Undergraduate Advising

Advising Hours

For all advising questions, please email [email protected].


Spring 2024 Drop-in Advising Hours: 
















  • Sean 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monroe 481
  • Dr. Bauer 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Monroe 401


  • Sean 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Zoom


  • Dr. Bauer 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monroe 401


  • Sean 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monroe 481
  • Dr. Bauer 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Zoom


Note: No office hours are held during exams, university holidays, or breaks.

Familiarize yourself with the major/ minor requirements, as listed here. If you are in CCAS, fill out a CCAS major/ minor declaration form, including a list of all past/present/planned courses needed to complete the major/ minor requirements. Either email that form as a pdf to [email protected], or stop by advising office hours for processing. Check in with any questions!

If you are in another school, please complete your home school’s declaration form for a major in another school and send the completed form to a political science department advisor. The form should include all courses you have completed and intend to complete for the major or minor. We will return the signed form to you to send to your advisor in your home school.



Requirements to Register for PSC 2987

Students must meet all eligibility requirements to earn internship credit.

  1. Declared a PSC major.
  2. Hold at least junior standing.
  3. Obtain a confirmed internship position involving substantive political science research and work.
  4. Complete a PSC Internship Contract (PDF).
  5. Download and fill out a Registration Transaction Form - RTF (PDF).
  6. Submit the Internship Contract and RTF via email to Professor Bauer for signature.
  7. Deliver the signed registration transaction for processing to CCAS Undergraduate Advising.

Requirements to Receive Credit

  • Complete required hours. PSC 2987 is variable credit, semester-long course, and it is graded Pass/Fail.
    • For 1 credit, intern a minimum of 8 hours per week and write an 8-10 page paper.
    • For 2 credits, intern a minimum of 10 hours per week and write a 10-12 page paper.
    • For 3 credits, intern 12-15 hours per week and write a 12-15 page paper.
  • Communicate with Professor Kelly Bauer by email at least once a month.
  • Complete final paper. Papers are due the last day of classes of the semester in which the student is interning.
  • Receive an evaluation. The internship supervisor must complete the Internship Supervisor Evaluation (PDF) for the student at the end of the semester and email or mail the evaluation to Professor Bauer.
  • Complete a student internship survey at the end of the semester.

Students wishing to transfer credit for a course taken at another university must download the Transfer Credit Approval Form and send the form and a course syllabus to Professor Bauer.  If the course credit is approved, Dr. Bauer will return the transfer credit approval form to the student for submission to the Office of the Registrar for processing. 

If the course taken for transfer is similar enough to a current GW Political Science Department course, the credits will transfer to that corresponding GW PSC course number. If GW does not offer the same course, the course transfers as PSC 1099 or PSC 2099, which counts as an upper-level elective credit towards the major. No courses ever transfer as a PSC 3192W or as PSC 3500.

Learn more about accepted transfer grades and credit limits on the Office of the Registrar website.


Departmental Honors

to be considered for special honors upon graduation and earn the transcript designation of Honors, students must: 

  • Meet GW’s general special honors requirements.

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.8 in all upper-level Political Science (PSC) courses. The GPA is calculated using only PSC courses taken at the 2000, 3000, and 4000 levels; GW courses other than those specified and transfer courses are not included.

Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society

The Department of Political Science hosts one of the largest nationwide chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Members participate in scholarship and grant opportunities, networking events, and professional conferences. Pi Sigma Alpha also puts out a peer-reviewed journal to which undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

To be eligible for membership, students must have completed 60 credit hours; have a cumulative GPA in the upper third of their class; and have completed at least 10 credits in PSC including one upper-level course.

Each spring, Dr. Bauer will email eligible students details about how to join the GWU PSA chapter.