The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Undergraduate Advising at SBS

SBS provides a framework for students to gain knowledge about individuals, societies, and cultures. Such knowledge about society and its problems prepares students to be intelligent, committed citizens of the world. This can seem like a grand call to action and a big responsibility. But remember, we are here to help you as you navigate your educational experience, as you plan for your future, and build your place within it.

The SBS Pathways Center is here to guide you to success throughout your time as an undergraduate at UMass and beyond. Our advisors and programs are crafted to help you explore your academic interests, create a curriculum that works for you, articulate and achieve your goals, and become an engaged member of your community.

Advising Resources for Undergraduates

Exploratory Track

Support and advising for students in SBS without a declared major 
New at UMass? The exploratory program is designed to give you a strong sense of belonging within the university and college while still encouraging you to explore options across campus. Exploratory track advising through SBS helps you learn about your options and hone in on your interests to create a path that is dynamic and rewarding.

Undergraduate Curriculum Advising 

Choose your courses, fulfill your requirements, connect to campus activities
What courses should you take? Are you on track to complete your graduation requirements? What co-curricular activities would be a good fit for you? Looking for information on internships and study abroad? These are just a sample of important questions that are addressed through SBS Undergraduate Advising. 

Advising for Your Major

Major-specific advising to make the most of your studies
Once you declare your major, meet with your academic advisor regularly. Your advisor helps you plan the courses that fulfill your major requirements while meeting your interests and goals. They also guide you toward research and other opportunities that complement your studies.

Career and Professional Development

Prepare for life after UMass
SBS provides you with resources and specialized advising to support you wherever you are on your career-planning path. Whether you’re seeking an internship or starting to think about life after graduation, we’re here to assist you in crafting a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. To schedule career advising appointments, log in to Handshake with your UMass login info.  

Explore Your Options and Pathways

Connect your academics, personal interests, and experience with your future
Our SBS Career Explorer tool will provide you with insight on various career fields, courses you might consider taking if you want to pursue a particular path, the types of activities alumni in that field did while they were at Amherst, and profiles of alumni working in the field, including what they majored in while at UMass.

Pre-Law Advising 

The UMass Amherst Pre-Law Advising Office is a university advising unit housed within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, serving all students and alums of UMass Amherst, regardless of major, school or college.

Advising Resources for Graduate Students

All of the departments at UMass that offer graduate degrees have an assigned advisor for graduate students. We encourage you to meet with these advisors regularly, especially in your first year. Find out who to contact.