The Humanities Core at Stanford is a chance to explore traditions, texts, ideas, intellectual and literary history around the world. No tradition or canon exists in a vacuum, and across the globe, throughout history, any given culture is shaped by encounters with other cultures and forms of thought.
The structure of the Humanities Core enables you to see how ideas like these connect and compare around the world in the past and the present. Taking courses in the core will help you develop deeper familiarity with foundational stories and sets of enduring questions of value and meaning.
When we study the Renaissance, for example, the history of ideas might seem to be made up of single-authored books. But when we turn to Greek philosophy in Arabic and Islamic contexts, we realize that not every culture needs the same format to ask and answer questions.
The Humanities Core also offers opportunities to demonstrate your achievements by earning a humanities minor or certificate.