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/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.
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.
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.
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.
July 19, 2017
This week, UMass History Department lecturer Daniel Chard (PhD '16) shared his thoughts on terrorism, American foreign policy, and the U.S. political scene from the 1970s to the present day in this...
Professor Elizabeth Sharrow, “What would change public opinion on whether the Redskins’ name is offensive?”
July 11, 2017
Elizabeth A. Sharrow just published an article in the Washington Post with co-authors Tatishe M. Nteta and Melinda R. Tarsi. Their research, forthcoming at Social Science Quarterly, uses a survey...
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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.More >