Why Humanities & Fine Arts?
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 superior writing and communication skills, strong critical abilities, a facility for language, and the ability to connect ideas across fields of study and inquiry?
While also pursuing their passions, students in HFA develop useful and transferable skills that are invaluable to employers. Striking this unique balance allows today's students of humanities and fine arts to develop into tomorrow's artists, teachers, pioneers, inventors, and leaders.
Marianna Ritchey, assistant professor of music history in the Department of Music & Dance, discovered a deep interest in music as an undergraduate at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. Ritchey currently focuses her research on young American composers in the contemporary capitalist landscape. With roots as an indie-rock musician, Ritchey approaches a diverse array of musical styles in her teaching and writing as culturally important and significant.
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst offers students the rigor and individual attention of a liberal arts college with the vibrant curricular range of a major university.
We prepare students to be citizens in a rapidly changing world by challenging them to create, express themselves, engage with others, and, most importantly, to think.
Our students work closely with faculty mentors to explore human knowledge, experience world cultures, make art, and master important disciplines. Their ability to process, analyze, reflect, and bring their creative spirits to bear, ensure that today's humanities and arts students become tomorrow's leaders.
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.