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.
- Psychologist Laura Carstensen elected to National Academy of Medicine
- Oct 25, 2016 - Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and four medical school faculty have been elected to the national academy, a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis. Read More »
- José David Saldívar honored with Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literary studies
- Oct 25, 2016 - The award from the American Literature Society is given every year to a scholar whose lifetime of work has significantly advanced the study of American literature. Read More »
- Stanford physicists develop a more sensitive microscope
- Sep 27, 2016 - Scientists in Professor Mark Kasevich’s research group have figured out how to make low-light microscopy clearer without increased risk of damaging light-sensitive specimens. Read More »
- Stanford physician, author Abraham Verghese to receive National Humanities Medal
- Sep 15, 2016 - Professor Abraham Verghese, a physician and critically acclaimed author, will be honored at a White House ceremony Sept. 22 for helping to deepen the nation’s understanding of the human experience. Read More »