Student Support

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Academic advising

The first level of advising is your academic advisor. Your advisor is there to help you make the most of your experience at Iowa State from the beginning. Academic advisors help prospective students and their families learn about the political science program, help new students become oriented to the department and university, and support current students throughout their time in the program if they have questions, concerns, or seek help planning for the future. Your advisor can support you by connecting you with resources on campus and in the community and by helping you to develop decision-making, problem-solving, and self-advocacy skills.

Career planning

Career information can be found on the Career Information page. Be sure to check out LAS Career Services to help develop your career skills. Whether you need help with a resume, writing a cover letter, work on your job interview skills, or negotiate a job offer, LAS Career Services has the resources to help you land that job and succeed.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a variety of scholarships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students. The deadlines for each scholarship varies with the award. In addition, there are a number of undergraduate awards from the Department of Political Science and graduate studies scholarships and fellowships.

Connections and experiences

Iowa State University’s Political Science Club provides social and career opportunities for students interested in fields related to politics, policy, and international relations. Students from all majors are welcome to join or attend. Read more about the club in an Iowa State Daily story.

Iowa State is home to many other different clubs and organizations, many of which are available to students in any major. Visit the ISU Student Organizations website to find something that interests you!

The university also provides a comprehensive network of academic support and health and safety resources.