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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.

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Sonia Alvarez
Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics

I am the Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studiesand Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Studies. My research interests include Latin American Politics and Cultures, with a focus...Read more

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