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For Students of Carlow University, Saint Vincent College and Ursuline College

Through a grant from the CIC and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, students at Carlow University, Saint Vincent College, and Ursuline College have the opportunity to take new and innovative online humanities course from any one of the partner schools.

The cost of each course is included in your regular tuition at your home institution (except for the travel course offered in Summer 2019, which will be paid directly to Saint Vincent College).

The goal of this partnership is to expand the opportunity for students to take innovative humanities courses which have an applied, public dimension. 



Participation requirements:

Students need to be in a full-time status (12 credits or more) at Carlow University, Saint Vincent College, or Ursuline College in order to be eligible to register for the course offerings at other schools.

Registration information:

To register for one of these courses, please submit this form to the registrar's office at your institution.



Upcoming Courses:


Spring 2020

HI 200 Digital Humanities

Instructor: Lauren M. Churilla, Saint Vincent College

Digital humanities encompasses a wide variety of computationally-assisted historical scholarship methods, tools, and publications. This course will introduce the rapidly evolving field of digital humanities with a focus on digital history. Students will learn how to use and critique digital methods; assess and employ digital tools; evaluate the merits and pitfalls of digitally publishing various forms of scholarship; and generally navigate this digital research environment. They will learn how to develop sound research questions that can be answered with DH methodologies and tools; they will create DH projects using the tools taught in the courses.


HS 246 Visions of the Future: Utopias, Dystopias, and Science Fiction 

Instructor: Csaba Toth, Carlow University

Utopia is fantasy – we fancy a world without injustice, environmental destruction, hunger, genocide and war. We imagine the Good Society, one we all would like to inhabit. Utopian visions assume that there is nothing in humans, nature, or society that should as a rule prevent the realization of an enduring state of affluence, social harmony and individual happiness. To the contrary, pessimistic views of the present and the future take the form of dystopia – dystopias depict or foretell a world of nightmares, a world without hope. There are others who feel that we already live in a science-fictionalized society controlled by codes, computers, and cyborgs. This class will use classic and recent texts that embody utopia or dystopia or science fiction, sometimes all three in one stroke. Major assignment for the course expects students to create their own utopia, to turn their fantasy of an ideal world into reality.


HI 209 Making Caribbean History

Instructor: Pamela McVay, Ursuline College

Study, analysis, and interpretation of Caribbean history, culture, and geography from the pre-Columbian to the present--including island and mainland regions--using original sources and scholarly literature. In digital and/or hard copy students will use close and distant reading methods to interpret original sources in manuscripts, print, and the visual and performing arts. Follows the Caribbean Examinations Council's recommendations for secondary education.


HI 296/AN 235 SVC Global Perspectives: History and Culture of Peru

Instructor: Elaine Bennet and Fr. Brian Boosel, Saint Vincent College

Learn about the culture and politics surrounding the legendary Machu Picchu. As we explore Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Peru’s Sacred Valley studying the history and culture of this region, we will examine how historical power structures shape the stories we tell about ancient people. This 3-credit course is structured around a spring break (February 28-March 8) trip to the Cusco region of Peru. Before the trip, students will take part in on-line coursework to prepare to get the most out of our excursions and activities in Peru. After the trip, students will complete projects synthesizing what they have learned. The trip fee is being finalized, but the estimated cost is $3,300, which will include airfare and ground transportation, all activities, breakfast at the hotels, and a few other meals.



Summer 2020


Ecological Theology

Instructor: Linda Maydak, Carlow University



Fall 2020 


Rustbelt Literature: The Fiction of Cleveland Neighborhoods

Instructor: Katharine Trostel, Ursuline College



Past Course Offerings:


Summer 2019


AN 285: Culture and Health in Guatemala

Instructor: Dr. Elaine Bennet, Saint Vincent College



Fall 2019


TH 360 Christianity and American Society

Instructor: Jack Alverson, Carlow University


EL 230 Small Press Publishing

Instructor: Michelle Gil-Montero, Saint Vincent College


RS 485 Religion and US Politics

Instructor: Gina Messina, Ursuline College