Why Study the Humanities and Fine Arts?
Study what inspires you.
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.
A foundation for your future
The humanities and fine arts provide foundation for students who wish to move on to business, law, or medical schools after graduation. As globalization collides businesses and diplomacy, an understanding of other cultures, their histories, and their languages is invaluable. Law schools want students who have a grasp of the sweep of human history and the forces that have shaped human experience, who can think critically and write with grace and skill. And an empathetic and humane point of view and the ability to communicate clearly are essential for a successful practice of medicine.
A creative tomorrow
In an increasingly digital world, visual and written communications are integrated, and an artistic eye necessary for any website, marketing campaign, media production, or publication to come to life. At UMass Amherst, creative students can hone their craft—whether it's acting, set or costume design, music composition, digital art, painting, or sculpture—with a strong liberal arts foundation and find themselves adaptable to multi-media careers.
An education that inspires
When you study what inspires you, you're more likely to excel throughout your time at UMass Amherst, catch the eye of a prospective employer or graduate admissions board with an excellent transcript, and carry that excellence throughout your professional career.
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Your future is in in HFA
Watch the video below to explore why the College of Humanities & Fine Arts is the right fit for you.