Becoming an
Intersections Scholar

What are Intersections Scholars?

Intersections Scholars are undergraduate students who engage with one of the grand-challenge questions across different classes identified in the Intersections course cluster. In other words, Intersections Scholars pursue a question about contemporary and historical challenges that requires interdisciplinary inquiry with humanities fields to find an answer. Intersections Scholars acquire these interdisciplinary skills to prepare for a range of diverse careers through the program’s emphasis on critical thinking, research, creative problem-solving, and intellectual curiosity.

Here are the grand-challenge questions that Intersections Scholars can choose from:

  1. How can we engage ethical issues in public life?
  2. How do Black and Latinx people shape global and local cultures, politics, and economies?
  3. How do technologies influence our lives, then and now?
  4. What would the world look like without mass incarceration?

Throughout their undergraduate education, Intersections Scholars will take three courses from three different departments, centers, or programs in a larger cluster of courses that address the grand-challenge question of their interest. This can include the new UF Quest 1 course that corresponds to the grand-challenge question, but it is not required. Courses completed prior to signing up as an Intersections Scholar may count towards the designation, but only one course taken prior to the launch of the program in Summer 2019 can count towards the required courses. These courses may be within the student’s major or outside of it.

For example, to become an Intersections Scholar in Mass Incarceration, you could take these courses:

  • AMH 3931 / AFA 3930 – The New Jim Crow (History/African American Studies)
  • CCJ 3024 – Advanced Principles of Criminal Justice (Criminology)
  • AML 4453 – The Pen and the Penitentiary (English)

Intersections Scholars will produce a reflection video and participate in the Intersections Symposium at the close of the semester in which they graduate. They will also receive graduation cords, a digital badge, and a certificate of achievement. The first Intersections Symposium will take place in April 2020. The Intersections Scholar designation is awarded by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; it will not appear on students’ UF transcript.

Students can request an advising appointment with the one of the Intersections Advisors (Laura Beth Lancaster, Dylan King, and Brandyn Jordan) by emailing