Program Description

In addition to the 50 minutes of class time per week, Ambassadors must fulfill 15 hours of "outside of class" volunteer work by the end of the semester. Completion of these hours are through assisting with award receptions and dinners, small and large scale special events (symposiums, forums, panels, etc.), prospective student events (e.g.,open houses, college fairs, etc.), faculty/staff receptions, holiday parties, Maryland Day, commencement ceremonies, and social media participation.

Each ambassador will receive two course credits for the successful completion of a semester of duty and the fulfillment of the accompanying course (BSOS 248A) requirements. After the successful completion of one semester of duty, students may continue serving as ambassadors and earn additional credit for each full semester of service thereafter, assuming they maintain the necessary requirements set forth to be a college ambassador. Please note that service as an ambassador may be revoked at any time as deemed appropriate by the Office of the Dean.

The expected learning outcomes for students in this program include: leadership and networking opportunities with the college’s units (departments and centers), the Office of the Dean, faculty/staff, other students, alumni, elected/appointed officials, campus administrators, prospective students and so forth; mastery of the proper protocol and etiquette for professional events; improving communication skills with peers; public speaking experience; and teaching, listening and marketing skills.


Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to serve as an ambassador, the following criteria must be met:

  •   If the applicant holds a double major or is a candidate for a double degree, he/she must hold a primary major in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  •   All applicants must have held a behavioral and social sciences major for a minimum of two semesters
  •   All applicants must have earned a minimum of 30 credits at the University of Maryland (College Park campus)
  •   All applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher
  •   All applicants must be in good judicial and academic standing
  •   All applicants should be able to perform light to moderate lifting (e.g., transportation of special event materials, programs, supplies, etc.)
  •   All students must be able to register and attend the two credit course: BSOS 248A on Thursdays from 4- 4:50 p.m. in 1101 Morrill Hall

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Please email Abigail Messaris at bsos-ambassadors [at] umd [dot] edu with any questions or concerns.