Spotlight Scholar Alasdair Roberts: Can Government Do Anything Right?

Imagine trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube while the squares are constantly changing color. That’s what it’s like to wrestle with issues of policy making and governance, according to Alasdair Roberts, professor of political science and director of the new School of Public Policy. More >


Kristin Hilf '85 on Claiming Your Seat at the Table

Hilf, VP of Communications for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, says “in business, it is invaluable to have the ability to research, analyze information and think critically. I didn’t know it that time but these were all skills I acquired as a liberal arts major at UMass.” More >


Social Science Matters

We are home to a broad range of approaches to social science, from purely theoretical and interpretive, to qualitative and quantitative research methods.  Our priority is to ensure that this exciting social science research connects with the public while showing the relevance of the social sciences to everyday lives and policy.



SBS Awards Over $400,000k in Scholarships

In the 2018 spring semester, the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences awarded 93 scholarships and awards to SBS undergraduates.  Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, SBS was able to provide over $400,000 in scholarships and awards to 226 students. More >


UMass SBS Senior Celebration - Watch the Video!

Watch the proceeding from the May 12th SBS Senior Celebration at the Mullins Center. Dean John A. Hird officiated, faculty and students from each department spoke, and graduates received their medals. More >

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