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Muppet maker Jim Henson '60 started his career in puppetry while a student here. His legacy of creativity and innovation still inspires.

Faculty and students in the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) study the cultures of the world, past and present, in all their rich variety. Through teaching and research that investigates human experience, thought, expression and creativity, the college aims to produce creative problem solvers and global visionaries prepared for a wide range of careers, who are ready to serve their communities and the larger society.

  • 3,067 undergraduate and graduate students
  • 330 tenured/tenure-track faculty 
  • 8:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 11 academic departments and three schools
  • 20 research centers
  • 31 academic majors and 37 minors 
  • 12 academic buildings
  • 36% students of color


Our proximity to the rich resources of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan area provides faculty and students with unparalleled research opportunities, as well as the chance to work with organizations and institutions like the Smithsonian, NPR, Congress and the Washington Nationals. You’ll experience the tight-knit feel of a small liberal arts college with all the perks of a national research university.

We invite you to further explore ARHU to see how the college is pursuing its mission to prepare versatile and visionary leaders equipped to address the complexities of the human experience, both globally and locally. 

The Value of an ARHU Education

97% of our students get jobs or continue their education after graduation
ARHU alumni thrive in industries such as tech, business, government, arts and entertainment, non-profits, law, medicine and computer science.

With your ARHU education, you’ll develop the skills that employers seek.

  • Creativity
  • Analytical & critical thinking
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Communication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Digital literacy
  • Global understanding
  • Resilience
  • Self-knowledge
  • Civic engagement 
  • Intercultural competence

Be Worldwise. Get Worldready. A new integrated curricular-career initiative.  

What is it? 

  • This undergraduate initiative creatively integrates career preparation in the ARHU curriculum by engaging faculty to develop new and reimagined courses and majors like Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Immersive Media Design.
  • Students apply scholarship to practice while working alongside faculty and partners, including alumni in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan region and around the world.
  • Career and academic advisors work together with faculty to develop creative programming and advising that ensures that all students have marketable experiences such as study abroad, internships and research. 
  • Students learn to understand and articulate how the learning outcomes from their coursework provides the knowledge and skills employers and graduate schools seek.