Spring 2016 School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards Available

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) currently has the following award applications available. Please read the instructions for each award carefully before applying.

2016 HSS Study Abroad Awardhttps://goo.gl/S42ghH

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a competitive scholarship to students who will enroll in one of the summer College of Charleston Study Abroad programs found here: http://international.cofc.edu/study-abroad/cofcsummer.php

 A total of $4,000 is available this year to students majoring in HSS. This application must be submitted by March 18, 2016. Decisions will be made on April 1st.

2016 HSS Internship Awardhttps://goo.gl/uE8ddV

Two awards of $1000 each are available to third-year students (57+ earned hours) majoring within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Qualified applicants will maintain at least a 2.8 overall GPA with a record of success in their academic and professional lives. Preference givenHappy to be here to those with financial need. Students must be enrolled in a summer HSS course for the internship. This course must be for academic credit. In addition to this online application, students applying for this scholarship are encouraged to send a letter of recommendation from a faculty member to monkk@cofc.edu.  Recommendations from employers, supervisors, and community partners are also welcome.

 This application and any additional documentation must be submitted by April 15, 2016. Decisions will be made on April 29th.

The HSS Student Travel Awardhttps://goo.gl/0Yl2cu

This award is offered to both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in HSS, beginning 2014-2015. The travel awards are intended to supplement funding acquired through other sources at the College of Charleston.

 The deadlines to apply for spring and summer funding are March 11, 2016 and May 13, 2016. Notifications of these awards will be sent by March 21, 2016 and May 23, 2016. Dates for 2016-2017 will be posted after July 1, 2016.


If you have any questions regarding the applications, please contact Katie Monk at monkk@cofc.edu or 953-0803.

Sociology Student Receives Funding for Work with At-Risk Youth


Richard A. Haddad ’75

Rich Haddad ’75 and his wife Shannon ’78 have generously established the Richard A. and Shannon W. Haddad Internship Award for Sociology majors because of their affection for the College and appreciation for the opportunities their education made possible.  As a Sociology student, Mr. Haddad was specifically impacted by a trip to study and spend time in a South Carolina juvenile detention center.

Funding is given to a College of Charleston student who is a declared Sociology major completing a for-credit internship with troubled or at-risk youth through the Sociology Internship Program or the Crime, Law and Society Program. The recipient must have a demonstrated interest in helping troubled youth through previous volunteer experience, activities, research, etc.; and/or an interest in pursuing a career working with troubled youth in the future.

Mark Kukoda

Mark Kukoda

The 2016 recipient of this award is Mark Kukoda. After one of Mark’s juvenile justice courses, and a tour of a juvenile detention center, he was left with a strong impression. Mark has decided to work with at-risk youth as a career. He hopes to pursue ways to keep kids out of trouble and to give them opportunities to succeed in life. Mark is currently interning at Charleston’s Communities In Schools.

Mark writes:

During the spring semester of 2015, I visited the Juvenile Detention Center in North Charleston. Like my classmates, we were concerned of the conditions of the facility and when we met again we took it upon ourselves to try and raise money to renovate their library. Although we had failed to establish our group into a school club, we held a book drive, accepted donations, and received a grant from the College to purchase books for the facility’s library. This experience was key in my motivation to work with juveniles, particularly those who are considered “at-risk”. My goal is to impact the lives of children and deter them from ending up in the justice system because those who go in at an early age are highly more susceptible to being incarcerated again. 

After speaking with my advisor, Professor Stein, I learned about Communities In Schools and what they are all about. It is a national program that dedicates itself to keeping kids in school and helps to motivate/empower them to achieve in life. I could not think of a better way to achieve my goal of keeping at risk youth out of the justice system than to try and intern with them and offer my services. 

At Mitchell Elementary School (Downtown), I regularly meet with at-risk students and talk to them about school and their life. Often I spend a lot of time doing life-building and academic reinforcement activities. I hope that the bonds I have developed with these at-risk youth are enough to help them succeed in life. In addition to that, I strive to be a mentor and role model to these young individuals.

For more information about this award, and other funding opportunities offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, click here.

An Afternoon of Poetry

By Cathy Holmes, Department of English, College of Charleston
poetryoutloudPlease join us on Sunday, January 24 at 1:30 PM in the Stern Center Ballroom for an afternoon of poetry.

Eight students from area high schools will be reciting poetry by William Blake, Anne Bradstreet, Robert Browning, James Dickey, Mark Strand, and many more. These students are the winners of their high school competitions and are vying for a chance to compete at the state level. One SC winner will compete nationally in Washington, DC.

Each contestant recites two poems chosen from the POL anthology. Professors Emily Rosko, Gary Jackson, and Julia Eichelberger of the Department of English, will serve as contest judges and score the recitations. This year, we are delighted to welcome South Carolina’s Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentworth, who will read her poetry. ASL interpreters will add to our experience of the spoken word, and C of C students will play music between rounds. Student volunteers work alongside our POL community partners, LILA (Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts) and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, to help us run the competition and welcome contestants, teachers, and families to our campus.

This delightful event is free and open to the public. Please join us from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday January 24.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact one of the coordinators:

Cathy Holmes holmesc@cofc.edu

Kailey Milks, Student Coordinator  milkskk@g.cofc.edu

Sponsors include: 

art works NEW WM_Logo_HSS poetryfoundationsc arts commission

Urban Studies Students Explore Daufuskie Island

Melinda Lucka, College of Charleston professor and practicing attorney, gave her urban studies students and interns the opportunity to explore Daufuskie Island- one of the sea islands off of the coast of South Carolina.  The experiential learning opportunity, held late in the fall 2015 semester, allowed for students to conduct a hands-on study of the population, economy, and natural environment of the island under the direction of an experienced mentor.  As is common in Urban Studies classes, the students learned about the concepts they were studying in class by going out in the field to learn from the City of Charleston, and in this case, the larger Lowcountry Region.

The students—all of three of whom are majoring in Urban Studies—visited key landmarks, documented economic activities, verified population trends, and observed local culture and traditions.  These experiences will help the students contextualize the quantitative data that they have already collected related to a study of the island.

Left to right: Katie Joiner, Logan Elliot, Melinda Lucka, and Brendan Williams travel by ferry to Daufuskie Island.

Left to right: Katie Joiner, Logan Elliot, Melinda Lucka, and Brendan Williams travel by ferry to Daufuskie Island.

Students arrive at the Jane Hamilton School house, which currently serves as a center for education about Gullah culture.

Students arrive at the Jane Hamilton School house, which currently serves as a center for education about Gullah culture.


Before leaving Marshside Mama’s for lunch, the students hung CofC Urban Studies dollar bills inside the restaurant, consistent with the tradition of hanging personalized dollars on the walls and from the ceiling.



Wabash Center Awards $30K to Support Religious Studies Department

Religious studies faculty are starting 2016 with close to $30,000 to enhance the student academic experience.

logo_color-med-szOnce Elijah Siegler, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, applied to the Wabash Center – an organization that supports higher education institutions teaching theology and religion – he quickly learned the grant would greatly benefit his faculty and students. “We are very excited to have been selected for this grant, which will benefit not only Religious Studies faculty and students in a meaningful and long-lasting way, but also the liberal arts mission of the College as a whole,” Siegler says.

The religious studies department will be able to use funds for engaged learning practices in the classroom, such as high-impact field trips to monasteries and religious retreat centers. The grant will also be used for study away course opportunities, such as interfaith courses in Atlanta, GA, and eco-spirituality courses in Asheville, NC. Study abroad classes can also be funded. Courses on religious diversity and globalization in India and inter-religious encounters in Myanmar, for instance. Lastly, funds will enable the Department of Religious Studies to sponsor a summative conference on engaged learning in the spring of 2017.