Advanced Humanities Institute

The Advanced Humanities Institute at the School of the Holy Child provides a two-year signature program experience where students learn, at an advanced level, how to make meaning of society, culture, and art while visiting important cultural sites nearby and abroad. Combining a rigorous curriculum in the arts, cultural theory, social science, and psychology, students learn in this program how to become engaged citizens, sensitive and perceptive cultural observers, and convincing and powerful thinkers. 

The Advanced Humanities Institute believes that the humanities allow students to study beautiful works of human expression, while also understanding the environments that shaped those works. Students will study impactful and challenging works of art (whether textual, musical, or visual) in a student-centered seminar model, exploring the relationship between great works of art and society. Later units in the curriculum focus on critical theory, psychology, and the social sciences in which students will expand their understanding of how to analyze, write about, and creatively respond to society and culture. 
As students create both academic and creative works in response to course material, students will deepen their confidence and sophistication as artists, musicians, creative writers, thinkers, and social observers. The curriculum of the Institute was designed with students interested in Journalism, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, Law, Art, Music History and Performance, Creative Writing, Social Work, Education, and Social and Cultural Research in mind. 

Engaging seminar discussions will be supplemented with field trips to sites including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, and the galleries, archives, and musical facilities of Yale University. In the summer following the first year of the program, students will attend a summer fieldwork trip to a new location each year and other sites of cultural and social importance. Students will explore important landmarks, experience beautiful art and culture, and process what they see in nightly research salons.  Travel will always involve engaging discussions, perceptive journaling and analysis, and the opportunity to create art. The second year of this program will be devoted to an Advanced Humanities Research Seminar where students will work on a capstone project or portfolio based on their interests and work in the Institute.