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Welcome to Political Science Advising!

Our professional staff advisors and peer advisors look forward to assisting you! Make an appointment to meet with us in Navigate when you need assistance. We also offer drop in advising. Our professional staff advisors offer in person and virtual (Zoom) advising appointments, so feel free to pick the mode of meeting that works best for you. All Poli Sci advising offices, including our peer advising office, are located in Thompson Hall on the 3rd floor.
 

Current/Returning Political Science Students

  • Peer Advising: Peer Advising for course registration assistance, major or minor declaration/exploration and many other advising questions/referrals is available during fall and spring semesters either by appointment in Navigate or via drop in advising (no appointment necessary). If you're a Political Science major interested in becoming a department Peer Advisor, email Interim Director of Advising, Amy Grieger

    Peer Drop In Advising
    Drop in and talk to a Peer Advisor this fall when you need assistance. No appointment is necessary to drop in. A variety of drop in days and times are available every weekday this fall through Friday, December 10th in our Peer Advising Office in Thompson 306. Days and times are listed below. Please note that the Peer Advising office is closed Labor Day (Monday, Sept 6th), Columbus Day (Monday, Oct 11th), Veteran's Day (Thursday, Nov 11th), and Thanksgiving (Mon, Nov 22nd - Fri, Nov 26th).

    Mondays
    10am to 11am
    2:30pm to 4pm

    Tuesdays
    10am to 11am 
    1pm to 3pm

    Wednesdays
    2:45pm to 4:15pm

    Thursdays
    4pm to 5pm

    Fridays
    2pm to 3:30pm

    Peer Advising by Appointment
    Students can make appointments with a Peer Advisor in Navigate

    To book your Peer Advising appointment in Navigate, you'll follow these instructions: Log into Navigate. Click on Make an Appointment. Then choose "Peer Advising". Next, make sure to pick the correct available office or department for advising if you have multiple majors. Then choose the "Service" that most closely fits with what you'd like to talk about. Pick a date on the calendar on your screen, and select a peer advisor on the bottom left ("Choose Staff"), or just click on "Find Available Times" at the top right.
     
  • Make an Appointment with an Advisor: Use UMass Amherst Navigate to schedule an appointment with a professional Political Science advisor if you have a few questions, want an overall review of your graduation requirements, or have complex matters to discuss.

    To book your General Advising appointment in Navigate, you'll follow these instructions: Log into Navigate. Click on Make an Appointment. Then choose "Advising". Next, make sure to pick the correct available office or department for advising if you have multiple majors. Then choose General Advising as the "Service" you're requesting. Pick a date on the calendar on your screen, and select an advisor on the bottom left ("Choose Staff"), or just click on "Find Available Times" at the top right.
     
    • Please see Senior Advisor Shawn SamuelsSenior Advisor Amy Grieger or Senior Advisor Sujata Rege Konowitz 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 Interim Director of Advising Amy Grieger if you are on academic probation, suspension or dismissal, are returning from suspension/dismissal, have serious extenuating circumstances affecting your academics, need study abroad/ domestic exchange pre-approvals or pre-approval of transfer classes, or if you need help finalizing a credited internship.  

      To book your appointment with Amy in Navigate, you'll follow these instructions:  Log into Navigate. Click on Make an Appointment. Then choose "Advising". Next, make sure to pick the correct available office or department for advising if you have multiple majors. Then choose Extenuating Circumstances, Internship (Final Details), Study Abroad/Domestic Exchange or Transfer Courses as the "Service" you're requesting. Click on "Find Available Times" at the top right.
  • 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!

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.

Our Peer Advisors will be glad to assist you with declaring a Poli Sci major or minor:

Peer Drop In Advising
Drop in and talk to a Peer Advisor this fall when you need assistance. No appointment is necessary to drop in. A variety of drop in days and times are available every weekday this fall through Friday, December 10th in our Peer Advising Office in Thompson 306. Days and times are listed below. Please note that the Peer Advising office is closed Labor Day (Monday, Sept 6th), Columbus Day (Monday, Oct 11th), Veteran's Day (Thursday, Nov 11th), and Thanksgiving (Mon, Nov 22nd - Fri, Nov 26th).

Mondays
10am to 11am
2:30pm to 4pm

Tuesdays
10am to 11am 
1pm to 3pm

Wednesdays
2:45pm to 4:15pm

Thursdays
4pm to 5pm

Fridays
2pm to 3:30pm

Peer Advising by Appointment
Students can make appointments in Navigate with a Peer Advisor to discuss or declare a Poli Sci Minor or change their major to or add a Political Science major.

To book your Peer Advising appointment in Navigate, you'll follow these instructions: Log into Navigate. Click on Make an Appointment. Choose Political Science and Legal Studies as the department/location and Peer Advising. Then choose Change of Major or PoliSci Minor as the "service". Pick a date on the calendar on your screen, and select a peer advisor on the bottom left ("Choose Staff"), or just click on "Find Available Times" at the top right.

Prospective students not yet matriculated at UMass

Please email Interim Director of Advising Amy Grieger 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. 

  • 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.

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