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What is the Humanities seminar?

First-year Humanities scholars attend a seminar (HUM 120H and HUM121H) co-taught by two different UMBC faculty members from different departments. The seminar helps build a sense of community between the freshmen as they share ideas and discuss topics in an interactive and interdisciplinary environment.

Seminars taught in the Humanities seminar include:

  • Mathematics and What it Means to Be Human (Fall 11) by Dr. Michele Osherow (English) and Dr. Manil Suri (Mathematics)
  • New Orleans Sounds… (Spring 12) by Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt (American Studies) and Dr. Steve Bradley (Visual Arts)
  • Avant-Garde Performance (Fall 12) by Dr. Linda Dusman (Music) and Dr. Susan McCully (Theater)
  • Childhood across time and space (Spring 13) by Dr. Timothy Phin (Ancient Studies) and Dr. Bambi Chapin (Anthropology)
  • On Collectors and Collecting (Fall 13) by Dr. Jody Shipka (English) and Dr. Donald Snyder (Media Communication Studies)
  • Friends and Lovers in the Medieval World (Spring 14) by Dr. Susan McDonough (History) and Dr. Anna Shields (MLLI)
  • Place and Public History in Baltimore (Fall 14) by Dr. Kate Dabrinski (Gender & Women Studies) and Dr. Nicole King (American Studies)
  • Cinema and the City (Spring 15) by Dr. Nicoleta Bazgan (MLLI) and Dr. John Rennie Short (Public Policy)
  • Documenting Culture in Baltimore (Fall 15) by Dr. Michelle Stefano (American Studies) and Dr. Bill Shewbridge (Media & Communication studies)
  • Markets, Morality, and the State: Adam Smith’s Legacy in Europe and America (Spring 16) by Dr. Lisa Pace Vetter (Political Science) and Dr. Michael Nance (Philosophy)
  • Political Childhood and Children’s Citizenship in Western Culture (Fall 16) by Dr. Erin Hogan (MLLI) and Dr. Timothy Phin (Ancient Studies)
  • Re-Orienting Culture (Spring 17) by Dr. Tamara Bhalla (American Studies) and Dr. Fan Yang (Media and Communication Studies)

As part of the program, first-year Humanities scholars participate in one off-campus excursion that is closely tied to a Humanities seminar topic. The sites are as diverse as the seminar topics and include such venues as the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) or the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC.