Non-Credit Programs

Humanities for Young People

Humanities for Young People (HYP), is a programme for ambitious teens who want an intellectual challenge and a taste of college life.

For one intensive week in July, students will study challenging texts with some of our most engaging professors, develop their analytical, verbal, and interpersonal skills, and enjoy residential life at Canada’s oldest chartered university.

HYP will clarify what we study in the humanities, how broadly applicable humanities skills are, and the way the humanities shape our communities. Our aim is to ignite curiosity and passion in young people.

HYP is an academic adventure that will take you from Ancient Greece to multicultural Canada. HYP will also immerse you in Nova Scotia’s culture and history, with events like a pirate history cruise of Halifax’s harbour, and a Medicine Walk led by a Mik’maq elder.

Each year, HYP will conclude with a public symposium. In 2016 the symposium was entitled The Humanities in Our Communities. It took place at Halifax’s acclaimed Central Library. This symposium featured the work of students, professors, and a keynote address was delivered by George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s parliamentary poet laureate and a passionate advocate for the humanities.

HYP is open to all Canadian students from grades 9 to 11 with an interest in writing, in reading, and in thoughtful inquiry.

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Dates and applications for HYP 2017 will be updated soon.

HYP won a Connections grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to help fund the pilot project in 2016. HYP is also thrilled to have the support of the Halifax Public Library.