The Humanities Scholars

Explore every angle with a community of learners just like you–independent thinkers who are energized by our world’s cultures.

About Our Program

The Humanities Scholars Program gives you the space to create, debate, and explore as you examine and analyze human cultural practices and products from a multitude of perspectives.

You’re invited to join the Humanities Scholars, where you will:

  • Gain insights on a global level by studying abroad
  • Benefit from an engaged community of scholars dedicated to the humanities
  • Receive strong support for learning, research, and civic engagement
  • Pursue critical thinking in two seminar-style interdisciplinary classes
  • Live with other students who share your interests

How We Support Our Scholars

The Humanities Scholars Program provides four-year awards, which often cover the greater part of the cost of attendance at UMBC. Selected humanities scholars will be offered scholarships up to: 


Per academic year for in-state students


Per academic year for out-of-state students

Understanding the Humanities

To study the humanities is, quite literally, to study humans. We explore and analyze people, the way they experience the world, and the systems they build. As a scholar of the humanities, you’ll begin where the hard sciences end, diving into the big questions that challenge us all and look for ways to answer them through history, literature, language,  law, and philosophy. You’ll walk away from our program able to think critically and synthesize information in the service of bettering our society and the wider world.

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FY21 PAO - Humanities

“My thoughts on the Humanities Program are that it’s extremely underrated and I would really encourage anyone who is considering applying because they would get to be involved not only with a great group of students but also with an incredible faculty and staff that are invested in the students’ learning.”

~Harini Narayan ‘21, modern languages, linguistics, and intercultural communication and Asian studies, Humanities Scholar

Are You Eligible For the Program?

Our program is open to first-year students who will major in Africana Studies, American Studies, Ancient Studies (Classics), Anthropology, Asian Studies, English, Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, History, Media & Communication Studies, Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication, Philosophy, or Individualized Study.

Important Dates and Deadlines

If you're considering applying to our program, be sure to add these important dates and deadlines to your calendar:

November 1, 2020

Undergraduate Admissions Early Action Application Deadline

We strongly recommend submitting your application to UMBC by the Early Action deadline.

November 1, 2020
January 15, 2021

Humanities Scholars Program Application Deadline

Remember, you'll need to apply for our Scholars Program independently from your application to UMBC.

January 15, 2021

Ready to learn more?

If you're interested in our program, let us know and Tim Phin, Director of the Humanities Scholars Program, will be in touch to get you more details and learn more about what drives you.

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