• Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) spoke in Qatar at the Doha Youth Forum, the first-ever national conference devoted to youth contributions to the rule of law and crime prevention.

  • Julie Caswell, professor of resource economics, has been accepted as a 2015 UMass Spotlight Scholar for her research, scholarship, and public service contributions to the area of economics of food safety and nutrition.

  • SBS students continue to land incredible internships. Here is Daniel Rodriguez ’15 (journalism/political science) who just secured an internship with NBC Nightly News.

  • SBS graduates have strong analytic & problem-solving abilities, good human relations skills, & confidence in their ability to learn & grow in new work situations. What adventure will you lead when you graduate with a degree from SBS?

    SBS graduates have strong analytic and problem-solving abilities, good human relations skills, and confidence in their ability to learn and grow in new work situations. What adventure will you lead when you graduate with a degree from SBS?

  • Gerald Epstein (economics), founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute, has received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor given by the campus for service to the University, and the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship award.

  • John Hird has been appointed Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • An SBS Internship Award made the experience at FRONTLINE PBS possible for Mitchell Scuzzarella ’15, who has been involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities and participated in multiple internships.

  • Kelly Donovan

    SBS students excel in all areas. Kelly Donovan ’15 (BDIC/political science) was the recipient of a 2014 Dean’s Opportunity Fund Scholarship as well as a 2015 Senior Leadership Award Recipient.

  • Funding scholarships for enrichment opportunities is a priority: Our students are the most academically competitive in our history, but the economic climate threatens this trajectory of excellence.

  • Join us in welcoming Ebru Kardan, our new Director of External Affairs and Communication in the Dean's Office!

  • $10.3 Million Anonymous Gift to Benefit SBS: The growth in research resulting from this transformative gift will benefit society through enhanced educational opportunities and its impact on social policy.

    $10.3 Million Anonymous Gift to Benefit SBS: The growth in research resulting from this transformative gift will benefit society through enhanced educational opportunities and its impact on social policy.

Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Inequality

A yearlong series of presentations, sponsored by various SBS departments and centers, showcasing social science research on critical issues of inequalities facing societies today.

Spring presenters include Elizabeth Armstrong, Maryann Feldman, Chai Feldblum, Richard Wilkinson, Margaret Gray, Gabriel Dance, and Suzanne Mettler, plus a panel on Linguistics Inequality. Click on names for more information about each event. Read an article about the series.

Event poster for spring 2015

Position Available: SBS Director of Undergraduate Career and Professional Development

Working in collaboration with a broad range of student services partners, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Director of Undergraduate Career and Professional Development provides leadership and management of the formation and implementation of a comprehensive career and student development program which serves all majors and aligns with the Colleges’ strategic planning goals for undergraduate student success. Review of applicants will begin on May 15, 2015, and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. For a full position description and application instructions, click here.

UMass Green Office


The SBS Dean's Office is proud to participate in the UMass Green Offices Program.

SBS Scholarships

SBS offers a variety of scholarships for academic achievement, financial need, unpaid internships, department-specific awards, and more.