Advising for STPEC Majors

Advising is an important component of the program. Advisors work with students not to tell them what to do, but to help with conceptualizing what they want to ultimately get out of the major. Because of the interdepartmental course offerings, and variety of possible directions, students need to plan their course of studies and activities carefully.

During registration time students MUST meet with an advisor in the STPEC office to plan course selection for the next semester before they will be able to register for courses for the coming semester.

Students are also encouraged to drop in to the office any time for advice, assistance, and support.

Advisors for Current STPEC Majors

Advisors in the Major

If you are a STPEC major, you may see either STPEC advisor  for basic advising.

Students may be seen on a walk-in basis depending on advisor's availability.

Advisors who can help you include peer advisors, Academic Advisors, and the Internship Director.

Can help with:

  • Course selection in the major
  • Checking your progress toward completing major requirements
  • General issues about the major
  • Add requests for STPEC courses not available on SPIRE.
  • Running and reading degree audits

Academic Advisors

Monica Garcia, Academic Advisor, will be on leave during the summer of 2017.

Katherine Mallory, Chief Academic Advisor and STPEC Internship Director, will be on leave Fall 2017 - Spring 2018. 
stpecinternship@sbs.umass.edu.

Can help with:

  • Checking your progress toward completing major requirements and planning future semesters
  • Course selection in the major
  • Add requests for STPEC courses not available on SPIRE.
  • Approval for national and international study programs and transfer of STPEC related courses taken at other universities
  • Academic Advisor Credit Alert holds
  • Special academic issues and problems

Internship Director

Katherine Mallory is on leave Fall 2017 - Spring 2018. Please contact the Director of the STPEC Program, Professor Hoang Phan.

Can help with:

  • Approval for Internship Placements which will fulfill the STPEC Internship Requirement
  • General questions about the STPEC Internship Requirement.
  • Questions about the Praxis and Praxis I.E. classes.

Global Education Advising Office

If STPEC is your primary major, you must complete a five-course Global Education College requirement or you will not graduate.  Visit the Global Education Advising Office (Thompson 128, tel. 577-1058) as soon as you are admitted to the major.

Your SPIRE Degree Progress Report will not work properly for Global Education until you visit this office and declare an option.

Can help with:

  • All questions pertaining to the Global Ed requirement
  • Declaring a Global Education option

Social and Behavioral Sciences Advising Office

STPEC majors should visit the Social and Behavioral Sciences Advising Office (Thompson 128, tel. 577-9277,) for any matter (such as those listed below) requiring a Dean’s approval or signature. 

Can help with:

  • Approving late adds, late drops, late changes in grading basis
  • Course withdrawals
  • Enrolling in more than 18 credits during a semester
  • Petitions to enroll beyond the 10th  semester
  • Dean’s holds
  • Reinstatement from suspension or dismissal
  • Complicated Gen Ed requirement questions

Senior Staff in the Records Office

The Senior Staff in the Records Office are responsible for clearing seniors for graduation (Whitmore 201, tel. 545-0555).

Can help with:

  • Clearing university (Gen Ed) requirements
  • Final clearances for graduation
  • Changes in degree (graduation) dates

Career Counseling

Mr. Tommie Joyner, Assistant Director of Career Planning, Career Services (Goodell 512C, tel. 577-0417).

Can help with:

  • Career advising
  • Resume writing
  • Job Fairs