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  • Interested in an Art History major?

    With its broad emphasis on culture and history and its focus on writing, analysis, and research, History of Art and Architecture provides an excellent liberal arts degree for students seeking flexible but rigorous training for a variety of careers.

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  • Graduate Studies

    Founded in 1969, the M.A. Program is the only graduate degree program in the field at a public university in New England.

    Apply to the M.A. Program now!

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  • Spotlight

    Our faculty, students, and alumni continue to progress the field of art history through their dedicated efforts on a local and global scale. 

  • Anti-Racism Statement

    The department's faculty has passed the Anti-Racism Statement developed by the department's Anti-Racism Committee. You can read the full statement here.

  • Catch us in the UMass News!

    History of Art & Architecture members were featured in the University News for their work on the Spring 2022 Graduate Student Curatorial Exhibition. 


Dr. James Golden Visits Careers Practicum Class

September 27, 2023

Professor Vickery welcomed Dr. James Golden on September 27, 2023 to her Careers Practicum class.

Slanting the History of Writing

August 09, 2023

For Public Books, Professor Drimmer reflects on the histories of handwriting and writing technologies, revealing that, whatever writing is today, it is not self evident.

"Masculine Identities" Featured in Artscope

March 30, 2023

The 2023 Eva Fierst Curatorial Exhibition, curated by two of our MA students—Samit Sinha MA'23 and Lawrence Gianangeli MA'24—was featured in the March E-Blast for Artscope Magazine! ...

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Deborah Jack Screening and Conversation

Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, Smith College
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm


Opening: Treasured Knowledge: Walter Denny and the Woven World of Carpets

302 Elm House, Greenbaum Gallery, Commonwealth Honors College
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Denny Symposium: Islamic Art and Museums

Old Chapel
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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The Graduate Diversity Fellowship

The M.A. Program in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a two-year Diversity Fellowship to support students from historically underrepresented groups in the history of art and architecture. The purpose of the fellowship is to support an M.A. candidate who seeks to pursue an academic or professional career in art history, but faces significant historical or economic barriers to further graduate study. Applicants who are preparing to apply to the MA Program and wish to be considered for a Diversity Fellowship should indicate this in their personal statement, and provide a brief reasoning. Application deadline is on January 15.

Apply to the Graduate Program

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