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The Humanities Project

Funded by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the MWCC Humanities Project strengthens the college’s humanities curriculum; supports collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities; examines the intersection between the humanities and other academic disciplines; and engages MWCC and the community in the discussion of enduring themes from the world’s many cultures and traditions.

In 2022, the Humanities Project teamed with the Study Abroad Office to bring travel and global learning to the community college student body. Together, they seek to provide opportunity and financial support to MWCC students who want to engage with the world’s many cultures and traditions beyond the academic classroom. By examining the intersection between the humanities and other academic disciplines in this unique way, students will complete firsthand travel abroad themselves and share it with the community upon their return.

Humanities Project and Scholarships to Study Abroad

Where? Study Abroad in Paris, France
Who? MWCC Students with valid passport at the time of travel, 18 years of age or older
When? One-week travel opportunity, May 2025
What? HUM 283 An American in Paris: Study “Americans in Paris” Fall 2024

From the French Revolution to the current day, from 18th century painters to 21st century rappers, Americans have always had a THING for Paris, living there, creating there, and more. Come learn about this international love affair between two countries all in ONE class!

Learn more about the France Trip

Past Humanities Project Themes

Why Study Abroad Opportunities AND the HUMANITIES PROJECT?

To inspire community college students to experience a world beyond their own backyard

Research shows that most community college students are unable to spend an entire semester abroad, which is why MWCC faculty have begun to develop Short-Term Study Abroad Courses in conjunction with the Humanities Project. These opportunities will be offered through 3-credit, academic courses that will include 1-2 weeks of travel at the end of the semester. The average cost of short-term study abroad is approximately $3,000 and the Humanities grant covers non-academic costs, such as airfare, lodging, transportation, and site visits. All matriculated MWCC students (full or part-time) who have earned a minimum of 12 college credits may apply. The application will include GPA, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. A committee made up of faculty and staff will oversee the selection process.

• Students who study abroad have better grades, experience less attrition, and graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study abroad.
• Students who study abroad gain substantial long-term impact on students’ career paths and the depth of their global engagement.
• Through the Humanities Project, students will share their study abroad experience with the MWCC community and beyond to inspire others.

Give to the Humanities Project

Your gift to the MWCC Humanities Project helps support public humanities programming in our communities and at the college. All money raised will be matched by the National Endowment for the Humanities one to two.

Gifts of all levels add up to make an important difference for MWCC students and the community. Thank you for your support.

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