Explore the Humanities at Stanford
Are you passionate about ideas? Fascinated by the past? Do you think that literature, philosophy, and history help us better understand the present?
Then you won't want to miss this exciting opportunity to explore some of the decisive turning points in world history.
While Stanford is well known as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship, at its heart it remains a liberal arts institution dedicated to the cultivation of new knowledge. Students who attend Stanford Summer Humanities Institute delve into the big issues at the heart of the humanities.
Learn to Research and Produce Original Work
Students spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in literature, history, or philosophy, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions and activities in the afternoon. There will also be downtime for extra-curricular fun, as well as supervised off-campus excursions to places of cultural and natural interest around the Bay Area.
During their third week, students work closely with their professors, graduate students, and writing mentors to produce original research projects. These papers present an opportunity for students to use what they have learned at Stanford to develop their own answers to the central questions that are addressed by the humanities. Students will be introduced to research methods, as well as to library and online resources. And they’ll have something very impressive to show for it!