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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.

  • In Celebration of Women's History Month

    This Women's History Month, the History Department Feinberg Series hosted a panel of Latin American feminists discussing the history and impacts of U.S. sanctions and embargoes. 

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Feinberg Series Panel to Explore Realities of the U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, Marking 20 Year Anniversary of Invasion

March 14, 2023

Marking 20 years since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the UMass Amherst history department’s Feinberg Series is hosting an online panel with U.S. and Iraqi scholars, activists, and...

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...

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None of Us Is Free Unless All Are Free: Anti-Imperialism and the Black Radical Tradition

This semester, scholar, activist and writer Bill Fletcher Jr. delivered the 2023 James Baldwin Lecture.

Presented by the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, the History Department and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with the 2022-23 Feinberg Series.

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