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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. 


Kevin A. Young co-edits new book, “Trump and the Deeper Crisis”

February 10, 2023

​While many analysts emphasize Trump’s uniqueness, Professor Kevin A. Young and his co-authors argue he should be viewed as a symptom of a deeper systemic crisis. This collection, co-edited with...

Public History Graduate Students Help Unveil New Voices in Old Rooms

February 07, 2023

When the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley, Mass., opened in 1949, visitors learned about six generations of the family that lived there while strolling through rooms of imported...

Remembering John H. Bracey, Jr.: Black Studies Pioneer and Longtime Afro-American Studies Professor Has Died at Age 81

February 06, 2023

John H. Bracey—Black Studies pioneer and longtime faculty member in the UMass Amherst W.E.B Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies since 1972—died this weekend at age 81. ...

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2023 James Baldwin Lecture by Bill Fletcher Jr.

UMass Amherst Bowker Auditorium and Zoom
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

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Confronting Empire: A Yearlong Series on U.S. Imperialism and Anti-Imperialist Resistance

The 2022-2023 Feinberg Series, Confronting Empire, brings together scholars, journalists, educators, writers, community organizers, and survivors of state violence to examine global histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance. 

Free. Hybrid / Online. Open to All. Join us.

Feinberg Series Website