Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
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NEH Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities help strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.
Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from areas of study in the humanities such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.
NEH Humanities Initiatives may
- develop or substantially enhance bridge programs for first-year, first-generation, at-risk, and/or nontraditional students;
- create or revise courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, and/or practical composition courses designed to help students write better;
- support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to honors programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses) and enhance existing ones;
- infuse humanities learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, science, technology, and nursing and medicine);
- create or improve humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions;
- create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
- help institutions create or enhance humanities resources for teaching, such as oral histories and historical or literary collections (projects incorporating podcasts, mapping tools, and other digital components are especially encouraged); and
- support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society.
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