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 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:

What is a Great Book?

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 May 1st 2023 and contest results will be announced June 1st, 2023.

Essay Contest Poster 2023

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. No more than 1000 words please.

BHUM Essay Contest 2023 Rules

BHUM High School Essay Contest 2023 Form

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
    Maximum 1000 words