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Departments & Centers

Department of Applied Human Sciences

Whether you are interested in exploring human sciences, public health issues, teaching, or environmental and outdoor careers, the department of Applied Human Sciences is for you!  We are committed to the CEHSP ideals of faculty/student research collaboration, preparing students to evaluate and engage in sustainable practices, and engagement in our communities.  Join us!  YOU can make a difference.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Are you interested in learning about language, the mind, and speech?   The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders contributes to the CEHSP ideals of community engagement and student success by providing you not only with the academic and research background needed to understand communication sciences but also hands-on learning experiences in the speech-language-hearing clinic. We hope to hear from you!  YOU can make a difference.

Department of Education

Want to touch the future? The department of Education will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to reach into the future to contribute to a better society through teaching.  We contribute to the CEHSP ideals of global citizenship and intercultural awareness by providing opportunities for students to student teach in setting such as Slovenia, Ireland, and inner city or rural locations in the US. Read more!  YOU can make a difference.

Department of Psychology

Do you find yourself wondering about what makes people tick?  The department of Psychology department can help you to discover the complexities of human behavior.  Whether you are interested in understanding neuroscience, mental health of children and families, or language and thinking, we contribute to the CEHSP ideals of faculty/student research collaboration, and student success through hands-on learning in the laboratory and in the field.  Explore with us!  YOU can make a difference.

Department of Social Work

If you are interested in improving the quality of life and enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities, the department of Social Work is the right major for you.  Though field placement opportunities and classroom experiences our students develop the values and skills of social work that exemplify the CEHSP ideals of social justice, intercultural awareness, and community engagement.  Come join us!  YOU can make a difference.

American Indian Learning Resource Center

The American Indian Learning Resource Center exists to enrich the cultural, academic, supportive, and social environment of the UMD campus. Our mission is to increase the recruitment and retention of American Indian and Alaskan Native students, while promoting a more culturally diverse campus environment. Working in conjunction with UMD staff, the AILRC provides supportive services to empower and aid in the success of our students and to enhance their educational experience.

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center provides comprehensive educational programs that contribute to increased understanding and appreciation of natural resources management practices through the Boulder Lake Management Area which provides an interpretive window to showcase resources management including hydroelectric power generation and a working forest environment, and illustrates the many social, biological, and economic benefits of that forest.

Center for Environmental Education

The Center for Environmental Education is dedicated to facilitating leadership and educational experiences that foster environmental sustainability through outdoor and environmental education. We value an integrated approach to environmental sustainability, as well as an experiential-based approach to engaging students in the environmental challenges of our local, regional, and international communities. We aim for excellence in outdoor and environmental education, leadership, and scholarship. Our vision is to be a leader in education for sustainability by serving as a catalyst for collaboration among campus departments and community organizations, sponsoring educational opportunities, facilitating outreach and civic engagement opportunities with off-campus organizations and agencies, and encouraging research activities that support the goals of environmental sustainability.

Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies

Our programs and projects prepare students to become effective child welfare practitioners, particularly in working with American Indian families through offering stipends, coursework and other cultural and experiential learning opportunities.  The Center also partners with tribes, county agencies, and non-profits in Minnesota to help improve American Indian child welfare practice and reduce the disparities experienced by families in the child welfare system.

Children's Place

UMD Children’s Place is founded in the belief of the critical importance of the first years of life and the need to embrace the diversity of our world today. The mission of UMD Children’s Place is two fold:

  • To provide quality, nurturing care of children while their families are at work or study.
  • To provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities for UMD students in order to enhance their classroom learning with practical experiences.

UMD Preschool at the Park

The UMD Preschool at the Park, located at our beautiful Chester Park site on the UMD campus, is committed to providing a culturally responsive pedagogy for our diverse, young children. Preschool at the Park is a preschool program serving children from three years old through kindergarten. 

Ruth A. Myers Center for Indigenous Education

The Ruth A. Meyers Center for Indigenous Education develops and facilitates quality educational experiences and services for those working in public service in schools, education, and other agencies serving American Indian people. The Center works in partnership with the American Indian community to:

  • Address the educational needs of Indigenous people
  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of educators from all levels about Indigenous people, languages, and cultures
  • Improve opportunities for Indigenous educators and students to succeed
  • Research, preserve, and share Indigenous languages and cultures