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What does it mean to be a citizen?

What are your rights and your responsibilities as a citizen?

And why does it matter that we know?

This summer, explore the nature of citizenship through a deep examination of crucial texts – from the Ancient World through the present. In this intensive seminar learn what citizenship means, how it looks in action, and why we must each embrace our unique citizen roles.

Dates: July 9-22, 2022

Instructor: Dr. Steven Conn, History Department, with Guest Faculty

Applications Due: May 1 | Selections Announced: May 15

Student Citizens

Launching Summer 2022, Student Citizens is a new, summer seminar program focused on the humanities and designed for rising seniors who attend underserved high schools in southwest Ohio (50 mile radius of Miami's Oxford campus).

Participants will explore the meaning of citizenship through rigorous examination and discussion of classic texts. They will engage in critical thinking and writing seminars with Miami faculty, form relationships with undergraduate student mentors, and experience the power of the humanities to address the social issues that confront us today.

The program will cultivate an appreciation of the humanities as a basis for active citizenship, and will help students:  

- Read and think critically    
- Write and speak persuasively   
- Pursue their college aspirations     

Through intense exploration of writings from across the centuries, the program offers students a sense of the college experience, one-on-one mentoring by a Miami University undergraduate, and exposure to some of Miami's award-winning faculty in a supportive seminar setting.  

Thanks to a grant from the Teagle Foundation, the Humanities Center and the College of Arts and Science, this two-week residential experience on Miami’s Oxford, Ohio campus provides all tuition for a select group of rising high school seniors. Participants must demonstrate financial need and a strong desire to prepare for college success.

Program Dates: Summer 2022

July 9-22

*Note: After the summer program concludes, participants will be expected to return to the Oxford campus select dates throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. Students will return to campus for additional academic and college admission support. Dates to be announced.

A Day in the Life -- Sample Schedule

Connections Beyond Summer

The Student Citizens program is not your average summer camp -- and not just because of its unique summer offerings. Beyond the two-week summer immersive into college life, participants will maintain connection with program faculty and student mentors throughout the academic year.  

Returning to Miami's Oxford campus throughout the fall, participants will benefit from ongoing academic and college preparatory support. Not only does the program offer a glimpse into college life, it aims to help students with their own college admissions aspirations. Applicants should be prepared to return to Oxford a handful of times throughout the academic year.

COVID-19 Precautions

Student Citizens is designed as an immersive, on campus experience. The program will run only if such an in-person experience is deemed safe by university, local, and state officials. To ensure the health and safety of all, the program will follow all CDC and local health department protocols and recommendations.

Applications Available Spring 2022

Required Application Materials

Student Applicants
Applications will be live soon. Once they are, students should complete the Student Citizens applications via the above link and ask their High School Counselor for the materials noted below.
High School Counselors
High school counselors should submit the following items for any students who apply for the Student Citizens Summer Program:

- High school transcript (including current year schedule)
- Letter of recommendation

These items may be uploaded electronically via the application or sent to:

Student Citizens Summer Program
Office of Admission
Miami University
301 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford, OH 45056

Download the Student Citizens Brochure for High School Counselors and Teachers