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Interdisciplinary Opportunities


The College of Arts & Humanities places particular emphasis on interdisciplinarity and collaborative innovations. Interdisciplinary work can take many forms, from the individual scholar who integrates a diverse range of materials and methodologies into his or her research, to ongoing collaborative ventures across multiple departments that produce new publications, national conferences, or new models for undergraduate and graduate pedagogy. Here are a few of the opportunities graduate students in the college have to forge their own innovative, interdisciplinary engagement:



The College of Arts and Humanities offers curricular opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary work and collaborative projects.. Through one of our graduate certificate programs, students go outside their major area, or simply delve more deeply into innovative directions within their own scholarship. These certificates are founded on diversity and originality of approach, and collegiality and can be beneficial for developing and carrying out dissertation projects. Our graduate certificates include: Critical Theory, Interpretation and Translation, Jewish Studies, Museum Scholarship and Material Culture, Second Language Acquisition, and Womens' Studies. For contact info, please see our degree page:

Interdisciplinary Communities

The college is leading the way in interdisciplinary approaches to the arts and humanities by developing emerging fields like digital humanities, and offering area study programs that draw on multiple fields to open exciting, multifaceted views of such regions of the world as Latin America, the Middle East and East Asia. The recent IGERT award granted to the UM language community also speaks to ARHU’s strength and commitment to cultivate highly interdisciplinary projects that are organized to leverage and access the special intellectual knowledge of researchers across disciplines to solve complex problems.

Digital Humanities

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), jointly supported by the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities and the University of Maryland Libraries, is a leading digital humanities center that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation through applied research, public programming, and educational opportunities. Engaging in collaborative, interdisciplinary work at the intersection of technology and humanistic inquiry, MITH specializes in text and image analytics for cultural heritage collections, data curation, digital preservation, linked data applications and data publishing. MITH shares its areas of research with the campus and the broader community through an intensive program of conferences, lectures, fellowships, workshops, and weekly seminars. Check out the schedule for MITH's  Digital Dialogues

Stay tuned for updates on a new Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies in the Humanities!

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

UMD’s program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) offers research and training opportunities in neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience. The Language Group in the NACS program spans faculty in the Departments of Linguistics, Hearing and Speech Science, English, Biology, and Computer Science, making one of the largest groups of researchers on the psychology of language in the United States. 


The IGERT Program is an NSF sponsored interdisciplinary research and training enterprise to support language science at UMD. IGERT spans many departments, colleges and centers such as linguistics, psychology, information studies, hearing and speech science, computer science and second language acquisition. IGERT supports PhD students as they engage in innovative interdisciplinary training, develop research skills and participate in collaborative research, and develop leadership skills through student-led initiatives.

Film Field Committee

The Graduate Field Committee (GFC) in Film Studies is a cooperative effort by film faculty across the College of Arts and Humanities to promote the study of cinema at the University of Maryland. The GFC supports student research through its Graduate Colloquium in Cinema and Theory each spring and film-related events such as symposia, screenings, and seminars throughout each year. GFC faculty are also available to advise graduate students on their research in Film Studies. Members of the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies include faculty from the School of Arts and Humanities and other campus institutions. Departments represented include the School of Languages, Literature and Culture (SLLC), English, History, Comparative Literature (CMLT), Art History, American Studies, Classics, Ethnomusicology, and the Nonprint Media Services Library. For more information go to:

Medieval & Early Modern Studies Field Committee

The Medieval & Early Modern Studies at the University of Maryland (MEMUM) is group of interdisciplinary graduate faculty and graduate students from Departments of Art History, Communication, English, History, Languages, and Theatre who have come together to foster the thickest and most expansive collaborative exploration in the medieval and early modern periods. This formal structure for such collaboration will provide graduate students with a better, broader education and will foster interdisciplinary thinking, a greater diversity and originality of approach, and collegiality. As dissertation projects become increasingly multi-disciplinary in scope, students’ preparation will be better served by the interconnected network of disciplines the members of MEMUM will facilitate.Throughout the academic year, MEMUM will sponsor a series of faculty-student lunchtime talks. Find us on Facebook


ARHU also has many centers that enhance the vibrant intellectual and creative life of the college, the university and the greater community. These centers offer exciting curricular and research opportunities for graduate students: