Department of History Programs
Welcome! The University of Massachusetts Amherst/ Five College Graduate Program in History represents an extraordinary collaboration between the faculties of five distinguished campuses -- Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst -- and offers qualified students exceptional resources to pursue undergraduate and advanced study in history.
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Photo: Greg Richer in the large crater of Mount Ngauruhoe, a site that has significance for the local Maori and Lord of the Rings fans.
Greg Richer, a senior History Major, found his passion for history early in life. Since then, he has seized every opportunity to study the subject in the classroom and in the field. At UMass, Richer has taken classes as diverse as “The History of Africa” and “U.S. Women’s History.” His focus, however, has been on U.S. Historiography, especially that of the Early Republic.
Why history? For Richer, history “plays a role in everyday life”; it is important to have a firm grasp of the subject in order to make informed decisions about issues such as politics and education. After taking Dr. Marla Miller’s undergraduate “Public History” course in fall of 2012, Richer gained a greater appreciation for how history reaches the public. He explains that if public history “is done right, it can give a perspective of history that’s outside the classroom.”
Richer spent the spring 2013 semester abroad, studying history at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Apart from the beautiful landscapes, Richer was attracted to the way New Zealanders treat their history: no topic is taboo, and museums display signs saying, “Please touch.”
Richer hopes to share lessons from his time at UMass and in New Zealand with a larger audience. While his end goal is to be a high school history teacher, Richer would love to teach English abroad. We are rooting for you, Greg!
What opportunities will YOU pursue with the UMass History Department?