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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. 


Public History alumna and Current History PhD Candidate Amanda Goodheart Parks ’10MA Featured in the UMass Magazine

April 20, 2018

Amanda Goodheart Parks graduated from the graduate Public history program in 2010 and is currently a PhD candidate at the UMass Department of History. She is now the director of education at the...

5 Honors for Professor Julio Capó, Jr.‘s Book "Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940"

April 10, 2018

The UMass Department of History is proud to announce that Professor Julio Capó, Jr. has received 5 prestigious honors for his book, Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 (University of...

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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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