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Advising & Student Resources

Future Students

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What will you do?

Why Humanities & Fine Arts?

Find your balance.

Find Your Balance

Today’s students are increasingly pressured to major in “practical” fields of study in order to improve their chances of finding a job after graduation. What could be more practical than strong writing and communication skills, keen critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas to see the big picture?

Students in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst develop useful and durable skills while pursuing their passions. Striking this unique balance allows today's students of humanities and fine arts to become tomorrow's artists, teachers, pioneers, inventors, and leaders.

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With 38 majors and 26 minors—from Afro-American Studies to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, and everything in between—the College of Humanities & Fine Arts is the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst.

First Year Experience

Exploratory Track

Upon first entering UMass Amherst, many students are not ready to choose a specific major or want to find out more about the many majors offered. First-year students who are undeclared or undecided on their major are placed in the Exploratory Track program. This program allows students to explore majors and enables them to take advantage of the advising and support programs embedded within schools and colleges.  

The Humanities and Fine Arts Exploratory Track encourages students to discover a major that allows them to pursue their passions—in art, literature, design, music, language, history, and many other areas of study—while gaining valuable skills. 

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HFA Opportunity Scholars Program

Designed for first semester students from underrepresented populations or first generation college students, HFA Opportunity Scholars is a program that promotes personal development, scholarship, leadership, community service, and connection to people, cultural centers, and resources on campus. Opportunity Scholars receive one-on-one mentoring, participate in field trips, enjoy events, explore potential careers, and hear from guest speakers and alumni. Students who successfully complete this class with a grade point average of 3.00 or better will receive a textbook stipend for the following semester.

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Departments & Centers

The College of Humanities & Fine Arts is the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst. With 14 academic departments and 12 world-class research centers, institutes, and interdisciplinary program, our students — undergraduate and graduate — have the opportunity to study with the best scholars, thinkers, and artists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about specific majors, minors, or other academic programs? Reach out to our departments.

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Advising & Career Center

Have questions about paths of study in HFA? The College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising and Career Center provides comprehensive academic support, internship assistance, career counseling, and helps students find the right major for them. Our dedicated advisors can help with degree planning, scheduling courses, General Education requirements, internship placement, and more.

Next Steps

Choosing the right college is all about finding the right fit. The best way to experience UMass Amherst is to discover our campus.

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Everything you need to know about the UMass Amherst application process and required materials.

About Amherst

Amherst has long been recognized as one of America’s best college towns, and the University of Massachusetts is proud to be part of this exciting and vibrant community. The university is dedicated to being a good neighbor and committed to developing and maintaining community partnerships that support area citizens, businesses, and organizations. We invite you to explore the Amherst area, learn about its history and traditions, and discover its attractions. From restaurants to shops to museums, there is plenty to see and do.