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Annual Report 2022

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College of Humanities & Fine Arts 2021–2022 Annual Report

Dean's Message

Dean's Message

“We are the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst.”

Today's students are focused on the pressing issues of our time. They're eager to understand the world in which we live, they're interested in how we got here, where we're headed, and how to protect their futures.

The questions at the center of the humanities and arts have become urgent: What makes us human? What does the struggle for human rights, equity, and equality mean in our daily lives? How does an assertion become "truth"? How does dissent function in a democracy? Finding the answers through a wide range of voices, perspectives, and platforms has never been more important.

We are the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst. With a wealth of academic options, small classes taught by eminent faculty, and a dedicated staff of advisors, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers students an experience that combines the character of an exceptional liberal arts college with the cross-disciplinary expansiveness of a flagship research university. Faculty are mindful of both the broad range of lived experiences that students bring to the classroom, their urgent need for answers, and the many paths that await them when they leave campus. Our students graduate with a solid foundation in critical thinking and effective communication. Perhaps most critically, they have a generous capacity for empathy—for endeavoring to understand the lives of others.

The importance of these qualities in our future public servants, educators, writers, inventors, and leaders is not lost on me. It's one of the reasons why I believe so strongly in the necessity of the humanities and arts, and why my top priority is to provide our students with the access and support they need to achieve success. We're counting on them to preserve democracy and to make the world a better place.


Barbara Krauthamer
Dean, College of Humanities & Fine Arts

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HFA By The Numbers

Full-time Faculty
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Student/Faculty Ratio
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Minors Earned
Undergraduate Major Programs
Undergraduate Minor Programs
Master’s Programs
Doctoral Programs
Scholarships & Fellowships Awarded
Internship Assistance Grants

Total Giving: $5,416,956

  • Planned Giving: $1,858,229
  • All other gifts: $3,558,727

HFA Scholarships &
Fellowships Awarded: $926,671

  • Current use: $246,170
  • Endowed: $223,803
  • Grants and internal sources: $456,698

Worldwide Rankings *

Arts & Humanities
Top 150
English Language and Literature
Top 150
Modern Languages

*QS World University Rankings, 2021

students on a lawn in front of a glass walled building, all wearing inflatable flamingo float toys

Top: Chinonyelum “Uju” Onochie ’21 performing in the theater department’s Monuments of the Future.
Center: Architecture major Tyrese Downey ‘22 gives a presentation during his final student review.
Bottom: In fall 2022, the Department of Theater invited campus and local community members to don a pink flamingo pool float and perform simple choreography as part of Flamingo Murmuration, an outdoor performance piece created by designer Anya Klepikov. The nature-inspired display was directed and choreographed by Rudy Ramirez.

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