The HLLC Price Humanities Scholars

The HLLC Price Humanities Scholars

What is the HLLC Price Humanities Scholars Program?

The Price Humanities Scholars Program is a curricular pathway for diverse students in the Honors Living-Learning Community interested in pursuing graduate school and careers in the humanities professoriate. Named for legendary Newark historian, the late Clement A. Price, a distinguished professor at Rutgers-Newark and funded by the Mellon Foundation. Utilizing a multi-layered approach including undergraduate research, publicly engaged scholarship, innovative courses, visiting scholars, mentoring, and professional development opportunities, a diverse and intergenerational group of HLLC scholars interested in humanities will gain exposure to opportunities that will cultivate their interests, and increase their likelihood of attending graduate school and entering the professoriate.  


This specialized humanities pathway is embedded within the existing 18-credit HLLC minor. The Price Scholars take the first three courses in the program as part of their HLLC cohort, providing a framework to explore social inequities and themes related to engaged citizenship. After that, the Price Humanities Scholars take several elective courses in the humanities and a humanities research methods course before then embarking on guided research projects in the humanities, culminating in a capstone course research project. Throughout the pathway program, our scholars are mentored by humanists and graduate students, engaged with visiting humanities scholars, professional development around graduate school, and visits to national conferences and graduate programs. 

What Does the Price Humanities Scholars Program Offer?

  • Dynamic interdisciplinary courses and seminars,
  • Mentorship
  • Paid research fellowships and internships,
  • GRE Preparation
  • Career exploration and networking opportunities,
  • Support with the graduate school exploration, application process, and more.


Meet Our Team


Macsu Hill, Ph.D.
Director of Special Programs

Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D.
Inaugural Dean of the HLLC

Dr. Melissa L. Cooper, Ph.D.
Faculty Director

Engelbert Santana, Dean of Advisement

Marta Elena Esquilin

Associate Dean

Engelbert Santana, Dean of Advisement

Engelbert Santana

Dean of Advisement

Upcoming Events

Introduction to the Humanities, Summer Colloquium Experience | June 6 through June 10, 2022

The Summer Colloquium will offer students a survey of key concepts, questions, and modes of humanistic inquiry while also introducing them to the myriad of ways that graduate degrees may be applied in the real world. The second half of each meeting during the institute will feature professionals who have put their Humanities graduate degrees to use inside and outside of the academe—presenting a host of career options to Price Scholars. Featured professionals will likely include archivists, museum curators, public history site interpreters, professors, writers, journalists, artists, lawyers, digital humanists, and public-school educators.

Price Humanities Summer Research Experience | June 13 through July 30, 2022

HLLC Price Humanities scholars will either join a research team supervised by a faculty research supervisor or be placed within one of our public humanities partner institutions to work on projects within those spaces.

What Our Scholars Are Saying


As a Price Humanities scholar, I’m thrilled to be part of a networking community that allows me to flourish as a scholar. The hardworking administration and staff have opened doors and tailored to my needs to prosper in my academic career. 

Tammy Galarza

Criminal Justice , Spring 2022

For me, being a Price Humanities Scholar is about civic engagement. Most HLLC courses stress the importance of applying classroom taught concepts to the outside world and your community. Through the Price Humanities Program I have gotten the opportunity to give back to the community in a way that is fulfilling, liberating, and educational all at the same time.  


Landin Xavier Sadat Morris

Journalism, Spring 2022

Being a Price Humanities Scholar means being supported through your journey as a humanities major. Advisement provided by graduate students helped me to see all the possibilities I had in academia and in careers. 


Jessica Matos

History, Spring 2022



We’re proudly funded by the  Mellon Foundation

Recipient Organization: Honors Living-Learning Community, Rutgers University-Newark

For more information please contact
Macsu Hill, Ph.D., MPH,
Program Director
Tel: 973-353-1089