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Humanities Academic Boot Camp

Our humanities academic boot camps prepare enlisted student veterans for liberal arts-related bachelor’s degree programs.

Overview

Our humanities boot camp is an immersive, week-long program consisting of readings on American democracy, seminars taught by university professors, intensive writing instruction, and structured work time with individualized tutor support. All boot camps also include a series of discussions on succeeding in college as a student veteran.

 

 

Course Structure

Readings consist of texts that encourage thinking about the tradition of American democracy, challenges which have informed the course of American history, and the relationship between the military and the civilian worlds.

Seminars are taught by professors who are experts in their field and focus on the assigned readings. Seminars replicate the experience of participating in a traditional undergraduate liberal arts/humanities seminar.

 

Writing workshops introduce students to the expectations of college-level writing and teach them how to write effectively about what they have read, to cite textual evidence appropriately, and to turn their ideas into convincing arguments. Humanities boot camps culminate in a short essay assignment.

Analytical reading and college success workshops taught by student veteran peer mentors introduce students to a variety of skills essential to succeed at a college or university. Analytical reading sessions teach students how to assess, analyze, and annotate difficult and unfamiliar texts efficiently. Our college success workshop series demonstrates the learning practices of successful college students, covering the topics of college expectations, study skills, the application process, making the transition from military service to higher education, and the community and culture of a college environment.

  • College expectations

    • Why did you choose college?

    • What does college expect from you?

    • Planning your academic pathway

    • Seminar participation

  • Study skills 

    • Note-taking

    • Studying 

    • Time management

  • Service to School

    • Application process help

  • Making the transition

    • What does the transition look like?

    • Self-care

  • Community and culture

    • Your identity outside of the military

    • Inclusion and community in the college environment

    • Finding new communities

 

Study groups led by Warrior-Scholar Project alumni engage students in the process of grappling with complex academic materials in peer-led discussions.

 

Study halls with individualized tutor support provide students with an opportunity to practice their reading, writing, and study skills. Each evening, students complete reading and writing assignments with tutors on hand to support them.

 

 

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Breakfast

 

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM - Study Group:

Led by WSP fellows, students engage in the process of grappling with complex academic materials in peer-led discussions. Fellows support students in examining both the readings as well as the ways in which peer-based study groups may benefit them in higher education.

 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Seminar:

Seminars focus on the assigned readings and replicate the experience of participating in a traditional collegiate seminar. The humanities course curriculum is composed of texts that encourage thinking about the tradition of American democracy, challenges which have informed the course of American history, and the relationship between the military and the civilian worlds. Warrior-Scholar Project’s academic advisors have chosen these topics because they encourage students to situate their military

experiences within broader social, political, and historical contexts. The participants’ military experiences are relevant, yet the topics do not place military experience at the center of the discussion. The Warrior-Scholar Project curriculum thus enables students to enrich their thinking about topics already familiar to them while illustrating how these same ideas inform wider academic debates.

 

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM - Lunch

 

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Writing Workshop:

Writing workshops introduce students to the expectations of college-level writing and teach them how to write effectively about what they have read, to cite textual evidence appropriately, and to turn their ideas into convincing arguments. In writing workshops and during the individual work periods, students will complete short writing assignments and one persuasive essay during the week. Writing instructors assign original prompts and essay questions to the students in the writing workshops and provide feedback on an individual basis.

 

5:15 PM - 6:45 PM - Dinner

 

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - College Success Session:

Warrior-Scholar Project College Success sessions focus on the academic, personal, cultural, and social transitions required to succeed in college. Warrior-Scholar Project fellows lead presentations and discussion sessions that address the challenges unique to transitioning enlisted veterans. Sessions cover topics such as seminar participation, note-taking, time management, college culture, college expectations, and self-care. The goal of these sessions is to demystify the learning practices of successful college students and prepare student veterans to hit the ground running in their freshman year and beyond.

 

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Writing/Reading Assignments with Writing Tutor Support:

Writing and  reading assignments with tutor support provides students with an opportunity to practice their reading, writing, and study skills. Each evening, students complete reading and writing assignments with tutors on hand who are capable of answering their questions and helping them through whatever difficulties they encounter.

 

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Individual Work Time 

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