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The Humanities program seeks to engage students more deeply in the life of the mind during their time at the Miller School of Albemarle. Additionally, it exists to encourage students to pursue excellence in the Humanities by providing an organizational structure and incentive to make the most of their academic and cocurricular opportunities here.

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The program pursues this aim in the following ways:

  • by providing students opportunities for increased engagement with their studies through field trips and special programming;

  • by giving shape and direction to a student’s curricular and cocurricular work;

  • by inspiring students to engage proactively with their studies, while encouraging them to see their studies as an extension of their own interests and passions;

  • by challenging students to maintain momentum in their senior year and to view it as a summative experience of their career at Miller.

The Humanities Program provides an overarching, long-term academic structure, affording students who are passionate about Literature, History, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, and Performing Arts an opportunity to flourish creatively and scholastically. Students accumulate credits toward the Humanities Certificate on a track of their own making. Credit is awarded for curricular work and cocurricular activities. Coursework in the junior and senior years is emphasized, with more weight being given to Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and Senior Seminar options. See the credit worksheet here.

The amount of curricular credit applied toward the Humanities Certificate is capped; the remainder must be earned through co-curricular activities, so that students round out their studies in ways that emphasize enrichment, participation, and applying themselves. For a Major Certificate, students must engage in a yearlong Capstone Project, which is offered via Senior Seminars or an Independent Study. The Certificate of Distinction they can earn with their diploma is intended to be a crowning achievement of their high school career, and it is highly visible to college admissions committees, in that an Advanced Diploma status appears on a student’s application. Applications for the Humanities Program are accepted during certain application windows in the first and fourth quarters of the year. Seniors, juniors, and rising juniors are encouraged to apply!

CONTACT HUMANITIES PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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Russell Leary
History, Humanities Program Coordinator
✉︎ rleary@millerschool.org
☏ 434-823-4805, ext. 257

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The Humanities Program provides an overarching, long-term academic structure, affording students who are passionate about Literature, History, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, and Performing Arts an opportunity to flourish creatively and scholastically.
— Russell Leary, History Department
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