Academic

The core of your college experience involves using your coursework to explore your interests, dive into your major, and broaden your insights by tapping into offerings across the curriculum. Your academic path isn’t about checking off requirements or thinking one semester at a time. It’s about using requirements and electives to develop your own evolving understanding of the important issues, theories, and ways of thinking in the discipline(s) you choose to study.

Explore your Academic Pathways

Academic Advising
Whether you’re an SBS Exploratory Track (ET) student or in an SBS major, you have access to professional advisors, and, in many cases, peer advisors, who can help you to envision your SBS Pathways and develop a plan of courses and experiences that will bring those pathways to life. Faculty members you get to know through courses and other activities will become mentors as you plan your pathways.

Special Support Through Key Transitions
Whenever you step into a brand new experience – like beginning college, starting an internship, or studying abroad – you’re faced with a world of new terminology, expectations, and possibilities. That’s exciting, but it can also be a bit daunting. During those times, we send you SBS Pathways eTips, a series of mailings with advice and thought-provoking questions to take the mystery out of new experiences and help you maximize your opportunities.

SBS Pathways-Based Seminars and Courses
Your First Year Seminar (FYS) gets you acclimated to college and helps you to envision and plan for your pathways ahead. Junior Year Writing teaches you the conventions of writing within your major and prepares you for upper level seminars. As a junior or senior, you’ll take an Integrative Experience (IE) course in your primary major where you’ll reflect on the insights you’ve drawn from your previous coursework and apply them to real-world issues. In many departments, capstone experiences involve you in independent research or other projects.

A Sense of Community
Many SBS departments have clubs where you can meet with your fellow majors to pursue shared social, intellectual, or professional interests. If you’re a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) or first-generation college student, the Academic Fellows Program (AFP) offers community, resources, and leadership opportunities.

SBS Peer Advising Interns

SBS Pathways Center Peer Advising Interns are SBS students who can provide useful insight into how to plan your SBS Pathways, which include planning for your academic, experiential, and career and professional development opportunities. Our Peer Advisors come from all different places and backgrounds, have various SBS majors, and are sophomores, juniors and seniors. Read their bios below!

Peer Advising drop-in hours are M-W 10-4, and Th/F 10-2 in The SBS Pathways Center in 128 Thompson. You can also submit a question to the peers via the button below.

Andrew Abramson’22

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Suepriya Adhikari’22

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Jennie Chang’23

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Sabrina Chhorn’23

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Mary Hamilton’22

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Kerry Howard’22

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Nia Hyppolite’23

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Kaego Ndiweka’22

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Patricia Pasin’22

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Caroline Roscoe’23

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Dan Salatiello’23

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

Charlotte Salmon’22

SBS Pathways Peer Advising Interns,Student Profiles

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Featured Resources

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Research Opportunities

The Department of Resource Economics offers Departmental Honors opportunities in Resource Economics and Managerial Economics for motivated students and gives …

The Journalism Honors Track is available only to Journalism majors who are in the Commonwealth Honors College, the UMass Honors …

Legal Studies Majors are invited to consider applying for the Departmental Honors track. This provides students with the opportunity to extend …

Students interested in pursuing departmental honors should seek out opportunities to work closely with faculty in small seminars and on …

We are excited to honor work that addresses issues of social justice and promotes diversity, especially work that celebrates a …

Communication majors enrolled in the Commonwealth Honors College have the option of selecting a Departmental Honors track in Communication.