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  • P a s s i o nP u r P o s eCreativityL o C at i o ninsPirationenriChmentDisCovery

    Contact Us Please contact us with specific questions about degree programs administered by the college or to schedule a personal visit.

    Admissions CoordinatorCollege of Arts & HumanitiesUniversity of Maryland1102 L Francis Scott Key HallCollege Park, MD 20742

    arhu The college of

    arts & Humanities

    Faculty and students in the College of arts and humanities study the cultures

    of the world, past and present, in all their rich variety. through teaching

    and research that investigate human experience, thought, expression and

    creativity, the college aims to produce global citizens who think critically,

    communicate effectively and value the transforming power of the imagination.

    the college is leading the way in interdisciplinary approaches to the arts and

    humanities by developing emerging fields like digital humanities and offering

    study programs with exciting, multifaceted views of such regions of the world

    as Latin america, the middle east and east asia.

  • think outside the shellARHU graduates have challenged themselves to follow their passions and uniquely apply their ARHU experiences to fulfilling entrepreneurial and industrial career options ranging from entertainment and academic entities to government or business. Proficient in critical and creative thinking and written and oral communication, our students have an unlimited array of career options.

    Dont take our word for it. Meet a few of our graduates:

    David Baggett, linguistics 92 Co-developer of Crash Bandicoot for Sony PlayStation.

    Gail Berman, theatre 78 Former president of entertainment for Fox Television.

    Jeff Imwald, Spanish and marketing 06 Jeff spent two years teaching a bilingual sixth-grade class in the Bronx, N.Y., through Teach for America and recently worked with the Knowledge Is Power Program, a successful national network of charter schools, to open its first high school in New York City.

    Alex Lambi, music 08 (Italian minor, pre-med) Now enrolled in a dual doctorate program at Temple University School of Medicine. Alex will graduate with a medical degree as well as a doctorate in cellular biology and anatomy, specializing in bone research.

    Krystle Norman, Spanish 08 Currently enrolled in the University of Marylands School of Public Policy graduate program, Krystle recently spent a summer interning at the Department of State in the nations capitol and was photographed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a swearing-in ceremony for the new ambassador to the United Kingdom.

    Maria Otero, English 72 Undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs.

    Kevin Patrick, English 92 Vice president of corporate bond research for HSBC Securities (USA).

    George Pelecanos, American studies 80 Former producer, writer and story editor for the acclaimed HBO series The Wire.

    Location, location, location.

    Located just miles from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, the University of Marylands College of Arts and Humanities offers students the best of both worlds: a small liberal arts experience within a top-ranked public research university.

    ARHUs associations with the National Gallery of Art, National Archives, Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre, Library of Congress and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts provide research, performance and career opportunities for our students and faculty.

    MITH and the Library of Congress A project of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, or MITH, is focused on the way digital technology can be used to both create and preserve American musical theater. Doug Reside, assistant director of MITH, is working with the Library of Congress to preserve the digital files of the Tony Award-winning musical Rent, which the family of late composer and playwright Jonathan Larson willed to the federal institution. As digital technologies continue to replace more traditional ones as the preferred tools for creating art, digital artifacts will begin to join paper ones in the worlds archives, Reside says. Twenty-first century scholars must learn how to access and interpret this data just as scholars of earlier generations learned how to work with primary source documents inscribed on vellum, paper and film.


    American studies

    Arabic studies

    Art history and archaeology

    Central European studies







    Germanic studies




    Jewish studies



    Persian studies


    Romance languages



    Studio art


    Womens studies


    Ancient Greek language and literature

    Arabic studies

    Art history

    Black womens studies

    Chinese language

    Classical mythology

    French studies

    Germanic studies

    Israel studies

    Italian language and culture


    Jewish studies

    Korean studies

    Latin language and literature


    Middle East studies

    Music performance

    Persian studies


    Portuguese language, literatures and cultures

    Religious studies


    Russian studies

    Spanish language, business and cultures

    Spanish language and cultures

    U.S. Latina/o studies

    academic majors/minors

    4,400 undergraduate majors

    322 tenured/tenure-track faculty

    13:1 student major/faculty ratio

    15 academic departments

    25/26 academic majors/minors

    12 academic buildings

    3.95 average GPA (incoming freshmen)

    1289 average SAT (incoming freshmen)

    28% students of color

    26 countries represented by international students

    arhu undergraduaTes by The numbers

  • Explore your passion, discover your purpose and feed your creativity!With a combined total of more than 50 majors and minors, youll be encouraged and challenged to broaden your perspective: learn to speak Arabic; read Shakespeare; dance; discover an appreciation for art history; become globally engaged through cultural and language immersion in Egypt, Chile or France; intern with the Smithsonian; or become an involved student who understands the importance of service to the community.

    Whether you major in arts, humanities or an area of interdisciplinary study, youll build a versatile knowledge base and set of experiences that prepare you for the competitive global workforce, and more importantly, for becoming a lifelong learner. The college offers courses of study and degree programs for all levels of interest: bachelors degrees, undergraduate certificates and minors. Open your mind and explore!

  • Honors Humanities, a living and learning program with a small-school feel I know the

    lessons learned and skills developed in Honors Humanities classroomsas a student, teaching assistant and, occasionally, teacherwill influence me the rest of my life. The innovative, graduate-level classes encouraged me to ask pointed questions of beliefs that structured my world, while teachers, mentors and friends within the program encouraged me to cultivate all of my disparate interestswriting and research, psychology and cultural studies, comedy and pedagogyin the name of becoming an active, thoughtful, innovative citizen. Daniel Greene 09, English

    Teaching in a virtual world Zita Nunes, associate professor of comparative literature, leads a class of Maryland undergraduates who communicate online through Second Life in an online world

    called Virtual Harlem. Students are required to research historical figures they represent online, getting to know their work and how he or she might have dealt with social or aesthetic issues. We wanted to develop new ways to make this material relevant, and were pleasantly surprised to see students quoting extensively from an authors work in many online conversations, Nunes says.

  • Scholarly teaching and enrichment programsThe College of Arts and Humanities attracts outstanding teachers and researchers who are highly regarded in their fields. Among them are Distinguished University Professor of History Ira Berlin, one of the worlds experts on African-American life in the 19th century, and communication Professor Edward L. Fink, an internationally known authority on persuasion.

    Many faculty members augment the undergraduate curriculum by leading special academic programs that offer additional teaching and learning in an environment that supports talented students with similar interests and goals. Each program provides a living and learning experience in areas of focus ranging from the value of the arts to daily language immersion.

    Honors Humanities is a living and learning program within the Honors College that offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary investigation of the value of the arts and humanities and their role in society. First- and second-year students participate in special seminars, learn from visiting artists and scholars and pursue individual research projects.

    Digital Cultures and Creativity is a new interdisciplinary program within the Honors College exploring new media technologies through activities such as digital music and video production, digital art, creative electronic writing, virtual worlds and the development of software and online communities.

    Departmental Honors is a nonresidential experience in Arts and Humanities that offers talented third- and fourth-year students opportunities for honors seminars and indepe