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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


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.

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

Freshmen and transfer students interested in applying for admission should refer to the general university admissions information provided in 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 or submit a portfolio as a part of the admission requirements. For more information about the college's academic programs, please 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 Assessment ( www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpa ) 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 assessment by the end of their first semester on campus.  Bachelor of Music students are exempt from taking the foreign language placement assessment.  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 ARHU158, Explorations in the Arts and Humanities, 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 assessment 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 assessment.  Please see an ARHU advisor for details.
  3. Students seeking exemption from the Global Engagement Requirement must take the foreign language placement assessment in an on-campus proctored environment. Please see an ARHU advisor or see www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/flpa  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 .


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 86-100 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 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 ARHU at 1118 Francis Scott Key Hall. Visit www.arhu.umd.edu/careers for more information about walk-in hours and appointment scheduling.

Secondary Education Teacher Certification

A student interested in a career as a secondary education teacher in a subject represented in this college is encouraged to speak with an advisor in the College of Education Office of Student Services (1204 Benjamin Building) to discuss the different pathways available for certification.  The College of Education offers programs that lead to certification for grades PreK-12 in Studio Art and World Language (Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish), and grades 7-12 in English and Social Studies (History). Degree pathways that lead to certification include the following: 1) an undergraduate double major in the content area and secondary education, 2) 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 3) the one-year intensive master's plus certification program.

Departments and Centers

Academic Computing Services
1111 Francis Scott Key Hall, 301-405-2104
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.

University of Maryland Art Gallery
1202 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
3884 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Assistant Director: Taras W. Matla

The University of Maryland 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
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., 301-405-5223
Director:  Ruth E. Zambrana
Associate Research Director: Michelle M. Espino

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) is a University-wide research center with three primary goals 1) promote intersectional theory, pedagogy and research, 2) mentor racial/ethnic, underrepresented faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and 3) engage in dynamic across-college interdisciplinary collaboration. CRGE seeks to promote a collaboratory where intersectional scholars and students can work together on key national concerns that explore the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity and other dimensions of inequality and complex institutional power relations. We have been awarded over 1.8 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 methods and research and has worked diligently to serve the campus via colloquiums, seed grant funding of early career faculty and graduate students, and collaborative partnerships with other academic units. In particular with the Maryland Population Research Center, we now provide a one week Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute. Our work enhances the UM mission of achieving excellence in scholarship, mentoring, outreach and service.

Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)
1202 Jiménez Hall, 301-405-4925; Fax: 301-314-9752
Email:  langweb@umd.edu

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.

0102 St. Mary's Hall, 301-405-4046
Coordinator:  Dr. Naime Yaramanoglu

The FOLA (Foreign Language) Program enables qualified students with high motivation to acquire a speaking knowledge of one foreign language not offered in regular campus programs: Urdu.  While instruction is basically self-directed, students meet regularly with a native-speaking facilitator for practice sessions to reinforce what has already been covered through the individual use of books and CDs.  Oral exams are to be determined by the Coordinator of the program and by the facilitator of the courses.

Living-Learning Programs

Honors Humanities
Director:  Professor Gregory A. Staley
0111 Anne Arundel Hall, 301-405-1537
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
1110 Bel Air Hall, 301-405-0522

The Arts Program, sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities and Undergraduate Studies, fosters a collaborative learning environment of students, faculty and artists/scholars from the arts community at large to stimulate thoughtful discourse on the practical and theoretical applications of art in connection to communicating big ideas with imagination and purpose.

An extraordinary learning community of spirited and creative individuals, the Arts Scholars program attracts a diverse student population from a wide range of academic disciplines. Arts Scholars share common interests in the desire for creative expression and engagement with the arts while being introduced to a broad selection of interdisciplinary topics through thematically inspired colloquia and supporting courses. Beyond the classroom, students participate in service-learning engagements with local schools and arts non-profit organizations, and attend performances and exhibitions at local and regional cultural institutions. The program nurtures students' familiarity with the creative and artistic processes necessary to develop and present works of art while providing a supportive and fertile environment to build upon their successes (and failures) as a community of engaged learners, creative thinkers and responsible citizens.

Jiménez-Porter Writers' House
Director:  Johnna Schmidt
Queen Anne's 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 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 Jason Farman
For more information, please contact:
Phone: 301.405.2866
Twitter: @umd_dcc

Digital Cultures + Creativity (DCC) is a living-learning program in the Honors College that builds a collaborative and experimental environment to explore the relationship between emerging media, society, and creative practices. We are passionate about emerging technologies and their impact on the world. We pursue out-of-the-box thinking on topics such as identity, connectivity, social justice, art, design, and all things creative in an era when digital media links us on a scale unprecedented in human history. Through hands-on collaborative projects, students think beyond disciplinary boundaries and approach problems from multiple perspectives. Our courses (16 credits taken during the first two years), lab space, and workshops provide spaces for exploration, for thinking through ideas, and experimenting with the process of building, designing, and creating. DCC strongly values inclusivity and aims to cultivate life long learners who are critically engaged thinkers. Our students 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

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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