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Public Policy

The goal of the undergraduate major in Public Policy at UMass Amherst is to teach students about the values and perspectives that shape policy problems and the way in which policies are designed and implemented to address those problems. At the core of this undertaking is the development of students’ ability to make a positive impact on the greatest number of people. The curriculum and all other aspects of the major integrate international and domestic policy, are highly experiential in nature, and develop individuals imbued with a deep sense of responsible citizenship, able to understand and make a positive impact on some of the world’s most challenging problems.

The BA in Public Policy is a liberal arts degree, based in the social sciences, that provides a multidisciplinary lens through which to understand, analyze, and craft solutions to public problems. Our undergraduate program builds on the strengths of UMass, specifically its excellence in interdisciplinary social sciences combined with a strong history of student engagement. This major will produce students with a deep appreciation for complexity in policy-making contexts in the U.S. and abroad, equip them with the analytical skills to tackle those problems, and mentor them to become leaders and change agents in local, national, and international arenas.

The program’s introductory 100-level courses ask big questions that engage students in important current debates. Required 200-level courses provide the foundation knowledge base of the policy process, economics, and statistics. At the upper division, our courses train students in diverse methods to explore policy and management topics with topical depth. During the senior year, our majors integrate their coursework to craft policy solutions, recommend management strategies, and develop social enterprises. The senior year “capstone” projects focus on real­world issues and are action-oriented, meaning that they engage with government and nonprofit stakeholders relevant to each project.

Career Fair Season is Gearing Up!

Employers who are registering to recruit at our upcoming career fairs are hiring for internships and full time positions and they are excited to hire UMass students!

Virtual career fairs are your best opportunity to speak one-one with employers and …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Carol Sharick
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Success Toolkit Sp22 Series: Looking for Academic Supports?

from UMass Student Success

The spring schedule features a variety of sessions to help students discover their strengths, learn about strategies, tools, and resources, and reflect on their personal toolkit. Session topics include:

Active Learning & Study Strategies
Time Management …

By Adrian Grace
Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising Adrian Grace
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NEW SBS Opportunity: Thomas R. Will Scholarship

Supporting students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who have a criminal justice, law enforcement, or military background or focus. Preference will be given to students with financial need as determined by UMass Amherst. Additional preference will be …

By Adrian Grace
Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising Adrian Grace
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Explore Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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First Destination

SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.

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