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Advising & Student Services

Our staff and peer advisors look forward to assisting you! Use Navigate to schedule virtual or in-person appointments. We also offer drop-in advising. All advising services are located in Thompson Hall on the 3rd floor.

Current/Returning Political Science Students

Peer Advisors offer support for course registration assistance and major or minor declaration is available by appointment or via drop-in advising (no appointment necessary). Meet the peers.

Drop-In Hours Spring 2022:

  • Mondays 10 am–12 pm & 2–3 pm
  • Tuesdays 10–11 am & 12–2 pm
  • Wednesdays 12–2 pm & 3–4 pm
  • Thursdays 11 am–1 pm & 2:30–3:30 pm

Appointments with peers: Use Navigate

Staff Advisors offer support for degree audit reviews, study abroad and internship planning, post-graduation planning, or any question. Use Navigate to set an appointment. Meet the advising staff.

The Director of Undergraduate Advising offers support if you are on academic probation, suspension, or dismissal or if you are returning from suspension/dismissal; if you have serious extenuating circumstances affecting your academics; if you need study abroad/ domestic exchange pre-approvals or pre-approval of transfer classes; or if you need help finalizing a credited internship.

Note about using Navigate: To book a Peer Advising appointment, select "Make an Appointment," and choose "Peer Advising." Be sure to select the Political Science & Legal Studies advising location. To book with professional staff advisors choose "Advising," then our location.

Political Science Weekly Update: Political Science & Legal Studies Advising sends important information directly to your in-box, so watch your UMass email account! You'll learn about academic deadlines, departmental events, internship opportunities, career information, and more. 

Exploring or Declaring a Political Science Major or Minor

There are no course pre-requisites nor is there a minimum cumulative GPA for the Political Science major. You can learn more about the course requirements here: Political Science Major, Political Science Minor. To declare a Political Science major or minor, come to our peer drop-in hours!

Prospective students not yet matriculated at UMass

Please email the Director of Undergraduate Advising, Adrian Grace, if you're a prospective student with questions, an admitted first year student, or a transfer student. We're happy to talk about the program.

Other Advising Contacts

International Relations Certificate
Political Science Departmental Honors 
Political Science Accelerated Master’s Degree (4+1), or use Navigate to meet with Emily White.
Pre-Law Advising, or use Navigate to meet with Diane Curtis.
SBS Academic Dean's Office: Credit Overload Petitions, Late Course Withdrawals, Academic Discipline, Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals for Financial Aid.  
SBS Career & Professional Development
Commonwealth Honors College
International Student Advising

Important Web Links

SBS Pathways website: undergraduate supports from the department, the College, and UMass
UMass Amherst COVID-19 Information
Single Stop Resources: housing, food assistance, jobs, and more
Students with Financial Need
Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS)
UMass Disability Services
Pass/Fail Course Policy Information
SBS Academic Forms: Credit Overload, Global Ed Declaration, Late Course Add, Late Course Withdrawal, Late Course Pass/Fail
SBS Need to Know Resources: when you have a question and don't know where to start. Also try, How do I?
UMass Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH)
UMass ESL: courses and tutoring for those learning English as a second language