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My Honors College

  • Collage of three images: the National Museum of African American History, a D.C. mural and the exterior of the Kennedy Center

For the Culture: Hip-Hop, Civic Identity and Community Leadership – Experiential learning in Washington, D.C.


December 29, 2023 - January 6, 2024


  • Program fee - $1,100 (which includes housing)
  • Tuition and fees
  • Other miscellaneous expenses (i.e. metro pass, food, souvenirs, etc.)

The Class

Taught by: Toby Jenkins, Ph.D. and Jabari Evans, Ph.D.

The expression “For the Culture” can refer to any cultural group to which one feels tied—an ethnic group, a community, larger society or a societal subculture.  To do it for the culture, is to work, perform, produce or create for the benefit of the greater group. In this course, we will explore the ways that hip-hop culture impacts and influences civic and community leadership identities and practices among youth, young adults and adult professionals. We will situate our learning from the social foundations of hip-hop, wrestling with hip-hop as a broader culture, beyond its most popular dimension as an industry of entertainment.

The learning experience will be centered around five priorities: (1) arts education, (2) creative employment, (3) centering marginalized voices, (4) cultural diplomacy and (5) for the culture.


  • Open to all majors – no prerequisites or previous experience required
  • This is a 3-credit hour SCHC course that fulfills your Honors Beyond the Classroom (BTC) , Honors elective or Honors humanities requirement.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.