Miami students at an Altman Program lecture

Altman Undergraduate Fellows

Application due: Typically in early March of your junior year (although a student prepared for advanced study could apply in an earlier year). Check the program's website.

Each year, the Humanities Center at Miami sponsors the Altman Program, a year-long initiative on a selected theme. Five or six undergraduate humanities majors are selected to participate in the program as Altman Undergraduate Fellows (AUFs).

As an AUF, you enroll in a special course on the theme of that year's Altman Program, for which you receive college credit plus a cash award. In connection with the course, you attend a biweekly seminar with selected Miami faculty to further explore the year's theme; have opportunities to interact with distinguished scholars from other institutions who are brought to Miami during the year as speakers; and carry out a year-long research project related to the program theme.

Past AUFs from our department

Altman Undergraduate Fellows of recent years include the following gifted Comparative Religion majors. (The students' bios were prepared by the Altman Program.)

Cass FordCass Ford

Cass majored in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Comparative Religion and is originally from Defiance, Ohio. Her interests include post-Marxist philosophy, critical theory, and South Asian studies. She is the winner of the English Greer-Hepburn Award for fiction writing and the Outstanding Senior Award for critical studies. In 2014, she received a special fellowship to attend Penn State's master's program in international affairs.


Courtney DeHaasCourtney DeHaas

Courtney majored in Comparative Religion, with minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her academic interests include minority rights and the intersection of religion, politics, and identity. She was a participant in the 2012-2013 Model Arab League National Conference and an Outstanding Delegate at the 2012-2013 Regional Conference.


"Interviewing the visiting scholars, knowing that they are such prominent figures, was intimidating. At the same time it was a real honor. It was great to have one-on-one discussions with them about my research project on Salafi-jihadist terrorism. The faculty seminars also showed me the value of approaching an issue from different disciplines with different frameworks. The work I am doing now combines sociology with religious studies and philosophy, and I plan to continue that approach in my future studies."

Courtney DeHaas

Read more about Courtney's experience as a Comparative Religion major.