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The Stanford Humanities Circle, an academic enrichment program from Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, offers quarter-long classes for local pre-college students who are interested in exploring the Humanities. Weekly sessions are held at Stanford on Wednesday or Thursday evenings throughout the academic quarter. Students learn directly from experienced lecturers, researchers, and post-doctoral scholars from Stanford and the Bay Area.
Each quarter will be academically themed. For Winter 2018, the Humanities Circle will focus on Philosophy.
Homework is either not assigned, or consists of very small assignments, so participation conflicts as little as possible with other school commitments. A small amount of pre-reading may also be assigned.
Students must apply for each quarter. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, students who complete the preliminary application will be admitted via a lottery, and applications will only be open for a limited period of time. If a student is not admitted in a particular quarter, we will not be able to reevaluate our admission decisions. If sufficient enrollment is not met, the course may be subject to cancellation for that quarter.
The Humanities Circle runs during the Stanford academic year, with 9 sessions on Wednesday or Thursday evenings during Winter quarter. We do not offer a summer quarter.
Winter 2018 Quarter:
- Middle School Humanities Circle: January 10–March 7, 2018 (Wednesdays)
- High School Humanities Circle: January 11–March 8, 2018 (Thursdays)
Note: Classes will not be held during the week of President's Day, week of February 19.
Location & Times
Classes are held on the Stanford University campus.
- Middle School Humanities Circle: Wednesdays 6:15–7:30 pm in Nora Suppes 103
- High School Humanities Circle: Thursdays 6:15–8:00 pm in Education 210, Education 313
For directions to class buildings, go to Stanford's Searchable Visitor Map.
The fee is $300 per academic quarter, which covers expenses for instructional staff, website maintenance, administrative costs, and use of the Stanford University facilities.
Financial aid is available.
The application for the Winter 2018 Humanities Circle is now closed. If you would like to be notified when the application for each quarter is open, sign up for our announce list using our Inquiry Form.