The Stanford Advantage
The School of Humanities and Sciences represents the heart of Stanford University. Awarding 75 percent of undergraduate degrees and nearly 40 percent of doctorates, H&S is Stanford’s largest school. Undergraduate education takes place alongside graduate training and research by faculty who are leaders in their fields. This is the Stanford advantage:
Critical mass of the best faculty and students
Outstanding faculty attract the best undergraduate and graduate students, who in turn play an essential role in challenging and stimulating scholarship. This critical mass of great minds is advantageous for everyone. Students are empowered to work in meaningful ways with professors who have expertise in fields ranging from high-energy physics to religion and global conflict. And professors rely on students to carry out research, spark new ideas, and ultimately reshape their disciplines.
Culture of collaboration
The school’s location on one campus promotes unprecedented research partnerships. Collaboration is intrinsic to the school’s mission: Whether you’re a freshman or a Nobel Prize winner, opportunities abound to partner with like-minded scholars. At H&S, creative interdisciplinary tracks are encouraged and supported at the highest levels.
Commitment to solutions and new knowledge
Interdisciplinary research across H&S addresses the most urgent challenges facing society today—problems too complex to be tackled by any single discipline. An emphasis on seeking solutions is balanced by a commitment to contribute to the basic research that forms the foundation for all future discoveries.
- Religious historian casts new light on Hindu-Muslim relations
- Sep 14, 2015 - Audrey Trushke, a Mellon fellow, has uncovered a surprising cultural alliance in Muslim and Hindu elites in early Sanskrit texts. Her findings could help ease tensions between the two groups. Read More »
- Stanford philosopher strengthens Kant’s connection to natural science and Newton
- Aug 25, 2015 - Research by philosophy Professor Michael Friedman reveals how a lesser-known Kantian text serves as an important bridge between Kant’s concepts of metaphysics and natural science, as well as between defining periods in Kant’s development. Read More »
- Stanford sociologist urges rethinking of sex and gender in surveys
- Aug 19, 2015 - New research reveals that most social surveys are not measuring what surveyors think is being measured when it comes to sex and gender. Read More »
- New campus tours showcase Stanford’s excellence in humanities, arts
- Jul 17, 2015 - Led by Stanford students, the tours include stops at the new arts district and at key locations for the study of the human experience. Read More »