Advanced High School Humanities

Stanford is a place of innovation. At its heart, it is a liberal arts institution with a rich tradition of excellence in the humanities. Our programs explore the depths of the human experience, engaging history and the arts to better understand different cultures and learn more about the way we think, speak, and interact with the world.
Instructors stand at the front of a lecture hall and speak to Stanford Humanities Institute participants.

Our Programs At A Glance

Our participants are adventurous, highly motivated, and passionate in their desire to come together and deepen their learning. While exploring new subjects and making friendships to last a lifetime, they will gain new insights into themselves and what really motivates them.
Diverse Students
With participation from every state and over 60 countries, our programs draw from the best and the brightest around the world.
Transformational Teaching
Our instructors are experts in their fields and committed to sharing their love for their subjects with students who remind them of themselves.
Challenging Coursework
We offer programs that teach advanced subjects in philosophy, literature, legal studies, sociolinguistics, creative writing, and more.
Brilliant Peers
Over the summer, residential programs emphasize peer-to-peer learning, growing as both a scholar and a person through intensive coursework and social activities.
Residential Summer Experience

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

With courses taught by Stanford faculty, this program offers an incomparable experience to study the humanities with brilliant peers and an independent research project.
Residential Summer Experience

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

Offering single-subject study in diverse disciplines, this program has many humanities courses including legal studies, sociolinguistics, and media studies.
Residential Summer Experience

Stanford Summer Arts Institute

Interested in exploring society through the arts? Classes on music history and urban design explore the intersections of culture and fine arts through lectures and hands-on coursework.
Memorial Quad on Stanford Campus

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