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Advising & Resources for Undergrads

WGSS has a strong advising system. In addition to the staff of professional advisors in the HFA Advising Center, the department has a dedicated professional staff advisor and each major and minor works one-on-one with a faculty sponsor. The advisor is in the office Monday through Friday and is available to meet with current or potential students regarding requirements, course selection, internships, career assistance and more. There is usually little or no delay in seeing an advisor. Academic advising can help students connect to University resources, and focus their academic programs. We are here to help students make the best of their education and to reach their individual educational goals. Stop by the office, students are always welcome.

Contact Karen Lederer, Undergraduate Advisor in WGSS »

If you encounter a problem...

If something happens to you as a student—an illness, falling behind in a class, a family emergency—please tell someone. If the issue is with a class, the first thing to do is to notify the professor/instructor/teaching assistant. They are available to assist you with the material—that is why they have office hours. You can also contact an academic advisor in the department office or at the HFA Advising Center.

For general academic assistance, late drops and adds, retroactive withdrawals, academic discipline, and other academic issues, visit the HFA Advising Center in E202 off the atrium.  

WGSS Writing Tutor Information

The writing tutor for Fall 2018-2018 is Katelyn Litterer from the English Department.  Below is information about how she can help.

Special Website   Contact Katelyn

A Bit About Katelyn: Katelyn has an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Rhetoric & Composition, and is working on a PhD dissertation in Rhetoric & Composition. In addition to tutoring for WGSS, she is the Office Manager for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and a writing consultant for the UMass Office of Academic Planning and Assessment. Katelyn has tutored in Writing Centers at UMass and while an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught many sessions of College Writing and Basic Writing since 2010, as well as Junior Year Writing for WGSS Majors in 2017.

What Tutoring Sessions Look Like: She is invested in making academic writing and research accessible for every writer through individualized and strengths-based tutoring that supports both short- and long-term goals. Students should not expect her to copy-edit or proofread their writing for them, but she is happy to tutor in grammar/structure in addition to all levels of the research, drafting, and revision processes.

Office Hours/Location/Scheduling: In-person tutoring hours this Fall are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in room W414 in South College.  She is also offering online sessions on Fridays from 10:00-12:00 pm via Zoom. You can book a 45-minute in-office or online session via the Session Sign Up page. If you would like to meet and none of the set times/days work for you due to work, class, etc., please contact me directly to and we will work together to set up a session during off-hours.

Once a month I will hold a 3 to 4 hour long group writing session on campus. I will also offer additional tutoring hours during midterm and final paper times.

And finally, please keep an eye on the 1) tutoring website's announcements page for updates on schedule changes or extra session offerings and 2) the blog page to read my posts on writing and planning. There are 5 posts there now, and I'm planning to post a few times per month this coming semester.  

Other Resources & Support

  • The Office of the Registrar has a host of useful information on gen ed requirements, graduation and much much more. The registrar also has information about regulations at UMass Amherst, including, absences, academic honesty and more.  
  • The Learning Resource Center, located in the library, offers lots of help, including tutoring. They provide a peer-supported environment in which to meet academic challenges.
  • The Dean of Students Office provides students with the support, resources and referrals they need to succeed at UMass Amherst and aims to serve as a single point of contact within the university for students and their families in times of crisis including withdrawal/re-enrollment, short term emergency loans, the University Conduct Process, and supporting students through the Massachusetts Residency Reclassification process. The staff strives to meet the varied needs of all students through advocacy program support, advising, and general counseling. 
  • The Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success provides academic support, cultural enrichment, student development as well as support for institutional diversity on the UMass Amherst campus. They can assist with peer mentoring, social connection, exposure to national student leadership conferences, and navigating offices of the bursar, registrar, financial aid, and more. A computer study lab is available.
  • There are WGSS specialists at the library; contact information here.  

If you need support, there are numerous resources available to you at UMass