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 their arrival on campus. 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.

Can participants change courses?

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No. Unfortunately, switching courses is not an option. Applicants are only reviewed for the courses and sessions listed on their original application. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to add additional course or session preferences to an application after it is submitted. Applicants are reviewed on a course by course basis. Therefore, qualifying for one course does not mean an applicant will be selected for a different course so we are not able to offer course changes.

How many courses should an applicant apply for? Is there a benefit to applying for more or less courses?

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Applicants may apply for up to six courses. Please list your courses in the order of preference. Applicants should apply only for courses they are interested in attending. The number of courses listed on an application has no bearing on admission.

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

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No. We do not provide course grades or credits for completing a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies course. Our summer residential programs 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.