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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. 


Aurora Levins Morales is the 2018 UMass Amherst Writer-in-Residence

March 23, 2018

The UMass Department of History is honored to welcome writer and historian Aurora Levins Morales as the UMass/Five College Graduate History Program’s 2018 writer-in-residence. Levins will be in...

In Memoriam: David S. Wyman (1929-2018)

March 19, 2018

The Department of History is very saddened by the passing of emeritus professor David Wyman on March 14, 2018 in Amherst. He taught in the department from 1966 until his retirement in 1991. A...

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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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