The Bachelor of Humanities

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Humanities is Canada’s premier program in the Great Books. Humanities students read the most influential books and study the most exciting ideas in all the traditional arts disciplines—literature, philosophy, history, art, music, political theory, and religion.

Students in the Bachelor of Humanities enthusiastically debate questions such as: What is the good life? What is the best form of political organization? What is the nature of beauty? Graduates of the program continue on to a wide variety of interesting careers.

Students are encouraged to pair their Humanities core with more detailed study of a particular subject, by doing a combined honours or a minor. The Bachelor of Humanities is unique in offering a degree in Humanities and Biology, for students planning to go to Medical School, and a joint degree in Journalism and Humanities.

Essay Contest

The Bachelor of Humanities invites submissions for its fourth annual High School Essay Contest. All High School or CÉGEP students are invited to submit an essay, of no more than 1000 words in length, answering the following question:

Can a Great Book change your life?

The contest winner and runner-up, as chosen by a panel of professors in the Bachelor of Humanities program, will receive $500 and $250 respectively.  The deadline for submissions is 16 January 2017, and contest results will be announced by the end of March 2017.

Submission Instructions

Essays must include a title page that clearly indicates the author’s name, High School or CÉGEP, and contact information (including a phone number and email address).

Essays must be submitted electronically, by filling out the following form, and attaching the essay in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

BHUM High School Essay Contest Form

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.

10 thoughts on “2017 Bachelor of Humanities High School Essay Contest”

  1. Esther says:

    Hi, I have a question. Will the title page be included in the 1000 words word count?

    1. andreamcintyre says:

      Hello, no a title page would not normally be included in the word count. Hope that helps.


  2. Malissa Brown says:

    Hi! Does it have to be written in formal or informal language?

    1. andreamcintyre says:

      Formal language would be preferable.

  3. Emma Brown says:

    will the winners be announced publicly?

    1. andreamcintyre says:

      We just posted the results. Thank you for participating.

  4. Zohaa Zafar says:

    Hey when will the results be publicly submitted?

    1. andreamcintyre says:

      We just posted the results. Thank you for participating.

  5. Catherine says:

    When will the winners be announced? I thought it was the end of March.

    1. andreamcintyre says:

      We just posted the results. Thank you for participating.

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