UC Davis has been awarded a $600,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to offer new undergraduate courses that integrate the arts, humanities and science.
The new SHAPE program – Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement – will offer interdisciplinary courses co-taught by faculty from the arts, humanities and science, and the curriculum will be augmented with the work of visiting performance artists. To address the marginalization of the arts and a lack of understanding of science, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts will partner with the Davis Humanities Institute, the University Honors Program, and First-Year Seminars to co-create 10 undergraduate courses during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic year.
“I’m thrilled that the University Honors and First-Year Seminars programs will play a central role in developing these unique and powerful for-credit learning experiences for students,” said J. David Furlow, associate dean of Undergraduate Education who directs both programs. “The opportunity to collaborate directly with a performing artist in these courses is truly an unprecedented concept.”