Majors and Minors

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CLA Majors CLA Minors

American Indian Studies B.A. (AMIN)

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African and African American Studies minor (AAAS)

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Anthropology B.A. (ANTH)

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American Indian Studies minor

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Art B.A. (ART) 

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Anthropology minor

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Art Education K-12 B.F.A. (ART)

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Art minor

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Art History B.A. (ARTH)

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Art History minor

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Arts Administration B.A. * NEW fall 2020 *

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Arts in Media minor

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Chinese Area Studies B.A. (CHIN)

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Chinese Area Studies minor

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Communication B.A. (COMM)

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Cognitive Science minor

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Cognitive Science B.A. (COG)

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Communication minor

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Criminology B.A. (CRIM)

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Dance minor (DN)

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Applied Dance
Dance Studies

Cultural Entrepreneurship B.A. (CUE)

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Certificate of Business Administration
Leadership Development

Digital Writing, Literature and Design minor

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English B.A. (ENGL)

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English minor

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Environment, Sustainability and Geography B.A.

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Geography
Environment & Sustainability
Urban & Regional Studies

Environment, Sustainability and Geography minor

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French Studies B.A. (FR)

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Film Studies minor

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Geographic Information Science B.S. (GIS)

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French Studies minor

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German Studies B.A. (GER)

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Geographic Information Science minor

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Graphic Design B.F.A. (ART)

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Marketing
Studio

German Studies minor

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History B.A. (HIST)

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General History
Public History

History minor

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Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. (IS) 

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Individualized
Medical Arts & Sciences
      (program & application information)

International Studies minor

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International Studies B.A. (INTS)

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Jazz Studies minor

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Jazz Studies B.Mus. (MU)

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Journalism minor

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Journalism B.A. (JOUR)

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies minor (LGBT)

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Linguistics B.S. (LING)

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Linguistics minor

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Music B.A. (MU)

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Music minor

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Music Education B.Mus. (MU)

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Instrumental K-12
Vocal K-12

Philosophy minor

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Music Performance B.Mus. (MU)

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Band/Orchestral Instruments
Keyboard
Vocal

Photography minor

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Philosophy B.A. (PHIL)

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Applied Ethics
General

Political Science minor

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Political Science B.A. (POL)

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Professional Writing minor

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Sociology B.A. (SOC)

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Sociology minor

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Spanish Studies (SPAN)

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Language & Culture Studies

Latin America

Spanish Studies minor

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Studio Art B.F.A. (ART)

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Theatre minor

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Theatre B.A. (TH) 

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Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor

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Theatre B.F.A. (TH)

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Acting, Composite, Costume Design, Design and Production, Lighting Design, Musical Theatre, Scene Design, Stage Management, Technical Theatre

 

Theory and Composition B.Mus.

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Tribal Administration and Governance B.A. (TAG) - ONLINE

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American Indian Studies
Business Administration Certificate

 
Undeclared  

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies B.A. (WS)

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Writing Studies B.A. (WRIT)

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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

Arts
Students interested in pursing a career in the arts have many opportunities at UMD.

Business
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.

Law
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)

Many CLA major programs (including most of the B.A. majors plus the GIS and Linguistics B.S. majors) require either a minor, second major or dual degree. The B.A. majors that do not have this requirement are Arts Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, and 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 May 2020)