Carnegie Mellon University

Extracurricular Activities

HSP Scholars have numerous opportunities to enrich their CMU experience by participating in additional activities.

A key component of the HSP is providing additional opportunities to students which connect their classroom studies with extracurricular events, further building both their understanding of different topics and their community. The program encourages students to participate in the rich set of speakers and events happening in the humanities on campus and also provides support for students to attend outings and events off campus. These outings range from performances or exhibitions, cultural activities in Pittsburgh, informal group dinners or field trips to augment the classroom experience.

In the past, HSP students have traveled to Toronto to see Gounod’s Faust by the Canadian Opera Company, to Philadelphia to see the Barnes Foundation and investigate the politics of art, to New York and Chicago to compare urban systems, and to New York to the MOMA and to see an off-broadway show. The HSP considers this additional enrichment an invaluable part of students’ experience in the humanities.

Study Abroad

In addition to extracurricular activities promoted by the HSP, students are encouraged to explore the many opportunities that Carnegie Mellon offers, such as summer internships, student clubs and organizations, and study abroad. The HSP is structured to support study abroad and encourages students to investigate these opportunities by contacting the Study Abroad Office.

HSP scholars may apply to the program for support to study abroad, complete internships or attend academic conferences. These grants, which can be used alone or in conjunction with other funds, can range up to $3,000 in order to help students experience learning away from campus.

Get Together!

Some additional activities are more informal, providing students with a casual atmosphere to get to know peers and faculty; these include dinners, brown bag lunches and coffee chats. These informal spaces allow first-year students to meet more advanced students, learn from their experiences and have an opportunity to get to know faculty outside of the classroom or more structured events.