Breaking Down Language Barriers

Linguistics PhD student Claudia Matachana studies language discrimination experienced by Puerto Rican Spanish speakers.
Claudia Matachana headshot outside Herter Hall


Aaron and Ele Magnetic Resonance survey

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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Senior Recognition Ceremony

Humanities and Fine Arts Class of 2024

Congratulations, Class of 2024! View a list of graduates, enjoy photos from the graduating class, view the livestream, and more.

UMass Amherst Collecting 101 students head to Boston

The World is Our Classroom

In HFA, student learning expands far beyond the classroom. Take a peek inside Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the University Museum of Contemporary Art, where students learn the inner workings of museum acquisition—and conclude the semester by choosing a piece of artwork to purchase for the museum’s permanent collection.

Jeffrey Holmes Ayano Kataoka

Distinguished Faculty

In 2023-24, our College had the distinct honor of celebrating not one but two faculty members selected as part of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series: Department of Music and Dance faculty members Jeffrey Holmes, professor of piano and trumpet, and Ayano Kataoka, professor of percussion. For this achievement, the two received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty by the campus.

Aretha Miller

Alumni Who Uplift

Aretha Miller ’92 has a legacy of lifting others up. Born in Jamaica, Miller enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and it immediately became her second home. Now, she continues her work to make education more accessible for the next generation.

summer studying outside

Get ahead this summer with online classes

Registration is now open for for summer 2024 online classes! Get ahead on your credits, fulfill your general education requirements, and more.
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