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. 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 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. Price Scholars take the first three courses in the program as part of their HLLC cohort provides a framework exploring social inequities and themes related to engaged citizenship. Next, Price Humanities Scholars take several elective courses in the humanities before then embarking on guided research projects and internships in the humanities, culminating in a capstone course research project. Throughout the pathway program, our scholars are mentored by humanists and graduate students, engage with visiting humanities scholars, 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

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

  • End of Semester Gathering/Social/Community Event(Karaoke Night), December 8th, 2023, 6pm-7:30pm, 48 New St. Room 214
  • Meet And Greet Event, January 19th, 2024, 12pm-1:30pm, 48 New St. Room 214
  • Spring Mini-Conference, March 22nd-24th, 2024, 48 New St. Room 214
  • Summer Colloquium, June 3rd-7th, 2024, 48 New St. Room 214



What Our Scholars Are Saying


To me, being a Price Humanities scholar means having access to opportunities that can allow me to turn my dreams into a tangible reality. It means expanding my reach to larger communities and meeting diverse people with similar values. Price was able to fund an internship experience for me my sophomore year that would have been otherwise inaccessible due to lack of funding. That very internship turned into the fellowship where I have continued to work on longer-term projects. A big goal of mine is to do a graduate program abroad and Price can be a bridge for me to walk across in order to get there. As a first-generation immigrant student with hopes to be a cycle breaker in my family and community, Price Humanities can provide the resources and support so that my work doesn’t end when I receive my undergraduate degree.

Ana Monteiro

Art History, Spring 2023

Being a Price Humanities Scholar, means having my already acclaimed strengths, and I am being provided with the platform. With the opportunities that Price Humanities affords me, I get to make meaningful changes in my communities with the help of the staff and the funding of this program.


Laila Jones

Political Science Major and Peace and Conflict Studies Minor, Spring 2023

I can pursue my goals because HLLC along with their interdisciplinary, Price Humanities academic pathway, are my backbone towards pioneering my own social justice initiatives and exposing me to diverse humanity discipline opportunities and pursuing graduate school, which is my major aim in seeking concrete and transformative social change.


Isela Estefany Coyotecatl Ricoy

Sociology, Spring 2023



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