- by Mount Saint Mary College

Students will soon be able to get a $6,500 per year humanities-based education at Mount Saint Mary College: Beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, the college will offer Humanities@Work, a new Interdisciplinary bachelor’s program that fuses coursework with hands-on service and internship experience. 

Humanities@Work will also offer a four-year tuition lock, and a four-year graduation guarantee.

From English to History to Philosophy and everything in between, this robust program mixes a variety of courses across disciplinary areas, co-curricular seminars, research projects, and internships for a dynamic student experience with real results. It offers students a high degree of flexibility and customization of their degree, handing them the keys to their own academic destiny. Students can add minors, select areas of emphasis, take concentrations, and more as they navigate their education over four years. 

In order to keep our class sizes intimate, a limited number of students will be accepted into this program each year. For maximum immersion, these students will live on campus.  

“We are extremely excited to be offering Humanities@Work,” said Jason N. Adsit, president of the Mount. “This is more than just another way to get a degree. Humanities@Work is a deeply immersive, service-oriented program that will aid our community and help deserving students – some who might not otherwise been able to afford college – to change their lives. With its affordable $6,500-per-year price, Humanities@Work is focused on community, accessibility, and the development of critical skills for the next generation of jobs. We can’t wait to welcome our first group of Humanities@Work students in the Fall 2021 semester.” 

Humanities@Work students will study the humanities in the Mount’s signature seminar-style classes, allowing a personalized education from the college’s dedicated faculty. The program’s integrated service and volunteer elements will allow for practical applications in Newburgh and the surrounding communities. Humanities@Work will also infuse coursework with mentoring, internships and other practical experience for all four years of the program: Students will work with hand-selected companies, nonprofits, and social services organizations to take their education to the next level. 

Humanities@Work will foster the essential skills employers are looking for:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Analytical writing
  • Effective communication
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • A moral compass and a sense of larger purpose

“We need artists, writers, and philosophers to help us make sense of the world and ourselves, to tell the stories, and to question the narratives of the human saga. Such broadening of our educational perspectives, discovered through the humanities, also offers students the concrete skills that nurture the agility necessary for tomorrow’s workforce opportunities,” said George Abaunza, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Mount. “Students who come through the Mount’s Humanities@Work program will not only earn a bachelor’s degree, but they will also forge lasting relationships with the community, infuse their coursework with real world experience, and be immersed in the creative and educational process from their first day in the program.”

Despite the stereotypes, humanities students go on to contribute and assume leadership roles within the non-profit and private sectors: 93 percent of Mount 2019 graduates were employed or in graduate school six months after graduation. Students who complete the program will be prepared for leadership roles across a broad range of current and emerging fields of industry. 

Learn more about Humanities@Work here.

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