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In light of the Covid-19 situation,  all UC Davis Spring 2020 course will move to virtual instruction.  As a result, the department’s administrative functions have moved to remote work conditions until further notice.  At this time, the preferred method of contact for departmental staff members is e-mail; please visit our administrative staff contact page for further information.

Advising Center

In accordance with campus and county shelter-in-place directives, our advising center will operate remotely until further notice.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Appointments: You can still make appointments via OASIS. All appointments will take place via Zoom. When you make an appointment, an advisor will send you instructions on how to proceed. You have the option to call into the Zoom appointment.
  • Spring 2020 Grading Policies: The Academic Senate has altered grading policies pertaining to P/NP for Spring Quarter 2020. The Department of Political Science has no restriction on taking classes P/NP. You should still thoroughly consider whether this is the best choice for you, including making sure you meet University requirements outside of Spring 2020 (please contact the Letters and Science Office of the Dean for more information. We cannot advise on college and/or University requirements).
    When evaluating the decision of whether to take a class P/NP, consider other major requirements you might have, your post-college plans (e.g. graduate school), and any scholarships/financial aid you might be receiving or for which plan to apply. If you have questions, please contact the respective unit or program directly.
  • E-mail Responses: All Orange Cluster staff are working remotely. We are functioning at reduced capacity due to various impacts of the shelter-in-place order. Please understand that e-mail responses will be slow. Review all of the information on this website, including relevant links, and you may find the information you are looking for.
  • Academic Peer Advising: In accordance with College policies, peer advisors cannot offer 1:1 meetings while working remotely, nor can they access OASIS. Orange Cluster APAs are working on ways to engage you and provide support remotely. If you have suggestions, please e-mail: poladvising@ucdavis.edu.
  • Career Questions and Concerns: The Internship and Career Center has moved many of their services online, including appointments, workshops, and job searching information. They also have a list of companies hiring right now to meet short-term needs.
  • Library Access: Shields Library has posted valuable information about how to access materials virtually.
  • Health and Wellness:
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium has live streams of many of their animals.

 

What is advising?

The goal of academic advising is to help you shape a meaningful educational experience. The elements of that education include your classes, your co-curricular activities, your work, and your personal experiences. Through ongoing reflection and discussion, with your interests and goals in mind, you will integrate all the elements of your college experience so you can make the most of your education. You need to be actively engaged in the process of defining your academic goals, and sharing those goals with your advisor in a series of conversations that extend over your entire undergraduate years.

In the College of Letters and Science there are University requirements, college requirements, and major requirements. You may have additional requirements with a double-major or if you have a minor. Please be sure to contact the appropriate advising resource for your questions.

How do I prepare for an appointment?

Know when you need an appointment! Keep important dates (e.g. course registration) and deadlines (e.g. Study Abroad forms) in mind and schedule appointments in advance!

Next, think about what areas you need guidance in, what specific information you are looking for, and what your goal is for the appointment. Prior to meeting with us, write down questions you have, review your major requirements, and have a look at your OASIS Academic Record. You may even wish to create a Degree Worksheet to track your progress in the major. Appointments are scheduled for thirty minutes. By preparing ahead of time, you can get the most out of your appointments.

Notes: There are peak periods when advising is highly sought after, for example during course registration. During this time, it may be difficult to book an appointment. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please cancel or reschedule as early as possible.

Appointments are full. What do I do?

Our four advisors work with over 2400 students in across five majors and minors. At times, our calendars will be fully booked. If you have a question that can be answered by an Academic Peer Advisor, we encourage you to utilize their drop-in hours. If you need a form signed, please drop it off in our main office (Kerr Hall 469). Questions may also be submitted via e-mail. Note that due to the volume of student requests, you may need to wait up to a week for a response. If you do not hear back within 5 business days, please follow-up in e-mail so all requests can be tracked.

Can I meet with an advisor without an appointment?

In order to provide accurate information and update records in a timely manner, we are unable to offer drop in appointments with a staff advisor. You may see an Academic Peer Advisor for certain questions.

I have a Mandatory Advising Hold, what do I need to do?

Read your Mandatory Advising Hold information in OASIS. You will be able to make an appointment to meet with an advisor and clear your hold.


Meet your advisors

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Kaitlyn Lopes
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I completed my undergraduate degree at UC Davis, majoring in Community and Regional Development. Including time as a student, I have been a part of the UC Davis community since 2014. I enjoy meeting one-on-one with students and hearing about your academic journeys and campus/community involvement. In Fall 2019, I will be leading a First Year Aggie Connection focused on building community amongst students from California's Central Valley, as I am originally from Merced, CA. When not advising students, you can find me tending to a growing collection of plants or listening to music.

PortraitKaty Pattison
I graduated from UC Davis with a BA in International Relations and have worked for the university in various roles since. My greatest memory of my time as an undergrad was my study abroad program to Mendoza, Argentina where I scaled Aconcagua (kind of), traveled through Chile and Uruguay, and met people that are still some of the best friends I will ever have. Upon my return I worked as a peer advisor for the Study Abroad office and it was there that I discovered my passion for working in higher education student support. I have an MA in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from CSU Sacramento where my research focused on study abroad opportunities for marginalized student populations. I love camping, reading, San Francisco Giants baseball and spending time with my family. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about your UC Davis experience! I believe that academic advising is a collaboration and that you and I are going to be a team, working towards the accomplishment of your academic, professional and personal goals together. So let me know if have any questions. I can't wait for us to get to work!

headshotKatie Watanabe
I was a student at UC Davis and double-majored in International Relations and Japanese. I enjoy meeting with students to discuss major requirements, academic plans, research/professional opportunities, campus resources, and anything else students would like to talk about! I also love hearing about student's individual interests and goals, and working together to figure out what accomplishing those goals looks like at UC Davis. Outside of work, I love baking, and finding new places to hike.