The NEH supports five programs under the Humanities Initiatives Umbrella:
- Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities
- Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
- Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges
All five of the programs aim to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new or enhancing existing humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses that explore, interpret, and preserve the diversity of human cultures, ideas, and practices, past and present. Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.
NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.
All five of the Humanities Initiatives programs support activities such as:
• Curriculum development
- developing a course or set of courses (including, for example general education courses, honors courses or programs, capstone courses, etc.)
- creating teaching materials (course modules, readers, primary document collections, digital collections, etc.)
- planning and piloting a major, minor, or certificate program
• Student Enrichment
- developing humanities-focused internship programs
- developing opportunities for hands-on, place-based, or experiential learning
• Faculty development
- developing pedagogy or curriculum through shared reading programs
- organizing a series of guest speakers for faculty and community audiences
- creating bridge programs or dual enrollment programs between high school and college, or between community college and university
- collaborating with museums or libraries to create teaching materials
- producing humanities programming for students and community members
The term ‘humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.