All students are encouraged to visit the Advising Office at least once a semester to ensure they are on track to meet their goals. GVPT Advisors can help with graduation planning and registration, and are great resources for questions about double majors/minors, internships, study abroad, career planning, graduate/law schools, etc.
Advising is especially important for students who wish to select supportive courses that enhance their post-graduation employment potential. In addition to the departmental advisors, faculty members are available during their posted office hours to advise students within their particular fields.
Advising Office Information
*The GVPT Advising Office has shifted online due to UMD's response to COVID-19. You can find detailed information about scheduling advising appointments, contacting GVPT advising, and other important GVPT Advising updates through www.go.umd.edu/gvptadvisinginfo.*
GVPT Advisors will be available for virtual appointments through phone or video conferencing technology during times when UMD is scheduled to be "open". Please see the schedule below:
Monday, 3/16: GVPT Advising is closed
Tuesday, 3/17: GVPT Advising is closed
Wednesday, 3/18 - Friday, 3/20: GVPT Advising is available for appointments scheduled through email
Monday, 3/23 - End of Spring 2020: GVPT Advising is open for virtual appointments and can be reached through email
Our "office hours" will continue to be 9am-4pm. However, we will NOT be holding drop-in hours during this period of time. Drop-in hours will be replaced by scheduled appointments that must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Please review the instructions for scheduling a virtual or phone appointment through www.go.umd.edu/gvptadvisinginfo BEFORE scheduling an appointment. You should continue to schedule appointments through www.gvptappointments.umd.edu up to two weeks in advance.
For general advising questions, send an email to gvptadvising [at] umd.edu. Email is the fastest way to contact GVPT Advising during this period of time.
Note: All students who intend to change their major to GVPT or declare GVPT as a double major must call or e-mail the office to sign up for a Major Change Workshop. More information about declaring the major can be found here.
Please note the following office closures for the Spring 2020 semester:
- Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th: Spring Break
- Monday, May 25th: Memorial Day
Professional Development Advising
- Students interested in professional development advising should schedule an appointment with Rachel Vierling
Our Advising team:
Email is the best way to contact the advising staff.
The Government & Politics Office takes a holistic approach to advising. We deliver accurate advising information to ensure timely degree completion. We serve as a resource liaison, promote experiential learning, and encourage post-graduation planning. Our office provides an accessible and welcoming environment that respects the diverse needs and backgrounds of our students.
The Government & Politics Advising Office aims to deliver a responsive and innovative high-quality advising program that facilitates student learning and development. We strive to be a model of excellence at the University of Maryland.
- Deliver accurate advising and degree information and assist with timely degree completion.
- Take a holistic approach to advising by discussing and clarifying academic, career, and life goals.
- Serve as a campus research liaison and play an active role in the advising community.
- Maintain a high level of accessibility and provide a welcoming environment for students.
- Respect the diversity of our students, including physical and learning abilities.
- Encourage student autonomy.
- Promote experiential learning opportunities and encourage post-graduate planning.
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