COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES (ARHU)1102 Francis Scott Key Hall, 301-405-2088
Dean: Bonnie Thornton Dill
The College of Arts and Humanities embraces a heterogeneous group of disciplines that study human experience, thought, expression and creativity. All value the development of critical thinking, fluent expression in writing and speech, sensitivity to ethical and aesthetic issues, and a complex understanding of history and culture. Departments and programs in Arts and Humanities prize vigorous intellectual debate in a diverse community. While they have strong individual identities, they are also involved in interdisciplinary studies. Thus students will find, for example, courses in the Department of English that approach literature in its historical contexts, courses in the Department of History that adopt feminist perspectives, courses in the Department of Art History and Archaeology that study African politics, and so on.
For general information on admission requirements to the university, refer to the Freshmen Admission and Transfer Admission sections of the catalog. Admission to the college's School of Music is a two-step process: undergraduate applicants must apply to both the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and to the School of Music. Visit www.music.umd.edu for information. Further, students wishing to major in creative or performing arts are encouraged to seek training in the skills associated with such an area prior to matriculation. Applicants to these programs may be required to audition, present slides, or submit a portfolio as a part of the admission requirements. For specific questions on academic programs in the college, contact Mr. J. Darius Greene, Associate Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-405-2096.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements/Degree Options
The College of Arts and Humanities offers the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the following fields of study:
To graduate, all students must earn at least 120 credits and at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Additionally, students must complete College of Arts and Humanities requirements.
The following college requirements apply only to students earning Bachelor of Arts degrees from the College of Arts and Humanities. These requirements are in addition to or in fulfillment of campus and departmental requirements. For information concerning the Bachelor of Music in the School of Music, students should consult a Music advisor.
Students who double major in ARHU and another college on campus must complete the ARHU Global Engagement requirement and 45 hours of upper-level credit.
All Arts and Humanities freshmen (excluding students in College Park Scholars, Digital Cultures and Creativity, Honors Humanities, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Gemstone, Integrated Life Sciences, or University Honors) must take an ARHU-specific UNIV 101, The Student in the University and Introduction to Computer Resources course, during their first semester on campus.
Distribution: To encourage advanced mastery of material, a minimum of 45 of the total of 120 semester hours must be upper-level work (i.e., courses numbered 300-499).
For more information about the CORE program, please visit www.ugst.umd.edu/core/
For more information about the General Education program, please visit www.gened.umd.edu/
The Global Engagement Requirement
To expand ARHU students' understanding of other cultures and language in an increasingly global society, ARHU students must complete the "Global Engagement Requirement." Learning a second language produces deep knowledge of cultural as well as linguistic differences while opening pathways for common understanding. The requirement may be satisfied in one of three ways,
Option 1: Study of a Foreign Language
Requirement: Students will take foreign language coursework to the designated level at UMD. Please consult an ARHU advisor for a list of the approved course sequences.
Option 2: Cultural Immersion through Study Abroad
Requirement: Students will participate in a semester long Study Abroad experience in a country where English is not the primary language.
The study abroad experience must include:
Students must develop a learning contract with an ARHU advisor in advance of studying abroad in order for the experience to count for the Global Engagement Requirement. Past study abroad experiences will not be considered retroactively.
Option 3: Individually-designed Engagement Experience
Requirement: Students may also create an individually-designed experience that achieves the learning outcomes of the global engagement requirement.
This option must include:
Students proposing study abroad in an English-speaking country must choose to study a language that has significance to the historical or current culture of the host country. Students will need to research and discuss the intersection of the chosen language and culture in their petition.
For more information, please see an advisor in the ARHU Office of Student Affairs, call 301-405-2108, or visit www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/globalengagement .
Freshmen and new transfer students have advisors in the College of Arts and Humanities, Office of Student Affairs (301-405-2108) who assist them in the selection of courses. Students must see an advisor in their department for assistance in the selection of courses for the major. All first-year students (both freshmen and transfers), students who have completed 45-55 credits, and seniors who have completed 90-100 credits have mandatory advising with both the College and the department. For further information about advising, students should call the ARHU Office of Student Affairs, 301-405-2108.
Most departments within Arts and Humanities have well-established internship options. For more information on internships taken for academic credit, students should contact their departmental academic advisor. Internship credit is also available directly through the College for students who have fewer than 60 credits, have already completed an internship in their major, or would like to explore an area outside their major. Typically, students must have a 2.5 GPA. They need to complete an application process and the experience usually lasts for a full semester or over the summer. Students must be enrolled for the internship during the semester in which they intern. Retroactive credit will not be awarded. Internships are not considered to be a "credit for work" experience. In addition to participating in the on-site experience, students will also fulfill an academic component. For assistance in locating an internship, visit the University Career Center at 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing or do a search on the website www.careers.umd.edu
Secondary Education Teacher Certification (Grades 7-12)
A student who wishes certification as a secondary education teacher in a subject represented in this college is encouraged to speak with an advisor in Student Services (1204 Benjamin Building) to discuss the different paths available for certification. A student may pursue secondary teacher certification as an undergraduate with a double major in a content area and secondary education, pursue the five-year integrated master's program which allows for the content major as an undergraduate and completion of certification and graduate degree requirements in a fifth year, or apply to the one-year intensive master's plus certification program.
Departments and Centers
Academic Computing Services
Director: John Shipman
David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora
1208 Cole Student Activities Bldg., 301-405-2931
Director: Professor Ruth E. Zambrana
Assistant Director: Laura A. Logie
The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) is a University-wide initiative promoting 1) intersectional theory, pedagogy and research, 2) mentoring and training of racial/ethnic, underrepresented minority faculty and graduate students, and 3) thoughtful and dynamic interdisciplinary collaboration. CRGE's work explores the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity and other dimensions of inequality as they shape identities, behavior and complex social relations.
CRGE has become a national leader in innovative intersectional, interdisciplinary research and has worked diligently to become a campus-wide presence via colloquium, mentoring of students and faculty, interdisciplinary research studies, research interest groups, seed grant funding of junior faculty, and collaborative partnerships with other academic diversity units at UM. Our work has become crucial to the fulfillment of the UM mission of achieving excellence in diversity in scholarship, mentoring and community outreach and service.
Language Media Services
1109 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4046
Coordinator: Dr. Naime Yaramanoglu
Entering freshmen participate by invitation in Honors Humanities, a two-year living/learning program. Honors Humanities is the University of Maryland's premier undergraduate program for academically talented students who have diverse intellectual ambitions in the humanities and arts or a desire to develop their education on a liberal arts foundation. The program is organized around an integrated and advanced humanities curriculum and a final independent research or creative project (the Keystone Project) that a student designs and executes with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Honors Humanities provides students with stimulating seminars, life-long friendships, a lively home base in Anne Arundel Hall, and opportunities to take advantage of the intellectual, cultural, and artistic riches of the Washington, D.C. region. Upon completion of the program, students earn an Honors Humanities citation, and this prestigious award is recorded on their university transcripts.
Director: Dr. Harold Burgess
1110 Bel Air Hall, 301-405-0522
Jiménez-Porter Writers' House
0111 Dorchester Hall, 301-405-0671
The Jiménez-Porter Writers' House (JPWH) is a living and learning program open to all majors. The program was conceived and developed primarily for upper-division students, but will consider applications from academically talented incoming freshmen who have a solid focus on creative writing. Located in Dorchester Hall, the Writers' House creates a campus-wide literary center to study creative writing especially in its cross-cultural and multilingual dimensions. Participants live in a close community of students who share an interest in creating stories, poems, plays, and imaginative non-fiction. Students work with visiting writers, publish a literary magazine, attend special readings and colloquia, produce an annual literary festival, and receive notation upon successful completion of the program. Class sizes are small, and include one-on-one faculty advising sessions. Admission to the Writers' House is competitive, with only fifty to sixty students living and writing together each year. Applications can be obtained by contacting the director, or by visiting www.writershouse.umd.edu. Final deadline for admission every year is March 1.
Digital Cultures and Creativity
Digital Cultures and Creativity students are independent thinkers and problem solvers who imagine that which does not yet exist. As a truly interdisciplinary program, DCC challenges traditional divisions of knowledge and expertise. Our faculty and students come from all areas of study; yet we share a common passion for the digital world that goes beyond any particular tool or platform. We strongly value inclusivity and we embrace hybridity in both theory and practice. Often wearing more than one hat at the same time, we are architects, software designers, biologists, journalists, economists, artists, activists, engineers, and musicians to name just a few.
As a living-learning program in the Honors College, DCC students form a close-knit residential community where intellectual excitement, creativity, and diverse ideas are brought together to explore emerging technologies and their impact on the world through experimental and creative projects in mobile media, sound and music composition, augmented reality, human-computer interaction, digital storytelling, and expanded cinema.
The program is an innovative curriculum of 16 credits taken over the first two years with top-notch (and technologically sophisticated) faculty, including a practicum that culminates in a significant research project and/or a major creative effort.
DCC aims to cultivate life long learners and critically engaged thinkers who will become the makers and doers of tomorrow, able to expand our notions of human potential – not merely technologically but also socially and creatively.
The Language House Immersion Program was the first living-learning program on campus for students wishing to immerse themselves in the study of foreign language and culture. A total of 101 students live in one of ten clusters (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Russian or Spanish), which are housed in 19 apartments in St. Mary's Hall. Students must commit to speaking their target language as they prepare meals, do household chores, study and socialize together, etc. Faculty liaisons work with students in each of the language clusters, and a graduate mentor, a native speaker of the language, assists students in the immersion environment. The goal of language immersion is achieved through activities organized by the native mentors, a language-learning computer lab, an audio-visual multi-purpose room, and unlimited access to foreign news and film programs via Internet.
College Honors Program
Most departments in the College of Arts and Humanities offer Departmental Honors Programs (DHP). DHPs are upper-division programs within the individual academic units. Students enrolled in Departmental Honors work independently with faculty members in subjects of special interest, develop and deepen their research skills, and, in the process, earn an even stronger degree. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to be admitted. For further information about individual Departmental Honors Programs and policies, consult with departmental advisors.