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Academic advising

New Students

This section offers you a quick guide to follow as you are planning your first year. We cannot offer one-on-one advising, either in person or via zoom, before the start of your first term.

Mandatory Touchstone session

As a new student you must attend a mandatory FAS Touchstone session, which is a virtual general advising session offered in collaboration with the Political Science department. For newly admitted fall term students: sessions begin at the end of March and run until early September.


Guidelines for selecting your first-year courses

  • Take two (or maximally three) of the 4 mandatory introductory courses in each term.
    • POLI 203
    • POLI 204
    • POLI 205
    • POLI 206
    • For example, register for POLI 203 and POLI 206 in the fall, and POLI 204 and POLI 205 in the winter.
  • Combine these courses with elective courses, either other 200-level courses in Political Science or (typically 200-level) non-Political Science courses.
    • Note: you will need at least 24 credits of such non-Political Science courses for your degree, and at least six of these must be in non-social science fields such as History, Journalism, English, Biology, etc. For a full-time course load of 12 or 15 credits, you should register for two or three such courses per term.
  • Get general course descriptions by department offering the courses.

Returning Students    

If you are student in your second term of studies or later, please email polisci.assist@concordia.ca to book an appointment with an academic advisor. Please make sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Your full name
  • Your student ID number
  • The specific reason you wish to see an academic advisor
  • Your current program of study
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address

Advising appointments are normally offered on Zoom, but in-person appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (please let us know if you prefer an in-person appointment).



Orientation

The Orientation Guide document for newly Admitted Political Science students gives more explanations of your degree requirements; please read it carefully and in full.


Grading system

Our department uses a single grading system in order to convert percentages to letter grades. Listed below are the guidelines for grading utilized by the Department of Political Science.

90-100
A+ 4.30 
Outstanding
85-89 % A 4.00
Outstanding
80-84 %
A-
3.70 Outstanding
77-79 %  
B+ 3.30 
Very good
73-76 % B 3.00
Very good
70-72 %
B- 2.70
Very good
67-69 % C+ 2.30 Satisfactory
63-66 % C 2.00 Satisfactory
60-62 % C-
1.70 Satisfactory
57-59 % D+ 1.30 Marginal pass
53-56 %
D 1.00
Marginal pass
50-52 % D- 0.70
Marginal pass
0 % FNS
0.00
Failure
0 % NR 0.00 Grade Not Reported

An "F" corresponds to less than 50.

Passing courses required to fulfill curriculum requirements is not sufficient to graduate as there is also an academic performance requirement (Grade Point Average) in most degree programs. See the pertinent information in Section 31 of the Faculty of Arts and Science in the Undergraduate Calendar for complete details.

Note:  Final grades are subject to Department and Faculty approval.



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