The Program in Humanistic Studies brings together students from all divisions–natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and the humanities–to forge meaningful connections between different fields of study.
The Program is home to:
- the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture (‘the Humanities Sequence’ also known as the ‘HUM Sequence’), an intensive, interdisciplinary year-long introduction to the Western intellectual tradition;
- the East Asian Humanities, a year-long introduction to the literature, art, religion and philosophy of China, Japan and Korea from antiquity to ca. 1400;
- the Near Eastern Humanities, a year-long introduction to the works of literature, politics, ethics, aesthetics, religion, science, art, and material culture from antiquity to the 20th century;
- the Certificate in Humanistic Studies, a certificate program which students bridge their home discipline to other disciplines, illuminating one field with the insights and methods of another;
- the Humanities Mentorship Program, which connects mentees with current students of the Humanities Sequence to receive academic guidance.
The Program offers its students opportunities for international travel, research and project funding, and interdisciplinary discussion groups.