campus partner(s)

The Pennsylvania State University






Cornerstone: Learning for Living

award date


project director

Michele Ramsey; Cheryl Nicholas

Grant Summary

$350,000 over 26 months to roll out the Keystone Certificate developed at the Berks campus to six other campuses in the system: the flagship campus in University Park along with the campuses in Harrisburg (the second largest campus in the system), Abington, Behrend, Lehigh Valley, and Scranton. The Keystone Certificate is a 12-credit program involving two gateway courses (HUM 101: Transformative Texts and Foundational Knowledge, and HUM 102: Transformative Texts, Contemporary Issues, and Practical Perspectives) and two humanities general education electives that have been curated for specific educational/career pathways (e.g., "health and medicine," "environment and sustainability"). All four courses for the certificate meet PSU general education distribution requirements. As part of the rollout to the other campuses, the two elective courses for the certificate will be curated to align with 135 non-humanities degree plans across the seven participating campuses.