 years’ experience in undergraduate education at the University of Iowa. In addition to his advising role, Andy coordinates the CLAS Interdepartmental Programs majors.

Honors Advising

Students interested in graduating with honors are encouraged to consult with the Department of Political Science Faculty Honors Advisor. Professor John Nelson is available to discuss ways in which honors students may enhance their undergraduate education through research and other high impact academic activities.