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Baltimore, our "neighbor to the north," offers wide-ranging opportunities as a living classroom where you can discover many facets of this historic and complex city. Enroll in courses designed specifically to deepen your knowledge of the history, art, politics, and culture of the city. Take those credits out of the classroom and make the city your home this summer!

Courses by Subject

Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 311: Urban Anthropology

ANTH 311 explores community engaged anthropology and ethnographic fieldwork with a focus on social and environmental justice in Baltimore City. Learn first-hand about the role of urban public art and gardens, housing opportunities through Habitat for Humanities, community health center Marian House, the urban environmental agency Biohabitats, and a community food bank and garden in East Baltimore.

This course provides a broad perspective of human life in an urban context through cross-cultural comparisons of topics such as social justice, environment, language, race and ethnicity, economics, gender, politics, ritual, art, and religion. Learn about the history of anthropological research in urban centers and current issues in the anthropology of cities. Examine various anthropological approaches to understanding human behavior, and gain insights to other cultures as well as our own. Discussions include topics of health, urban social subgroups, communities, education, environment, art and media.

4W1 – Tues/Thurs/Fri 9-12:10 pm
Lion Brothers Bldg
GEP - SS
Jana Rehak

PREREQUISITE WAIVER: This course is open to all majors. Prior SOCY or ANTH course prerequisite requirements will be waived for this class. For a waiver please contact Amy Barnes at amyb@umbc.edu.

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Art (ART)

ART 216: Studies in Visual Culture (Prehistory through the 1750s)

Visit Baltimore’s renowned museums, and explore ancient and early modern art through a focused study of five different civilizations and periods of history. Experience the great collections of world art at the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art, where you’ll learn about the visual cultures of the Persian Empire, and Ancient Greece and Rome, followed by a brief survey of European art from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Explore the role of visual arts through a contextual analysis of original works, and investigate various works of architecture, sculpture, decorative arts, philosophy, literature, poetry and painting.

6W1 – Tues/Thurs 1-4:10 pm
Lion Brothers Bldg
GEP - AH
Kimberly Anderson

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ART 392: Special Topics: “Soundscapes: Baltimore”

There’s more to Baltimore than what meets the eye. The ear has a role to play as well. Create a “sound map” of Baltimore by experiencing, understanding and listening to the sounds of the city. Students will work together to determine which neighborhoods to explore and will create a map of city sound locations that focus on listening and witnessing sonic events in public spaces. The collaborative map will serve as a document that will help others to better understand Baltimore through its rich soundscape. For more information or registration permission, contact joereinsel1@umbc.edu.

6W2 –Tues/Thurs 1— 4:10 pm
Lion Brothers Bldg
Joe Reinsel

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American Studies (AMST)

AMST 310: Gender and Inequality

Explore core concepts in gender studies and histories of inequality through a series of case studies rooted in issues facing Baltimore City: housing and city development; labor, immigration, and incarceration; and LGBT neighborhood cities. You’ll learn about these current issues through applied experiences in the city while examining the ways in which gender roles and gender relations are constructed and experienced in American society. Special attention is paid to the ways in which gender-based experiences are divided by other social relations, particularly those of class, race and age. Recommended preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.

6W1 – HYBRID Mon 1-4:10 pm
Lion Brothers Bldg
GEP - AH
Kate Drabinski

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Gender & Women's Studies (GWST)

GWST 310: Gender and Inequality

Explore core concepts in gender studies and histories of inequality through a series of case studies rooted in issues facing Baltimore City: housing and city development; labor, immigration, and incarceration; and LGBT neighborhood cities. You’ll learn about these current issues through applied experiences in the city while examining the ways in which gender roles and gender relations are constructed and experienced in American society. Special attention is paid to the ways in which gender-based experiences are divided by other social relations, particularly those of class, race and age. Recommended preparation: One lower-level social sciences or humanities course focused on American society or culture.

6W1 – HYBRID Mon 1-4:10 pm
Lion Brothers Bldg
GEP - AH
Kate Drabinski

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Music (MUSC)

MUSC 333: Race and Jazz

The music known as jazz has been celebrated throughout the world. MUSC 333 examines the music itself as well as the role that race has played throughout jazz history. Examine the music from a historical perspective through the study of the music and lives of its creators and practitioners. Additional content will explore the contributions of Baltimore jazz artists including Eubie Blake, Chick Webb, and Cab Calloway. You’ll learn to make aesthetic judgments, identify various jazz styles and discuss their relevance to their time and to the present.

6W1 – Online
GEP - AH
Matthew Belzer

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Lion Brothers Building

Some classes will regularly meet downtown in The Lion Brothers Building (UMBC’s new city classroom near Hollins Market) where you can actively learn and discover first-hand what makes Baltimore such a unique and special city. The Lion Brothers Building is located at 875 Poppleton Street and Hollins; across the street from the James McHenry Elementary School and Recreation Center. The building is also close to Café Gourmet, Zella’s Pizzeria, Cup’s Coffee House, and a branch of Harbor Bank. Watch our video with Dr. Kate Drabinski to learn more about Discover Baltimore classes, the city & The Lion Brothers Building.

Transportation

Just two blocks from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK), with easy access to I-295, I-95, and I-83, the Lion Brothers Building is accessible from campus by UMBC’s Downtown Shuttle, local bus lines, as well as the Charm City Circulator. There is also street parking (free and metered) along the residential roads around the Lion Brothers Building. Students may also park on the UMBC campus (with valid parking permit) and ride the Downtown Shuttle.