As the creative heart of UMass Amherst, HFA brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines. The college offers exceptional opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, apply their knowledge, and prepare to make contributions to their communities, to the workplace, and to the world.
At A Glance
In the UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts, we celebrate the powers of ideas. Not only do we study the ideas of great thinkers, writers, and artists, but we equip our students with the abilities to form new ones in order to ignite progress.
With the lowest student to teacher ratio on the UMass Amherst campus, a diverse selection of courses, and a dedicated staff of academic and career advisors, Humanities and Fine Arts offers students the rigor and individual attention of a liberal arts college within the vibrant curricular range of a major research university.
Today’s graduates are innovative, dynamic problem-solvers prepared to be citizens in a rapidly evolving global environment.
Humanities and Fine Arts faculty perform at the highest levels in teaching, research and service—the three pillars of the great land-grant institutions. They engage in multidimensional, collaborative research, scholarship and creative activity that drive discovery and innovation locally, nationally and worldwide.
Research & Creative Activity
The University of Massachusetts Amherst–the Commonwealth’s flagship public research university–is one of the nation's top research universities as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding. In the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, our brilliant faculty, students and collaborators are exploring existing and emerging challenges, ideas and pursuits.