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Dr.
Sujian Guo

Professor of Political Science

Email: sguo@sfsu.edu

Website: http://bss.sfsu.edu/sguo/

 

This website is developed as information resource or reference for your convenience. You should seek advising from the department undergraduate coordinator for his/her advice and updated information on the undergraduate program.

  Academic advising is a key ingredient to educational achievement. In conjunction with classroom learning, academic advising guides students and enables them to complete their academic goals in a timely manner. It also facilitates intellectual and personal development, enhances academic performance, and ensures progress towards graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions 

• How can I contact the Undergraduate Coordinator?
• What are his office hours and location?
• How to plan your studies and graduation at SFSU and where to get on-line forms?
• What are the requirements for becoming a political science minor?
• As a political science major or minor, how many units can I take as CR/NC?
• What are the political science courses that satisfy GE Requirements?
• What is BSS Webvising?
• What possible careers can I have if I am a political science major?
• How can we help you achieve your career goals?
• Can I go to law school with a BA in political science?
Where can I find college and university rankings if I decide to go to graduate school?
• How can I remain in good academic standing at SFSU?
• Where can I find Advising Worksheets?
• Where can I find information about GE requirements?
• What are the Student's Advising Responsibilities?
• What is mandatory academic probation and disqualification?
• What is plagiarism? What is department plagiarism policy?
• How can I obtain further assistance from the University's Advising Center? 

How can I contact the Undergraduate Coordinator? 

Email Dr. Francis Neely, department undergraduate coordinator, at fneely@sfsu.edu and explain your situation and your need.

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What are the office hours and location?

Check out Faculty webpage to find it out

Cannot find the office building? Click the campus map. This map has a nice feature: you can point your mouse to the area you select on the map and enlarge it to get a better view. 

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How to plan your studies and graduation at SFSU and where to get on-line forms?

You should read through the following online sections of the SFSU Bulletin and webpages:

•  General information about how to plan your studies at SFSU
•  General information for students transferred from other institutions 
•  General Education Policy on Segment I, Segment II, and Segment III
•  GE requirements and lists of courses that satisfy each requirement
•  Summary of Graduation Requirements (including information about ELM/EPT)
•  Checklist of University graduation requirements, including required exams and restrictions
  Student On-line Forms

Call the University Advising Center for appointment 415-338-2101 or 415-338-2103, or email advising@sfsu.edu

•  Department of Political Science Courses that satisfy GE Requirements as of 2005 

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What are the requirements for becoming a political science major?

The BA in Political Science - 41 Units

The Political Science Major consists of Core Courses, Breadth Courses, and Electives.

At least 30 of the 41 units for the major must be in Upper Division units. (Upper Division is PLSI 300-699). The minimum number of courses required is 11, for a total of 41 semester units. If you take too many 3 units class, you may find yourself short of units for the major requirements.

Print out  Degree requirements and Courses 

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What are the requirements for becoming a political science minor?

Minor in Political Science - 21 units.

PLSI 200 American Politics (3 units) and PLSI 250 Comparative Politics (3 units) are required for minor in political science. In addition, at least 15 units upper division electives in political science
selected in consultation with Political Science advisor.

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As a political science major or minor, how many units can I take as CR/NC?

Political science majors and minors may take up to four units as CR/NC, as long as those units are part of their elective requirement. All of the courses that fulfill the core and breadth requirements must be taken for a grade.

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What are the political science courses that satisfy GE Requirements?

Department of Political Science Courses that satisfy GE Requirements as of 2005 

 

What is BSS Webvising?

BSS Webvising is an online advising system designed and developed by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. It is intended to supplement the traditional face-to-face academic advising which takes place between students and faculty by enabling students to project their long-term academic goals and plan their program of study before meeting with their advisor.

The system offers student users three advising tools: the Degree Requirements Planner, the Course Scheduler, and Graduation Checklists.

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What possible careers can I have if I am a political science major?

The major in political science offers a solid undergraduate education in political science and the liberal arts and prepares our graduates for a variety of careers in government organizations at the national, state, and local levels, interest groups, political parties, political consulting, and lobbying organizations, campaign management and political polling, media and journalism, pre-law education for law school or for employment in legal professions, and international businesses, multinational corporations, and international organizations, etc. All these careers require the knowledge and skills in political analysis, communication, writing, research, and evaluation; the conceptual ability to develop logical arguments about political and policy issues and the ability to collect relevant evidence to support arguments; independent and critical thinking, tolerance, and informed participation in domestic and international affairs; the ability to define a problem, investigate it, and contribute to its solution in a variety of employment settings as mentioned above. These are the very elements that characterize the major of political science and the courses offered by our department faculty members. In today’s employment market, college graduates can expect to change jobs a number of times, and even to have more than one career, and political science is excellent preparation for the flexibility required in this modern employment market. 

Read this:   What Can I Do With A Major In Political Science?

Check the department website for more information http://bss.sfsu.edu/polisci/default.htm 

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How can we help you achieve your career goals?

Department of Political Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Study in political science is designed to help students develop knowledge, analytical skills, and critical insight into the nature of politics, political problems, and political systems. The aim is to prepare students for active engagement in political life, whether as informed citizens or in a wide range of possible careers. The department endeavors to acquaint students with the issues of political life that have absorbed political thinkers and actors throughout the ages, as well as to equip students with the most contemporary skills for research analysis and policy making.

Check the department website for more information
http://bss.sfsu.edu/polisci/default.htm 

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Can I go to law school with a BA in political science?

Yes, of course. Political Science major provides the best pre-law training for law school.   

Is Law School for me? Check it out at Pre-Law Advising Center: http://bss.sfsu.edu/prelaw/advisingcenter.html

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Where can I find college and university rankings if I decide to go to graduate school?

Check it out here: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankings.htm#general  

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How can I remain in good academic standing at SFSU?

 Check it out here: http://www.sfsu.edu/~bulletin/current/acadstnd.htm  

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Where can I find Advising Worksheets?

Please go to the department main office HSS 263

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Where can I find information about GE requirements?

Please visit The University Advising Center located in old ADM 211 right on top of the computer helpdesk or call for appointment 415-338-2101 or 415-338-2103, or email advising@sfsu.edu  

Check it out here: http://www.sfsu.edu/~advising/ 

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What are the Student's Advising Responsibilities? 

1. Knowing and completing all degree requirements.
2. Purchasing and reading a SFSU Bulletin once upon entering the University and a Class   Schedule every semester. Obtaining department or major brochures, handbooks and information as necessary.
3. Attending a new student orientation program.
4. Declaring a major in a timely manner. It is recommended that students who enter SFSU as freshman declare a major by no later than the end of the sophomore year and those students who enter as junior transfers declare a major by the end of the second semester in attendance.
5. Maintaining a personal academic advising folder and taking it to every advising appointment. It is recommended that this folder include:

a. Grade reports or unofficial copies of prior college/university transcripts;
b. Evaluations of transfer credit [Advanced Standing Evaluation or DARS]
c. DARS, G.E. and Graduation check lists;
d. Semester grade reports; and
e. Tentative schedules and other forms and notes from formal advising sessions [e.g. Incomplete Grade Form, Academic Probation Form, Course Withdrawal Form, etc.]

6. Seeking academic advising at the appropriate time. Minimally to include when: entering the university; starting the major/minor; experiencing academic difficulty; becoming a junior; and preparing to graduate.
7. Seeking academic advising from the appropriate sources:

a. Declared majors/minors will receive their primary academic advising from their major/minor department;
b. Students with declared majors/minors who are also in special academic support programs, such as EOP, need to maintain regular contact with the faculty advisor in their major/minor.

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What is mandatory academic probation and disqualification?

Click here for detailed information: http://www.sfsu.edu/~advising/manpro.htm 

According to San Francisco State University policy, students need to seek out major and minor advising on a regular basis but especially at the following key points in their academic careers:

1. When the student starts the major or minor program requirements.
2. When the student becomes a junior.
3. When the student is ready to graduate.
4. When the student experiences academic difficulty, including probation and disqualification.

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What is plagiarism? What is department plagiarism policy?

Plagiarism, defined broadly, is the presentation of another's words and/or ideas as one's own without attributing the proper source. It is grounds not only for failure of a given piece of work, which could result in failure for the entire course, it could also result in being reported to the administrative body responsible for student conduct violations and being subject to disciplinary action, which includes expulsion, suspension, and/or probation.

The department regards any form of cheating including plagiarism as a serious matter of academic dishonesty which threatens the integrity of the assessment process and award of grades and/or the degree, to the detriment of all other students and graduates of the University.

Please click here for detailed information on examples of plagiarism and department policy.

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How can I obtain further assistance from the University's Advising Center? 

Please visit The University Advising Center located in old ADM 212 right on top of the computer helpdesk or call for appointment 415-338-2101 or 415-338-2103, or email advising@sfsu.edu

Check it out here: http://www.sfsu.edu/~advising/ 

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