Humanities

Individualized Study

The Individualized Study program (INDS) is for students to combine courses from two or more different academic disciplines, along with internships and independent studies, to create an individualized B.A. or B.S. degree. Students may declare an INDS major as early as the time at which they are admitted to UMBC, but many transfer into the …

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Critical Sexuality Studies

The Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies department offers this interdisciplinary minor designed for students in any major who also want a concentration in the study of sexuality. The minor investigates the historical, political, and social life of sexuality both transhistorically and transnationally. Special attention is paid to how sexuality intersects with other differences, including gender, …

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Human Context of Science and Technology

The Human Context of Science and Technology (HCST) is an undergraduate certificate program that provides students a deeper understanding of the human context of science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Science, technology, engineering, and medicine exist in human contexts. STEMM fields are human, social endeavors and the products and practices of those fields have significant impacts …

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Judaic Studies

For students seeking an intellectual examination of the Jewish experience, UMBC offers the minor in Judaic studies. Although a major is not offered by the program, students may design a major course of study focusing on Judaic studies within interdisciplinary studies. The interdisciplinary minor program is designed to build understandings of Judaism from historical, literary, …

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Religious Studies

The religious studies program, available as a minor, gives students a broad knowledge of humanity’s rich religious heritage and increases their appreciation of the human religious experience. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on the resources of many departments such as history and philosophy. Professors from seven UMBC departments, as well as visiting professors from other …

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English

UMBC’s English Departmental is a vibrant center for teaching, learning and research with two major tracks: the Literature Track, for the broad range and diverse traditions of literature written in English, and the Communication and Technology Track, for written and spoken communication and the new information technologies. The English minors feature literature, creative writing, journalism …

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Media and Communication Studies

As communication technology becomes increasingly digital, interactive, and pervasive, so does the need for its citizens and workforce to be able to communicate across a range of media, genres, and cultural contexts. UMBC’s Media and Communication Studies program represents an exciting and interdisciplinary response to this need. The program offers majors a critical and practical …

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Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies provides students of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the foundations of African American culture, from ancient Egypt to the present. Drawing from the intellectual heritage, accumulated knowledge, enduring experiences and contributions of Africa and its Diaspora, students explore new perspectives. Students may …

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Modern Languages and Linguistics

The Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication (MLLI) offers students an innovative, multi-disciplinary program with a triple focus: language, literature and society. Courses are offered in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, as well as linguistics and intercultural communication. Students can major in French, German, Russian, Spanish, a combination of any two of these languages, language and …

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American Studies

American studies is an interdisciplinary program. Students study culture and society from a historical and cultural perspective, thereby gaining an understanding of the various forces that shape our lives. American studies students can choose an emphasis in one of the following areas: communications, media and the arts; community and diversity; culture and policy; early childhood, …

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