• About Us

    The Art History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established in 1969 within the Department of Art. In 2014, the Program became the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. It is the only program at a public institution in New England that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field.

  • Interested in an Art History major?

    With its broad emphasis on culture and history and its focus on writing, analysis, and research, History of Art and Architecture provides an excellent liberal arts degree for students seeking flexible but rigorous training for a variety of careers.

  • Graduate Studies

    Founded in 1969, the M.A. Program is the only graduate degree program in the field at a public university in New England.

2016 Newsletter

Jul 28, 2016

The 2016 departmental newsletter is complete, printed, and is going out in the mail! Stories include the Amy Herman series of events this past spring semester, Nancy Noble joining the faculty full ...

Professor Emerita Publishes Commentary on the Winchester Psalter

Jun 23, 2016

Professor Emerita Kristine Edmonson Haney's scholarly commentary accompanies a new limited-edition facsimile of the renowned Winchester Psalter in the British Library in London. The edition, limite...

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The Legacy of Cobra

Integrative Learning Center, Room S140


Actively Historic: The House...

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Professor Walter Denny

Walter B. Denny, Distinguished Professor, joined the faculty of the UMass Amherst Art History Program in 1970. His primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, Islamic carpets and textiles, Islamic imagery in European art, and issues of economics and patronage in Islamic art.

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