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Find your balance.

On the fence about majoring in what inspires you?

"No matter what you do in life, you will have a huge advantage if you can read a paragraph and discern its meaning (a rarer talent than you might suppose). You will have enormous power if you are the person in the office who can write a clear and concise memo."

– David Brooks, New York Times

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?

Students in HFA develop useful and transferable skills that are invaluable to employers while also pursuing their passions. Striking this unique balance allows today's students of humanities and fine arts to develop into tomorrow's artists, teachers, pioneers, inventors, and leaders.

Study what inspires you. You will find a way to bring that passion into your professional life.

The humanities and fine arts provide foundation for students who wish to move on to business, law, or medical schools after graduation. As globalization collides businesses and diplomacy, an understanding of other cultures, their histories, and their languages is invaluable. Law schools want students who have a grasp of the sweep of human history and the forces that have shaped human experience, who can think critically and write with grace and skill. And an empathetic and humane point of view and the ability to communicate clearly are essential for a successful practice of medicine.

In an increasingly digital world, visual and written communications are integrated, and an artistic eye necessary for any website, marketing campaign, or publication to come to life. Aesthetically and creatively inclined students can hone their craft—whether it's acting, set or costume design, music composition, digital art, painting, or sculpture—and you'll find yourself adaptable to a myriad of multi-media careers.

When you study what inspires you, you're more likely to excel throughout your UMass career, catch the eye of a prospective employer or graduate admissions board with your sterling transcript, and carry that excellence throughout your professional career.

Find out more about the majors and minors offered at HFA.