SBS Exploratory Track

Welcome to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Exploratory Track program (SBS ET). This program allows students the opportunity to explore academic majors, while engaging in the SBS Pathways framework. SBS Pathways encourages students to think holistically about their college experience by combining academic, experiential, and career opportunities into one cohesive learning experience. In SBS, although every student creates their own unique path, no student travels alone. On your journey, you will work with faculty, academic advisors, career and professional development staff, and peer advising interns to navigate your transition to college.

The SBS Exploratory Track follows a timeline. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect as an SBS ET Student.

Summer New Student Orientation:

  • Meeting with an SBS Exploratory Track Advisor to select fall classes based on your interests.

Fall Semester:

  • SBS ET Welcome Event
  • Participation in a first-year seminar class
  • Programs and initiatives to promote major exploration, including university-wide majors fair
  • Access to SBS Peer Advising interns for 1-on-1 meetings, as well as peer-led events
  • Meeting with an SBS Exploratory Track Advisor to select fall classes based on your interests

Spring Semester:

  • Programs and initiatives to promote major exploration, including College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Majors Fair.
  • Access to SBS Peer Advising interns for 1-on-1 meetings, as well as peer-led events
  • Meeting with an SBS Exploratory Track Advisor to select spring classes based on your interests

First-Semester Sophomore Year:

  • Declare your major by mid-October
  • Please note you can declare an open-major at any point during the first three semesters

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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

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.

  • First Destination
  • Top Employers
  • Starting Salary
  • Employment Locations
  • Top Universities
  • Degree Types
  • Fields of Study

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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