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Advising & Student Resources

Career Programming for New Students

The HFA Careers Team is committed to helping you discover and achieve your career goals.

Please watch this brief video to meet the HFA Careers & Internships Team and find out about career services, events, and opportunities in HFA:

Welcome to UMass Amherst. We're here for you! Review this page for important career programming information and to find out how to receive a College of Humanities and Fine Arts t-shirt.


Spring 2021 Credited Careers Courses

Check Spire for specific course requirements and details.

From Here to Career for Humanities and Fine Arts Majors (HM&FNART 292M): “Open to declared HFA majors and HFA exploratory track students. This career development course is designed to help Humanities and Fine Arts students prepare for life by acquiring important professional skills and perspectives. The class will explore a variety of subjects, including how to customize resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, the importance of internships and networking, and what qualifications HFA majors bring to the job market.”

The Major & Beyond: Career Exploration for English Majors (ENGLISH 491AC): “This course helps you pave the way to a valuable post-graduate experience--be it a program, internship, or job. You will practice important job search skills, learn to articulate the worth of your major, and leave the class with a better sense of your vocational direction. In addition to receiving individualized guidance in creating a cover letter and résumé of immediate use, other assignments are likely to include attendance at career events, interviews with professionals from fields of interest, a professional presentation, a short paper researching professions, and participation in a mock interview. For Sophomores and Juniors.”

History Career Development (HISTORY 398A): “This class is designed to help students prepare for life after the BA by acquiring important professional skills and perspectives. The class will explore a variety of subjects, including what qualifications history majors bring to the job market, the importance of internships and networking, customizing resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, and interviewing skills.”


Getting Started with Handshake

Handshake is the ultimate career network and recruiting platform for college students. Handshake helps students find the careers they want. Once you register with Handshake and review the HFA careers courses below, you're eligible to receive an HFA t-shirt!

HFA Students can use Handshake to:

  1. Sign up for career events like career and internship fairs.
  2. Apply to jobs/internships from thousands of employers.
  3. Request appointments with a career advisor.

How to Log In:

  1. Visit umass.joinhandshake.com.
  2. Click the blue "University of Massachusetts Amherst Current Student Login" button to use your UMass single sign-on (SSO) username and password.

Next Step: Review Your Profile

Some of your information will already be in your Handshake profile (SPIRE integration data).

  1. Check to be sure all pre-loaded information is correct.
  2. If you find an error in any of your profile data, contact HFA Careers to correct it.

Have Questions?

Visit Handshake Help or schedule an appointment with an HFA Careers team member!


Get your HFA T-shirt!

Once you've registered with Handshake, you're eligible to receive an HFA t-shirt! We'll send it to you, but we need some information first.