Welcome to the UMD College of Liberal Arts
At the intersection of social science and the humanities, the UMD College of Liberal Arts prepares students for creative leadership and the complex challenges of global citizenship. CLA's eleven departments offer 25 majors and 27 minors in the humanities and social sciences, three graduate programs, and core Liberal Education courses for all UMD students. We extend a warm welcome to undeclared and exploring students, and provide academic advising to support major and career exploration.
In addition to the classic social science and humanities majors, CLA offers several unique programs that combine and reinvent these traditional areas of study -- majors like Cultural Entrepreneurship, Environment and Sustainability, Geographic Information Science, Linguistics, Tribal Administration and Governance, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
In the College of Liberal Arts, you will be taught by highly accomplished faculty who are innovative teachers and active researchers. Your professors will challenge and encourage you, and you'll learn from your classmates, too. Your CLA education will emphasize strategic analysis, effective and creative communication, and global awareness, and it will provide a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers.
Your CLA experience will take you beyond the classroom. Study abroad in Sweden or India, Russia or Costa Rica, or dozens of other countries. CLA majors easily accommodate – and sometimes require – an international experience. You'll increase your language skills and your cultural competence. Prepare for grad school or the workplace by conducting your own research project through UMD's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) or the Sustainable Development Research Opportunity Program (SDROP). Do an internship at Bloomberg News or with the Sustainable Agriculture Project at the UMD Farm.
Sustainable Agriculture Project students at the UMD Farm
CLA graduates work as lawyers, journalists, geospatial analysts, and community activists. We're employed in marketing, law enforcement, politics, urban planning, and countless other fields that require communication, creative thinking, and analytical skills. We work for federal agencies and tribal governments, Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations, and we start and run small businesses. We're a diverse group of people who are curious about the world around us, and we welcome you to the CLA community.