Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges
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Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges support community colleges’ commitment to educating students on a variety of educational and career paths. The program funds curricular and faculty development projects that help strengthen humanities programs and/or incorporate humanistic approaches in fields outside the humanities.
Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes, drawn from humanities areas of studies such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. Each project must also incorporate a broader institutional vision for the humanities at a community college.
The following is a partial list of projects the program may support:
- bridge programs for freshmen, first-generation college students and their families, nontraditional students, and/or secondary school students;
- creation or revision of courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, including composition courses designed to help students write better;
- new or enhanced humanities programs, including new humanities minors or certificate programs, honors programs, first-year seminars, and culturally relevant or place-based curricula;
- the infusion of humanities learning into professional training in such fields as business, law, engineering, science, technology, science, hospitality, and nursing and medicine;
- creation of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions;
- opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
- creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, including oral histories, literature or film, teaching modules, or guidelines on how to use humanities resources in the classroom;
- development of curriculum-focused digital humanities projects, including podcasts, mapping tools, or digital resources for distance learning that can be used on- or off-line; and
- partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high school students; collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K-12 pathways to higher education).
NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope and duration, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.
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