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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. 


Professor Stephen Platt’s Book “Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age” Shortlisted for UK's Baillie Gifford Prize

October 05, 2018

Professor Stephen Platt’s latest book Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age is one of the six finalists for Britain’s most prestigious award for non-fiction, the...

Professor Julio Capó, Jr.’s book "Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940" wins the 2018 Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association.

September 26, 2018

Professor Julio Capó, Jr. has received another prestigious award for his latest book, Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami Before 1940.  The 2018 Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical...

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Dining with the Ancient Romans

Herter 601
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


People's Encyclopedia and Zine Making Workshop {Registration Required}

University Museum of Contemporary Art
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm


All Organizing is Science Fiction

Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Escaping Slavery, Envisioning Freedom

Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Another World Is Possible, Feinberg Series Artwork

The 2018 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is exploring the radical imaginations of social movements and everyday people who have worked toward creating a new world.

More than a dozen lectures, workshops and panel conversations feature nationally and internationally renowned scholars and movement leaders.

All events are free and open to the public. Join us.

More about the Feinberg Series