Letters & Sciences (LTSC) provides first-year freshmen students, who are unsure about a particular major, the opportunity to explore several fields of study before selecting a major. LTSC students enroll in courses that satisfy the University’s General Education (GenEd) requirements, which allow them to explore different academic areas while fulfilling graduation requirements. LTSC also works with students who are not directly admitted to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP) major.
For information on freshman admissions to the University and the application process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
LTSC students are assigned a permanent advisor that will work with each student during their time in the program. The role of the advisor is to guide the student through their course selection and major exploration, as well as providing any information that will help the student succeed at the University of Maryland.
All LTSC students have mandatory advising required before they will be cleared to register for the upcoming semester. Students are required to meet with their advisor twice each semester.
Academic Majors, Minors and Certificate Programs
The University of Maryland has over 100 majors, minors and certificate programs from which to choose. Feast your eyes on the diverse range of academic opportunities by visiting:
- Academic Majors: https://admissions.umd.edu/explore/majors
- Academic Minors: https://admissions.umd.edu/explore/colleges-and-schools/majors/minors
- Certificate Programs: https://catalogundergraduate.umd.edu/
Limited Enrollment Program Majors
Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP) are majors at the University of Maryland that control enrollment and require students to meet specific admissions requirements such as gateway courses and grade point averages. The University currently has ten (10) LEP programs and they are as follow:
- Business (Accounting, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Operations Management)
- Biological Sciences, Biochemistry and Chemistry, and Biodiversity and Conservation
- Criminology & Criminal Justice
- Government & Politics
For more information on LEP majors visit: www.lep.umd.edu. Please note that Business is a competitive admissions programs.
First Year Courses
UNIV100 The Student in the University: A one-credit seminar for all entering students that helps them to answer the questions, "Why am I here?" and "How can I get the most out of the University of Maryland?" The goal of the seminar is to connect students to the resources they need to excel, while making sure their transition is as smooth as possible. To accomplish this, small groups of students are paired with a class instructor who structures the class and serves as a "sounding-board" when questions arise. UNIV sections are generally limited to an enrollment of 20 or less students in order to create a more discussion oriented environment in the classroom, and to promote more opportunity for instructor/student and peer interaction.
UNIV150 Finding the Signal in the Noise: A three-credit course for all first year students that helps them to answer the question, "What are the challenges of information-based prediction in the age of big data?" The course will utilize Nate Silver's book The Signal and the Noise to engage a multidisciplinary exploration of information-centric forecasting in modern economic markets, infectious disease networks and climatic modeling. Students will use primary literature to understand the unity and diversity of data inference challenges across each of these disciplines and will build skills in proposal research, authorship and scholarly communication.