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Depending on your situation, please read the following options below.
(All requests have a processing time between 3-5 business days and is effective the following term. If you have any questions about any process, contact our office.)

I am a CLA student and want to declare a CLA MAJOR. right meow see your advisor poster
(If you are not a CLA student and want to change to CLA, submit the Change of College application.)
(If you want to add a different degree to your current record, submit the Dual Degree application.)
Both applications above require at least two planned terms within Grad Planner for CLA to review.

I want to drop a CLA MAJOR.

I want to declare or drop a CLA MINOR.

I want to declare a program not offered within CLA.

  • View the UMD Catalog to verify which collegiate unit grants which program.
  • Visit the Advising office within the UMD collegiate unit to learn how to declare the program.

Meeting with a departmental representative provides students with the opportunity to create a strong connection to the department and mentoring relationship.

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American Indian Studies

(Tribal Administration & Governance)

American Indian Studies - Jill Doerfler

Tribal Administration & Governance - Joseph Bauerkemper

Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology
(Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

* MINORS: African & African American St; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer St

Scott Vollum *

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - Njoki Kamau



Communication - Aaron Boyson, Ed Downs, Rebecca de Souza, Hairong Feng, Ryan Goei, David Gore, Jacquelyn Harvey, Elizabeth Nelson, Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Michael Pfau, Mike Sunnafrank

Journalism – John Hatcher, Chris Julin, Jennifer Moore

English, Linguistics & Writing Studies

* MINORS: Professional Writing; Digital Writing, Literature & Design

English - Evan Brier *

Linguistics – William Salmon

Writing Studies – David Beard, Liz Wright

Geography & Philosophy
(Cognitive Science, Geographic Information Science, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Certificate: Geographic Information Science

Environment, Sustainability & Geography – Pat Farrell (GEOG), Randy Hanson (ES), Mike Mageau (ES), Adam Pine (URS), Tongxin Zhu (GEOG)

Geographic Information Science– Laure Charleux, Ryan Bergstrom

Philosophy - Alexis Elder, Jason Ford (COG), Bob Schroer, Jeanine Weekes Schroer, Sean Walsh

Interdisciplinary Studies - Katie Van Wert

History, Political Science & International Studies

Certificate: Museum Studies

History - Natalie Belsky (Russian), Qiang Fang (Asian), Scott Laderman (American), Gideon Mailer (American), Steven Matthews (Europe), Jeffrey Rop (Ancient & Medieval), Steffan Spencer (African), Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson (Middle East), Dave Woodward (Museum Studies)

Political Science – Cindy Rugeley
International Studies – Mary Caprioli

World Languages & Cultures
(Cultural Entrepreneurship)

French Studies – Dana Lindaman
German Studies – Kristen Hylenski
Hispanic Studies – Maureen Tobin Stanley
Latin American Studies – Jennifer Gomez Menjivar
Chinese Area Studies – Weiqing Zhang
Cultural Entrepreneurship – Aparna Katre

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* Initial contact person.