UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

Advising & Student Services

appointment buttonThe Department of Political Science offers an array of advising and other services designed to help students succeed at UMass, and to take advantage of all the opportunities the University has to offer. Don’t be fooled by that blank space next to “Advisor” on your SPIRE account – Political Science majors simply have too many advising resources to fit into that tiny space.


If you don’t need to speak to anyone just yet, you can read about all the academic requirements and opportunities for the Major and Minor

Are you new to Spire or campus? The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has created a nice set of videos covering Getting Started in SpireSearching for Classes, and Enrolling in Classes.

We also suggest you take a moment to review your ARR -- academic requirements report. Here is a handout explaining what the ARR is and how to access/use it.


Academic Advising -- Assistance with academic requirements
Faculty Mentoring -- Research, scholarship, course and career advice from faculty
Peer Advising -- Advice from your peers

International Relations Certificate
Public Policy Certificate
Study Abroad
Pre-Law Advising
SBS Advising Center -- Global Ed advising and more
Accelerated Master's Degree

Forms -- Override forms, change of major, add/drop, etc.
FAQ -- Every question you might have, answered
How to Succeed in Political Science: A Four-Year (Plus) Guide



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