Advising is an important part of college education as it ensures students make progress towards their degree(s) and have a chance to consult with faculty members about opportunities to expand their skill sets and establish career goals.  At the Department of International Relations, it is expected that students will meet with their advisor multiple times throughout their college career.  If you are unsure who your advisor is or where to turn to for advising needs, please see below for more information.

If you have a declared minor (except for International Relations), please see your minor Coordinator.

If you are part of the SF State Scholars Blended Program, please see Prof. Darling.

If you are an M.A. student,  please see either Prof. Skonieczny or Prof. Darling depending on the chart below.

If you are a B.A. student (without a minor) or have only an International Relations minor declared, please see the chart below.

Please note that Prof. Lucia Volk will be on sabbatical for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.  Please see another advisor for any advising needs.

AY 2022-2023 Undergraduate Advisors

Student Last Names & Minor Coordinator




Starting with A – BERD

Prof. Banerjee

HUM 249

Starting with BERL – DE

Prof. Byun

HUM 267

Starting with DU – HERN

Prof. Monshipouri

HUM 246

Latin American Studies minors

SF Scholars Blended

Prof. Darling

HUM 427

Starting with HERR – KELLI

Migration and Refugee Studies Certificate
Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies minors
Middle East and Islamic Studies minors
South Asian minors
African Studies minors

Prof. Ellis

HUM 280

Starting with KELLY – N

Prof. Pahnke HUM 259

Starting with O – RE

European Studies minors

Prof. Siegel

HUM 331

Starting with RI – S

Prof. Tsygankov HUM 526

Starting with T – Z

Dr. Whooley HUM 504

AY 2022-2023 Graduate Advisors

Student Last Names




All Graduate Students Prof. Skonieczny HUM 452

SF Scholars/Blended

Prof. Darling HUM 427


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Undergraduate Advising

Majors in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) should consult with two advisors each semester:

  1. an advisor in the major and
  2. a general education and university requirements adviser in the Advising Resource Center (ARC) for LCA

Students who are completing a minor or an additional major should see an advisor in those programs as well.

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Graduate Advising

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General Education and University Requirements

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Advising Resource Center

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts established the student Advising Resource Center (ARC) to provide multiple support services to students. You can receive information regarding requirements for your degree, petitions, financial aid, tutoring, student clubs, events, careers and much more.

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