New Fall Course for Criminology Certificate!

Now open on-line, no consent required!  This is a University Eligible/CPE course that does NOT require matriculated students to pay CPE tuition and fees in addition to their regular tuition.

Sociol 497CR(78692), Survey of Criminal Justice Fields w/ Robert Ryan,
Chief Probation officer of the Eastern Hampshire District

Wednesday, 5-7:30

Designed to provide students who have an interest in working in the
criminal justice system, with an overview of that system through the
lectures of professionals who hold significant judicial, legal, law
enforcement, and correctional positions. The speakers discuss their
personal journeys to their current positions, what their duties and
responsibilities are, and what type of background and experience their
agencies/offices are looking for in an applicant. Throughout the course,
there is a discussion of those Amendments to the Constitution (e.g. 4th,
5th, 6th) that are most significant in limiting the powers of those who
work in the criminal justice system.

Sociol 241, Criminology is a prerequisite but if you haven’t take
it, and you want to take this course, please contact:

Wendy Wilde at

New Summer In-Person 1 Credit Course: Public Policy in Pakistan and Iraq

If you will be in the Amherst area this summer and have an interest in Policy or International Relations, consider our newly announced, 1 credit, POLISCI 395J: Public Policy in Pakistan and Iraq course.

More information is available here. 

The course is truly unique in that you will be sitting along side students from Pakistan and Iraq and have an opportunity to dive in-depth into policy differences and similarities in each country.

The class meets each weekday July 1 through Aug 4 for 2 to 3 hours and features lectures, discussions, debates, and projects. You will discuss methods of comparing policy across cultures; history; current political situations; society; and specific policy areas.

Students who participate in these Civics Initiative Courses often cite them as highlights of their UMass experience, and the connections made in the classroom often open other opportunities for networking, professional development and even internships down the road.

If you have any questions about this course or if you would like to register, please contact the instructor, Michael Hannahan at

New Course: POLISCI 214 – Urban Gov w Mayor Morse

You asked and we listened! We have received such positive feedback about courses taught by our professors of practice — Armenian Ambassador Armen Baibourtian, State Representative Aaron Vega, and United Nations Policy Adviser Mukul Sanwal, to name a few — that we have added one more: Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse! Mayor Morse is going to teach POLISCI 214, Urban Government and Politics in Fall 2014.

Not only does this give students the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of city government from a true “insider,” but it is a great chance to hear how Mayor Morse made his decision to enter public service and politics at such a young age.

The class will meet Fridays from 9- 11:30. Look for POLISCI 214, course # 79390 in Spire.

Want to enroll in an online class at UMass this summer? Here’s how!

Enrollment in summer classes has now begun!  UMass students can enroll in SPIRE after following the instructions below.
Before you can enroll in a summer online course, you must first request a CPE Enrollment appointment.  Setting up the appointment, however, can be confusing, so we have put together step-by-step instructions.
  1. Log into SPIRE
  2. From the Main Menu dropdown, click Enrollment.
  3. In the Enrollment dropdown, click on CPE Enrollment Appointment 
  4. Scroll, scroll, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the CPE Enrollment Appointment button. Click this button!
  5. Now when you go back to enrollment, you’ll see Summer 2014 listed as one of the terms you can view.
  6. Search for the classes you want to take and enroll as you would normally enroll in classes.


For more information on CPE summer online course costs and logistics, go to the CPE website at .

Advising FAQ: I need help choosing classes. When should I make my advising appointment?

Enrollment appointments for Fall 2014 start March 31 and we have advisors standing by to help you figure out the best strategies for satisfying your requirements.   PLEASE NOTE:  Your “enrollment appointment” in SPIRE is the date and time that SPIRE will allow you to enroll in classes, it is not an advising appointment.  You can find the date of your enrollment appointment in the lower right corner of your student center.  You will see only the date, so click “details” to find out the exact time of your enrollment appointment.

If you need help choosing classes, please see the chart below to determine the best time to make an appointment with an advisor.  Remember, these are just guidelines, so if you can’t get in on one of the dates listed, feel free to choose another date that works for you.  Just don’t wait too long after your enrollment date or classes may fill up!


March 31 or April 1, make an appointment for any time during the week of 3/24-3/28

April 3, make an appointment for April 2 or 3.

April 4, make an appointment for April 3 or 4.

April 7, make an appointment for April 4 or 7.

April 8, make an appointment for April 7 or 8.

April 10, make appointment for April 9 or 10.

April 11, make appointment for April 10 or 11.

 If you feel confident that you know which classes will work best for you, it is not necessary to come in for advising! Please just check in with us at least once or twice a year, so we can review your requirements and make sure you are on track to graduate on time.


Sneak Peek at Fall 2014 Courses

We’ve posted a sneak peek of fall courses on our website. Click here for Legal Studies and here for Political Science. You’ll notice lots of new courses, and even a few new names. We plan to welcome several new faculty in the fall. Exciting times for both programs!

Summer 2014 Classes – Sneak Peak!!

Looking to catch up on credits, get ahead, or just explore some awesome classes? Well, our online summer class list is posted!  (We will also have an in-person class this summer, so stay tuned!)

Visit our website for course descriptions!

Summer 2014 – Session 1

Subject Catalog Description Credit Instructor PS/LS Fulfillment Gen Ed Fulfilled
POLISCI 121 World Politics  4 James Heilman Intro SB
POLISCI 201 American Politics Through Film 4 Micah Mintz AP HS
POLISCI 255 American Foreign Policy  4 Vincent Ferraro IR SB
POLISCI 280 Public Policy  4 Rebecca Lisi AP SB
POLISCI 310 Race and Politics  4 Melinda Tarsi AP  —
POLISCI 397CL Corporate Lobbying  3 Kevin Young IR  —
POLISCI 3xx Political Economy of Food  3 Alper Yagci    —
POLISCI 399J Interpretation and Analysis 3 Samantha Hill Junior year Writing  —
LEGAL 297G Law, the Military and Society 3 Daniel Burland

Summer 2014 – Session 2

Subject Catalog Description Credit Instructor PS/LS Fulfillment Gen Ed Fulfilled
POLISCI 111 Intro to Comp. Politics  4 Martha Balaguera Intro SB, G
POLISCI 171 Intro to Political Theory 4 Alix Olson Intro  SB
POLISCI 203 American Political Thought 4 Andres Henao Castro  AP or PT  HS
POLISCI 359 International Political Economy 4 Bryan Coutain IR IE (for Pol Sci majors)
POLISCI 391GP Green Politics 3 Claire Brault PT  
POLISCI 391MP Media and Politics 3 Edward Erikson AP  
POLISCI 392MP Money and Politics 3 Mike Kowal AP  
LEGAL 250 Intro to Legal Studies 4 Jeremy Wolf
LEGAL 291S Global Cyberlaw 3 Jeff Aresty
LEGAL 450 Legal Research and Writing 3 Jeremy Wolf Jr Yr Writing


Still open: Journal 497P: The Politician & the Journalist

Still looking for a spring elective?  Journal 497P: The Politician & the Journalist is still open! This course is taught by Congressman Richie Neal, so it’s an ideal way to explore media and politics — as well as gain some insights about the political world. Sounds like a great elective for political scientists, if you ask us :-)

Looking for a Unique Gen Ed? Try EDUC 202: Intergroup Dialogue

Imagine sitting in a circle with 15 other students talking about subjects you rarely get to discuss?

EDUC 202: Intergroup Dialogue: Social Issues in Intergroup Relations is a course where you and your voice and your experience are central.

In this course you will learn from other’s experiences, examine social justice issues on campus and in the community (e.g., gender roles, immigration, violence, race and gender in sports, sexism and racism on campus, ally relationships), and explore different perspectives and controversial issues using constructive approaches to dialogue and the bridging of differences. All majors are welcome!

EDU 202: INTERGROUP DIALOGUE is a 4 credit graded course it meets the General Ed Requirements Social and Cultural Diversity (U) and Social and Behavioral Science (SB) requirement.

What’s unique about Intergroup Dialogue?
** Your experiences are at the center of learning about & understanding differences IGD provides an interactive classroom setting to explore issues in small, co-facilitated diverse groups.

Why take Intergroup Dialogue?
** Diversity on campus does not always = meaningful interaction across groups.
** You are better prepared to live and work in a diverse society when you engage with diverse perspectives.
** You will gain real world communication skills, practicing dialogic methods, and build opportunities for intergroup collaboration.

Sections meet on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30, and for a one-day class retreat on Sat., Feb 15th, from 9:00 to 5:00. The course runs for 11 weeks, beginning Jan. 30th.

For more information and to submit a placement form (needed to be registered) for the class, please visit the course website,

For questions please e-mail us at or call 413-545-5799.

EDUC 202 is co-sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS).

Kill two requirements with one class!

Thanks to the correction of an error in SPIRE, dozens of seats have just opened up for Spring 2014 in LABOR 280 (50930), which fulfills both the United States Diversity (U)  and Legal Studies law-related liberal arts requirements.

Labor 280 provides an overview of work and labor in the United States. It begins by examining the evolution of the American workplace, the changing nature of employers, and the impact on workers.  The second part of the course takes an in-depth look at the contemporary American workplace. Here we examine the myths and realities of work in the new economy. The final section of the course explores workers’ rights and new initiatives by the labor movement as it confronts globalization and the changing nature of work. Labor 280 takes a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing from sociology history, economics, and other social sciences.

For more information, search for this class on SPIRE!