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Programs and Student Organizations

UMBC is a community committed to advancing knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice.The work that we do here is noble: We seek the truth, we educate the next generation of leaders, and we help to solve the problems of humankind.

Diversity-Focused Programs/Initiatives
  • ADVANCE: the primary mission of UMBC’s ADVANCE Program has been to develop and implement policies which promote the recruitment and advancement of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Scholars: The Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)  is a merit-based scholarship program for talented undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology administration (with a technical focus), computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering, or a related program at UMBC.
  • Cyber Scholars Program: The goal of the UMBC Cyber Scholars Program is to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in an increasingly digital age, with a focus on increasing the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in this fast-growing field.
  • Dresher Center Inclusion Imperative: The humanities offer crucial tools and perspectives for addressing pressing issues of civic life. Now more than ever, we need these humanities tools to advance local and national conversations about our history, our identities, and our common future. With this charge in mind, UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities and College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) introduce the Inclusion Imperative, a major five-year initiative to promote diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Hill-Lopes Scholars: The Hill-Lopes Scholars Program, administered and supported by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences supports individuals interested in the advancement of women in the sciences and engineering to increase student persistence in academic majors where women are still underrepresented.
  • MARC U*STAR: The UMBC MARC U*STAR Program is a preeminent undergraduate scholarship opportunity with the goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue Ph.D. degrees and research careers in the biomedical, behavioral or mathematical sciences.
  • McNair Scholars Program: Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Ronald E.McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement (McNair Scholars) Program provides experiences that prepare students for graduate education in all disciplines. The program involves students in research, mentoring, and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are from diverse backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential.
  • Meyerhoff Scholars: The Meyerhoff Scholars Program is at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, technology, engineering and related fields.
  • PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP): PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is a university system-wide effort for the state of Maryland to facilitate underrepresented STEM graduate student and postdoctoral professional development and pathways to careers. UMBC leads the alliance that consists of all 14 colleges, universities, and regional education centers in the University System of Maryland, four community colleges, and a former NSF Model Institution of Excellence Hispanic Serving Institution in Puerto Rico.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity: UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity is a 2-year in residence fellowship that supports promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy and to prepare those scholars for possible tenure track appointments at UMBC.
  • STEM BUILD: STEM BUILD at UMBC is an undergraduate success initiative and research study at UMBC funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). UMBC is investigating ways to enhance the diversity and success of students who have the goal of pursuing baccalaureate degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative: The STEM Transfer Student Success Initiative (t-STEM) is an innovative inter-institutional collaboration, initially funded by a grant to UMBC from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2011-2016). t-STEM partner institutions include Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Howard Community College (HCC), Montgomery College (MC) and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The Initiative seeks to enhance the success of STEM transfer students, and to develop a national model of collaboration between 2-year and 4-year institutions.
  • Transfer-Scholars in Information Technology and Engineering (T-SITE): The Transfer Scholars in Information Technology and Engineering  (T-SITE) program began in March of 2012. Funded by a second award from the the National Science Foundation (NSF), this need-based scholarship supports new transfers students with scholarships of up to $7,000 per year based on financial eligibility on the FAFSA. Transfer Scholars also receive academic support through a variety of CWIT programs and services.
Academic Programs
  • Africana Studies: The Department of Africana Studies (AFST) provides students of all ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds the necessary tools to understand, critically evaluate, analyze and interpret events and phenomena that structure the experiences, possibilities and dynamics of the people of African descent in the United States, Africa and its Diasporas.
  • American Studies: The mission of UMBC’s Department of American Studies (AMST) is to advance the interdisciplinary study of American cultures through research, teaching, and service to the campus and community.
  • Education: The mission of the UMBC Teacher Education Unit is to research teaching and learning and to develop educators who are caring, thoughtful, knowledgeable, skilled, and responsive. We expect our graduates to respect diversity, to be leaders in their schools, and advocates for democracy and social justice.
  • English
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • History
  • Language, Literacy, and Culture: This interdisciplinary doctoral program investigates the concepts and processes of Language, Literacy, and Culture in relationship to social, historical, technological, and ideological formations. They advocate for socio-cultural and linguistic diversity in research, practice, and policy, with special emphasis on social justice, change, equity, power, and identity.
  • Media and Communication Studies: In a time when communication technologies are increasingly digital, interactive, and global, participation in the public sphere requires critical engagement across a range of media, genres, and cultural contexts. UMBC’s Media and Communication Studies Department represents an innovative and interdisciplinary response to this need. The Department offers students theoretical and practical encounters with dynamic and complex changes in communication, culture, and knowledge.
  • Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication: In an increasingly interdependent world, the study of languages and cultures, including the heritage languages and cultures of immigrants to the United States, is a fundamental part of every student’s education. Knowledge of at least one foreign language and familiarity with different societies equip university graduates for more intelligent choices as citizens of today’s world, and enhance their effectiveness in a range of career fields, including law, journalism, business, education, healthcare, banking, social work, management, international administration and many others in the public and private sectors. The study of linguistics and human communication provides perspectives and tools of analysis useful in every human endeavor.
  • Psychology: The Psychology Department is committed to improving departmental composition, climate, and curriculum with regard to diverse faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The promotion of an inclusive climate that supports the recruitment, retention, and personal and professional development of a diverse faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate student bodies is a crucially important long-term goal of the Psychology Department.
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy (SAHAP): SAHAP emphasizes three core areas: health & aging in society; diversity, gender & culture; and applied social science research. Consistent with UMBC’s goals, the department focuses its core strengths: provide a distinctive undergraduate experience, support the development of graduate education, and conduct faculty research that contributes to both undergraduate & graduate education.
Student Organizations
  • Student Life: Student Life at UMBC significantly shapes the student experience. From getting involved in campus events to joining student organizations, from exploring diverse cultures to learning about spiritual practices, from shaping new leaders to serving local communities, from fraternity and sorority bonds to Student Government board meetings – students create Student Life. Through involvement in the countless student activities, students have the opportunities to meet new people, try new things, and engage in learning opportunities that complement their academic experiences.