Professor Lechelt is available for advisement meetings. To schedule an appointment, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to meeting with Professor Lechelt, students MUST fill out a Program Advisement Sheet and print out a copy of their Degree Progress Report or Unofficial Transcript. See below for more information, under "Meeting the Requirements of Your Major."
Please note that Professor Lechelt cannot meet for advisement during the LAST WEEK OF CLASSES and during EXAM WEEK and is available for only a few very brief advisement meetings during the week prior to the last week of classes; lots of grading and administrative work to complete during that point of the semester.
The American Political Science Association (APSA) has a number of resources for those interested in pursuing careers with political science degrees. Check out their website HERE.
"A bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching."
At NOVA, you can earn valuable credit for your Associate's degree in a number of politically relevant degrees. These credits, of course, will also help you in your quest for your four year degree.
There are a variety of career sectors for political science graduates. Among those jobs that a political science degree at NOVA or at a four year college or university can prepare you for are the following:
Careers in political science are out there! In fact, the opportunities for a career in political science are improving. Furthermore, the skills a student acquires with a strong political science knowledge base are useful outside of politics.To see about the forecast for Political Scientists with Master's degrees and higher, see the US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Here is more information on political science career prospects from the US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Meeting the Requirements of Your Major
It's important to make sure the classes you take help you meet the requirements of your major. If the classes you are taking are not meeting degree requirements, then consider a different major. It's never too late to get the college degree you want.
New Political Science Specialization under the Social Sciences AS Degree:
Program Advisement Sheets are particularly useful tools for students to help them keep track of their progress and to make sure that potential course selections help a student work towards graduating. It's a great tool to have on hand when registering for courses. Here is the website where students can find all Program Advisement Sheets for all NOVA degrees. The sheets are listed alphabetically.
(Political Science [PLS] is under "P," which can more directly be accessed HERE.)
Students MUST print and complete a Program Advisement Sheet before meeting with me.Check out the sheets to see what requirements are expected of students seeking those degrees. Important differences regarding languages and math are listed.
As an adviser, I am usually assigned students who are seeking the following three degrees, and the links below connect you to the specific Program Advising Sheets for those degrees:
More information on the above mentioned curriculum programs of study can be found in the College Catalog HERE.
Unofficial Transcript: This is the unofficial record of your progress at NOVA. How are credits applied to your degree requirements? How have transfer credits been applied? What do you need to graduate? All the answers are here! Students must view and print their unofficial transcript prior to meeting with me for advisement. Here's the How-To on accessing your Unofficial Transcript.
Political Science Courses. Here's a list of all the Political Science (PLS) courses that NOVA offers (also posted on the right side of this page). Each listing has a detailed description of what the course covers. Other unique courses can be offered and usually have the "PLS 295" categorization.
To see which courses are offered during any particular semester, go to the Schedule of Classes search engine.
CLEP Tests: A useful way to knock out some credits at a lower cost is to "CLEP out" of classes. CLEP tests are 90 minute exams that costs less than $100. The credits go toward your degree. This route should only be considered if you have a strong understanding of the topic and study thoroughly before the exam. If you take the exam and do not pass, then you still need to take the course, and you threw away almost $100. It is most important to keep in mind that some universities do not accept CLEP credit, like UVA; in those situations, the CLEP credit will help you get your NOVA degree, but that credit will not help you with your four year college. Be sure to investigate if the college you hope to transfer to takes CLEP credit.
Here is additional information on taking a CLEP test at NOVA-AL: Click HERE.
Here is information from the organization that runs CLEP tests: Click HERE.
Perhaps the most valuable advice I can offer on transferring to four year colleges is this: the most accurate information you can receive about transferring TO a four-year college comes from the college you want to transfer TO, not the college you are transferring FROM. Any and all advice or guidance you get from this page, me, or from someone else at NOVA should be verified with the college you hope to transfer to. In fact, most of the information we have comes from the four-year colleges. Also, the transfer and admissions offices of the four-year colleges you want to transfer to are the decision-makers regarding your ability to get into those schools: it's probably best for you to hear it directly from them. Having said that, it's my pleasure to help. :-)
NOVA has a helpful transfer resource website: NOVA Transfer Site. The site has a step-by-step checklist to ensure a smooth transfer process.
The government of Virginia has a fantastic "Transfer Wizard," designed to help students move from Virginia's community colleges, to a four-year institution. Give it a look: https://www.vawizard.org/vccs/Transfer.action
Here's a list of Transfer Guides provided by many of the colleges NOVA students want to transfer to.
Please let me stress this point: the Transfer Guides site by NOVA is a FANTASTIC place to get an overview of what each college in the area is looking for from students transferring from NOVA.
Most NOVA students transfer to George Mason University. Here is their transfer information.
NOVA realizes that most of its students hope to go to four-year colleges. We have many established agreements with four-year colleges, and those agreements include Guaranteed Admissions Agreements (GAA) and Articulation Agreements:
US News and World Report ranks colleges and universities based on a wide array of measures.
Note on abbreviations:
GAA = Guaranteed Admission Agreement; an agreement between NOVA and the College that guarantees NOVA students admission if they meet certain requirements.
VCCS = Virginia Community College System (NOVA is one of almost 2 dozen of the state's community colleges in the System).
PLS = Political Science.
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
George Mason University has a great website that lists how every NOVA course counts towards GMU credit: The GMU Transfer Credit Search Engine.
For more information on transferring to George Mason University, contact the GMU Transfer Center; Phone: 703-993-9152.
A few important points from the GMU Guaranteed Admission Agreement with NOVA:
Please read the Guaranteed Admission Agreement HERE, as there are other details you need to be aware of prior to applying. In particular, note the comment about electronically submitting a "Letter of Intent."
Here are some "Frequently Asked Questions" that the good folks at GMU confront when dealing with the Guaranteed Admissions Agreement: http://admissions.gmu.edu/transfer/gaa.asp
Here's the GMU Transfer Guide, that offers a lot of extra guidance for specific majors/programs: http://admissions.gmu.edu/transferGuide/default.asp
Transfer application due dates are:
Global Affairs Program
Very important link: NOVA (VCCS)-JMU Equivalents for Political Science courses (How NOVA's PLS courses and credits are applied at JMU).
You can find other program NOVA-JMU Equivalents here.
Transferring from VCCS colleges (NOVA is a VCCS college).
The JMU Student Checklist for earning a guaranteed admission through the JMU-NOVA GAA:
Sign a Letter of Intent with a community college counselor in the semester during which you will complete the associate degree.
Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and adhere to specific requirements as outlined in the GAA.
Earn an approved associate degree (click here for a list) from one of the community colleges with which JMU has a GAA.
Apply to JMU - you must complete the on line application to complete the process.
Be sure to go to the JMU site and follow application guidelines precisely.
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.
Department of Political Science and International Affairs.
Political Science Major information from the UMW Catalog.
General Transfer Application Information.
Transfer Credit Guide for NOVA Political Science Courses (How Political Science credits taken at NOVA apply at UMW).
Transfer Credit Guide for ALL courses.
Guaranteed Admission Agreement b/w UMW and the VCCS:
To be guaranteed admission to UMW, students must complete the requirements to become GAA students (graduation from a transfer-oriented degree program at a Virginia community college with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher on a four-point scale with intent to transfer to Mary Washington) and submit an official transcript showing completion of the associate degree to UMW Admissions Office. In addition, GAA students must have earned a grade of “C” or higher in each community college course applicable to the transfer-oriented associate degree program.Marymount University, Arlington, VA.
See website for more on the GAA.
Department of History and Politics.
Politics BA and Minor program.
Articulation Agreement between Marymount and NOVA.
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
Department of Political Science and Geography.
International Studies Program.
Transfer information for VCCS transfer students: See Political Science and International Studies Program Sheets.
Guaranteed Admission Agreement between NOVA (and all VCCS colleges) and VCU states that all NOVA graduates with 2.5 GPAs are guaranteed admission into VCU. See agreement for more details HERE.
Guaranteed Admission Agreement between NOVA and UVA: 3.4 or better GPA (and other important qualifications - so it's REALLY important to read the NOVA-UVA GAA form HERE).
Transfer Credit Guidelines.