To accommodate students' broad interests and diverse backgrounds, course requirements are flexible.

STPEC Requirements, Advising, and Special Programs

Major Requirements

Courses meeting STPEC requirements are drawn from a variety of departments in the humanities and social sciences, including Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Judaic Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's Studies. To accommodate students' broad interests and diverse backgrounds, course requirements are flexible, so that students have room to develop their own individualized course of study while they acquire a general foundation in areas of central concern to the STPEC Program. Courses in these areas are chosen from a list of recommended courses drawn up each semester and available from the STPEC office (or on-line under Course Lists).

All University of Massachusetts Amherst students, including STPEC students, may also take courses and use the facilities of the other four colleges in the Five College consortium (Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire). Many Five College courses satisfy STPEC requirements as well. Transfer students may petition to have courses taken at other institutions accepted for STPEC credit.

An application and meeting with either STPEC Director Sigrid Schmalzer or STPEC Associate Director Graciela Monteagudo and several STPEC majors are required upon admission to the Program.



All courses are to be drawn from the STPEC course lists, available each semester in the STPEC office.
I. Before taking STPEC seminars:
(Look under Course Lists on-line to see what classes will fill the A and B requirements)
A. One introductory social theory course
B. One introductory political economy course
Please note: students who are entering the STPEC Program upon admission to the university must still fill these pre-requisites before they may begin taking the STPEC seminars.
C. STPEC 101: Intro to STPEC.

II. For graduation:
A. Five upper level courses (15 credits) drawn from the STPEC course list, one in each of the following categories:
(Look under Course Lists on-line to see what classes will fill these requirements)

Modern Social Theory
Political Economy
History and Politics of Women
History and Politics of Race in the U.S.
Non-Western World

B. One history elective (3 credits) (course must be taught by a historian)
Note: This requirement may be waived if a student has taken a 3 or 4 credit history course to fulfill one of the five upper level categories.
C. One internship (3 credits) (must be graded)
D. Four STPEC seminars (16 credits)
(Look under Course Descriptions on-line for further descriptions of the following courses)
1. Two 4-credit STPEC seminars (STPEC 391H and STPEC 392H) This two-semester sequence provides students with the opportunity to begin the in-depth, interdisciplinary study of theoretical and analytical paradigms and their application in particular situations. Enrollment is limited to 25 STPEC majors. Both seminars are offered every semester.
2. Two 4-credit senior seminars These seminars provide the opportunity for students to engage in intensive work in specific areas of STPEC concern. Topics are determined by the various professors and the interests of STPEC students. Two to three different seminars are offered every semester, each limited to 20 STPEC majors.
E. One STPEC writing course (3 credits): This course, "Writing for Critical Consciousness," fulfills the University's junior year writing requirement. It is offered every semester and is limited to 20 STPEC majors.