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Join a year-long intellectual community dedicated to exploring how ideas shape our world and future.

The three Humanities Core tracks—East Asian, European, and Middle Eastern—provide you with structured and guided pathways into the humanities: philosophy, literature, and culture from around the world, past and present.

The core introduces you to fundamental questions of value and meaning—and to the many thinkers whose answers continue to inspire us. By making the humanities a fundamental part of your Stanford education, you gain the freedom to explore your interests, discover new passions, and find insight into what is important to you and why.

The Humanities Core offers opportunities to demonstrate your achievements by earning a humanities minor or certificate.