Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history, and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression and thought have become some of the subjects that fall under the humanities umbrella today.
Through exploration of the humanities we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Because these skills allow us to gain new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to business models and biology, the humanities have been and remain at the heart of a liberal arts education.
At Stanford you can delve into the humanities with over 200 professors working in 15 departments and through more than 25 degree-granting, interdisciplinary programs. Many of the Stanford humanities faculty are of national and international renown, and include Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, and numerous members of national scholarly academies.
Stanford is a major contributor to research in the humanities disciplines, and on campus you will find over 30 separate centers that sponsor a wide array of humanities research projects. Whatever you decide to major in at Stanford, and whatever your career path, your work will be strengthened through study of the humanities.
Can I Get into Biz/Ed/Law/Med School with a Humanities Major?
The deans of four Stanford graduate schools discussed the values of a liberal arts major and how that might impact a student who is interested in applying to professional school.
Students Create Graphic Novels For Social Change
Stanford students collaborate in "comics journalism." This year's book, Pika-Don, tells the story of the man who survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
When Science Meets Ancient Art, Colors Emerge
Were ancient Greece and Rome filled with dignified white marble statuary? Not a chance. A Stanford sophomore shows an ancient statue the way it was meant to be seen -- in Technicolor.
Stanford student sings in Cambodian dharma song tradition
As part of his senior thesis, Religious Studies major Trent Walker learned how to sing religious texts in the complex musical style called smutr.
Tracking 18th-century "social network" through letters
Researchers map thousands of letters exchanged in the 18th century's "Republic of Letters" and learn at a glance what it once took a lifetime of study to comprehend.
In a Minute: Prof. Al Camarillo on Research Discoveries
Stanford History Professor Al Camarillo talks about his research on race relations in the Compton neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Art Historian Michael Marrinan on his romantic Paris
Stanford's Mobile Phone Orchestra and iPhone Ocarina
The Role of Fiction in the Well-Lived Life
“From Their Studios” with photographer Robert Dawson
Riches for the Poor
Cantor Exhibition Spotlights 20th Century Chinese Artists
Scholar: What Martin Luther King, Jr. Would Say About U.S. Today
August 6 2011
Budding playwright puts Asians in world spotlight
Stanford sophomore and English major Karmia Chan Cao decided to put what she was being taught to good use, scripting the musical 'Pawn'.
June 12 2011
Medalists in film students' awards
Stanford students Anthony Weeks and Theo Rigby win medals at the Student Academy Awards.
April 22 2011
Stanford students learn classic steps on the dance floor (VIDEO)
Stanford dance instructor Richard Powers shares why he loves teaching social dance.
January 19, 2011
Kimball Hall, Stanford’s now official Arts Theme House, launches new programs in 2010-2011 and announces RF leadership transition for 2011-2012
Stanford's Arts Theme House offers exciting new events and programming, such as the Guzheng and Chinese Music Ensemble course, a seminar on Abstract Expressionism, and non-credit courses on musical animation, photography lighting effects, Congolese drumming, and much more.
January 6, 2011
Los Salseros de Stanford spice up Stanford community
Stanford's salsa team offers biweekly socials, where anyone can come for a lesson and a dance party.
December 7, 2010
Lit classes under attack? Stanford's Joshua Landy to the rescue
Joshua Landy says great works "enable us to clarify ourselves to ourselves." He defends "literature as Rorschach test, literature as simulation space, literature as participatory wrestling match."
December 1, 2010
Op-Ed: Don’t You Wish Your IHUM Were Hot Like SLE?
In an Op-Ed for The Daily, freshman Kristian Bailey talks about how Stanford’s Structured Liberal Education program has helped him examine the "big questions" like "what is justice and what does it mean to be just?"
December 1, 2010
Stanford Alexander Huang (PhD) wins the Scaglione Prize
Alexander Huang, a current PhD student of Comparative Literature, was awarded the MLA's Scalione Prize. He will receive the award at the association's annual convention in Los Angeles on 7 January 2011. It will be presented by the MLA's first Vice-President, Russell Berman, Stanford Professor of German and Comparative Literature.
November 22, 2010
Why I Write (or Translate)
A former Stanford student discusses why he translates novels, including best-selling Swedish author Steig Larson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, in different languages.
November 16, 2010
Smule develops “Magic Fiddle” to spread music without inhibitions
Magic Fiddle is the latest installment from Smule, a company co-founded by assistant music professor Ge Wang, to bring music to the masses.
March 22, 2010
Stanford seeks to create new breed of engineer
Stanford engineering students broaden career opportunities by taking courses in an array of disciplines.Read the article - The San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 2010
Stanford's Pan-Annual Music Festival has a particularly diverse, impressive and youthful lineup this year.Read the article - San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2010
Teachers speak up on Salinger
Stanford sophomore, named Ishan, contributes to essay discussion on whether J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" resonates with teenagers today.Read the article - The New York Times
January 29, 2010
Flora, Fauna and Sculpture
New Stanford podcast tour explores connections between science and outdoor art.Read the article - Palo Alto Online
January 27, 2010
How crowd-sourcing is helping in Haiti
The 4236 texting service allows hundreds of volunteers to translate requests for help in Haiti. Stanford linguist Robert Munro comments.Read the article - The New Scientist