Expand your knowledge through cutting-edge research & enrich your community through creative enterprise.

UML student, Jordan Knight, Janson Borowko and Clark Lacossade by Phil Vassar's piano during sound check before the concert.

World-Ready Education

Through effective classroom engagement, research opportunities working with our distinguished faculty and a range of other experiential learning opportunities, students emerge from our degree programs equipped with the skills, insights and perspective needed to achieve success in their careers & improve their communities.

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Advanced Study Opportunities

Our graduate degree & certificate programs give students the skills and knowledge to assume leadership roles in business, research, education, government and community organizations. Through our accelerated “bachelor's to master's” programs, students may earn dual credits that can be applied to both undergraduate & graduate degrees.

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Cutting-edge Research & Creative Activity

Our faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized researchers, scholars and creative artists engaged in developing new knowledge and contributing to the cultural fabric of our world. Our college’s research and cultural centers serve as hubs for scholarship and creative activity, and provide ample opportunities for student engagement.

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Join us for Shadow Day Thursday, Feb. 22!

The College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences invites admitted students to meet current students and faculty, attend a class, explore your chosen major, and have lunch on us! Learn about our world-class academic programs, many opportunities for hands-on experiences outside the classroom, and vibrant campus life.
Parents and families are invited to our hospitality lounge with representatives from campus support services who are available to answer your questions. Sign-up now.

By the Numbers

  • $4.6M
    in external research funding for 2022
  • 84.4%
    Freshmen Retention Rate
  • 70+
    Music concerts throughout the year
  • 11
    Research and Engagement Centers
  • 230
    Full-time Faculty
  • 12
    Academic Departments
  • 32
    Percentage of degrees awarded to FAHSS students in 2014-15
  • 30
    Musical ensembles
  • 2
    Campus art galleries

Student Profiles

Claire Hall sitting at a table in UMass Lowell's Career and Co-op Center
Claire Hall '19
American Studies

UMass Lowell has always been part of Claire Hall’s life. Now, three decades after starting her degree in American studies, Hall can call herself a UML graduate.

I’ve done the cycle of life here. Now I have a degree, and I’m proud of it.
Read More About Claire Hall 
Oprah Winfrey with student scholarship winners
Nicholas Abourizk '20
Theatre Arts

Nick Abourizk started college with plans to pursue a biology degree – but he couldn’t deny his passion for acting. An Oprah Winfrey Scholarship affirmed his decision to switch his major to Theatre Arts.

To get a scholarship while pursuing a degree in the arts is really validating.
Read More About Nicholas Abourizk 
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Tara Lynch '15, '19
Psychology, Public Health

Tara Lynch's experience during her undergraduate psychology program practicum working with a community agency to improve outcomes for rape survivors led her to pursue a Master of Public Health.

Designing studies, analyzing risk factors and human behaviors – that's what I'm doing right now, and it's what I love.
Read More About Tara Lynch 
Shaila Bornstein on stage at Durgin Hall as one of the two student panelists for debates among the Democratic primary candidates for Niki Tsongas’ seat in Congress
Shaila Bornstein '19
Criminal Justice, Political Science

A semester in Washington, D.C., interning with a nonprofit that trains women to run for political office galvanized Shaila Bornstein. As soon as she finishes at UML, she plans to return to Washington to gain political experience so she can run for president.

The opportunities I’ve already gotten here are above and beyond what I could have gotten anywhere else.
Read More About Shaila Bornstein 
SGA President Lisa Degou and student Trustee Lindy Reed chat with Chancellor Jacquie Moloney at their monthly lunch.
Lisa Degou '18
Political Science & Mathematics

As Student Government Association president, Lisa Degou meets with Chancellor Moloney every month to negotiate for student interests.

I fell in love with all the opportunities and the diversity here.
Read More About Lisa Degou 

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FAHSS News

  • Two women talk in front of a window in an office building.

    Mentorship Program Inspires Women to Pursue Investment Management

    The Undergraduate Women’s Investment Network, a mentorship and internship program run by the Boston-based investment management firm Loomis, Sayles & Co., helps female UMass Lowell students interested in business, finance, accounting, mathematics or economics explore career paths and build connections. 
    Featured Story
  • A woman professor gestures with her hands while standing behind two smiling students in a classroom.

    An Ode to Distinguished University Professor Sandra Lim

    Award-winning poet Sandra Lim, an English professor in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, was named 2023 Distinguished University Professor, UMass Lowell’s most prestigious academic honor for a faculty member.
    Featured Story

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