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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.

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Department of American Indian Studies

Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology

Department of Communication

Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies

Department of Geography, Urban, Environment and Sustainability Studies

Department of History

Department of Philosophy

Department of Political Science

Department of World Languages and Literatures

Center for Sustainable Community Development

Center for Ethics and Public Policy

Royal D. Alworth Institute for International Studies

Department of American Indian Studies

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.

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Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology

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.

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Department of Communication

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.

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Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies

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.

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Department of Geography, Urban, Environment and Sustainability Studies

The Geography, Urban, Environment and Sustainability Studies Department (GUESS) provides students with an understanding of human relationships to the environment.  Currently we offer majors in Geography, Urban and Region Studies, Environment and Sustainability Studies, and Geographic Information Systems.  We are also home to the Center of Sustainable Community Development. Donations support the Sustainable Agriculture Project (UMD Farm), Environmental Studies, and general department funds.

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Department of History

The study of history is vital to a liberal arts education in providing a holistic approach to knowledge. It broadens students' understanding of commonality and diversity, development of cultures, and drama of human experience. History prepares students for careers that demand analytical and communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural breadth, including law, business, journalism, teaching, government, and the ministry. We currently offer major concentrations in five geographical areas and three chronological periodizations.

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Department of Philosophy

Studying Philosophy prepares students to become involved citizens and to work at a variety of careers in a conceptually and morally complex world. The Philosophy Department sponsors regular colloquia and informal philosophy discussion groups.

Donations support the Center for Ethics and Public Policy, the Department of Philosophy, and the Evans Mayo Fund.

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Department of Political Science

Political Science is the study and evaluation of government, politics and public policies. Students of political science are those who appreciate the importance of politics and government. Donations support enrichment activities for our students.

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Department of World Languages and Literatures

The World Language and Literatures 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.

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Center for Sustainable Community Development

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.

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Center for Ethics and Public Policy

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.

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Royal D. Alworth Institute for International Studies

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.

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