Program Profiles

American Studies
The Program in American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that seeks to convey a broad understanding of American culture and society in all their complexity. Building on a foundation of courses in history and institutions, literature and the arts, and race and ethnicity, students bring a range of disciplines to bear on their efforts to analyze and interpret America's past and present, forging fresh and creative syntheses along the way. More

Cantor Arts Center
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford offers a wide range of presentations, including three major changing exhibitions, smaller-scale shows, and rotating installations of its collection in 18 galleries. Its Rodin sculpture garden features 20 bronzes by Auguste Rodin. Student internships are among a number of ways the center connects with Stanford’s academic programs. More

Center for African Studies
Although there is not an African Studies major at Stanford, the Center for African Studies seeks to specifically acknowledge Stanford undergraduates who chose to take our courses, which cover a wide, interdisciplinary range of topics relating to Africa. Both the minor in African Studies as well as the certificate in African Studies are interdisciplinary area studies programs that allow the participating student the opportunity to select relevant courses in various departments according to his or her interests. More

Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)
CCSRE at Stanford University provides many opportunities for teaching and research on topics of race and ethnicity from both domestic and international comparative perspectives. More

Center for Latin American Studies
The Center for Latin American Studies supports research and teaching on Latin America by the faculty and students of Stanford in all fields of study. It has a rich tradition of rigorous academic programs, research and fellowship opportunities, and public events and outreach. More

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
The Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) is a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool. More

Creative Writing
In 1946, Wallace Stegner founded the Creative Writing Program at Stanford, where he served on the faculty until 1971. There are now more than 350 university writing programs in this country, but Stanford's remains one of the most highly regarded. It provides Stanford students in all departments with writing courses in fiction and poetry, from beginning to advanced classes, and offers emerging writers in fiction and poetry the shelter and opportunity to advance their work through Stegner Fellowships. More

History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
This program offers an academic path for students who wish to combine serious work in the sciences with the humanities and social sciences. More

In 2001-02, Human Biology granted the highest number of undergraduate degrees at Stanford. The program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship between the biological and social aspects of humanity’s origin, development, and prospects. More

Institute for Diversity in the Arts

IDA is a program that brings world-renowned artists to Stanford each year to lead art workshops. Through these workshops, students create multi-sensory art that explores race through personal experience and creative collaborations. More

Institute for Diversity in the Arts
IDA is a program that brings world-renowned artists to Stanford each year to lead art workshops. Through these workshops, students create multi-sensory art that explores race through personal experience and creative collaborations. More

Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Several landmark studies in ecology have been based at the preserve. In particular, the work of Stanford Professors Paul Ehrlich and Harold Mooney have been important in setting research trends, drawing new investigators, and training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Undergraduates also participate in research at the preserve. More

Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated. Building upon its principal mission of publishing Rev. King's most significant correspondence, sermons and speeches, the Project uses multimedia and computer technology to make documentary information about King's ideas and achievements available to scholars, teachers, and the public. The Project also offers unique opportunities for students to become involved in its research through the King Research Fellowship Program. More

Medieval Studies
Faculty and students draw from a wide range of disciplines: art and architecture; literature and languages; music; philosophy; religious studies; and economic, social, and political history. Their interests bridge Western, Islamic, and Asian cultures and encompass both traditional and innovative materials and methods. More

Modern Thought & Literature

Science, Technology & Society (STS)
The Program in Science, Technology & Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary major which offers undergraduates integrated studies of the natures and relationship of science, technology, and engineering, and of the social relations of science and technology.  STS alumni have forged successful careers in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, law, public service, medicine, and academia. STS offers both a B.A. & B.S. degree program, an honors program, and a minor. More

Special Language Program
Stanford students are required to complete one year of college-level study in a foreign language (or the equivalent). Choices range from African and Middle Eastern languages to Chinese or Russian. Through the Special Language Program, students have the option of studying a language not normally offered at Stanford. More

Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa)
The Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts is infusing the arts into the fabric of the university. Through the development of new undergraduate arts programs, hosting artists in residence, awarding grants for multidisciplinary arts research and teaching, incubating collaborative performances and exhibitions with campus partners and other institutions, and providing centralized communication for Stanford arts events and programs, SiCa is working to place creativity at the center of a twenty-first-century education. More

Stanford in Washington
The Stanford in Washington Program offers qualified Stanford University undergraduate students an opportunity to study and learn in a rigorous program in the nation's capital. More

Stanford Lively Arts
Stanford Lively Arts curates experiences that engage artists’ and audiences’ imagination, creativity, and sense of adventure. Founded in 1969 at Stanford University, Lively Arts produces and presents music, theater, dance, spoken word, and multi-media events. It places a special focus on innovation and risk-taking, and through commissions and premieres is an incubator and destination for new work. More

Symbolic Systems
The Symbolic Systems Program is an interdisciplinary major at Stanford University, which combines computer science, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. SSP offers bachelor's and master's degree program and a minor and an honors program. More