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.
- Storytelling since 1891: Celebrating 125 Years of Journalism Innovation at Stanford
- May 19, 2016 - New website highlights the history of journalism on the Farm. The monthly Palo Alto, launched in October 1891, noted in its prospectus that it was likely, “the only college paper ever started simultaneously with the opening of a great university.” Read More »
- Stanford launches its first free online course in classical music appreciation
- May 19, 2016 - Designed to be of interest both to musicians and those with no prior knowledge of the form, “Defining the String Quartet: Haydn” explores the origins of the string quartet through the lens of its first great exponent, Joseph Haydn. Read More »
- Partners in discovery: How Stanford and SLAC scientists collaborate to advance science
- May 10, 2016 - The relationship between SLAC and Stanford goes back 60 years, to a meeting where Stanford physicists helped plot construction of the linear accelerator. Since then, collaborations have contributed to four Nobel prizes as well as unparalleled opportunities for Stanford faculty… Read More »
- Stanford historian studies how U.S. intervention in Afghanistan changed that country
- Apr 22, 2016 - Drawing on archives and oral testimony, historian Robert Crews discovers an Afghanistan that hardly fits the forbidding image that has fueled the U.S. military’s disastrous intervention there. Read More »