Within the political science program at UMass Amherst, students experience a curriculum focused on political issues and problems, providing you with perspectives, concepts, and theories that will help you make sense of a complex political world.

Here, our diverse faculty study and teach about politics by asking questions that involve working at the intersections of political philosophy, American politics, comparative politics, and international relations. Students work with them side-by-side on research on a range of topics, from the study of local elections and legislative behavior to international environmental politics and social movements.

In addition to broad introductory courses, you can choose from a variety of courses that reach across subfield boundaries, such as "Race and Politics," "The Politics of Food," "Power and Participation," and "Globalization, Governance, and World Order."