The Stanford Advantage
The School of Humanities and Sciences represents the heart of Stanford University. Awarding 63 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.
- Stanford launches Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
- Feb 24, 2016 - This graduate-level scholarship program will prepare a new generation of global leaders to address increasingly complex challenges around the world. Read More »
- Stanford honors leaders past, present and future with ‘Founders’ symposium
- Feb 9, 2016 - In the second in a series of symposia marking Stanford’s 125th year, President John Hennessy will open a campus conversation with alumni who have put their ideas into action in the world. Read More »
- Economics Professor Raj Chetty: Boys Born Poor Face Higher Joblessness Than Girls
- Feb 2, 2016 - Boys born into poverty are more likely to spiral into joblessness and crime than girls, according to a study coauthored by Chetty highlighting the effects of childhood disadvantage on men. Read More »
- Stanford professor uncovers roots of George Orwell’s political language
- Feb 16, 2016 - Through a close reading of George Orwell’s nonfiction prose, Stanford English Professor Alex Woloch shows how language and democratic socialism played roles in the British writer’s stand against totalitarianism. Read More »
- Warrior’s view of the Battle of the Little Bighorn on display at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center
- Jan 27, 2016 - The Red Horse exhibition provides a treasure trove of illustrations and insights into the iconic battle in 1876. Read More »