• 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. 

Professor Audrey Altstadt Appointed Chair of Kennan Institute Advisory Council

October 01, 2016

Professor Audrey Altstadt has been appointed Chair of the Keenan Institute Advisory Council for four years, starting October 1, 2016. The Kennan Institute is one of the most prestigious research in...

Alumni Profile: Charlie Sennott '84

August 27, 2016

Founder and Executive Director of the Ground Truth Project and Co-founder of GlobalPost, history alumnus Charlie Sennott '84 is one of the most accomplished foreign correspondents in the field. He ...

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Made in America: Unfree Labor in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Hampshire College Art Gallery, Harold F. Johnson Library, Hampshire College
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Elena Rousseau '16

At the start of my UMass career, I was set on starting a career in secondary education, teaching history in high school. Through my classes, conversations, and career development program, I learned about other career paths for history majors, such as public history, museum work, and law school. The career development program helped me hone my resume skills, job fair skills, and interactions with recruiters. Through this work, I found an internship that would open up doors for me and set me on the right path. 

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