Each year, the Humanities Center invites a select group of new Miami University students to join its Humanities Scholars Program. Students are selected on the basis of their accomplishments in high school and their interest in exploring the power of history, languages, literature, film, civics, philosophy, religion and the arts.
Humanities Scholars receive exclusive access to special Humanities Center events and programs, including our Luxembourg Summer Research Institute. Students are also invited into a special first-year seminar connected to our signature initiative, Altman Fellows Program. Each year, this program fosters inquiry a different issue of major public consequence. The program involves a campus-wide collaboration of faculty, students, and up to a dozen internationally distinguished visiting scholars.
The Humanities Scholars program does not require a humanities major, only a conviction that the humanities subjects foster creativity, critical problem-solving, and an appreciation of human commonalities and differences. Democratic society relies fundamentally on the humanities. Good citizens must be historically and culturally literate, and a healthy democracy requires leaders who understand the history, human experience, and potential consequences of our rapidly-changing, increasingly interconnected world.
The Humanities Scholars program offers students the opportunity to move rapidly into an individual research project—a relatively rare undergraduate achievement that is highly prized by both employers and graduate admissions boards. The goal of this experience is not necessarily graduate school. Humanities research sharpends communication and critical reasoning skills, and Miami University Humanities Scholars train for a broad range of professions—including medicine, business, and law. A large body of research now shows that humanities majors enjoy an unusual diversity of careers, are exceptionally happy in their jobs, and outperform most of their peers on graduate admissions (including admission to medical and law schools).
For more information, contact Sarah Siff, Assistant Director of the Humanities Center.