Dr. Katherine Russell

Welcome from the Undergraduate Dean

Dear Student,

We are delighted that you aspire to “Be the Solution” to the world’s greatest challenges! Joining one of the majors or programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) at University of Maryland is the perfect place to learn the knowledge and skills to really have an impact.

The College draws on its proximity to Washington DC and worldwide connections to enrich its teaching, research, and service.  As the home of some of the most popular majors on campus such as Government and Politics, Psychology, Geographical Information Systems, and Economics, to name but a few, the BSOS community works to enhance international relations, advance global sustainability, understand societies and cultures, and improve the human condition. In all that we do, BSOS aims to BE THE SOLUTION to the worlds’ greatest challenges. Diversity of every kind permeates everything we do. The quality of your education is enhanced by your interactions with fellow students and faculty who bring a richness of diversity to the University.

University of Maryland is the ideal choice for academically talented students who wish to fully engage in a challenging and immersive intellectual environment. Please check out our academic majors, minors, and living-learning programs using the menu at the left.

BSOS Academic Advisors are key resources in assisting undergraduate students in identifying academic opportunities to best fit their interests and goals.

Internships and research experiences, education abroad, service learning, and student leadership opportunities round out a student’s career and personal development beyond what the traditional academic classroom setting can offer.

Participating in one of Maryland’s living-learning or freshman communities, including Honors College, College Park Scholars, CIVICUSGlobal Communities, Carillon Communities, or FIRE is one way for first and second year BSOS students to share their common interests with each other and with faculty in a closely joined residential community. A freshman UNIV100 course is another way that BSOS students can work closely with an academic advisor and be part of a small, personalized learning community during their first semester on campus.

BSOS Alumni help to shape the world as researchers, policy makers, and practitioners in a wide range of fields including government, business, law, health, and others.

Please feel free to be in touch if you have questions.

With best wishes,

Dr. Katherine F. Russell
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
BSOS-UGDean [at] umd [dot] edu