College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst Central to the university’s academic heart, SBS bridges the sciences and liberal arts. Each year SBS educates thousands of students in the areas of culture, society, and individual behavior while promoting citizenship and global understanding.
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07/14/2020
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Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced she and 17 other attorneys general are suing the Trump administration over its new rule that could prohibit thousands of international students from studying in the US this fall.

UMass Amherst is working with the Attorney General's office as one of 40 Massachusetts universities signing on to and supporting the lawsuit.

Congrats, Mr. Mayor!Michael Nicholson, a 2016 Commonwealth Honors College graduate, will be inaugurated as the city mayo...
07/13/2020
Recent Graduate to be Sworn in as Mayor of Gardner | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Congrats, Mr. Mayor!

Michael Nicholson, a 2016 Commonwealth Honors College graduate, will be inaugurated as the city mayor of Gardner, Massachusetts, TOMORROW, July 14. The inauguration will take place at 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Gardner City Hall at 95 Pleasant Street.

Nicholson earned a dual undergraduate degree in political science and history from Commonwealth Honors College and completed the School of Public Policy’s accelerated master of public policy program in 2017.
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Michael Nicholson, a 2016 Commonwealth Honors College graduate, will be inaugurated as the city mayor of Gardner, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, July 14. The inauguration will take place at 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Gardner City Hall at 95 Pleasant Street.

Among all the support SBS students get through their four-year journey, the Academic Fellows Program (AFP) is special - ...
07/13/2020

Among all the support SBS students get through their four-year journey, the Academic Fellows Program (AFP) is special - this program is designed to offer specially-tailored opportunities for first generation and historically underrepresented students in the College. It includes:

- Leadership opportunities like the Diversity Fellows Program
- Professional development
- Faculty & alumni networking and support
- Community service opportunities

Follow @afpumass to get updates on upcoming virtual events and check back to find out more how you can make the most of your SBS experience as we #exploreSBS in the run-up to fall 2020 semester. #umass #umassamherst #classof2024 #students #fall2020 #sbspathways @ UMass Amherst

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07/09/2020
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UMass Amherst

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy shares this message and list of actions we're taking to protect our international students: "I would like to say unequivocally that you are welcome here and we will do our utmost to support your academic aspirations as members of the UMass community." ⁣

"When it comes to political science Lara chose that after being exposed to some political science classes and also talki...
07/08/2020

"When it comes to political science Lara chose that after being exposed to some political science classes and also talking to some of the students. She always knew she had an interest in politics and government, so it was a good fit. After realizing how much overlap there was between political science and business, Lara knew taking on political science as a secondary major would be beneficial for her learning and career later down the road."
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Meet Lara, a marketing and political science major! Her advice for her high school self about UMass Amherst: “Try something new and explore.” By exploring, she found her interest in political science, and her love for volunteering and being involved: https://www.umass.edu/admissions/student-blog/2020/meet-major-marketing-and-political-science

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07/07/2020
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UMass Amherst

An important message from Director of International Student & Scholar Services Kenneth J. Reade to the UMass International Community regarding SEVP guidance: "UMass will do absolutely everything in its power to continue to make our Amherst and Mt. Ida campuses a safe place for you to continue your education, and our support of your well-being is resolute."

There has been much talk lately about the racial, corporate, and higher-education inequities that have been persistent o...
07/07/2020
In the Media: Economic Inequalities, Sitcom Dads, and Mis- & Disinformation | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

There has been much talk lately about the racial, corporate, and higher-education inequities that have been persistent over the years but have exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SBS faculty discuss those issues and more in this week's In the Media.
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There has been much talk as of late about the racial, corporate, and higher-education inequities that have not only been persistent over the years but has exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Erica Sharrer explores the portrayal of sitcom dads as bumbling and inept, Tatishe Nteta d...

Nick DeLuca, SBS communications manager and graduate student in the UMass Department of History, argues that statue park...
07/06/2020
Guest columnist Nick DeLuca: What do we do with Confederate statues?

Nick DeLuca, SBS communications manager and graduate student in the UMass Department of History, argues that statue parks could be meaningful way to help eliminate Lost Cause nostalgia from Confederate monuments.

"... not only would a statue park in the U.S. enable solemnity, and reflection and cultural condemnation of Lost Cause ideology, but the specific site of the statue park could help provide moral compensation for descendants of oppressed groups," he writes.

As monuments to supremacism come tumbling down around the world, there’s no clear plan yet for what to do with the ones here in the U.S. There’s an understandable impulse to destroy these monuments, many of which are statues that range from slavers...

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07/06/2020
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UMass Communication Department

Research by Professor and incoming Chair Erica Scharrer, explores why sitcom fathers have continually been portrayed as inept. The study which appears in The Conversation US, is coauthored by current and former doctoral students Steve Warren, Eean Grimshaw, Sarah Cho, Menno Reijven, Gichuhi Kamau and Congcong Zhang. https://bit.ly/3gzkiwa

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07/02/2020
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ICYMI: As we work to answer your questions about the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan, we've got updates for you on:

➡️ Class times
➡️ Live Zoom vs. recorded classes
➡️ Deferrals
➡️ And more

Remember to check your inbox for regular updates from us as well as the Reopening FAQs (umass.edu/coronavirus/faq), which we are updating as soon as we have answers. Thank you!

Erica Kowsz, PhD candidate in the anthropology, has been awarded a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her...
07/02/2020
Kowsz Awarded Mellon-CES Grant : Department of Anthropology : UMass Amherst

Erica Kowsz, PhD candidate in the anthropology, has been awarded a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her "Rules of Recognition: Legacies of Multiculturalism in European and Settler Colonial Liberal Democracies"!

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellows are also responsible for serving on the Editorial Committee of EuropeNow (the online journal of ideas, art, and politics relating to Europe) and contributing to the publication and will participate in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops with the rest of the fellowship year cohort.

Erica Kowsz, Ph.D. Candidate in the Anthropology Department has been awarded a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship. " Title: Rules of Recognition: Legacies of Multiculturalism in European and Settler Colonial Liberal Democracies” The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are fun...

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At our most recent School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst Career Conversations event, students heard from Fran Hutchins, SPP '13 and deputy director at Equality Federation, about a very timely topic: how to be effective while working remotely. Many thanks to Fran for taking the time to share her expertise & for the many other ways she supports SPP & UMass Amherst!
Missed the talk? Check it out here: https://bit.ly/38eUKkJ
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This summer Danielle Raad, PhD Candidate in anthropology and Public History Graduate Certificate, is working as a remote...
06/30/2020
UMass Public History Program

This summer Danielle Raad, PhD Candidate in anthropology and Public History Graduate Certificate, is working as a remote Educational Intern with the Slater Memorial Museum.

“Whether it be Roman marble replicas distributed through the empire, plaster casts sent off to American museums, or photographs hosted on a server accessible from any device with an Internet connection, copies have their own value," said Raad.

Read more on her investigation into how copies of classical sculptures have been considered across time and their value as artifacts of material culture in their own right in the Department’s [email protected] Blog!
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“Whether it be Roman marble replicas distributed through the empire, plaster casts sent off to American museums, or photographs hosted on a server accessible from any device with an Internet connection, copies have their own value.”

This summer, Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate and Public History Graduate Certificate Candidate Danielle Raad is working as a remote Educational Intern with the Slater Memorial Museum. Read more on her investigation into how copies of classical sculptures have been considered across time and their value as artifacts of material culture in their own right in the Department’s [email protected] Blog:

https://umasshistory.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/original-the-copy-in-art-historical-and-museological-context/

Richard D. Wolff, emeritus professor of economics, is interviewed regarding the potential for an economic recovery follo...
06/30/2020
Economist says US lacks leadership needed to successfully emerge from economic crisis

Richard D. Wolff, emeritus professor of economics, is interviewed regarding the potential for an economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic like the U.S. recovered from the Great Depression.

“In the 1930s, a massive movement politically to the left occurred," said Wolff. "They all worked together and they produced the pressure that got FDR to make a new deal.”

“We’ve had almost the opposite. We’ve had a lurch to the right, at least for the last 15 to 20 years, culminating now in President Trump in all that he’s doing, with the unions weaker than they’ve been in half a century, with socialist and communist parties almost extinct," he added. "So we don’t have any of the pressures that might give us some sense of what to do.”
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UMass Amherst Economics Department
#SocialScienceMatters #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Economist Richard Wolff told Hill.TV that unlike the Great Depression, the past decade or so has not created the kind of government leadership needed to steer the U.S. out of the current economic crisis.

BEGINNING TOMORROW, June 30, is this year's Building Bridges Virtual Showcase!Faculty, staff and students are encouraged...
06/29/2020
Building Bridges Virtual Showcase Launches on June 30 | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

BEGINNING TOMORROW, June 30, is this year's Building Bridges Virtual Showcase!

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate and celebrate the work done by members of the campus community.

This will include art and demonstrations by UMass Amherst worker artists, participatory action research projects by participants in the Our Immigrant Voices courses and live performances, including spoken word and original music.

This year’s Building Bridges Virtual Showcase provides a variety of opportunities to come together online and participate in one of several live sessions and to view digital galleries beginning Tuesday, June 30. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate and celebrate the work done ...

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy has an update on the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan, which details how the fall semester will ...
06/29/2020
UMass Amherst Reopening : UMass Amherst

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy has an update on the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan, which details how the fall semester will proceed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The bottom line is this: While all courses that do not require physical presence on campus will be offered remotely this fall, all undergraduate students who have reserved on-campus housing for the upcoming semester, and for whom there is space available, are invited to live on campus under strict public health behavioral restrictions," said Chancellor Subbaswamy.

To read the comprehensive report, FAQs, and more, visit umass.edu/reopening.

Paul Collins, professor of legal studies and political science and director of the legal studies program, was elected Pr...
06/29/2020
Paul Collins Elected President of the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Paul Collins, professor of legal studies and political science and director of the legal studies program, was elected President of the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs!

"Now, perhaps more than ever, we need students who are trained to engage in the critical analysis of law and society and who will offer solutions to the world’s pressing problems," said Collins.
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#LegalStudies #SocialScienceMatters

Paul Collins, professor of legal studies and political science and director of the legal studies program, was elected President of the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. The Consortium is the world’s largest organization for colleges and universities that have undergraduate pro...

UMass Amherst Office of Admissions
06/27/2020

UMass Amherst Office of Admissions

Takeover alert! Aaliyah, a rising senior majoring in English & communication, is taking over our Instagram and answering questions about UMass Amherst tomorrow. Have questions about life on campus, jobs, or just what it's like to be a student? Head here tomorrow, June 28: http://instagram.com/umassadmissions

The 2015 book, “In the Face of Inequality: How Black Colleges Adapt” by Melissa Wooten, associate professor of sociology...
06/26/2020
Analysis | 13 books on the history of black America for those who really want to learn

The 2015 book, “In the Face of Inequality: How Black Colleges Adapt” by Melissa Wooten, associate professor of sociology, is on a list of 13 books about Black history in the United States “for those who really want to learn.”

Wooten’s book looks at how race and racism combined to shape the experiences of America’s black colleges in the mid-20th century.

*content may appear behind a paywall*
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#SocialScienceMatters #BlackHistory #AntiRacism #BlackLivesMatter

It is not a definitive list by any means but will give you a new understanding.

Journalism student Xenia Arinez de la Vega writes about the Greek Life experience at UMass Amherst and why it's importan...
06/25/2020
La Unidad Latina: La primera fraternidad latinx de UMass | Undergraduate Admissions | UMass Amherst

Journalism student Xenia Arinez de la Vega writes about the Greek Life experience at UMass Amherst and why it's important UMass revived its first ever Latinx fraternity.

"Como estudiante latina, se lo importantes que mi comunidad es mi vida diaria, así que la idea de tener una comunidad de hermanas (en mi caso) que no solo se apoyarían entre ellas, sino que también ayudaban a los demás, siempre me atrajo."
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#SocialScienceMatters #GreekLife #fraternities #sororities #LatinX

La vida de fraternidades y sororidades puede ser una parte esencial de la experiencia universitaria estadounidense. Por lo menos para mí, todo lo que sabía de las universidades estadounidenses era la existencia de las hermandades.

In a recent research brief published by the Canadian online public health resource CanVax, Devon Greyson, assistant prof...
06/25/2020
Devon Greyson Warns of Public Opinion Survey Contributions to COVID Misinformation in Recent Research Brief | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

In a recent research brief published by the Canadian online public health resource CanVax, Devon Greyson, assistant professor of communication, warns that the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an “infodemic” of misinformation and disinformation, which has been fed by numerous public opinion surveys aiming to assess how health messages have been received.
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In a recent research brief published by the Canadian online public health resource CanVax, Devon Greyson, assistant professor of communication, warns that the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an “infodemic” of misinformation and disinformation, which has been fed by numerous public opin...

On June 9, SBS faculty gathered online to share their insights on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what may come ...
06/24/2020
Social Scientsts Discuss Impacts of COVID-19, Racial Disparities, and What Comes Next | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

On June 9, SBS faculty gathered online to share their insights on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what may come next, from their perspectives as expert social scientists.

Indeed while the novel coronavirus was the focus of the event, the theme of racial justice was also a major focus of their research and their topics of discussion.

“We are a nation gripped by intertwined crises today and it’s critical that we come together to chart the way forward,” said Lenore Palladino, assistant professor of economics and public policy.
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#COVID19 #Pandemic #Coronavirus #SocialScienceMatters

On June 9, SBS faculty gathered online to share their insights on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what may come next, from their perspectives as expert social scientists. Indeed while the novel coronavirus was the focus of the event, the theme of racial justice was also a major focus of thei...

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At the UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), we’re interested in how you will influence society. Thanks to you, the world will never be the same. Our college houses undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs that study human behavior from different social science vantage points. This work is vital; it allows us to understand why people do what they do, which then allows us to react from an informed perspective. We’re better equipped to address problems like war, poverty, and climate change because we’re uncovering what motivates humans.

Through SBS, you’ll choose an academic path that bridges science and liberal arts, but this path won’t define you. We’ll encourage you to think beyond your major or area of study, take classes that stretch beyond your field, and participate in discussions beyond your purview. Our SBS Pathways to Success approach will guide you along your chosen pathway to success, supporting you in developing your own vision of success, setting goals, and nurturing the specific skills, insights, and experiences you'll need to bring them to fruition. We want to cultivate independent, innovative and fearless thinkers who challenge conventional wisdom in order to offer ideas and solutions for the most critical issues facing our society.

At SBS, you’ll engage in rigorous study and scientific research that will challenge you intellectually. Your professors will push you to transform your pre-conceived notions into evidence-based conclusions. We’re not just interested in what you’ll discover; this learning process will change you and shape what matters to you. The world is complex, and you’ll find that the more answers you seek, the more questions you unearth. We enjoy this shaky ground because we know it leads to the most compelling possibilities.

Finally, SBS will prepare you for your future. Your studies will be both theoretical and grounded in tangible, real-world skills; strong communication and analytical abilities; and teamwork experience that allows you to excel in the workforce and beyond. As a graduate, you might found a new non-profit, create a landscape design that facilitates better human interaction, or translate your talent to the tech world in Silicon Valley.

At SBS, the opportunities are endless; the impact is lasting.

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This class welcomes a few interested non-majors. Contact the instructor for permission to register...
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