Wednesday Weekly: November 2, 2022

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Upcoming Events

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Department News

Wondering Who Your Concentration Advisor Is?



American Politics: Dr. Michael Latner

Global Politics: Dr. Anika Leithner

Pre-Law: Dr. Matthew Moore

Individualized (ICS): Dr. Helene Shanruo Ning Zhang



Political science: Dr. Matthew Moore

Global Politics: Dr. craig arceneaux

law & society: Dr. matthew moore

For more information on how to declare your major, please visit our concentrations page

POLS 285 & 385: Model United Nations & Advanced Model United Nations

Dear Students:

I would like to update you as to the status of our Model United Nations program this year. Typically, we offer POLS285 (4 units) in the fall and, to gain credit for attendance at conferences, POLS 385 (2 units) in the winter and spring. This year, and at this very moment, I am in Spain leading a study abroad program. For that reason, we will offer POLS285 in the winter. It remains a prerequisite to enroll in POLS385, but you can take 285 and 385 simultaneously in that quarter (I will distribute permission numbers in our first 285 class meeting). Tentatively, but perhaps certainly, our plan is to attend the Berkeley MUN conference in SF in the winter (3/2 to 3/5), and the National Model UN conference in NY in the spring (4/2 to 4/6). You can look over the details of these conferences at:, and

Also, please know that you can take POLS285 without conference attendance just to learn more about the United Nations. Likewise, you can attend one conference or the other, or both. And if you have attended a conference in the past, you can do so again- just contact me. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Also, I encourage you to recruit any student colleagues who are not POLS majors. Unfortunately, we can only send block messages to our own majors and minors. And, fact is, Model UN draws upon the expertise of students in a variety of disciplines since we debate issues ranging from agricultural use, climate change, economic change, health policy, and beyond. So those outside of Political Science may be interested. 

Professor Craig Arceneaux (

Overview of Alumni Advisory Board Meeting on 10/28

On behalf of our department, Jen, Jenny, Nancy, Leanne and myself had a tremendously successful meeting with our Alumni Advisory Board.  We discussed the developments and next steps of four initiatives: the Public Policy Institute, the department’s social media pretense, internship and mentorship program for Undergraduate and MPP students, as well as the “Let’s Talk Politics” lecture series.  These ideas were showered with interest, enthusiasm, good will, and readiness to help and support by Bryan, Tim, Jason, James, and Lindsey who represented the Board at the meeting.  We will be meeting soon to brainstorm on business plan for PPI.  I will start working with students to identify four to five professional fields that they would like to receive mentorship on.  We will start working together to leverage the alums’ professional experiences to identify “cluster of courses” that could be seen/used by students as “pathways” to various professions.  These efforts will no doubt help our students to become more aware and able to translate the invaluable knowledge and skills they are acquiring in POLS into critical instruments that they utilize to cultivate their professional prospects.  To our AAB members, we are more than grateful for their generous support of the Department’s developmental projects with their time, energy, wisdom, experience and spirit.  

Dr. Helene Shanruo Ning Zhang

Graduate School Advisor

POLS Department announcing new position, Graduate School Advisor, Professor Shelley Hurt, who has successfully steered many Cal Poly students to great success in graduate schools across the country from UC Berkley to Columbia University, to the London School of Economics in Britain. She is now providing advice to all interested POLS students who wants to pursue their education at the M.A. or Doctoral level in pursuit of a broader horizon of career opportunities. 

Email her or drop by during her office hours (47-11C) on Tuesdays from 1-5pm.

Our Alums

Look for the new "Our Alums" tab on our front page. We will feature new stories from POLS alumni weekly. Check out our first story here.

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities 

Cause Leadership Academy Paid Internship Program

The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA), is a nine-week paid internship program for college undergraduates that prepares students and recent graduates to lead and represent the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. 

Following the program, CLA alumni have developed clarity on their major and career path, stepped up to leadership roles on campus, and have continued on to run for political office and serve as leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

Paid Job Opportunities 

**Check back next week for more opportunities**

Student Scholarships and Prizes

The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science

The Lamb Prize in Political Science promotes the value of education by supporting and rewarding undergraduate papers that combine innovation and good writing related to policy or politics. Deadline February 17, 2023

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

USHLI has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership. Application deadline November 30, 2022 @ 11:59 PM CT

Educational Opportunities

The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)

The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) will be holding both in-person and virtual Fall Visit Days for prospective graduate students. The in-person Fall Visit Day will take place in Ann Arbor on Friday, October 21st and a virtual Fall Visit Day will follow on Friday, November 4th. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to attend exciting presentations and both in-person and virtual meet-and-greets designed to help them get to know the SEAS community. They’ll have the opportunity to meet with leading sustainability scholars and get advice from graduate students about how to make the most of the programs at U-M SEAS!The in-person Visit Day will take place in Ann Arbor on Friday, October 21st, at 11:30 AM ET and will include a tour of campus, overview of the graduate programs at SEAS and breakout sessions for each of the different graduate programs and specializations. If you can’t make it to Ann Arbor for the in-person Fall Visit Day, we encourage you to attend our Virtual Fall Visit Day that will take place on Friday, November 4th.

U.C. Berkeley Political Science Department PhD Program

Are you considering applying for a PhD in Political Science?

California State University, San Bernandino Masters Programs

M.A. National Security Studies

The two-year M.A. program provides a comprehensive curriculum with foundations in strategy and strategic studies for students interested in pursuing careers with the U.S. government or with private companies. M.A. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence, and counter-terrorism. For more information, click here.

M.S. National Cyber Security Studies

The two year M.S. program is one of the few graduate programs in the country that is devoted to the study of U.S. national cyber security. M.S. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence. For more information, click here.

University of Oregon Masters in Education Policy and Leadership

University of Oregon a new master of science degree in Education Policy and Leadership. The program combines theoretical grounding in education policy and leadership studies, advanced methodological and analytic training, and applied and practical knowledge in students' individual areas of topical interest. You can reach out to for questions or vitis their website.

Other Opportunities

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Campus Events and Opportunities

Twelfth Night

The Theatre and Dance Department proudly presents:

Twelfth Night, or What You Will, by William Shakespeare.

Directed by Guest Artist Peter Hadres.

Please share this announcement and the flyer throughout your departments and programs. 

Tickets and information HERE.

Cal Poly Bandfest

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center

Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest!

The concert will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Mustang Band in an evening of works ranging from the sublime to the powerful. The combined forces of three groups will open the concert with Stephen Montague’s “Intrada, 1631.”

The Wind Orchestra’s set will include Kim Archer’s “Awakenings,” Julie Giroux’ “Let Your Spirit Sing” and Gustav Holst’s Suite in E flat. 

Tickets ($15 and $20 general, $10 students)


Faculty Office Hours and CLA Advising

POLS Department Fall 2022

Faculty Office Hours and PDF version

College of Liberal Arts Advising

CLA Advising is available to assist with registration, academic planning, general education and other degree requirements. referral to support services, advice about major changes, and academic policies and procedures.
CLA Advising Center Hours and Contact Information: 
In-person & Zoom Appointments: 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual Fridays: 9:00 am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
To schedule an appointment, see website. 
Zoom Drop-In Advising: 
Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm 
(hours extended during busy times, see website)
No in-person drop-in advising
Phone: (805) 756-6200


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