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College of Liberal Arts
College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts nurtures the human capacity to learn from the past, understand the present, and shape the future. Through scholarship, teaching and public outreach in the humanities and social sciences, we are preparing students for creative leadership and global citizenship.
American Indian Studies department is continuing a robust four-decade legacy in which active scholars serve to educate about tribal sovereignty, indigenous cultures, and the historical and contemporary experiences of Native peoples and nations. In addition to building strong relationships with Tribes within our geographic area, we work to fulfill our responsibility to all Native nations through consultation, partnerships, and research.
The Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology offers majors in Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and offers minors in Anthropology, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies, Sociology, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Unifying themes in our program include inequality, identity, power, social change and development, and global multiculturalism. The department's programs are intellectually exciting and socially relevant. Students in these programs are provided civic engagement and service learning opportunities.
The Communication Department strives to provide a comprehensive communication education that combines traditional theoretical foundations with modern applied skills. Our diverse faculty teaches a wide range of courses within the areas of interpersonal communication, rhetoric, persuasion, media, organizational communication, technology and public speaking. Your donations provide general support for the department, including technological upgrades, scholarships and staff development.
The English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies Department provides students with the background and critical skills necessary to understand the humanities, and to contribute to its project of defining and improving the human condition through the study of language, literature, visual and performing arts, and history. Donations provide general support, and fund other creative activities.
The Department of Geography & Philosophy oversees two distinct programs: the Program in Geography and the Program in Philosophy. The Program in Geography offers two degree programs, a Bachelor of Arts in Environment, Sustainability and Geography, and Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science. The Program also offers two certificate programs (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate) in Geographic Information Science. The Program in Philosophy offers a major and minor in philosophy, with a track in applied ethics, as well as a minor in Cognitive Science. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, for students whose educational goals can be best met by integrated course-work from several fields of study. Donations support the Sustainable Agriculture Project (UMD Farm), Environmental Studies, the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, the Evans Mayo Fund, and general department funds.
The History, Political Science and International Studies department contains two distinct programs, History and Political Science. History touches on the whole range of human heritage. While focusing on the past, it also helps students understand the present and provides a strong foundation for the future. Learn more about History on the program website. Students of Political Science study and evaluate government, politics and public policies. Students in the program are not necessarily those who are enthusiastic about government, but those who appreciate the importance of politics and government in determining what happens to us. Donations support enrichment activities for our students and general department funds.
The World Language and Cultures department strives to foster an understanding of, and the ability to use and operate within, languages and cultures from around the world. We currently offer language courses in Spanish, French, German, Russian and Chinese as well as culture courses taught in English. Donations support the Cultural Entrepreneurship Program and study abroad scholarships.
The Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) was formed in 2009 to institute education, research, and regional engagement around community food and agriculture systems in the western Lake Superior bioregion. SAP is comprised of fifteen acres at UMD's Research and Field Studies Center on Jean Duluth Road, including a five-acre trial seeding apple orchard and a ten-acre organic (transition) farm. SAP also works on a variety of food and agriculture projects in the region. Your gift is crucial to developing a positive student experience at SAP, as well as developing infrastructure and purchasing farm equipment.
The Center for Ethics and Public Policy promotes discussion and understanding of ethics and policy issues. The center fulfills its mission primarily through organizing public programs. The programs aim to be balanced and represent a diversity of views, especially through panel discussions involving the UMD and regional community.
The Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies was established in 1987 by the Alworth family to commemorate the life and interests of Royal D. Alworth, Jr. In line with those interests, the Alworth Institute aims to engage students, staff and the wider public in open discussion, for educational, social and democratic purposes, of a wide range of international issues and of their domestic implications.