A group of faculty at SIU-Carbondale recently received a grant that's designed to help attract more students to the humanities.
Mont Allen - an assistant professor of classics and art history - is leading the effort.
Allen says the National Endowment for the Humanities created the grant in response to declining enrollments in humanities programs as more students major in the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
"The NEH started a brand new program called the Humanities Connections Grant that awards $100,000 to teams of faculty who develop innovative programs that are designed to lure students in the STEM disciplines and in other kinds of applied disciplines into greater study of the humanities."
Allen says the effort will result in a new minor in ancient practices that will be unique to the SIU-C campus.