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Humanities Mellon Scholars

Program Details


Faculty Mentorship

As a Humanities Mellon Scholar, you will have a designated faculty mentor to help guide you through your first two years of college.  Your mentor will meet with you individually twice every quarter.

Learning Community

You will take five courses that lead to the Certificate of Achievement in Humanities as a member of a learning community, allowing you to enjoy the social camaraderie and a network of support among classmates while you sharpen your study skills.  Students are required to attend cohort-only classes to ensure and promote the unique bond that only cohort classes can provide.  These classes generally meet a minimum once per week on the Foothill campus

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Cohort Courses

The five requred cohort courses in chronological order are:

  • HUMN 1:  Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas:  The Ancient World (Fall Quarter)
  • HUMN 3:  World Myths in Literature, Arts and Film (Winter Quarter)
  • HUMN 7:  Global Religions-Contemporary Practices & Perspectives (Spring Quarter)
  • HUMN 5:  Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas:  The Modern World (Fall Quarter)
  • HUMN 4:  Trauma and the Arts (Winter Quarter)

See our Humanities Department website for detailed course descriptions.

Textbooks for HUMN courses are free of cost to all Humanities Mellon Scholars.

Paid Internships

Apply what you have learned in your classes in paid internships.  Internships are a great way to obtain valuable work experience, make connections with leaders in art and community organizations, diversify your portfolio and built a stronger transfer application.

See more information about our internships

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Your GPA must be 2.0 or higher.
  • High School degree or equivalency

Off-Campus Group Activities

Additional activities — such the Foothill De Anza Mellon Scholars Student Conference, the USF Humanities Symposium and USF campus visits — will help you further refine your academic skills and goals.

Guaranteed Admission to the University of San Francisco (USF)

See more information about guaranteed admission to USF


The application deadline is July 15th - apply now!



Please attend either of our two virtual information sessions for more information!


Information Session 1: Monday July 1st, 4 pm to 5 pm



Information Session 2: Wednesday July 3rd, 12 pm to 1 pm


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Please contact us!

Humanities Mellon Scholars Program Director