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Contact us:

History Dept., Herter Hall Room 612
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137

Student Opportunities and Resources

Departmental Prizes for Undergraduates

The History department is proud to award a number of scholarship prizes to outstanding History majors every year. Although some prizes are awarded via paper contests, most prizes are awarded by the department based on academic merit. Faculty members meet to elect students with the highest scores in the department at the end of the year; students need not submit documentation to the faculty.

There is a breadth of scholarship, fellowship and study abroad grant opportunities available to history majors. Visit the scholarship page for an updated list of funding opportunities available now.

University Writing Center
The Writing Center offers walk-in assistance to writers in all UMass courses. See the web page for hours and more details.
The History Department's writing resource page has other useful resources.

The History Club

The Undergraduate History Club sponsors informal student social events and visits by faculty who talk about their teaching and research.  Join students in exciting activities such as the annual history ghost tour around campus, pizza and movie nights, and discussions on your favorite subject.   Meetings are Monday evenings.  E-mail:

Phi Alpha Theta
The Department sponsors a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History honor society. For information, visit the the society's official Web site.

We have also compiled a reference binder with internship opportunities, available in the lounge area across from the 6th floor elevators in Herter. Additionally, there is a bulletin board about internships next to Room 613.

Applying to Graduate School
Thinking about graduate school in history? Not sure what it involves? Check out these online resources.

Employment Resources

Wondering what to do with your BA in History? Click here for more information from the American History Association.
Government Opportunities
Teaching Abroad
American Historical Association : Jobs & Careers

Why Study History?