The Political Science major is concerned with exploring the exercise of power in its myriad forms and consequences. Students in the major are encouraged to explore such central issues as the ethical problems attendant to the exercise of power; the history of important political ideas, such as "liberty", "justice", "community", and "morality"; the impact of historical, economic, and social forces on the operation of politics; the functioning and distinctive features of the US political system; the diversity of political systems found among national and the significance of these differences; the interaction among international actors and the causes of war and peace. Undergraduate courses in Political Science vary from large lectures of 450 students to small seminars of 18 students. The courses are challenging, often emphasizing critical reading and analytical writing.

Undergraduate Advising Hours
Advising hours are 9:00am to 12noon and 1:30 to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified, see closures below.

If you are a currently matriculated UC BERKELEY student, schedule a phone, in-person and virtual advising appointment.  

Note that during Spring Break (Monday, March 27th through Thursday, March 30th) we will have NO in person advising. We will have virtual and phone advising only. To schedule an appointment, click here

You can also call us at (510) 642-3770 during our advising hours, or join our drop-in Zoom advising.   

Zoom drop-in is generally available during the following days and times unless otherwise specified, see closures below:

Mondays 9:30-11:30 am   (**9:30-10:30 am on 3/27)
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am     
Thursdays 9:30-11:30 am
Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm   (**no zoom drop in on 3/31)

All other students (incoming students or prospective applicants to Berkeley) should e-mail us.

296 Social Sciences Building (2nd floor)

Contact Information
(510) 642-3770

Closures:   Note that during Spring Break (Monday, March 27th through Thursday, March 30th) we will have virtual and phone advising only.  The university will be closed for Cesar Chavez Day on Friday, March 31st.

There will be no Zoom drop-in advising on the following days:
Friday, March 31st 
Wednesday, April 5th