The Program Coordinator, Erica Steele, is the student advisor for the Political Science Department.  She is available to answer questions, help you plan your time in the major, and sign off on your major evaluations. You are welcome to stop by her office in AH 415 between 9:30-3:00 pm or contact her at or 360-650-3469.

For major evaluations, please sign up for an appointment in the green “Major Evaluation Appointments” binder located in the department office (or contact us by email to schedule a time to meet). The Department Manager, Joan Blackwell, is also available to help with any questions you may have about the major. She can be reached at or 360-650-3469.



When should I meet with my Advisor? 

  • If you have transfer credits upon entering Western, you should meet with an advisor to determine how the credits will be awarded.


  • When you declare the major, you will meet with an advisor who will explain the requirements of the major to you. We also like to take some time to answer any questions you may have at this meeting.


  • As you progress in the major, you may have questions about credits, field requirements, and schedule planning. You are welcome to set up an appointment at any time with the advisor to talk about where you are at in the major and make sure that you are on track to graduate.


  • When you are ready to apply for graduation (generally 2 quarters before you intend to graduate), you will need to schedule a major evaluation appointment with your advisor. You will receive a signed major evaluation listing the courses that you have completed and courses that you still need to complete to satisfy the major requirements.