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Majors & Minors

Fall 2020 drafts of CLA programs (Google Folder)
Some programs are subjected to change prior to VCAA or Provost approval.)
FALL 2020:  Changes to CLA programs have not been programmed in APAS. Updates will be done now through summer 2020. Until then, you are advised to use the new program sheets found in the Google Folder above. You are welcome to submit your request to change to the new requirements on the CLA advisor/year online formWe will process requests once APAS is programmed.

How to declare or change a CLA major, minor or advisor?
FAQ about the degree (For previous requirements, use the Catalog Search.)
Pre-professional programs (business, health/medical and law)

NEW:  Policy change and FAQ - High School Preparation Standards (effective March 2019)

CLA Majors CLA Minors
American Indian Studies B.A. (AMIN) African and African American Studies minor (AAAS)
Anthropology B.A. (ANTH) American Indian Studies minor
Chinese Area Studies B.A. (CHIN) Anthropology minor
Communication B.A. (COMM) Chinese Area Studies minor
Cognitive Science B.A. (COG) Cognitive Science minor
Criminology B.A. (CRIM) Communication minor
Cultural Entrepreneurship B.A. (CUE)
Certificate of Business Administration
Leadership Development
Digital Writing, Literature and Design minor
English B.A. (ENGL)
English minor
Environment, Sustainability and Geography B.A.
Environment & Sustainability
Urban & Regional Studies
Environment, Sustainability and Geography minor

French Studies B.A. (FR) French Studies minor
Geographic Information Science B.S. (GIS)
Geographic Information Science minor
German Studies B.A. (GER) German Studies minor
Hispanic Studies B.A. (SPAN) Hispanic Studies minor
History B.A. (HIST)
General History
Public History
History minor
Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. (IS) 
Medical Arts & Sciences
      (program & application information)
International Studies minor

International Studies B.A. (INTS) Journalism minor
Journalism B.A. (JOUR) Latin American Studies minor
Latin American Studies B.A.
Linguistics minor
Linguistics B.S. (LING) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies minor (LGBT)
Philosophy B.A. (PHIL)
Applied Ethics
Philosophy minor
Political Science B.A. (POL) Political Science minor
Sociology B.A. (SOC) Professional Writing minor
Tribal Administration and Governance B.A. (TAG)
American Indian Studies
Business Administration Certificate
Sociology minor
Undeclared Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies B.A. (WS)
Writing Studies B.A. (WRIT)

Certificate Programs

NOTE: Certificates do not satisfy a second field of study.

To apply for a certificate see this site for more information and other available UMD certificates.

FAQ about the degree

Pre-professional Programs

Students interested in business have access to a variety of business related courses within CLA and complementary business minors through the Labovitz School of Business & Economics (LSBE).

Health or Medical
Students interested in health or medical fields of study, such as health, medical and other related studies while enrolled in CLA.

Students interested in the study of law or other related studies while enrolled in CLA.

Is a minor required for CLA majors? (effective fall 2019)

All CLA majors require a minor, second major or dual degree except for the following programs: interdisciplinary studies, tribal administration and governance.

Students majoring in Hispanic Studies cannot minor in Latin American Studies, but may double major. Students majoring in Latin American Studies cannot minor in Hispanic Studies, but may double major. Students double majoring in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies must have a third field of study (another major or minor).

Students majoring in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and minoring in LGBTQ studies must declare a third field of study (either another major or minor). This addresses the overlapping of courses across programs.

Students majoring in Writing Studies must complete a minor or second major in a field other than Journalism, Professional Writing, or Digital Writing, Literature & Design (previously Information Design). (This pertains to students who are following the fall 2015 or earlier degree requirements.)

Is advanced writing required?

Most CLA majors require WRIT 31xx-Advanced Writing. Some majors require a particular advanced writing course (ex: WRIT 3160-Advanced Writing: Social Sciences). Majors exempt from the advanced writing requirement are: English, history (fall 2017 major requirements) and philosophy (if an additional PHIL 3xxx course is taken).

(updated July 2019)