The Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass Amherst. The STPEC Program encourages students to engage in a critical examination of society and to develop their own capacities for critical reading, writing and thinking.
STPEC strives to foster a closely knit student community within a large university setting. We offer an evolving curriculum that favors small classes and encourages experiential learning through internships and student involvement in our program's governance. The major is designed to give students the flexibility to pursue their own interests in a number of departments within the University of Massachusetts and the surrounding area colleges.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Hoang Gia Phan of the English department has joined us as STPEC's new director. Hoang's background in critical theory, his experience in administration, and his deep commitment to fostering student activism make him ideal for the position, and we are confident that STPEC will flourish with his leadership.
Now more than ever, employers are seeking graduates who can think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems.
STPEC's interdisciplinary curriculum provides a variety of possible career opportunities for its graduates. STPEC students go on to have rewarding careers in law, non-profits, teaching, labor, public service, media, business and many other fields. Many STPEC graduates pursue advanced degrees at prestigious universities.