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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.

  • 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.

  • UMass/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.

  • 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. 


“Documenting Black History in the Connecticut Valley” Awarded 2021 Public Service Endowment Grant

October 05, 2021

Four projects proposed by faculty members have been awarded Public Service Endowment Grants from a special campus fund designed to boost outreach, extend the campus resources into the surrounding community and enhance the public service mission of the university, including the “Documenting Black History in the Connecticut Valley" project led by Marla Miller, professor of history.

Alon Confino to Participate in 2021-2022 Five College Working Group: “Race, Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism in Global Perspective”

October 04, 2021

In the academic year 2021-2022, the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (IHGMS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from the Five Colleges to explore the topic of “Race, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism in Global Perspective,” including Alon Confino.

Richard T. Chu Selected for Community Engaged Teaching Award

September 08, 2021

Richard T. Chu was selected for the Award for Community Engaged Teaching for seeking out and building relationships with five different Asian American communities in Western Massachusetts – Bhutanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese and Filipino – and creating a civic engagement curriculum around the needs of those communities to narrate and document their own pasts.

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Surviving US Empire in El Salvador

10:00 am to 11:15 am


HFA Alumni Career Night

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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UMass History Department Remembers the Late Stephen B. Oates, Emeritus Professor of History

Stephen B. Oates, Civil War historian, biographer, and emeritus professor of history at UMass Amherst, died peacefully surrounded by loving family on August 20, 2021 at his home in Amherst after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 85.

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