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Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are upper-level students who are well-trained in the academic requirements for both Political Science and Legal Studies majors. They offer you not only technical information, but also an invaluable student perspective. Peer Advisors will not tell you which classes to take or avoid, but they can help you think about your interests and design a course schedule that serves your needs.

Services provided by Peer Advisors

  • Review requirements
  • Declaring major/minor
  • Using Spire and Schedule Builder
  • Reading your ARR (Academic Records Report)
  • Course registration
  • On-campus life

Peer Advisor Appointments

Scheduled Appointment:

Use Navigate : Select "Make an Appointment," and choose "Peer Advising." Be sure to select the Political Science & Legal Studies advising location. 

Drop-In Hours:

No appointment necessary. Come to the third floor of Thompson Hall to see a peer advisor. Check the schedule below for availability beginning September 13, 2022.


11:00 – 12:00 

1:30 – 3:15


12:30 – 2:00



11:00 – 1:00

2:30 - 3:45


12:30 – 3:00



Meet the Peer Advisors

Jayden Whittaker

Hi everyone! I am currently a senior majoring in political science as well as a member of the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass. I joined the advising team as an intern last fall, and am so excited to be back this year. My academic interests center around international relations and foreign policy, and I am looking forward to conducting independent research on the subject as part of my honors thesis. During my time at UMass, I have been fortunate enough to take part in two separate study abroad programs. I spent the spring semester of my junior year in Seville, and then traveled to England for six weeks as part of the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar. On campus, I am also a content writer for Her Campus where I love to discuss travel, fashion, and politics. 

Soha Habib