Who We Are
The Humanities Scholars Program offers students of any major an enriched study of the liberal arts through beyond the classroom programs focusing on literature, language, philosophy, history, culture and other humanities disciplines. Students who enjoy discussing the world and the experiences of humanity will find the Humanities Scholars Program to be an excellent fit.
This 4 year program is made up of around 300 students, all with varying interests within the humanities. Whether you are a humanities major, a history buff in your free time, or simply like to read, the Humanities Scholars program offers a welcoming “home base” community within the university.
View the most recent Humanities Scholars Newsletter below to learn more about what it is like to be a Humanities Scholar.
For more information about the Humanities Scholars Program, please contact program manager Ben Fortman at: 614.688.5457 or via email at: email@example.com.
Humanities Newsletter Fall 2012
What We Do
Humanities Scholars participate in beyond the classroom programming focusing on literature, language, philosophy, history, culture and other humanities disciplines. Throughout the year, students may attend the scheduled humanities themed events that interest them the most. Past programs have included:
- Dinner & Dialogue discussions with Ohio State faculty. Past discussions have included:
- North African Social Movements: Professor Franco Barchiesi, Department of African-American Studies
- Psychology of Sexuality: Professor Lisa Cravens-Brown, Psychology
- The Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Obama: Professor Hasan Jeffries, History
- Consciousness and the Vegetative State: Professor Declan Smithies, Philosophy
- Quarterly Book Club with a “Banned” Book Club during the spring. Past Book Club choices have included: Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
- Doc & Talk film discussions. Past discussions have included: Good Hair, The King’s Speech, and God Grew Tired of Us
- Cultural and Arts events around Columbus. Students recently attended the Short North Gallery Hop, Columbus Italian Festival, Columbus Asian Festival, Broadway Across America: Mary Poppins, Columbus Museum of Art
- Humanities Film Festival project. Students form groups to create short humanities focused videos that align with a central theme. The project culminates during winter with the showing of student projects and presentation of awards to the outstanding entries.
- Humanities focused trips to cities such as Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.
While the majority of Humanities Scholars programming happens beyond the classroom, students do have two opportunities to interact in the classroom with other Scholars during their first year on campus:
All incoming Humanities Scholars take a Humanities Seminar course designed to establish community while featuring weekly humanities topics during the fall of their first year.
One of the signature academic events during the spring is the Humanities Scholars “Banned” Book Club. Students read a book that has been banned or challenged by a school, community, or level of government. Several discussions are planned throughout the spring that allow students to reflect upon the book as they read. The final discussion typically includes dinner and is facilitated by a faculty member. Past “Banned” Book Club choices have included: The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky.
The Humanities Scholars Leadership Council acts as an advisory group to the Program Manager and is an outstanding opportunity for students to develop leadership skills. Scholars may apply to be part of the Leadership Council as early as the end of their first year on campus. The Leadership Council is divided into the following committees: Academics, Communications, Community Service, Cultural, Spring Trip, and Social. Committee members are able to gain valuable project management and leadership experience as they brainstorm, create, and execute beyond the classroom programming for the entire Humanities Scholars community.
Community service is an important aspect of the Humanities Scholars Program. Students have the opportunity to participate in local service projects and attend service trips around the region. Past service initiatives have included:
• Treat the Hungry – students wear costumes and “Trick or Treat” for canned goods in a local Columbus neighborhood
• Volunteering with the Franklin County Dog Shelter
• Mid-Ohio Foodbank Volunteering
• Local Soup Kitchen and Shelter Volunteering
• Overnight service trip to Indianapolis to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
How to Apply
The Humanities Scholars Program is selective, and you must apply to be considered. Successful candidates have a variety of qualifications including solid academic records, strong writing skills, significant participation in extracurricular and community activities, and a diversity of life experiences.
Please note: Only new freshmen who begin at OSU's Columbus campus during the autumn semester are eligible to apply for the Scholars Program. Students interested in the Scholars Program must complete the Honors & Scholars section of The Ohio State University supplement while applying for freshmen admission to the university via the Common Application. The application deadline is February 1, 2013.
For additional information about the Humanities Scholars Program please contact program manager Ben Fortman at: 614.688.5457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.