• History at UMass

    Situated in the Pioneer Valley, the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is dedicated to cultivating students' critical abilities, as well as their skills in core historical methodologies and analytical writing.

  • The UMass Amherst/Five College Graduate Program in History

    The UMass/Five College program grants graduate students access to the exceptional resources of five campuses to provide professional training that combines intellectual breadth and historical focus.

  • Major in History

    History majors work closely with our nationally recognized faculty to explore the past in all its intricacies, while developing the ability to think critically and to write and speak eloquently.

  • Public History

    The Public History Program at UMass Amherst aims to train graduate students to work on historical projects with a broad range of audiences and institutions, as well as to prepare them for entry level positions in museums, archives, historic preservation agencies and many other places that engage the insights and methods of historians.

  • Community Engagement

    Faculty and students in the Department of History are committed to community engagement, through public events, continuing education programs, online classes, engaged scholarship, and community-based history projects. 


Talk to Explore the Hidden History of the Rise of the Radical Right

November 06, 2017

Amherst, MA: Award-winning historian and Duke University Professor Nancy MacLean will be on the UMass campus on Monday, November 13 to deliver a public talk on her new book, Democracy in Chains:...

New Book from Professor Julio Capó, Jr. “Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940”

October 30, 2017

Please join UMass History Professor Julio Capó, Jr. in celebrating the publication of his new book Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940. Amherst Books (8 Main St, Amherst, MA) will host a...

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The Dark Age of Herodotus: Shards of a Fugitive History in Medieval Europe

Cape Cod Lounge, UMass Amherst Student Union
4:00 pm


Book Discussion Group: Democracy in Chains

Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St, Northampton MA
5:30 pm


James Baldwin on Film, on the Page, and in the Classroom, Part 2

Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA
5:00 pm

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Alumni Profile

Nicholas Fernald '15

While at UMass, Nick pursued opportunities to enrich himself intellectually and culturally. He thrived in courses ranging from Latin American to LGBTQ History. Outside the classroom, Nick participated in the Shaha Diversity Theater group where he wrote and performed plays focused on issues of social justice. During the summer after his first year, he travelled to Peru to teach English to children. These experiences enhanced Nick’s understanding of the world and confirmed his passion for education.

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