Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is a summer enrichment program where rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors.
Through the Summer Humanities Institute courses, participants will gain an appreciation for how the present world continues to be shaped and influenced by the past, but also a deeper understanding of how individuals in the past could view the world in ways that were sharply different from ours today. Participants will tap into Stanford's excellence in the humanities and social sciences—exploring texts and ideas at a profound level and communicating complex arguments in their academic writing and discussion sections. The courses are comparable to freshman-level introductory college courses.
Real-Time Online Instruction
Course instruction is delivered through on-demand video lectures from a Stanford professor, daily class meetings led by Stanford graduate student teaching assistants, and a one-on-one virtual meeting with the professor.
Similar to what they would experience in a college course, students can expect a heavy workload of assignments to work on outside of the live class meeting times. Coursework will include assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.
Active participation in class discussion is key to creating an online community of engaged learners, and students are expected to participate in class and to collaborate with their peers, professors, and teaching assistants.
To view full course descriptions, please visit our website: https://summerhumanities.spcs.stanford.edu/courses
Cost and Session Information
We seek intellectually curious students with a deep interest in the humanities. Develop your interest in writing, philosophy, literature, art, or history this summer in an elite, collegiate environment. Admission is selective.
2021 Session Dates
Session 1: June 21–July 2, 2021
Session 2: July 12–July 23, 2021
Session 3: July 26–August 6, 2021
Limited financial aid is available. Financial aid is granted based upon need. Students who wish to be considered for both partial and full scholarships should submit a complete online financial aid application and all required income documentation. (See our website for details.) Please submit your financial aid application with your program application.