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ARHU158D
Explorations in Arts and Humanities; Mapping Biographies of the Enslaved in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Restricted to first semester first year students in the College of Arts and Humanities.

This course engages students in first-hand archival, historical, and digital work on the history of enslavement in America so that we might better understand its long-reaching effects. Students will work with public databases and biographical materials in an effort to recover what we can of the histories of the enslaved and the industries of enslavement. Though this course takes a broad approach to American slavery, we will also pay special attention to the history of slavery in Maryland.
ARHU158K
Explorations in Arts and Humanities; From Parasite to Mutualist: Redesigning Human Relations with Earth
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Restricted to first semester first year students in the College of Arts and Humanities.

How can human societies shift from parasitic to mutualistic environmental behaviors? This interdisciplinary course examines paths to solve our great challenges: climate change and habitat degradation caused by fossil fuels and rampant consumer culture. Themes include evolutionary mutualism, group selection, permaculture, Indigenous knowledge, post-petroculture, closed loops, and zero waste. These mutualisms reveal how humanist subjects like identity, culture, narrative, and environmental injustice affect our relationship with Earth. Creative assignments and guest speakers will inform in-depth projects that redesign parasitisms to be mutualisms in green infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, greenwashing, environmental psychology and sociology, and creative "righting."
ARHU158M
Explorations in Arts and Humanities; Theatre as a Tool for Societal Transformation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Restricted to first semester first year students in the College of Arts and Humanities.

Because theatre is a live, character-driven art form, it is uniquely situated to encourage audience members and collaborators to put themselves in someone else's shoes and empathetically engage with different backgrounds and perspectives. Theatre can be a powerful tool to wrestle with the great societal and political challenges of our times, and pave the way for societal transformation. Through field trips to see productions at DC-area professional theatres, guest artist visits, play analysis and creative projects, students will gain firsthand knowledge of the creative roles in theatre, including the contributions and processes of a director, designer, actor, and playwright.
ARHU158N
Explorations in Arts and Humanities; The Art of Public Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Restricted to first semester first year students in the College of Arts and Humanities.

Artists explore and document public health disparities by collectively creating a multiverse of expression. Public health offers a technical framework to address the challenges faced in the United States and beyond. Artists, over the ages, have expanded our understanding of health inequities through advocacy and giving voice to the experiences of marginalized communities. Through literature, film, music and visual art, students will explore the power and essentiality of the humanities in public health.
ARHU158Q
Explorations in Arts and Humanities; The Power of Youth
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Restricted to first semester first year students in the College of Arts and Humanities.

20-something influencers such as Kylie Jenner and Shawn Mendes use social media to reach their millions of followers and to help shape what they think about, talk about, and purchase. Former Parkland, Florida student David Hogg shows how young people can affect social change by advocating for stricter gun control laws on national media outlets. Starting with these examples and drawing from literature, politics, and gender and sexuality studies, we will analyze youth and its power in our culture.
ARHU158W
Explorations in Arts and Humanities; Language and Antiracism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Restricted to first semester first year students in the College of Arts and Humanities.

This sociolinguistics seminar is addressed to incoming ARHU majors, particularly those seeking a degree that will allow them to teach any language (including both L1 and L2) at any educational level. It is anchored in a critical interdisciplinary approach -- sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, Hispanic applied linguistics, linguistic anthropology, sociology, social psychology, race studies, Latinx studies, language acquisition, education, Hip-Hop studies -- that emphasizes the social, political and ideological dimensions of language. Its objective is to raise linguistic awareness through the implementation of antiracist language teaching methods in the language classroom.
ARHU230
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Humanities, Health, and Medicine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Restriction: Permission of ARHU-English Department.
Cross-listed with: ENGL254, HIST219N, WGSS230.
Credit only granted for: ARHU230 , ENGL289C, ENGL254, ARHU298A, HIST219N, or WGSS230.
An overview of the historical, cultural, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of medicine, human health, disease, and death from the points of view of various humanistic disciplines.
ARHU240
Cultural Institutions of the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An introduction to cultural institutions in the United States, while providing student exposure to the professional environment artist find themselves in. In order for artist and arts administrators to succeed after their educational experience it is critical to understand the history of their respective field, and which events and questions have shaped, and are shaping, their industry. This course is very much an interdisciplinary initiative. Over the past century the arts have become ever-more integrated with one another resulting in a requirement of not only understanding one discipline, but how other disciplines affect a particular practice.
Cross-listed with TDPS258C. Credit granted for ARHU240 or TDPS258C.
ARHU275
Scriptwriting for Theater, Film, and Television
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Cross-listed with: ENGL275.
Credit only granted for: ENGL275 or ARHU275.
Introduction to the theory and practice of scriptwriting with an opportunity to read, view, evaluate, write, and revise texts meant to be performed. Students will practice writing for the stage, film, and television and also examine selected scripts, performances, and film and television clips as models for their own creative work. Students will complete frequent writing exercises, participate in workshops, and learn to apply scholarship to the analysis and critique of scripts.
ARHU277
Careers in the Toy Industry: Gender, Trends, and Social Impact
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: WGSS277.
Credit only granted for: WGSS277 or ARHU277.
Exposes students to diverse career options within the $114 billion global toy industry, and will explore the toy industry's relationships to gender and other areas of social impact. Students will learn how careers in play shape our society and about the countless careers in this fun, dynamic field for individuals with diverse, transferable skills. This class will share how emerging trends in content, technology, and approaches to identity and stereotypes shape the industry, its workforce, and its social impact. From Marketing, Accounting, Advocacy and Communications, to Design, Engineering, Law, Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship this is a constantly evolving industry that has the power to shape minds and our world through the power of play.
ARHU286
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities.
Restriction: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and must be in a major or minor in ARHU - College of Arts and Humanities.
Designed for students who are in their first semester at the University of Maryland and/or students who wish to complete legislative internships, some start-up internships and some remote internships. All students must be enrolled in an ARHU major or minor and the internship must be in one of the academic fields covered within the College of Arts and Humanities. In addition to completing their required hours on site, students will be required to attend three bi-weekly seminars at the beginning of the semester to help develop their para-professional goals and understandings.
ARHU299M
Studies in Humanities Technology; Machine Learning in Language and Art
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with COMM298M and ENGL289G. Credit only granted for ARHU299M, COMM298M, or ENGL289G

How do language models like ChatGPT generate essays, poems, and stories?How do machine learning models learn to determine the author of a text, or identify the artist behind a painting? What makes language models like ChatGPT different from image generators like Stable Diffusion? And can language models be used to make music? We will teach you how to build models that read and write in natural languages, what makes those models different from applications of machine learning to visual art and music ,how to use Python for data analysis and statistics, how to visualize data, and how to apply mathematical and statistical knowledge to practical problems in the digital humanities. No background in coding or statistics is required, but students with some programming or statistics experience are also very welcome in the course.
ARHU300
(Perm Req)
Writers' House Colloquium: Welcome to Writers' House; Writing Your Manifesto
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Jimenez-Porter Writers' House Living-Learning Program.
Welcomes new students into Jimenez-Porter Writers' House, a literary center for the study of creative writing across cultures and languages, and helps them to understand, develop and write their own artist statement (aka Artist Manifesto). Students will explore the creative and intellectual traditions of our community, their craft and future careers, understand what these traditions are, how they have evolved over time and place, and why they matter. Emphasis will be placed on community building, engagement and participation, with presentations from the editorial staff of Stylus, executive board of Terpoets, Novelist Support Group as well as other professional development opportunities.
ARHU309
(Perm Req)
Writers' House Colloquium: Creative Writing in Community
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
For Writers House students only.
ARHU319A
(Perm Req)
Writers' House Second Year Colloquium: Form and Theory of Creative Writing; Prose
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
For Writers' House students only. For further details please contact jrangel@umd.edu
ARHU319D
(Perm Req)
Writers' House Second Year Colloquium: Form and Theory of Creative Writing; Exploring the Contemporary Revolution in Poetic Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
ARHU338
(Perm Req)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship in a Living Learning Program
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
ARHU340
Financial Entrepreneurship for Arts Leaders
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Cross-listed with: MUSC448E.
Credit only granted for: ARHU340 or MUSC448E.
An introduction to financial entrepreneurship for the arts leader in order to prepare students for diverse and ever-changing careers in the arts and creative fields. Topics explored will include Professional Paperwork (resumes, cover letters, biographies, job searches), Financial Literacy (taxes, budgets, boards, tickets sales, musicians unions), Marketing (website development, social media, press packets, record labels vs. online distribution, headshots, audience development, community engagement, branded content), Communication (public speaking, writing), and Technology (online tools, computer software, peripherals, recording, photography/videography, on campus resources).
ARHU358
Becoming Worldwise and Worldready: Finding Success in College and Life
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Must be enrolled in a major in the College of Arts and Humanities. Repeatable to 3 credits if content differs.

Designed to help students navigate the various resources that exist at a large, Research 1 university like the University of Maryland. The course focus is helping them better understand the groundwork needed to transition successfully from underclassman to upperclassman, from an outside major into ARHU or from an external school to UMD, and ultimately from college into life post-graduation.
ARHU375
(Perm Req)
The TV Writers Room Screenwriting for Television and Video
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ARHU275, ARHU318, or FILM370; and permission of instructor.
Additional information: Priority in enrollment will be given to students participating in the Jimenez-Porter Writers' House and FILM studies programs.
Students engage with the theory and practice of screenwriting for television and video. Students read and watch teleplays designed to teach advantages of the television format. Students apply what they learn to prepare frequent writing exercises, share and provide feedback for peers scripts in a workshop format, and work together as a Writers Room to prepare an original pilot episode.
ARHU386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
ARHU458
Graduate School Preparation
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits. Repeatable to 3 credits if content differs.

Designed for Juniors and Seniors who are interested in applying to graduate school. Topics include skills needed for the graduate school search and application process, evaluation and reflection of application materials, preparation for GRE exam, and exploration into career options after graduate school. Focus on the Humanities fields.
ARHU468A
(Perm Req)
Peer Mentoring Program; Arts and Humanities' Ambassador Program
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to current ARHU students who will serve as ambassadors for the College of Arts and Humanities.
ARHU486
(Perm Req)
Internship Practicum in Arts and Humanities
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Have completed previous internship at U of MD.
Restriction: Must be in a major in ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities; and permission of ARHU-College of Arts & Humanities; and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and completed 12 credits at U of MD.
An internship intended for students who have already completed an internship for credit. ARHU486 must be a different experience from the internship students have already taken for credit. Generally students intern with a different company, but they may continue working for the same company if the job is significantly different. See ARHU internship coordinator for details.
ARHU489
(Perm Req)
Advanced Internship Practicum in ARHU
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of the College of Arts and Humanities.