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

Scheduling an Appointment:   
If you are a current Berkeley student, you are welcome to schedule a phone, in-person or virtual advising appointment. *** If you are an incoming student (e.g., Fall '24, Spring '25), we ask that you hold off scheduling an appointment. We will email you advising availability this summer if you are a Fall '24 admit, and an email later this year if you are a Spring '25 admit. All other students (e.g., prospective applicants to Berkeley) should e-mail us.

You can schedule ONE appointment per week - please don't double book. Cancel if you need to reschedule by clicking "cancel or reschedule booking" on the automated email confirmation. To schedule an appointment for Political Science, click here

Designated Drop in Hours:
You can also call us at (510) 642-3770 or join our Zoom or in person drop-in advising during designated hours.  Zoom drop-in and in-person drop-in advising are available during the following days and times unless specified in "Modifications" below.


9:30 - 11:30 am - In person and Zoom Drop-In 

1:30 - 3:30 pm - Appointments only
Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am - Appointments only 3:30 - 4:30 pm - ZOOM Drop-In only 

9:30 - 11:30 am - In person and Zoom Drop-In 

1:30 - 3:30 pm - Appointments only
Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 am - In person and Zoom Drop-In 1:30 - 3:30 pm - Appointments only
Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 am - Appointments only

1:30 - 3:30 pm - In person and Zoom Drop-In
(Drop in unavailable on Fridays in June & July)
Please email us if urgent request!


May 2024:
In person and ZOOM drop-in advising will end early at 2:30pm on Friday, May 24th.
No ZOOM drop-in advising on Wednesday, May 29th.
No in person drop-in advising on Thursday 5/30 and Friday 5/31. No ZOOM drop in on Friday, 5/31.

June 2024:
No in person or ZOOM drop-in advising on Fridays in June and July.
On Wednesday, June 12th ZOOM drop-in advising will end early at 11am.
No in person or Zoom drop-in advising on Thursday June 13th.

All other students (e.g., prospective applicants to Berkeley) should e-mail us.

New Location!
210 Social Sciences Building (2nd floor) (near the elevators)
For drop in, see designated drop in hours. Sign in inside and have a seat outside 210 SSB.  We will come out and greet you.

Contact Information
(510) 642-3770