Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
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Who teaches the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute courses?

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Stanford Summer Humanities Institute courses are taught by Stanford faculty members, who teach on their areas of academic expertise, often leading courses similar to ones taught to Stanford undergraduates. Learn more about these Stanford faculty members from their biographies on our site, under About and linked from their respective course pages.

Course Information

When will participants receive a course syllabus?

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Since our courses are not for credit or grades, curriculum may vary year after year, and therefore standard syllabi are not available. Participants are not required to do any reading or fulfill course assignments prior to the start of the program. Participants will receive a syllabus or course overview from their instructor when the course begins. This flexibility allows our program instructors to create the most dynamic and up-to-date lesson plan.

Do Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program participants receive grades or credit?

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We do not provide course grades or credits for completing a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program. Our summer courses are for enrichment purposes only. After the conclusion of the program, participants are sent a written evaluation from their instructor and a certificate of completion.