Humanities and Fine Arts

As the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers a collective and truly inclusive vision of our future made possible with human creativity, endeavor, and culture. The humanities and the arts feed our souls, challenge our biases and complacencies, and take us to new heights of understanding. When you invest in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, you invest in possibility.

Ensuring Access and Success

Students bring to the classroom a broad range of lived experiences and graduate with a strong foundation in critical thinking, effective communication, and a generous capacity for understanding the lives of others. This is why HFA alumni excel professionally in the humanities and the arts—and also make their mark as lawyers, leaders, doctors, tech founders, public servants, and financial analysts.

  • More than 50% of students at UMass receive financial aid to support their education. The HFA Undergraduate Scholarship Fund augments the resources available to our students, a critical difference to many.
  • HFA Internship Assistance Fund provides valuable financial support to students who have secured internships so they are able to accept them. Internships offer students the opportunity to gain valuable experience, professional development and build a network of mentors.
  • The Opportunity Scholars Program builds a supportive peer cohort that’s essential to success through mentoring, participation in leadership-building opportunities, exploring careers, and connecting with guest speakers and alumni.

Bringing Out the Explorer in Every Student

Research experiences are not confined to STEM settings—in fact, research opportunities are a hallmark of the HFA experience. With the guidance of faculty, HFA research project participants gain confidence as creators, collaborators, and communicators of knowledge—lifelong skills essential in a complex, interdependent world.

Attracting, Retaining, and Supporting Top Faculty Talent

HFA faculty are top researchers, scholars, and creators in the humanities and arts and cement the university's reputation as a leading research institution, enhancing undergraduate education, and ensuring that UMass is at the forefront of training the next generation of influential scholars and practitioners.

In order to continue supporting and nurturing faculty who are so essential to the UMass student experience and to our knowledge enterprise, the college must build an endowment to support faculty research, create endowed professorships, and provide programmatic resources for artists and scholars in residence.

Engaging Our Communities

HFA has always been committed to a broad public mandate – from work in K–12 education in bilingual teacher education and innovative after-school experiences to our singular arts extension program. However, many of our outreach programs are labors of love for the faculty who direct them. These programs also offer extraordinary opportunities for our students who gain on-the-ground experience and make transformative connections with local communities.

A Center for Public Humanities will strengthen the humanities’ presence in communities by providing outreach program support, enabling us to better coordinate and streamline initiatives for maximum effectiveness, and positioning UMass as a knowledge source and national hub for expanding public engagement with the humanities and the arts.