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The Humanities Edge program helps college students in the humanities make the transition from Miami Dade College to Florida International University. Thanks to a generous gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program provides financial resources as well as mentoring, internships, research opportunities and career workshops to the approximately 5,000 students majoring in the humanities at both institutions.

The program also sponsors a special week-long immersion in humanities scholarship for MDC students graduating or near graduation. The H.E.ART summer program supports 60 MDC students intending to transfer to FIU and major in one of three humanities fields: history, English or art.

A degree in the humanities (which also includes philosophy, gender and ethnic studies, modern languages and classical studies) is a rewarding pursuit in and of itself, one that can also lead to a vibrant and interesting career.  Public and private industries are showing increased interest in graduates with a background in humanities to inform their communications, business practices and culture. Many successful political and cultural leaders such as singer John Legend (English) and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (history) have backgrounds in the humanities.

The Humanities Edge also supports faculty by offering collaborative grants for student-focused projects, professional development opportunities and a framework to improve humanities curriculum while affirming the value of diversifying scholarship across the disciplines.

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