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Beyond the idea of “major”: The scope of the humanities at Stanford

If a Stanford humanist is majoring in Computer science or in Human Biology, this surely represents not a loss to the University’s educational mission but a fresh opportunity. This is especially so because Stanford has shown flexibility in taking on these challenges: There are structures, courses and collaborations right across the University – some of them of recent origin – which now recognize the humanist potential of science majors and the scientific interests of majors in English, History and other humanities.

Alums’ borderless book community

Despite its reputation as a tech-oriented campus filled with students who would rather program computers than study the arts, Stanford has found ways to incorporate the humanities into its wider vision of a well-rounded education. From the Three Books program to required courses in the Introduction to the Humanities and the Program in Writing and…