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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.

  • 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.

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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.


Prof. Schmitter - Mocking Masculinity? Parmigianino’s Portrait of a Man in Vienna

April 25, 2021

Prof. Schmitter recently gave a talk, Mocking Masculinity? Parmigianino’s Portrait of a Man in Vienna, at the 2021 Renaissance Society of America Conference, which was April 13-22....

Prof. Denny in The Textile Museum Journal Author Interview Series: Color, Expectations, and Authenticity in Oriental Carpets

April 19, 2021

Prof. Denny recently was interviewed as a part of the Textile Museum Jounal Interview Series.   You can watch the video here.

We stand in solidarity with the Asian & Asian American Community

April 13, 2021

The department supports the Statement on Anti-Asian Racism, Xenophobia, and Gender-Based Violence by UMass Amherst's Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program....

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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 for Fall 2021 is January 15, 2021.

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