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  • 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. 

News

Professor Altstadt: "Putin's Middle East Triangle"

June 21, 2017

Announcing new work by Professor Audrey Altstadt: “Kennan Cable No.23: Putin’s Middle East Triangle.” This policy piece connects her own work on the Caucauses to the rest of the region from a...

Professor Elizabeth Sharrow, "Papers for the Present: Government Archives and Remembering the Past"

June 21, 2017

“Archival data provide a fundamental starting point for public conversation on the details of political conflict and compromise. They guard against revisionist interpretations of our political past...

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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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