The UMD School of Fine Arts and College of Liberal Arts merged to become a single university in July. Since then, the merged university was called the Faculty of Liberal Arts until the interested parties agreed on a new name: Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The name decision process involved input from the 10 department heads at the university, meetings within the university and a poll in which people could vote on one of the final options, said the university's dean, Jeremy Youde.
Jeremy Youde Duluth Photo from the University of Minnesota
"We wanted something that would help us identify our new identity, bringing these different departments and programs together," Youde said . "We want something that is understandable for people who come from outside the UMD."
Youde said the new name reflects the 10 departments and 40 specializations of the university.
"We wanted something that was comprehensive and holistic," he said.
The name change will be made official on July 1.
The college merger was part of UMD's plan, announced in December 2019, to cut its operations and administration budget by $ 5.2 million to erase its recurring deficit. The UMD administration said the merger was expected to save the university $ 400,000.