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Arts and Humanities scholarship programs at UMBC are designed for undergraduate students with strong intellectual ability who are passionate about pursuing studies in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, literature, history, philosophy, language and culture. Scholars benefit from a wealth of enrichment activities, intensive advisement and strong support throughout their years at UMBC.


Humanities Scholars Program

The Humanities Scholars Program enables undergraduate humanities scholars to become independent thinkers who examine cultural products and practices from a multitude of perspectives. It provides educational opportunities and strong support for learning, research, and civic engagement to a cohort of particularly talented young people who, over time, will have an impact on the intellectual atmosphere of the campus and will make significant contributions to the humanities in society.

The Humanities Scholars Program at UMBC encourages humanities scholars to carry out the following:

  • To think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions that maintain an on-going dialogue;
  • To learn about the values of different cultures, about what goes into making a work of art, and about how history is made;
  • To prepare for engagement with a wide variety of social and career settings for the betterment of society;
  • To create a strong and vocal constituency at UMBC for the humanities and related fields.


Linehan Artist Scholars Program

The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is for talented students who are serious about pursuing their art in a university setting. Scholars are able to explore their artistic endeavors with UMBC’s internationally acclaimed arts faculty. Rigorous academics and challenging coursework prepare artists for success in multiple fields. A generous gift from Earl and Darielle Linehan supports the Linehan Artist Scholars Program. This is a four-year scholarship, for students who enter UMBC as freshmen with a major in the arts. The Linehan Artist Scholars Program looks for students who distinguish themselves both academically and artistically.

Linehan Artist Scholars live and work in a nurturing environment that includes weekly seminars and frequent cultural excursions to develop creativity and success, inside and outside of the arts. UMBC provides a strong liberal arts education and is home to a faculty of composers, choreographers, directors, designers, photographers, computer artists, painters, filmmakers, video animators, art historians and performers who actively engage students in creative and analytical work.