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Welcome to Political Science Advising!

Due to the current limits on on-campus operations due to COVID 19, all department advising appointments and drop in advising will be completed remotely via Zoom video call, phone or email. Our professional advisors and peer advisors look forward to assisting you remotely!


Current Political Science Students

We have a number of ways to assist you remotely!

  • Google Form: Please use our Advising Questions Google Form if you have a quick question or two. An advisor will follow up with you on your Google Form submission as soon as possible, and schedule an appointment with you if needed.
  • Make an Appointment: Use UMass Amherst Navigate to schedule an appointment with a professional Political Science advisor if you have a few questions, or want an overall review of your graduation requirements. To book your General Advising appointment in Navigate, you'll follow this path: Make an appointment > Advising > Political Science or Legal Studies Major Advising > General Advising (30 min). Next you'll choose "Political Science and Legal Studies" as the "location" you prefer. Then you'll be able enter the name of a professional advisor you prefer if you have a preference, or you can just click next to see all available appointments with any professional staff advisor.
    • Please see Senior Advisor Shawn Samuels or Senior Advisor Amy Grieger for course registration, major/minor requirement review, advisor signature for relevant forms, moving major courses showing incorrectly on ARR, graduation clearance and removal of advising holds.
    • Please see Director of Advising Leah Dodson if you are returning from suspension/dismissal, have complex academic matters to discuss, need study abroad/ domestic exchange pre-approvals or pre-approval of transfer classes, or if you need help finalizing a credited internship (you may also see Leah for General Advising appointments when she's available for General Advising in Navigate).
  • Peer Advising: Peer Advising for course registration assistance, major or minor declaration/exploration and other basic advising questions/referrals is available during fall and spring semesters. Fall 2020 Peer Advising Drop In sessions via Zoom have ended. Check back here for Spring 2021 Peer Advising Drop in session info.
  • Poli Sci Weekly Update: We email you each week with a weekly update from Political Science Advising, so watch your UMass email account! The update will contain important academic information and deadlines, events and activities for students, career information and internship opportunities, department announcements on courses and the like, and helpful campus resources. Please create a folder for the Poli Sci Weekly Update in your email account and take a few short minutes to review it each week.
  • Advising Blog: Under development! Check back for more info.

Exploring or Declaring a Political Science Major or Minor

There are no minimum required pre-requisites or cumulative GPA for the Political Science major, and we'll be glad to assist you in declaring or gathering information on our major or minor.

We invite you to view an informational Power Point presentation on our Political Science major and minor here.

To declare a major or minor, please use our Advising Questions Google Form. An advisor will follow up with you on your Google Form submission, and schedule an appointment with you as needed.

Prospective students not yet matriculated at UMass

Please email Director of Advising Leah Dodson if you're a high school student with questions, or a prospective transfer student to UMass Political Science.

Other Important Advising Contacts

  • For details on the International Relations Certificate, please contact IR Certificate Advisor Professor MJ Peterson
  • For questions on Departmental Honors requirements in Political Science, please contact Professor Paul Musgrave (Honors questions only – for all other advising matters, see our professional staff advisors or peer advisors)
  • For advising on the Political Science Accelerated Master’s Degree (4+1) , please use Navigate to schedule a Poli Sci Accelerated Master's advising appointment with 4+1 Advisor Emily White, or click here to contact her by email. To book your appointment in Navigate, click on Make an appointment > Advising > Political Science or Legal Studies Major Advising > PoliSci Accelerated Master's
  • For Pre-Law advising information, please visit the Pre-Law Advising Office website here. To make an appointment with or contact Pre-Law Advisor Diane Curtis, please click here.
  • For advising on Credit Overload petitions, Late Course Withdrawals, Academic Discipline, Satisfactory Academic Progress appeals for Financial Aid, and SBS Global Ed exceptions, make an appointment with an SBS Advisor in the SBS Pathways Center and Academic Dean's Office, or email the Pathways Center here
  • To make an appointment with an SBS Career Advisor about your resume, job search, SBS internship programs and more, please click here.
  • To speak to a Commonwealth Honors College advisor, please visit their advising website here.
  • For International Student advising or for questions on your visa or resources and events for international students, please visit the International Programs Office website here.
  • For Study Abroad advising and information, please visit the UMass International Programs Office Education Abroad website.

Important Web Links

Department Advising Forms (online fillable versions for all coming soon; non-fillable versions for some can be found on our Course Lists & Resources webpage)