Education Programs: Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2019 - 11/30/2020

Funding Totals

$34,944.00 (approved)
$34,210.38 (awarded)

Humanities in Action Honors Program

FAIN: AKA-265629-19

College of St. Benedict (St. Joseph, MN 56374-2099)
Elisabeth M. Wengler (Project Director: October 2018 to October 2022)
Emily Esch (Co Project Director: April 2019 to October 2022)

Planning for a five-course interdisciplinary Honors Program curriculum, “Humanities in Action.”

Humanities in Action (HIA) is a five-course honors curriculum which places the skills and values cultivated by the humanities at the center of student learning. We are seeking funding to develop and integrate two key features of HIA: interdisciplinary team-taught courses and a culminating experiential learning component. The interdisciplinary courses examine scientific, social scientific, and mathematical knowledge and reasoning in specific social and cultural contexts to illustrate how these factors complicate the acquisition and application of “objective” results. Armed with this knowledge and the tools and skills of different disciplines, students will design and operationalize experiential learning projects for the Humanities in Action capstone. During the planning year, a diverse team of faculty and staff will design team-taught interdisciplinary courses, develop experiential learning and leadership modules, and design a community-engagement capstone.

Media Coverage

College of St. Benedict, Saint John's University awarded $35,000 NEH grant (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Staff
Publication: St. Cloud Times
Date: 5/28/2019
Abstract: A local newspaper article announcing the awarding of an NEH Humanities Connections Planning grant to the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.

NEH grant to fund redesigned Honors program (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Staff
Publication: College of St. Benedict/St. John's University News
Date: 5/28/2019
Abstract: An announcement of the receipt of the NEH Humanities Connections Planning grant to the college community.

Associated Products

CSBSJU Honors Program Redesign Proposal August 2019 (Course or Curricular Material)
Title: CSBSJU Honors Program Redesign Proposal August 2019
Author: Emily Esch
Author: Elisabeth Wengler
Abstract: This proposal for the redesign of our Honors Program was a main goal of our project. It was submitted to our Academic Curriculum Committee and received approval in October 2019. The proposal describes the rationale for the redesign and describes the features and curriculum of the new program in detail.
Year: 2019
Audience: Undergraduate

The new CSB/SJU Honors Program (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The new CSB/SJU Honors Program
Abstract: The three authors made this presentation to the CSBSJU faculty to explain the new program and to solicit proposals to teach in the program.
Author: Elisabeth Wengler
Author: Emily Esch
Author: William Lamberts
Date: 10/31/2019
Location: St. Joseph, MN
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: The Powerpoint from the presentation of the program is found at this link on the CSBSJU Digital Commons site.