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


Sara Lennox and STPEC in the News!

Featured in Around the Pond in the Spring 2012 UMass Magazine!

read more here!

From Falmouth to Ghana, Kerri Sadoff, STPEC Student, Discusses her Adventure.

STPEC student Kerri Sadoff is featured in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences February Newsletter.

Read the article here!


Congratulations to Peter Thomson, STPEC alumnus, '85,
who has been named as an Eleanor Bateman Scholar in Residence.

This program is offered by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association to promote synergy and communication
between students, distinguished alumni and other members of the campus community. The program
provides students with role models that exemplify achievement of the university’s mission through professional accomplishments and/or public service.

As part of this program, Peter will be offering a public talk at
on Thursday, October 6, at 4:30 pm at Memorial Hall.

Here's what the Alumni Association is saying about him:

Peter Thomson '85 has helped set the standards for environmental journalism across the country and internationally since his graduation from the Social Thought and Political Economy Program at UMass Amherst. He began his radio career on campus at WFCR and went on to an award-winning career in writing, reporting, producing and hosting international documentaries and programs including NPR and PRI's Living on Earth, Marketplace, and The World. For sixteen years, from 1991 to 2007, Peter was the founding producer, then senior editor, senior correspondent and then acting senior producer of the environmental news magazine Living on Earth.

Peter is the founding editor of Public Radio International's The World's Environment Desk that he continues to head today. There he directs environmental coverage involving a team of staff and freelance reporters stationed around the world for broadcasts that reach 837 PRI affiliates and 2.5 million listeners nationwide. His responsibilities include planning reporting, conceiving stories and fielding pitches, making assignments, researching topics, and working with reporters to edit and produce the commentaries. His report on the impact of the gulf oil spill on migratory birds is riveting as are his daily pieces produced on topics of timely environmental interest. He is the author of Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal, a work of narrative journalism about the history of and environmental threats to Siberia's giant lake, the largest and oldest body of fresh water on earth.

His writings have earned him fellowships/training at the Rockefeller Foundation Study & Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy; the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole; International Reporting Project, China among others. His honors and awards for journalistic reporting, news magazines, documentaries, audio-visual broadcasts, excellence in journalism and community service are too numerous to list but put Peter in the ranks of the best journalists of our time.

The combination of traits possessed by Peter Thomson of excellent writing, accurate and scientific environmental reporting; a strong social conscience; and a storyteller's voice make him a successful communicator. He will be on the University of Massachusetts campus on October 5 and 6 as an Eleanor Bateman Scholar in Residence, a program of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.


STPEC is proud to announce the formation of the STPEC Alumni/ae Advisory Board! Our initial board
is comprised of around 20 alumni/ae who range in graduation dates from 1979 to 2009. The board had
its first official meeting in June, and will be meeting again in January. The board members are eager to
foster alumni connections, fundraise, and promote STPEC. And they are excited about opportunities to
foster connections with current STPEC students through networking and mentoring. Be on the
lookout for events sponsored by the Alumni/ae Advisory Board starting this Fall. If you have any
questions about the board, please ask Danielle Nelson in the STPEC Office;
or 413 545-0043.

STPEC students appointed to Dean's Student Advisory Council of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

December 14, 2010

Adam Leader-Smith, Elizabeth Maynard, and Tori Zopf have been appointed to the Dean's Student Advisory Council of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Members of the Student Advisory Council meet with the Dean several times each semester. During these lunch meetings, students serve as advisors to the Dean on issues of academic and campus life. Further, members act as liaisons to visiting alumni and represent the College at occasional events, such as SBS-sponsored lectures and alumni gatherings (no more than two per semester), and meet with prospective students. We are sure Adam, Elizabeth, and Tori will represent STPEC well!


STPEC Receives $60,000 Grant for Internships

May 20, 2008

The Samuel Rubin Foundation has granted $60,000 to the Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to support undergraduate internships focused on peace and social justice. To graduate, all STPEC majors must complete a three-credit internship. Internships provide invaluable experience that deepens their learning and prepares them for the post-graduation stage of their lives. However, the limited budgets of social justice organizations mean that internships seldom are paid. Read more...

Orders for STPEC sweatshirts and t-shirts are being taken now!

October 28, 2009

STPEC sweatshirts are by special order only. Orders must be placed by November 19th. This year we are also offering red t-shirts with the black STPEC design.

Click here to order a sweatshirt/red t-shirt that you will pick up.

Click here if you would like a sweatshirt/t-shirt and need to have it mailed to you.

We still have plenty of our standard black t-shirts with red design in stock, just come in to the office if you want one.