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Welcome to the Department of Political Science. We are a large, dynamic department featuring two undergraduate majors — Political Science and Legal Studies; a five-year accelerated master's degree in Political Science; and a doctorate in Political Science.

We are home to UMass Poll, UMass Women into Leadership, and the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, and boast two of the four distinguished professors in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our Legal Studies major is the oldest undergraduate liberal arts program for the study of law and legal systems in the United States, and we are the only public college or university in New England to offer the major.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our programs, and please contact us with any questions.

Featured Profile

Caroline Koch '10
Political Science & Legal Studies Advisory Board Member

"The faculty, staff, and students I met in the political science department at UMass Amherst shaped me into the person I am today and I am honored to be able to give back by serving on the Political Science Alumni Advisory Board," she says. Caroline is currently in her final year as a dual Master's in Public Policy and Master's in Business Administration student at the Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy & Management. Read more

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