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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES (ARHU)

1102 Francis Scott Key Hall, 301-405-2088
www.arhu.umd.edu
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.

Further examples of the special opportunities available to students in this richly variegated college include an exceptional visual resource center in Art History and Archaeology, the English Department's computer-based writing classroom, and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Culture's Foreign Language Media Lab. Additionally, students may add an international experience to their undergraduate education by participating in an ARHU-sponsored study abroad program in Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.  The educational vistas open to students in the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies are enhanced enormously by the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, which houses those departments.  Students may also participate in one of the College's five living-learning programs:  Honors Humanities, College Park Scholars in the Arts, Design I Cultures + Creativity, Jimenez-Porter Writers' House, and Language House (see below).

Admission Requirements

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 arhu-admit@umd.edu 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:

American Studies:  www.amst.umd.edu
Arabic Studies:   www.arabic.umd.edu
Art:  www.art.umd.edu
Art History and Archeology:   www.arthistory-archaeology.umd.edu
Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies:   www.ceres.umd.edu
Chinese Language and Literature:   www.chinese.umd.edu
Classics:   www.classics.umd.edu
Classical Humanities (see Classics)
Communication:   www.comm.umd.edu
Dance:   www.tdps.umd.edu
English Language and Literature:   www.english.umd.edu
Film Studies:   www.film.umd.edu
French Language and Literature:   www.french.umd.edu
Germanic Studies:   www.german.umd.edu
Greek (see Classics)
History:   www.history.umd.edu
Italian Language and Literature:   www.italian.umd.edu
Japanese Language and Literature:   www.japanese.umd.edu
Jewish Studies:   www.jewishstudies.umd.edu
Latin (see Classics)
Latin and Greek (see Classics)
Linguistics:   www.ling.umd.edu
Music:   www.music.umd.edu (Students majoring in Music may pursue a Bachelor of Music degree)
Persian Studies:   www.persian.umd.edu
Philosophy:   www.philosophy.umd.edu
Romance Languages:   www.romancelanguages.umd.edu
Russian:   www.russian.umd.edu
Spanish:   www.spanish.umd.edu
Theatre:   www.tdps.umd.edu
Women's Studies:   www.womensstudies.umd.edu

The College also offers certificate programs in East Asian Studies; Latin American Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies; and Women's Studies.

Major Requirements

  • All students must complete a program of study consisting of a major (a field of concentration) and sometimes supporting courses as specified by one of the academic units of the college.  No program of study shall require in excess of 60 semester hours.
  • A major shall consist, in addition to the lower-division departmental prerequisites, of 24 to 40 hours, at least 12 of which must be in courses numbered 300 or 400 and at least 12 of which must be taken at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • A major program sometimes requires a secondary field of concentration (supporting courses). The nature and number of these courses are determined by the major department.
  • No grade lower than "C-" may be used to fulfill major or supporting course requirements.  No course for the major or support module may be taken Pass-Fail.
  • Students must earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA to graduate from the University of Maryland.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
  • Students should consult the unit in which they will major for specific details; certain units have mandatory advising.
  • Students must take a Foreign Language Placement Test ( www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpt ) prior to adding a major in the College of Arts and Humanities unless the student has fulfilled the required language prerequisites.  Students who enter the University as Arts and Humanities majors must take the test by the end of their first semester on campus.  Bachelor of Music students are exempt from taking the foreign language placement test.  For more information about Bachelor of Music requirements, please see www.music.umd.edu .

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, all students must earn at least 120 credits and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  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, Design I Cultures + Creativity, Honors Humanities, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Gemstone, Integrated Life Sciences, or University Honors) must take an ARHU-specific UNIV101, 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:

  1. At least the first year/elementary level language of the host country before or during the experience (or equivalent as determined by the ARHU foreign language placement policy);
  2. A reflection component that will challenge students to assess their pre-departure, in country and post study abroad experience;
  3. Participation in one of the following pre-approved engagement experiences:
  • Internship
  • Service Learning
  • A living situation involving daily interaction with host nationals (e.g., a pre-approved home stay with a host national family)
  • Other - an engagement experience approved in advance of departure

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:

  1. At least the first year/elementary level language of the host country before or during the experience (or equivalent as determined by the ARHU foreign language placement policy);
  2. A pre-approved short- or long-term study abroad program that has been deemed appropriate for inclusion in this option by ARHU in conjunction with the Education Abroad Office;
  3. Students must develop a learning contract with an ARHU advisor and petition to have the experience approved in advance.

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.

Important notes:

  1. Students already beyond the required language needed to fulfill the Global Engagement Requirement must document their language proficiency by taking a placement exam or equivalent as determined by the ARHU foreign language placement policy.
  2. Students taking a foreign language class at the University of Maryland on or after 9/15/2011 will need to take a foreign language placement test.  Please see an ARHU advisor for details.
  3. Students seeking exemption from the Global Engagement Requirement must take the foreign language placement test in an on-campus proctored environment. Please see an ARHU advisor or see www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpt for the proctored exam schedule.

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 .

Advising

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.

Internships

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 and credit for continuing internships 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
1111 Francis Scott Key Hall, 301-405-2104
www.arhu.umd.edu/tech
Assistant Dean:  Kathleen R. Cavanaugh

Academic Computing Services (ACS) supports the use of technology by faculty, staff, and students in the College of Arts and Humanities.  ACS provides desktop support services for faculty and staff, support for the use of technology to support teaching and learning, and classroom technology support services.

The Art Gallery
1202 Art-Sociology Building
301-405-2763
www.artgallery.umd.edu
theartgalleryumd.wordpress.com
Director:  John Shipman

The Art Gallery presents exhibitions, lectures, film series, residencies, and publications focusing on contemporary art and visual culture.  Opportunities for museum training and arts management experience are available to students through intern and work-study positions.

David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora
1214 Cole Student Activities Building, 301-405-6835
email: driskellcenter@umd.edu
www.driskellcenter.umd.edu
Acting Executive Director:  Professor Curlee R. Holton

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, honors the legacy of David C. Driskell - Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Art, Artist, Art Historian, Collector, and Curator - by preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture.  Established in 2001, the Center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators, and scholars, who are interested in broadening the field of African Diasporic studies.  The Driskell Center is committed to collecting, documenting, and presenting African American art as well as replenishing and expanding the field.

Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE)
1208 Cole Student Activities Bldg., 301-405-2931
www.crge.umd.edu
Director:  Ruth E. Zambrana
Assistant Director:  Laura A. Logie

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) is a University-wide research center with three primary goals 1) intersectional theory, pedagogy and research, 2) mentoring of racial/ethnic, underrepresented 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 and complex social relations.  We have been awarded over 1.6 million dollars in grants over the last decade and have mentored over 25 undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

CRGE has become a national leader in innovative, interdisciplinary research and has worked diligently to serve the campus via colloquiums, mentoring activities, seed grant funding of early career faculty, and collaborative partnerships with other academic diversity units, for example, Maryland Population Research Center and the School of Public Health.  Our work enhances the UM mission of achieving excellence in diversity in scholarship, mentoring and community outreach and service.

Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)
1204 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4925; Fax: 301-314-9752
Email:  langweb@umd.edu
www.sllc.umd.edu/citl

Faculty Director:  Dr. Mary Ellen Scullen 
Instructional Designer:  Janel Brennan-Tillmann 
Coordinator:  Jeff Maurer

 

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)  is a unit within the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures whose mission is to enhance and support excellence in teaching, learning and research.  The Center provides equipment, web support, training, and instructional design for SLLC faculty and staff as well as first tier support for the technology classrooms located in Jimenez Hall and CIC CourseShare courses.

 

Consultation services are available for course development, assessment, hybrid and blended course redesign, grant support, and digitization of course and research materials.  The Center also maintains a small media library.  Services for non-SLLC faculty include technology cart and SLLC Technology Classroom reservations for a fee.

 

FOLA

0102 St. Mary's Hall, 301-405-4046

www.sllc.umd.edu/fola

Coordinator:  Dr. Naime Yaramanoglu

The FOLA (Foreign Language) Program enables qualified students with high motivation to acquire a speaking knowledge of two foreign languages not offered in regular campus programs.  While instruction is basically self-directed, students meet regularly with a native-speaking tutor for practice sessions to reinforce what has already been covered through the individual use of books and CDs.  Final examinations are administered by outside examiners who are specialists in their fields.

Living-Learning Programs

Honors Humanities

 

Director:  Professor Gregory A. Staley

1113 Anne Arundel Hall, 301-405-6992

www.honorshumanities.umd.edu

Email:   honorshumanities@umd.edu

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.

College Park Scholars-Arts

 

Director: Dr. Harold Burgess

www.scholars.umd.edu

1110 Bel Air Hall, 301-405-0522

The College of Arts and Humanities and Undergraduate Studies co-sponsor a cross-disciplinary College Park Scholars program in the Arts.  This two-year program offers the benefits of a small college experience by providing an exciting living-learning environment where students across academic disciplines live, work, and study with their peers and develop close ties with faculty advisors.  Students participate in weekly colloquia and numerous events including an annual student-produced Arts Festival, creative workshops, original performances and special engagements with professional artists.

Arts Scholars are offered a wide variety of opportunities to see, discuss and participate in visual and performing arts events, explore theoretical facets of the arts, and apply their talents to familiar as well as new forms of creative expression.  The Arts Scholars program seeks to encourage students with diverse academic interests to think critically about the arts and engage in active leadership and advocacy for the arts throughout their academic careers and beyond.

Jiménez-Porter Writers' House

 

Director:  Johnna Schmidt

Queen Anne's Hall, 301-405-0671

www.writershouse.umd.edu

 

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 Queen Anne's Hall, the Writers' House creates a campus-wide literary center to study creative writing especially in its cross-cultural 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 submitted at https://apply.arhu.umd.edu , or by visiting  www.writershouse.umd.edu .  Final deadline for admission every year is March 1 for currently enrolled University of Maryland students, May 1st for transfer students and incoming freshmen.

 

Design I Cultures + Creativity

 

Director: Professor Hasan Elahi

For more information, please contact:

dcc-honors@umd.edu

Phone: 301.405.2866

Twitter: @umd_dcc

dcc.umd.edu

 

Digital Cultures and Creativity (DCC) 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.

Language House

Program Director:  Dr. Phoenix Liu
0107 St. Mary's Hall, 301-405-6996
http://sllc.umd.edu/language-house
PhoenixL@umd.edu

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 GPA of at least 3.0 to be admitted.  For further information about individual Departmental Honors Programs and policies, consult with departmental advisors.

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