Welcome to the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Part of a remarkably stimulating and innovative University with increasing national honors and with a deep commitment to undergraduate education and community outreach as well as to graduate education and research, the College has much to offer our students, the campus community, and the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. With a diverse array of some 30 Bachelors, 16 Masters, and 6 Ph.D. programs, some offered at the Universities at Shady Grove in Montgomery County, the College comprises some 270 full-time faculty members, 4,500 undergraduate majors and 1,300 graduate students. It awards more than half of UMBC’s undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees and also offers teacher certification programs. For more information about the disciplines and programs in the College, please go to the departmental links that can be found on this website as well as on the UMBC home page.
Reflecting the direction and necessities of scholarship in the 21st century, many of our programs cross traditional disciplinary boundaries to provide fresh insights from multiple perspectives. A number of centers, including the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Imaging Research Center, and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, also promote important multidisciplinary research, and a magnificent new Performing Arts and Humanities Building is transforming the face of the campus and making UMBC all the more an intellectual resource and cultural destination for the area.
At the heart of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are its faculty members, committed and effective teachers and productive, award-winning scholars who teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs and engage in a variety of distinguished research and other creative work. Faculty members have won numerous prestigious fellowships, awards, and research grants from such organizations as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholars Program, and they have been awarded some of the most important honors and distinctions in their own disciplines. Articles and books published by faculty members in the College put them at the forefront of their fields-not just in the United States but around the world-and the arts departments and centers have also won national and international recognition for their creative activities. Our undergraduate as well as our graduate students are involved in significant published research under the mentorship of our faculty. Departmental links will take you to further information on faculty members in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
I encourage prospective students to browse our website and to direct inquiries to specific departments, to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, or to the Graduate School. We offer generous scholarship support for outstanding entering students at the undergraduate level in the arts (Linehan Artist Scholars Program), the humanities (the Humanities Scholars Program), the social sciences (the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program), and Education (The Homer and Martha Gudelsky Scholarships, and others). Information about these scholarship programs and other sources of financial aid can be found via links on this website as well as from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students can also take advantage of a variety of internships, which often lead to employment, and other co-curricular activities. Our undergraduate students go on to graduate and professional study at the highest rate among University System of Maryland campuses-and they go to programs in some of the most distinguished universities in this country and abroad. Graduate Assistantships are available for students in our Master’s and Ph.D. programs. The Dean’s Office will also be glad to assist you in any way we can, and we would be delighted to hear from you.
Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Physics Building 3rd Floor, Dean’s Wing
1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, Md. 21250
(410) 455-2385 (phone)
(410) 455-1095 (fax)