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The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst offers students the rigor and individual attention of a liberal arts college with the vibrant curricular range of a major university.
 
We prepare students to be citizens in a rapidly changing world by challenging them to create, express themselves, engage with others, and, most importantly, to think.

Our students work closely with faculty mentors to explore human knowledge, experience world cultures, make art, and master important disciplines. Their ability to process, analyze, reflect, and bring their creative spirits to bear ensure that today's humanities and arts students become tomorrow's leaders.

At HFA, we celebrate the power of ideas, and advance the University’s mission to provide the highest-quality education by encouraging our faculty and students to pursue a broad range of projects. Superior faculty and talented students form the engine of a project-based curriculum that encourages campus and community engagement.

We educate dynamic, innovative problem-solvers and ensure their contributions to the economic and cultural vitality of the Commonwealth and the nation.

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Concerned about majoring in what inspires you? At HFA by pursuing your passion and learning invaluable skills that will help you excel in a number of careers. Find your balance »