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Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts


The College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers many flexible programs in which students can pursue inter-departmental majors, minors, and certificates.

Interdisciplinary Majors

Interdisciplinary Minors & Certificates

Interdisciplinary Centers


Interdisciplinary Majors


Afro-American Studies

The W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies offers an undergraduate major for all students who wish in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Black people in Africa and the New World. The course of study is interdisciplinary, with courses in African and Afro-American history, art, political science, and literature. The department also offers an undergraduate minor and a Ph.D. program.



Department faculty and students share a common focus on theoretical linguistics, with strength in all its branches. At the same time, many members of the department explore interdisciplinary connections between linguistic theory and other fields of inquiry, such as speech physiology and perception, philosophy of language, psychology, and cognitive science. The department offers undergraduates the opportunity to combine the study of linguistics with other fields, such as philosophy, psychology, and anthropology. The department also offers an undergraduate minor and a Ph.D. progam.


Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

The Program offers a Bachelor of Arts, an undergraduate minor and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. Over the past 40 years, feminist scholarship has developed analytic and methodological tools by which to study and explore women’s lives and constructions of gender from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Current scholarship at the University includes: Latin-American and Caribbean feminisms; feminist philosophy; sexuality; queer studies, women’s health issues; international human rights; social construction of identities; global women’s activism; gender and development; feminist pedagogy; critical race feminisms; postcolonial and transnational studies; globalization; feminist science studies; and third world feminisms.


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Interdisciplinary Minors and Certificates

Asian & Asian American Studies
As American society becomes more diverse, multicultural, and globalized, and in the context of the cultural and economic emergence of Asian countries such as China and India, the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate gives students the opportunity to learn about the interconnections between two similar but unique sets of histories, cultures, and issues -- Asia and Asian America. With course offerings and faculty specializing in numerous academic disciplines, the Certificate is designed to give students (1) an understanding of different racial/ethnic groups & international issues and (2) interdisciplinary and multi-method research and learning skills.


Film Studies

The Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies offers a certificate to undergraduate students as a complement to their academic major. Any undergraduate formally enrolled at the university may apply to this program, which provides a coherent course of study in film and video as contemporary art forms. Film Studies offers between thirty and forty courses each semester that explore the dynamics of screen representation in topics including media and culture; race, nation, and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; film styles and genres; production and distribution; and technology and new media.


Modern European Studies

The aim of the Modern European Studies Program is to promote knowledge of the unique languages, cultures, and histories of contemporary European societies. This is a self designed minor. You have the freedom to combine courses from more than one department to design a minor in contemporary Europe that suits your special interests. Use this minor to study two or more European countries from various perspectives: art, history, business, politics, or language.


Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Certificate Program offers undergraduates a framework within which to pursue the comparative and interdisciplinary study of religious phenomena in human societies across different cultures, places, and times. The Program draws on courses offered by many academic departments in the University and other colleges within the Five-College system.


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Interdisciplinary Centers


Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts (ISHA)

A forum for faculty at the University of Massachusetts to engage with one another in a spirit of intellectual and creative adventure in a range of settings and environments. At the core of their activities is the ISHA Seminar, organized around a specific theme; each semester they choose a new topic (for a listing of past and present themes, see their Seminars page).


Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

An internationally leading center for the interdisciplinary study of the culture and achievements of the Renaissance period (1400-1700). The Center contributes to the field of Renaissance studies through research, teaching, and outreach to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, the Amherst community, and beyond.


Translation Center

A unique enterprise that combines business services with academics. The Translation Center blends academics and service in a dynamic fashion that keeps the Center on the cutting edge of the field.


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