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Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is a three-week residential program where rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by Stanford professors.

Become a Humanities Scholar

Grow as a scholar, writer, and global citizen this summer. Stanford Summer Humanities Institute empowers participants to gain a better sense of the world through exploring the humanities. Participants will engage with the breadth of topics within the humanities, from politics to literature to philosophy.

Live in a vibrant, intellectual community on Stanford University’s campus for three weeks.
Stanford Faculty
Stanford professors lead all of the courses with talented graduate students, sharing their expertise and passions with participants.
Passionate Peers
Study alongside fellow participants interested in better understanding contemporary society and global history.
Unique Courses
Participants will be admitted to one of the courses they ranked in their application. These courses will offer in depth exploration of the stated topic. Course topics range from the American Enlightenment, ancient Greek philosophy, film, the repatriation of museum-held artifacts, and more.
Discover Academic Freedom
Explore the humanities at a college level, investigate philosophical questions, and pursue exciting research topics that are chosen by each participant.

Application Now Closed

Our application for the 2023 Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is now closed. To learn about future opportunities, please join our mailing list.

2023 Program Dates

Courses will be offered across two sessions. Each session runs for three weeks, with courses meeting Monday–Friday. Students participate in field trips and organized activities on the weekends. Participants will only be admitted to one course.
Session One
June 25, 2023 - July 14, 2023*

*Note: Due to the immersive nature of this program and limited duration of the program, class will meet as scheduled on July 4, 2023 during Session I.
Session Two
July 16, 2023 - August 4, 2023

Attendance Policy

Participants must be fully involved in the program and should be present for all program activities. Students are required to arrive on designated arrival dates and remain until the end of the program. All activities, including recreational and social programming, are designed to provide participants with a well-rounded experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Participants should only miss scheduled activities for health reasons, religious observances, or family emergencies.

The Humanities Thrive at Stanford

Professor Allyson  Hobbs

Impactful Topics

Hear Stanford faculty members talk about the impact of the humanities for high school students. Professors discuss the types of questions participants grapple with during the summer seminars, exploring important issues people and societies face in the world.

The goal of the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is to bring together high school students who are particularly interested in the humanities so that they can experience what a humanities class and what humanities research is like at a strong research university.

Professor Dan Edelstein

French Department, Stanford University

Expand Your Intellectual Interests

We offer several interdisciplinary humanities courses that delve deep into various issues, going far beyond the typical high school curriculum. Develop your critical thinking, writing, and research ability this summer through one of the following intensive courses.
Ancient Rome and Its Legacies
Racial Identity in the American Imagination
The Greeks and Beyond
The American Enlightenment
Magical Realism
Film and Philosophy
Who Owns the Past? African Museum Collections in the Bay Area

Program Highlights