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What are the humanities?

The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. 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 have become some of the subjects that traditionally fall under the humanities umbrella. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries.

Study the Humanities at Stanford


Experience the Humanities at Stanford

Stanford Events Calendar

Humanities related events at Stanford, including lectures, conferences, performing arts, exhibitions and cultural activities can be found on the Events at Stanford website.

Stanford Live

Stanford Live presents a wide range of the finest performances from around the world fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts.  With its home at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live is simultaneously a public square, a sanctuary, and a lab, drawing on the breadth and depth of Stanford University to connect performance to the significant issues, ideas, and discoveries of our time.

Anderson Collection at Stanford University

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a museum of modern and contemporary American artwork spanning Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, Color Field Painting and more.

The Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Arts Center is an art museum featuring works from Europe to Asia to Africa to America, from ancient to contemporary. Docent tours, family programs, and lectures are offered daily. 

Stanford iTunes

Stanford on iTunes U provides access to a wide range of Stanford-related digital audio content via Apple’s iTunes Store. If you have iTunes software click on the “Open Stanford on iTunes U” button and the Stanford iTunes page will open. You will find humanities related content under the Arts and Humanities category section.

Continuing Studies

Stanford Continuing Studies offers a broad range of courses, seminars, and workshops, primarily in the liberal arts, designed to enhance the learning and enrich the lives of people in the Bay Area.