The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Share Your Passion

Helkin Sosa ’23 is a composer, musician, and producer exploring the power behind music's ability to generate emotion.

Helkin Sosa


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As the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst, HFA brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines. 


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Find Your Balance

Students in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at UMass Amherst develop useful and durable skills while pursuing their passions. Striking this unique balance allows today’s students of humanities and fine arts to become tomorrow’s artists, teachers, pioneers, inventors, and leaders.

Joshua dos Reis ’23, UMass student in public history and the museum’s summer tour guide. Photo: Carol Lollis, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Real-Life Experiences

UMass public history graduate students have been working at a local museum on grant-funded projects focused on discovering the stories of free and enslaved Black and Indigenous people and the Porter-Phelps-Huntington women excluded by history.

Provost Tricia Serio, Dean Barbara Krauthamer, Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, and Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy

Award-Winning, Renowned Faculty

Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography and Professor of English Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina was recently presented with the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty by the campus, for her inspiring work. 

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Celebrating the Class of 2023

Congratulations to the HFA graduating Class of 2023! Below, explore a photo gallery highlighting memories from our graduating seniors, read a letter from the dean, and find a full list of graduates.
HFA Class of 2023

In the spotlight


We have to think—almost from scratch—about what we’re doing and why it matters. Classics today is much more than the study of the ancient Mediterranean world; it’s the study of that time and place through a more continuous tradition of the later writers and artists who have responded to those works. There’s a sense of potentiality now. 

Melissa Mueller Classics Professor
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