Arts & Sciences announces new Ampersand course innovation grants

The College of Arts & Sciences and First-Year Programs is looking for proposals for new Ampersand programs. Ampersand programs are small, multi-semester, innovative courses designed to engage first-year students in the exciting work of the university – creating new knowledge. In addition to providing small, seminar-style class environments, most Ampersand programs offer unique opportunities for first-years such as international and domestic travel, research, and community engagement. Ampersand’s co-curricular programming is supported by the College of Arts & Sciences, and we are committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of financial means, can participate fully in the rich offerings of these innovative programs. 

The College seeks proposals for new and innovative programs that challenge students to think critically about themselves as well as the world around them, particularly programs that engage first-year students in international travel with the goal of increasing awareness of the inherent benefits of study abroad opportunities; integrate community knowledge for students as a pathway to deeper community-engaged learning; develop intercultural competence; foreground inquiry into issues of justice, ethics, diversity, and equity; or engage in substantive ways with pressing contemporary societal or environmental issues. Programs in the social sciences and humanistic social sciences are especially welcome.

Information about eligibility, funding amount, and application requirements can be found on the call for proposals page.