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  • History at UMass

    Situated in the Pioneer Valley, the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is dedicated to cultivating students' critical abilities, as well as their skills in core historical methodologies and analytical writing.

  • The UMass Amherst/Five College Graduate Program in History

    The UMass/Five College program grants graduate students access to the exceptional resources of five campuses to provide professional training that combines intellectual breadth and historical focus.

  • Major in History

    History majors work closely with our nationally recognized faculty to explore the past in all its intricacies, while developing the ability to think critically and to write and speak eloquently.

  • Public History

    The Public History Program at UMass Amherst aims to train graduate students to work on historical projects with a broad range of audiences and institutions, as well as to prepare them for entry level positions in museums, archives, historic preservation agencies and many other places that engage the insights and methods of historians.

  • Community Engagement

    Faculty and students in the Department of History are committed to community engagement, through public events, continuing education programs, online classes, engaged scholarship, and community-based history projects. 


New Book from Professor Stephen Platt, "Imperial Twilight: The Opium War And The End Of China's Last Golden Age"

May 10, 2018

Professor Stephen Platt just published his new book Imperial Twilight: The Opium War And The End Of China's Last Golden Age. He will present it at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton on May 23 at 7pm...

Professor Elizabeth Sharrow, “Taking Women College Athletes Seriously in the Political Arena”

May 09, 2018

“Contrary to many media framings, the long history of advocacy and mobilization to demand enforcement of Title IX remains an essential element in the lives of athletes—women athletes, in particular...

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Stephen Platt Book Launch "Imperial Twilight: The Opium War And The End Of China's Last Golden Age"

Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Portrait of Nicholas Fernald
Alumni Profile

Nicholas Fernald '15

While at UMass, Nick pursued opportunities to enrich himself intellectually and culturally. He thrived in courses ranging from Latin American to LGBTQ History. Outside the classroom, Nick participated in the Shaha Diversity Theater group where he wrote and performed plays focused on issues of social justice. During the summer after his first year, he travelled to Peru to teach English to children. These experiences enhanced Nick’s understanding of the world and confirmed his passion for education.

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