In addition to exploring new subjects and ways of thinking, studying the humanities helps develop creative problem solving and research skills.
Study the Humanities
What are the Humanities?
The humanities encompass a variety of fields including literature, philosophy, history, and art. Some scholars study ancient history while others examine contemporary issues.
Stanford Summer Humanities Institute allows participants to tap into Stanford's excellence in the humanities and social sciences—exploring texts and ideas at a profound level, developing their own research projects, and communicating complex arguments in their academic writing and discussion sections.
I’ve become a better writer throughout this process, I’ve been able to learn how to articulate my ideas both, actually, in writing and in speech.
Stanford Summer Humanities Institute Participant
Impact of the Humanities
Philosophy and the Humanities
With numerous courses offered in philosophy, Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is a unique summer experience for students passionate about the humanities. Hear Professor Christopher Bobonich speak about philosophy.
Expert Stanford Faculty
Associate Professor Allyson Hobbs
Racial Identity in the American Imagination
Associate Professor Héctor Hoyos
Magical Realism: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Professor Dan Edelstein
Professor Caroline Winterer
The Age of Jefferson
Associate Professor Christopher Krebs
Ancient Rome and Its Legacies
Professor Christopher Bobonich
The Greeks and Beyond
An Immersive Academic Environment
Engaging Intellectual Life
Vibrant Humanities Community
One of our hopes was to expose students to big ideas, enduring ideas, ideas about democracy, revolution, social change, to the tools that the humanities have to help us think through those sorts of questions.