The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Departmental Advising / Advising For Your Major

Regular academic advising is an extremely important component of your undergraduate education. To help you succeed as a student and prepare for your future, we strongly encourage you to meet with an academic advisor at least once every semester. Advisors assist students in making informed choices about your course selection and discuss your progress toward completing requirements. Advisors can also answer questions you may have about your major, and can refer you to other University or College offices if you need additional assistance. There are faculty and staff advisers in your department and in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Advising Center.

If you have questions related to requirements for your major, or would like to talk with a faculty member in your department about internships, study abroad opportunities, tutoring or other issues, please contact the Undergraduate Office in your department:


Exploratory Track

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Vanessa Blais
Rhys Livingstone

128 Thompson


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Boone Shear, Director of Undergraduate Advising

207A Machmer


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Allison Butler, Director of Undergraduate Advising
Aaron Hoholik
Marianne Neal-Joyce
Nicola Mare Usher

N323 Integrative Learning Center


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Valerie Voorheis, Director of Undergraduate Advising
Stephanie Brewer
Flannery Weiss


Crotty Hall
412 North Pleasant Street


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Beth Wallace, Director of Undergraduate Advising
John Ciampa

S414 Integrative Learning Center

Landscape Architecture

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Patricia McGirr, Program Director

210 Design Building
551 North Pleasant Street

Legal Studies
Political Science

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Leah Dodson, Director of Undergraduate Advising
Amy Grieger
Shawn Samuels


3rd Floor, Thompson Hall

Resource Economics

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Alesia Brennan, Director of Undergraduate Advising
Ruth Glickman DeLisle

208C Stockbridge Hall

Social Thought and Political Economy

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Monica Garcia, Director of Undergraduate Advising

301 Machmer


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Katherine Fabel, Director of Undergraduate Advising
Alyssa Cote

10th Floor, Thompson Hall

Sustainable Community Development

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Mark Hamin, Program Director

210 Design Building
551 North Pleasant Street