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Help high schoolers with an Immigration project?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A group of local 9th grade students are doing a 3-month, interdisciplinary study on local, state and federal immigration issues. For their final project, they are trying to write a book of “Immigrant Stories” of people who have immigrated to Western MA. Right now, the group is looking to interview immigrants living in the area. The interviews will feed into the book, and the final result will be presented to legislators at the State House in Boston in June.

If you have immigrated to the area — or you know someone else who has and who may want to participate — please contact Mr. Jeff Dyer at <>

Results from Political Science Ugrad Survey

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Thank you to all of you who participated in our Political Science Majors Experience survey (And congratulations to the two majors who won the hoodies for participating!)

We are committed to incorporating your feedback into our programming and wanted to share some of the results of the survey with you.

Among the top findings are: 

  • 84% of majors say that Professors are interested in helping students reach their full potential
  • The most frequently cited areas of improvement were 1.) getting more career advice and 2.) increasing the selection of course offerings
  • 85% of majors are satisfied with the quality of our advising staff
  • 74% of majors are satisfied with the opportunities for scholarships
  • 68% of majors are satisfied with mentoring from faculty
  • 44% of majors are satisfied with opportunities to work on faculty research projects.
  • 89% of majors are satisfied with the quality of instruction
  • 78% of majors are satisfied with our class sizes
  • 76% of majors are satisfied with the relevance of coursework to their future career plans.
  • 59% of majors are satisfied with the activities sponsored by the department

Why did you become a political science major?

Top 2 answers:

  • My interest in politics
  • My future career goals relate to politics and government

What three goals are most important to you as a political science major?

Top 3 answers:

  • Developing skills that will help with employment after graduation
  • Learning more about political affairs
  • Improving my understanding of other countries and cultures

In which areas have you improved most since majoring in Political Science?

Top Answers:

  • General knowledge of politics (57%)
  • Understanding problems facing citizens in the US and abroad (49%)
  • Understanding of political theory (43%)
  • Understanding of international relations (42%)

Bottom Answers:

  • Ability to conduct research (27%)
  • Public speaking (13%)
  • Ability to work as a part of a team (3%)

So what will we do next?

We are committed to growing our Undergraduate Research Engagement Program, and we are working with faculty to develop new opportunities for undergraduates to participate in hands-on research. Keep checking the link above over the summer as we add new positions and application instructions.

We are already doing a lot to help you explore careers –we developed an alumni network this year, hired several professors of practice, organized networking events like Meet the Law, brought back alums for advice and lectures, sent students to conferences and the United Nations, organized graduate school panels, and offered a 1 credit professional development seminar. But we’ve learned that we need to better communicate these things so that more students take advantage of them. Do you have suggestions? We regularly post on Twitter, Facebook, the Dept Website, bulletin boards, and in our weekly email. What else should we be doing? Let us know at

We’re thinking about ways to improve your public speaking opportunities, too. To start, we encourage all students to apply to present at the Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference every year. We’re talking with our program directors to see what options exist for offering a public speaking course. Stay tuned.


Volunteer as a Commencement Ambassador!

Saturday, March 29th, 2014
It is that time of year again … Commencement! On May 9, share the joy of our 5,500 graduates and their families. Watch degrees conferred, flags unfurled and mortarboards tossed in the air as you join in the celebration by volunteering as a Commencement Ambassador!Responsibilities include welcoming families and guests as they enter the stadium, distributing programs, organizing graduates and walking them onto the field, transporting guests with limited mobility (golf carts), assisting the platform party and faculty in the robing rooms, and enjoying the energy and excitement of this momentous day!

In appreciation for your service to the University, you will receive a commemorative glass, a Commencement Ambassador polo shirt, lunch at Berkshire Dining Commons, and an opportunity to enter a drawing for a thank you gift.

If you are interested in being an ambassador at Commencement, please visit the Commencement Volunteer Website for more information and to register.

If you have any questions, please call External Relations and University Events at 413-577-1101 or email Stephanie Subocz at

Send in your picture for the SBS Senior Celebration!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Seniors, the SBS Senior Celebration on May 10 will be here before you know it! We want to create slide show of all of you. PLEASE send a high resolution .jpg picture of yourself….taken somewhere on campus, on a study abroad experience, at work during an internship, or doing something UMass-related. Include your full name, major, and ONE sentence about what made UMass special for you.

Send to Click here for more about the SBS Senior Celebration.



Mass Alliance Grassroots Campaign Training

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Mass Alliance, the coalition of the 25 largest progressive political organizations is looking to educate and empower people, so they can take political leadership in their communities. On March 8th and 9th, there will be a comprehensive training on the implementation of a successful grassroots campaign. This training is for people looking to get involved, for those who want change but don’t know how to make it happen, and for those who are interested in learning how elections work.

The training will be a great place for students to get a real understanding of how to run successful grassroots campaigns.  Attendees benefit not just from the knowledge but from connections to campaigns who are looking to bring on staff and interns and a proven name in training students can put on a resume.


Western Massachusetts

Grassroots Campaign Training

Saturday & Sunday, March 8th & 9th

Picknelly Center

206 Maple Street

Holyoke, MA 01040

 Attendees will learn from some of the best progressive campaign operatives in Massachusetts. Sessions will include field organizing, message development, working with the press, and other time-tested tactics for winning campaigns.

The workshop is offered on a sliding scale. The regular price is $90. If you can, please pay more to help us make it accessible to others. If you need to pay less than $90, please contact Jordan  Berg Powers, Deputy Director of Mass Alliance, to arrange that. Students are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested, please email Jordan at, or call 617-722-4320 to learn more or sign up.

Do you want to speak for the trees?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Prof. John Nolon, Pace Law School:  “Learning How Law Can Protect the Environment, Create Sustainable Development, and Mitigate Climate Change”

Wednesday, February 5

5:00 pm

E10 Machmer

UMass alum and current Pace Law student Allison Sloto will also be onhand to answer your questions about Pace, the law school application process and what law school is really like.

Sponsored by the UMass Pre-Law Advising Office

Financing Law School Workshop – With Pizza!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

How will you pay for law school?  Learn about all your options from BU Law Director of Financial Aid, Cheryl Constantine.  Sponsored by the UMass Pre-Law Advising Office.

Tuesday, February 4

6:00 PM

Machmer E-10

Pizza will be served!

PSUB Wants You!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
The Political Science Undergraduate Advisory Board (PSUB) is recruiting new members this semester!
PSUB is a student run organization within the department that works to facilitate a working relationship between the students and the department to better our education as Political Science majors. PSUB is looking for highly motivated students who want to make a difference within our major.
If that sounds like you, fill out our online application.
Want more info about PSUB? Feel free to email us at or at!

Applying to law school for Fall 2015?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Law School Applications–Everything You Need to Know

Tuesday, January 28th, 5:00 PM, Machmer E-10

An overview of the law school application process, geared toward juniors and seniors (and alums) hoping to apply in Fall 2014 for Fall 2015 admission.  All your questions answered!

Brought to you by UMass Pre-Law Advising .

Publish Your Research: MA Political Review

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

What are your plans for that research paper from last semester? Why not publish it?!

Massachusetts Political Review, the UMass-based, student-run, online journal has released a call for papers. Submit papers on politics, policy, or government and get your research published online.

Visit MPR online at for more information and to see their meeting schedule.