In University of Maryland University College's liberal arts and communication programs, students build a solid learning foundation with highly transferable skills upon which they can layer their passions and interests.
Communication studies alumna Donna Mayo explains how UMUC's student services made all the difference.
It was perfect. All of my classes transferred over, so I didn’t have to take [general education requirements]. Basically, I could just jump right into my major.
Legal Secretary, National Labor Relations Board
Psychology Bachelor's Degree
Spanish for Business and the Professions Undergraduate Certificate
What drew me to UMUC is the credibility, flexibility, and cost.
English Bachelor's Degree
Expand Your Network with Student Clubs
Meet students with similar interests, gain leadership skills, and keep up-to-date with industry trends and network by joining one of UMUC's clubs and organizations.
Communication Studies Club
This club includes discussions about current events relating to communication studies, journalism, technical/business writing, speech, and public relations. It also hosts professionals in the field as guest speakers who bring insight to the variety of jobs within the field and discuss their paths to success. Students also get opportunities to share their UMUC and career experiences with classmates.
The History Club hosts discussions on graduate school and careers within the history field, and it provides extra information for its members who are interested in pursuing a future in history. The club offers students the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback to the history program. The club shares information on related professional organizations, journals, and regional conferences. Members can also participate in Photo Central, where students can share pictures.
Humanities and English Club
The Humanities and English Club provides students with the opportunity to speak to faculty members about classes, graduate schools, and professional opportunities. The club regularly hosts symposiums and guest speakers for English majors and offers discussions in which students can discuss their favorite authors. A staple of this student organization is a writing workshop in which students critique one another's creative writing.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is a nationally recognized honor society that brings together students and faculty who are interested in the field of history.
This honor society is open to all students in any major. Membership is by invitation only.
You must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in at least 12 credits of UMUC history courses and have an overall UMUC GPA of 3.4.
Pi Gamma Mu
Pi Gamma Mu is the international honor society that recognizes outstanding scholarship in the social sciences at UMUC. Students interested in anthropology, criminal justice, economics, gerontology, history, political science, social psychology, sociology, and women's studies may qualify for membership. The society recently named UMUC's Maryland Theta chapter to its Roll of Distinction, the highest honor that the society grants.
Membership is by invitation only.
You must be in your last 60 credits of undergraduate work with at least 20 credits in social science. Your GPA in UMUC courses must be in the top 35 percent of your class.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, has more than 880 active chapters located in the United States and abroad. Nationally recognized, its purpose is to provide opportunities to associate with students, alumni, and faculty members who have a common interest in writing and in English language and literature.
Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is open to qualified UMUC students with a major in English.
To be eligible, you must have earned at least 45 credits toward a bachelor's degree, with an overall grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. At least 30 credits must have been earned at UMUC and must include 12 credits of English beyond ENGL 101 and 6 upper-level credits. Students must also have earned a GPA of 3.6 in English coursework at UMUC.
UMUC Power Speakers
The UMUC Power Speakers serves as the university's chapter of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development. The club provides an encouraging environment for those who want to improve their public speaking skills and gain the confidence to become more effective communicators.
Meetings take place the first Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium at the Academic Center at Largo. Everyone is encouraged to visit at least once to experience the positive, supportive learning experience UMUC Power Speakers provides.
UMUC Power Speakers is open to all UMUC students, staff, and alumni.