Academic Programs

School of Humanities & Sciences

The School of Humanities & Sciences represents the heart of Stanford University. Awarding nearly 80 percent of undergraduate degrees and 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.

Learn more about the school on the School of Humanities & Sciences website.

Majors

Art History

The Art History program is designed to help students think critically about the visual arts and visual culture. Courses focus on the meaning of images and media and their historical development, roles in society, and relationships to disciplines such as literature, music, and philosophy.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 61

Concentrations

  • Self-Designed Concentration
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Art
  • Art, Science, and Technology
  • Decorative Arts and Material Culture
  • Modern and Contemporary Art

Sample courses

  • Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • Sister Arts: Image and Text in America
  • The Fifties: Abstract Expressionism to Beat Culture
  • Iconography of African Art
  • Italian Mannerism

Alumni careers

  • Client Services Coordinator, Franklin Bowles Gallery
  • Gallery Manager, SF Camerawork
  • Engineer, Ning
  • Founder, Wellthy
  • Communications Director, Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service

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Art Practice

The Art Practice program offers production-based courses founded on the concepts, skills and cultural viewpoints that characterize contemporary art practice. Our goal is to educate students in the craft, culture, and theory of current fine art practices to prepare them for successful careers as artists. The studio program is designed to develop in-depth skills in more than one area of the visual arts. It emphasizes the expressive potential of an integration of media, often via a cross-disciplinary, interactive path. Through collaboration and connections with scientists, engineers, and humanities scholars, the program addresses a breadth of topical and artistic concerns central to a vital undergraduate education.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 65

Concentrations

  • Student-Designed Concentrations

Sample Courses

  • Painting I
  • Introduction to Printmaking
  • Art & Electronics
  • Kinetic Sculpture
  • Sound Art

Alumni Careers

  • Education Pioneers Fellow, Level Playing Field Institute
  • Designer, Banana Republic
  • Special Events Coordinator, Kellogg School of Management
  • Requirements Engineer, Hybrid TV
  • Art Educator, Castilleja School

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Classics

The study of Classics is an exciting, intensely active, interdisciplinary endeavor. While exploring more than 3,000 years of human history, students investigate the ways that abiding issues (justice, death, human relations, the divine) have been articulated in every era. Stanford's Classics program provides a solid undergraduate experience that can lead to graduate study. Its thorough humanist background informs such modern fields as law, business, science and medicine.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 60-65
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Ancient History
  • Classical Studies
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Greek & Latin

Sample Courses

  • Ten Things: An Archaeology of Design
  • Greek Mythology
  • The Romans
  • Origins of Political Thought
  • Gender and Power in Ancient Rome

Alumni Careers

  • Senior Business Development Specialist, Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Community Health Nurse, Multnomah County
  • Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual
  • Consultant, Deloitte LLP
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Texas Back Institute
  • Professor, Roanoke College

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Comparative Literature

Students of Comparative Literature encounter imaginative literature in all its forms. While other literary disciplines focus on works of literature as parts of specific national or linguistic traditions, the Comparative Literature program draws on literature from all contexts. This approach allows students to examine the nature of literary phenomena from around the globe and from different historical moments while exploring how literary writing interacts with other elements of society.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Ph.D. Minor
  • Units required: 65
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • The novel
  • Epics
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Cinema and Electronic Media

Sample Courses

  • What is Literature?
  • Poems, Poetry, Worlds
  • Literature as Performance
  • The Novel, the World

Alumni Careers

  • Writer, Random Acts Productions
  • Editor, Somogy Edition D'Art
  • Consultant, Estee Lauder
  • Chief Executive Officer, EthicsforMedia

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Dance

The Stanford Dance Division offers diverse approaches to dance as a performing art, cultural practice, political act and embodiment of ideology and beliefs. The Dance Division courses engage all of the dimensions through which one comes to experience dance--from studying a range of dance techniques, to choreographing and performing, and to critically and historically assessing dance.

  • Degrees offered: Minor
  • Units required: 30

Sample Courses

  • Dance Studies
  • Modern Dance
  • Ballet
  • Social Dance
  • Hip Hop

Alumni Careers

  • Lecturer, Stanford Dance Division
  • Acrobat, Cirque du Soleil
  • Independent Artist
  • Marketing and Communications Intern, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Artistic Director, Hope Mohr Dance

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East Asian Languages and Cultures

East Asian Languages and Cultures is a program for the "new humanist" who wants his or her education to be broad enough to understand a non-Western language and culture. Many students combine studies in Asian Languages with courses in the Anthropology, Art, Economics, Education, History, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology departments. Combining interdisciplinary coursework and language skills creates an advantageous foundation for students pursuing any professional career.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Minor
  • Units required: 65-96
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • East Asian Studies

Sample Courses

  • Traditional East Asian Culture: China
  • Japanese Business Culture
  • Traditional East Asian Culture: Japan
  • Chinese Language, Culture, and Society
  • Korean Culture in the New Millennium

Alumni Careers

  • Pharmacist, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Corporate Counsel, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Partner, Egon Zehnder International
  • Associate Director of Class Giving, Stanford University

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English

To major in English at Stanford is to explore -- deeply and rewardingly -- the rich legacy of literature written in English, past and present. The English department offers a wealth of courses on individual authors, the history of literary genres, literary theory, new media, and Creative Writing. Given the emphasis on critical thinking and interpretation, the English major is in turn an excellent preparation for many professional fields, including teaching, journalism, law, publishing, medicine, and business.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 70
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Literature
  • Literature and Creative Writing
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Literature with an Interdisciplinary Emphasis
  • English Literature and Literature in a Foreign Language

Sample Courses

  • Literary History I, II, III
  • Poetry & Poetics
  • Narrative & Narrative Theory
  • Masterpieces of Contemporary Literature
  • Reading and Writing Poetry

Alumni Careers

  • Nicole Krauss, Best-Selling Novelist
  • Professor of English, University of Southern California
  • Literary Agent, Janklow and Nesbit

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Film and Media Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies provides an introduction to film aesthetics, national cinematic traditions, modes of production in narrative, documentary, and experimental films, the incorporation of moving image media by contemporary artists, and the proliferation of new forms of digital media. The program is designed to develop the critical vocabulary and intellectual framework for understanding the role of cinema and related media within broad cultural and historical concepts.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 64

Concentrations

  • Film History
  • Aesthetics & Performance
  • Film & Culture
  • Writing & Practice
  • Media & Technology

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Cinematic Analysis
  • Comics
  • Gender & Sexuality in East Asian Cinema
  • Kubrick

Alumni Careers

  • Casting Assistant, Brad Gilmore Casting
  • Associate Producer, National Geographic Society
  • Assistant Editor, Entertainment Weekly
  • New Media and Video Coordinator, Forex Capital Markets

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French

Students pursuing the French program at Stanford immerse themselves in one of the world's richest and most influential cultures. They read works that made France the model for cultures around the world and that still resonate today. They study the history of a country whose various upheavals?from political absolutism to modern revolution?have had worldwide impact. And they become familiar with the philosophical and intellectual developments that still shape the way we think today.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 56
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Philosophy and Literature
  • French and Linguistics

Sample Courses

  • Coffee and Cigarettes: French Intellectuals
  • Images of Women in French Cinema: 1930-1990
  • The Renaissance Body
  • Getting Through Proust
  • Absolutism, Enlightenment, and Revolution

Alumni Careers

  • Principal, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Ph.D. Student, French, Princeton
  • Senior Software Engineer, Good Technology
  • Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente
  • Consultant, UNICEF Italy
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

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German Studies

The program in German Studies provides students with the linguistic and analytic background to explore the cultural traditions and political histories of the German-speaking countries in Central Europe. Its interdisciplinary component prepares students to evaluate how the literary, artistic and cultural responses to the recent rapid modernization of Germany reflect its current condition. Course work at all levels focuses on the languages, literatures and intellectual histories of the Germanic nations. Most graduates pursue careers in business, social service or government, or graduate work in German Studies.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • German Cinema
  • Fables of Retreat
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Postwar German Culture and Thought
  • German Underworlds

Alumni Careers

  • Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Die Gestalten Verlag
  • Vice President of Finance, IntraPace, Inc.
  • Account Planner, Google
  • Development Director, Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases
  • Attorney, Kershisnik Law, PLLC
  • Account Executive, The Rose Group

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History

History courses teach the analytical, interpretive, and writing knowledge and skills necessary for understanding the connections between past and present. It is a pragmatic discipline in which the analysis of change over time involves sifting the influences and perspectives that affect the course of events, and evaluating the different forms of evidence historians exploit to make sense of them. Students will learn how to weigh these sources and convert the findings into persuasive analysis.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 63
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • General Track with Four-Course Concentration
  • History, Literature and the Arts
  • History, Science, and Medicine
  • History and the Law
  • Public History/Public Service

Sample Courses

  • Modern Afghanistan
  • Approaches to American Legal History
  • Health and Society in Africa
  • The History of Nuclear Weapons
  • Human Rights and Humanitarianism: A Global History

Alumni Careers

  • Senior Associate, Davis, Wright, Tremain, LLP
  • Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, BrightScope, Inc.
  • Chief Operating Officer, Philanthropedia
  • Occupational Therapist, Mealtime Connections, LLC
  • Deputy Mayor, City of New Haven
  • Bay Area Program Associate, Education Pioneers
  • Reporter, Cox News

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Iberian and Latin American Cultures

The mission of the undergraduate program in Iberian and Latin American Cultures is to expose students to a variety of perspectives in languages, literatures, and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and Latina/o populations in the United States. The program balances literary studies with a diverse set of approaches to cultural and social issues. Courses in the program provide students with a contextualized knowledge of the literatures and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula from the medieval period to the present, the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America, and the Spanish-speaking communities of the United States. Students in the major are prepared for advanced study in these areas and for a range of professional fields.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Modern Iberian Literature
  • Don Quijote
  • Black Brazil
  • Viewing Modern Barcelona
  • Cultural Perspectives in Luso-Hispanic America

Alumni Careers

  • Middle School Spanish Teacher, Blue Oak School

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Italian

The mission of the undergraduate program in Italian is to expose students to a variety of perspectives in Italian Language, culture, and history. The program provides training in writing and communication, as well as cultural, textual, and historical analysis, in order to develop students into critical and global thinkers prepared for careers in business, social service, and government, or for graduate study in Italian.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Inventing Italian Literature
  • The Italian Renaissance and Modernity
  • Modern Italian Literature and History

Alumni Careers

  • Project Coordinator, The Exploratorium
  • Professor, University of Southern California
  • Tax Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
  • Vice President, Deutsche Asset Management
  • Senior Software Engineer, Tibco

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Linguistics

The Linguistics program draws upon a vibrant department of 20 faculty members with expertise in a diverse range of languages. The broad scope of linguistics research and teaching at Stanford includes acquisition, computational linguistics, historical linguistics, morphology, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, syntax, typology and variation.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 50
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • What's Your Accent?
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Gender
  • Languages of the World

Alumni Careers

  • Spanish Immersion Teacher, Berkeley Unified School District
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, KnowledgePlex, Inc.
  • Software Engineer, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • Program Director, Korean American Community Services
  • Lead Medical Officer, Federal Drug Administration
  • Information Architect, Santa Fe Institute

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Music

The Department of Music's aims are to provide specialized training for those who plan to pursue careers in music as composers, performers, teachers, and research scholars. The Department's courses and performance offerings also promote understanding and enjoyment of music throughout the University. As a Music major, your program will be built around a series of foundational courses in theory, musicianship, and music history, as well as both individual and ensemble performance.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 66
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Music, Science and Technology
  • Conducting
  • Music History and Theory

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Elements of Music 1
  • Jazz Theory
  • Rock, Sex, and Rebellion

Alumni Careers

  • Symphony Musician, Eastman School of Music
  • Electrical Engineer, Veloce Technologies
  • Composer and Musician, Jack Ryan Music
  • Spanish and Chinese Teacher, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
  • Senior Financial Analyst, San Francisco Symphony
  • Dermatology Resident, University of California, Irvine
  • Director of Preparatory School, New England Conservatory

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Philosophy

The mission of Philosophy is to train you to think and write clearly and critically about the deepest and broadest questions concerning being, knowledge, and value and to explore their connections to a range of human activity. Is there one truth or many? Does science tell us everything there is to know? What makes right actions right and wrong actions wrong? Do we have free will? What is the meaning of life? What is love? Join us to explore these types of questions as a member of our undergraduate program in Philosophy.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 55
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • History of Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophical and Literary Thought

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Global Justice

Alumni Careers

  • Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Chief Executive Officer & Founder, PEEK
  • Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Director of Strategic Initiatives, Bank of Montreal
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Johannesburg
  • Game Design Consultant, Adams Consulting Services
  • Professor, University of Vermont
  • Corporate Attorney, Davis Polk & Wardwell

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Religious Studies

Stanford's Religious Studies program constitutes a critical, impartial and interdisciplinary investigation of humankind's religious experiences. It is distinct from theology and other approaches that assume faith and adherence to particular religious positions. Students work with experts in multiple areas to study the impact of religion on belief, literature, politics, law, economy and other aspects of human life. By examining these issues throughout history and in the contemporary world, students expand their understanding of the significant role that religion continues to play in human experience.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Buddhism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Modern Religious Thought, Ethics, and Philosophy
  • Christianity

Sample Courses

  • Zen Buddhism
  • Exploring Buddhism
  • How to Read the Bible
  • Modern African Islam through Literature

Alumni Careers

  • Physician, Henry Ford Health System
  • Relationships Manager, VigLink, Inc.
  • Development Associate, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Partner, Lowenstein Sandler, P.C.
  • Assistant Professor, University at Albany
  • Managing Director, Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Tutor Corps

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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Language and Literatures is designed to expose students to a variety of perspectives in Russian language, history, culture, literature, and philosophy. The program offers three tracks. Courses in the Russian Language and Literature track focus on the linguistic and philological study of literature, as well as the history of Russian literature. The Russian Language, Culture, and History track guides students through a comprehensive interdisciplinary study of Russian literature and culture in a historic context. The Russian and Philosophy track builds upon Russian language and literary tradition to explore philosophical thought. Students are prepared for a future in business, government agencies, teaching, graduate schools and professional schools.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 56
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Language, Culture, and History
  • Language and Literature
  • Russian and Philosophy

Sample Courses

  • The Age of Revolution
  • Age of Experiment: Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol
  • Dissent and Disenchantment
  • Russian Poetry of the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Russian Poetry of the 20th Century

Alumni Careers

  • Principal, Vanguard
  • Nutritional Epidemiologist, University of Maryland
  • Systems Analyst, Integrated Training Solutions
  • Physician, Kosair Children's Hospital
  • Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Levi Strauss & Co.

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Biology

The undergraduate Biology program fosters in-depth knowledge of the discipline, from molecular biology to ecology. Our students learn to think critically, conduct analyses, and integrate insights from different fields to impact the scientific community. The major emphasizes the scientific process through core courses and subdisciplinary electives, and prepares students for professional careers such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, teaching, consulting, research, and field studies.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 90
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Biochemistry & Biophysics
  • Microbes & Immunity
  • Ecology & Evolution
  • Marine Biology
  • Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Neurobiology

Sample Courses

  • Frontiers in Marine Biology
  • Introduction to Brain & Behavior
  • Human Behavioral Biology

Alumni Careers

  • Research Associate, Washington Policy & Analysis
  • Director of Research & Development, Discus Dental
  • Online Marketing Associate, People Search Media, LLC
  • Neurologist, Raleigh Neurology Associates
  • Chair, Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Pediatrician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Director, Pasadena Child Development Associates

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Chemistry

Students in the Chemistry program acquire in-depth knowledge of the principles of chemistry, the methodologies necessary to solve problems in the field's subdisciplines, and the ability to articulate ideas effectively to the scientific community. The Chemistry program also has a long-standing tradition of encouraging you to become involved in research during the academic year and through a ten-week summer research program.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 86
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Biological Chemistry

Sample Courses

  • Special Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Principles
  • Problem Solving in Science
  • Structure and Reactivity

Alumni Careers

  • Cardiologist, HeartCare, Inc.
  • Principal Scientist, Amgen, Inc.
  • Pediatrician, ABC Pediatrics
  • Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co.
  • Program Manager, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Construction Superintendent, DeClaire, Parker, LLC

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Mathematics

Mathematics is fun, challenging, and rewarding. It is logical yet creative. It is important for applications and yet enjoyable in its own right. As a Mathematics major, you will develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, oral and written communication, data analysis and interpretation, and small-group work. All of these skills are highly desirable for a wide range of careers, including law, medicine, and business.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 64
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Linear Algebra and Differential Calculus of Several Variables
  • Applied Matrix Theory
  • Functions of a Real Variable
  • Modern Algebra
  • Partial Differential Equations I
  • Set Theory

Alumni Careers

  • Mathematics Analyst, The Boeing Company
  • Economist, Congressional Budget Office
  • Director of Product Management, LinkedIn
  • Physician Scientist, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Vice President of Science, Brown Publishing Network
  • Mathematician, Qwest Communications

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Physics

The undergraduate program in Physics provides students with a foundation in both classical and modern physics. Courses include labs in which Undergraduates carry out individual experiments; in advanced courses, this may include the conception, design, and fabrication of laboratory equipment. Students are also encouraged to participate in independent research projects. The major prepares students for careers in medicine, engineering, government, and industry, as well as graduate physics programs.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. B.S. Ph.D. Minor
  • Units required: 70
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Applied Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Theoretical Physics

Sample Courses

  • Mechanics and Heat
  • The Nature of the Universe
  • Black Holes
  • Foundations of Modern Physics
  • The Technical Aspects of Photography

Alumni Careers

  • Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Engineer, NASA Langley
  • Managing Director, Priolytics, LLC
  • Physicist, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Professor, Cornell University
  • Computer Scientist, Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Partner, Crane Street Capital
  • Minister for Adult Education, Trinity Episcopal Church

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Anthropology

Anthropology is devoted to the study of human beings and human societies as they exist across time and space. The Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of approaches to the various topics within anthropology including archaeology, ecology, environmental anthropology, evolution, linguistics, medical anthropology, political economy, science and technology studies, and sociocultural anthropology. The department provides students with excellent training in both theory and methodology.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 65
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Archaeology & Heritage
  • Culture & Society
  • Ecology, Environment, & Evolution
  • Medical Anthropology

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology
  • Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Language and Culture
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Human Health
  • Medical Anthropology

Alumni Careers

  • Associate Editor of Retail & Events, Worth Global Style Network
  • City Medical Specialist, The City of New York Department of Health
  • Executive Director, Empower San Diego
  • Assistant Principal, Aspire Public Schools
  • Grants Manager, Legal Foundation of Washington

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Communication

Focusing on media in all forms, the Communication undergraduate program introduces you to the processes and effects of mass communication: the nature and social role of the various media, their structure, function, and ethics, and their impact on society. In this context, we consider not only traditional mass media (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film), but also information technology, online media, and the Internet. Explore the exciting future possibilities for Communication majors!

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Human Computer Interaction/Virtual Reality
  • Journalism
  • Political Communication
  • Media and Culture
  • Psychological Communication

Sample Courses

  • Media Technologies, People & Society
  • Media, Culture & Society
  • Reporting, Writing and Understanding the News
  • Campaigns, Voting, Media and Elections
  • Computers and Interfaces: Psychology and Design

Alumni Careers

  • System Integration & Tech Consultant, Accenture
  • Drama Development Assistant, CBS Corporation
  • Radio Journalist, KALW (San Francisco)
  • Financial Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Student, Columbia School of Journalism
  • Teacher, Teach for America

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Economics

The Economics major is one of the most popular at Stanford. The major provides a rigorous toolkit for thinking about the economy and about economic policy. It promotes an active learning approach to economics in which you think about real problems in an analytically-rigorous way. In addition, the major aims to teach you how to put the acquired skills to use in your own research. You will find a cumulative and hierarchical body of knowledge laid out in a structured series of courses; these courses deepen and broaden your analytical toolkit and help you to apply it in productive ways. Economics is also applicable for those of you in other disciplines who seek to study a broad range of courses and to develop robust analytical skills.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Ph.D. Minor
  • Units required: 80
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Money and Banking
  • Economics of Health and Medical Care
  • Labor Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • International Trade

Alumni Careers

  • Former Justice, United States Supreme Court
  • Economics Professor, Stanford University
  • Attorney, Moody's Investors Service
  • Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Vice President, Accretive Health
  • Counsel for China Affairs, Federal Trade Commission
  • Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Punch Entertainment

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Political Science

The undergraduate major in Political Science provides students with a solid grasp of the American political system and other political systems within the context of global forces, international conflicts and social movements, ideological systems, and diversity. Courses in the major are designed to help students gain competency in the primary subfields of political science, including American and comparative politics, international relations, and the theory and philosophy of politics.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Ph.D. Minor
  • Units required: 70
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Comparing Political Systems
  • Campaigns, Voting, Media, and Elections
  • Latin American Politics
  • Introduction to Global Justice
  • War and Peace in American Foreign Policy

Alumni Careers

  • Case Assistant, District of Columbia Bar Counsel
  • Managing Director, Performance Equity Management
  • Deputy Attorney, California Department of Transportation
  • Chief Executive Officer, Chemlumina LLC
  • Teacher, Bellevue School District
  • Vice President, BlackRock, Inc.
  • Family Court Hearing Officer, Second Judicial District Court
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University
  • Education Reporter, Dallas Morning News
  • Vice President for Policy, Center for Competitive Politics

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Psychology

Stanford's program in Psychology offers excellent training in how to understand human behavior using scientifically rigorous methods. A judicious selection of psychology courses can provide an excellent background for students planning careers in business, education, law, medicine, and social work as well as psychology. Faculty advisors and the Student Services Office help students select courses that provide a strong foundation for their career goals.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 70
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Cognitive Science
  • Health and Development
  • Mind, Culture and Society
  • Neuroscience

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognition and the Brain
  • Introduction to Social Science
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology

Alumni Careers

  • Senior Director of Marketing, Fireman's Fund Foundation
  • Cultural Parent Consultant, Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii
  • Director of Academic Advising, Emerson College
  • President and CEO, Liknon
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health

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Sociology

Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behavior, including the behavior of individuals and the social dynamics of small groups, large organizations, and entire societies. Sociology is for individuals who have an interest in researching and analyzing how social networks, gender roles, and ethnic relations affect social life, or how gang violence, the economy, and social trends impact social behavior.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Economic Sociology
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Comparative Ethnic Conflict
  • Immigrants and Society
  • Urban Underclass

Alumni Careers

  • Human Resources Business Partner, Salesforce.com
  • Mental Health Counselor, Seneca Center
  • Chairman and Co-Founder, Spotlight Analysis
  • Union Representative, National Education Association
  • Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Assistant Professor of Education, Columbia University
  • Research Analyst, SRI International
  • Physician, Wake Heart and Vascular Associates

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African and African American Studies

The Program in African and African American Studies (AAAS), established in 1969, was the first ethnic studies program developed at Stanford University and the first African & African American Studies program at a private institution in the U.S. AAAS provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of peoples of African descent as a central component of all societies, offering courses that promote research across departmental boundaries.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Africa
  • African Americans
  • IDA (Diversity in the Arts)
  • Mixed Race
  • Historical Period

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to African & African American Studies
  • Global Harlem Renaissance
  • Hip Hop, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language
  • South Africa: Contested Transitions
  • African Americans and Social Movements

Alumni Careers

  • Founder, BioSentient
  • Consultant, Productivity Plus
  • Teaching Fellow, Citizen Schools
  • Vice President of Communications, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Professor, Texas A & M University

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American Studies

American Studies provides students with a broad understanding of American culture and society. Building on a foundation of courses in History and Institutions, Literature and the Arts, and Race and Ethnicity, students learn to analyze the American experience, past and present. Students will be able to pursue individual interests within this dynamic interdisciplinary major, leading to careers in many possible fields (government, education, law, the arts, business, etc.).

  • Degrees offered: B.A.
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations are individually designed.

Sample Courses

  • Visions of the 1960s
  • Introduction to American Law
  • Introduction to African-American Literature
  • Perspectives on American Identity
  • Rock, Sex, and Rebellion

Alumni Careers

  • Television Comedy Writer, "The Office"
  • Teacher, Inner City Academy
  • Physician, University of North Carolina
  • Ph.D. Student, Harvard University
  • Corporate Attorney, U.S. Oncology, Inc.
  • Program Associate, First Graduate
  • Music Producer, Wobble Music

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Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of the past through its material remains that survive into the present. Archaeology is a discipline that offers direct access to the experiences of a wide range of people in numerous cultures across the globe. Increasingly, archaeology bridges past and present societies through the study of the human heritage and its role in contemporary societies. Stanford's Archaeology Program provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the material remains of past societies, drawing in equal parts on the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 65
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Complex Societies
  • Mediterreanean Archaeology
  • New World Archaeology
  • Heritage
  • Scall Scale Societies

Sample Courses

  • Digital Methods in Archaeology
  • Faunal Analysis
  • History of Archaeological Thought
  • Object Lessons
  • Eight Great Archaeological Sites in Europe

Alumni Careers

  • Technical Services Associate, Google
  • Researcher, Stanford University
  • Research Assistant, Stanford Archaeology Center

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Asian American Studies

Asian American Studies (AAS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and current experiences of persons of Asian ancestry in the United States. The AAS major brings together courses that address the artistic, historical, humanistic, political, and social dimensions of Asian Americans. Students may apply this foundation to analyze and address a variety of issues related to the Asian American community.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Public Service
  • Self-Designed Concentration

Sample Courses

  • Asian American Culture and Community
  • Asian American Immigration and Health
  • Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature
  • Race and Biomedicine
  • Transcultural and Multiethnic Lives: Contexts, Controversies

Alumni Careers

  • Associate Litigation Counsel, Google
  • Board of Education Vice President, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Attorney, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
  • Paralegal Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Development Associate, Asian Pacific Environmental Network

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Chicana/o Studies

Chicana/o Studies (CHS) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the Mexican-origin population of the United States, the second largest ethnic group in the nation. Students who major or minor in CHS have an opportunity to select from courses in the humanities, social sciences, and education. CHS affords students an opportunity to explore the culture, society, economy, and politics of this important and growing segment of our national population.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Public Service
  • Self-Designed Concentration

Sample Courses

  • Borderlands of Literature and Culture
  • Chicano/Latino Politics
  • Education of Immigrant Students: Psychological Perspective
  • Latina/o Literature
  • Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Chicanos in American Society

Alumni Careers

  • Associate, Leader Gorham LLP
  • Program Director, Stanford College Prep
  • Director of Development, Primestor Development
  • Managing Director of Programs, Teach for America
  • Teacher, La Gloria Elementary School
  • Management Assistant, City of Anaheim
  • Youth Organizer, SouthWest Organizing Project

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Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

Critical engagement with issues of race and ethnicity is essential to an understanding of the world today. Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to design a curriculum in relation to a theme or concept. Theme area may compare various ethnic groups or explore topics that cut across group experiences in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • American Diversity
  • Identity, Diversity and Aesthetics (Institute for Diversity)
  • Public Service
  • Race and the American City
  • Self-Designed Concentration

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
  • Introduction to Cultural Psychology
  • New Citizenship: Grassroots Movements for Social Justice in the U.S.
  • Race and Racism in American Politics
  • Understanding Racial and Ethnic Identity Development

Alumni Careers

  • Policy Consultant, Office of California Senate
  • Program Director, Stanford College Prep
  • Non-Profit Manager, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Associate Analyst, California Alternative Energy & Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
  • Youth Project Director, The John W. Gardner Center for Youth

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Ethics in Society

The Program in Ethics in Society is an undergraduate honors program. Our course of study combines the analytical rigor of moral and political philosophy with the subject matter of each student's self-chosen major to develop a sophisticated understanding of social challenges. Students take two required core courses in moral and political thought, a thesis seminar, and two electives related to their thesis topic. Students may also pursue additional coursework towards a Minor.

  • Degrees offered: Minor
  • Units required: 25

Sample Courses

  • Justice
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Introduction to Global Justice
  • Human Rights and Moral Questions
  • Environmental Justice

Alumni Careers

  • Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • General Partner, Matrix Partners
  • Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Professor of Law and Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Audit Manager, Clorox
  • Founding Teacher of Rise Academy, KIPP School
  • Documentary Filmmaker, Luna Productions
  • Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Duke University
  • Associate Professor of Bioethics, Stem Cell Research Ethics and Public Policy, Medical Decision Making, & Allocation of Scarce Health Resources, Case Western Reserve University

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Feminist Studies

Feminist Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program investigating the significance of gender, sexuality, and power in all areas of human life. If you are interested in how feminist perspectives expand upon and reevaluate assumptions in the traditional study of individuals, cultures, social institutions, policy, and other areas of scholarly inquiry, then Feminist Studies could be the program for you.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 63

Concentrations

  • Queer Studies
  • Individually-Designed Thematic Focus

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Feminist Studies
  • Introduction to Queer Studies
  • Feminist Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines
  • Women and the Creative Imagination
  • Seminar in Women's Health: Women and Disabilities

Alumni Careers

  • Director, Retribution Media
  • Product Specialist, Google
  • Program Coordinator, Academy of Trades & Technology
  • Physician, Dermatologist Medical Group of North County
  • Principal, Cambridge Public Schools
  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University
  • Staff Attorney, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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Human Biology

Human Biology is an undergraduate program at Stanford that takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding humans from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives. With this base, students examine environmental, health and other public policies that influence human welfare. Human Biology is for individuals interested in an integrated holistic approach to solving problems facing humanity.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 87-104
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Individually Designed

Sample Courses

  • Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology
  • Culture, Evolution, and Society
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Behavior, Health, and Development
  • The Human Organism
  • Environmental and Health Policy Analysis
  • Environmental Change and Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Culture and Madness

Alumni Careers

  • Consultant, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Physical Therapist, Spaulding Rehab Hospital
  • Deputy Attorney General, California Attorney General's Office
  • Admission Counselor, Stanford University
  • Program Director, Idaho Conservation League
  • Chief Executive Officer, New Resource Bank
  • Publisher, Biology at Faculty of 1000 Ltd.
  • Director of Marketing, Nektar Therapeutics

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International Relations

International Relations is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major focusing on the changing political, economic and cultural relations within the international system in the modern era. The program explores how global, regional, and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage. Students are equipped with both the foundational skills and specific knowledge necessary to analyze the choices and challenges that arise in this arena.

  • Degrees offered: B.A.
  • Units required: 70
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Comparative and Historical Analysis
  • Comparative Culture and Society
  • Comparative and International Political Economy
  • Area Specialization (Africa, Europe, Latin America or Russia/Eastern Europe)

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Global Justice
  • Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law
  • Science, Technology, and Development
  • America and the World Economy

Alumni Careers

  • Legal Officer, United Nations
  • Director of Business Development, Pipal Research
  • Executive Director, Publicis Dialog
  • Culinary Arts Program Coordinator, Kapi'olani Community College
  • Store Executive Team Leader, Target Corporation
  • Physician, West County Radiological Group
  • Attorney, Arnold & Porter LLP

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Jewish Studies

Students who choose an individually designed or double major in Jewish Studies receive a focused overview of the history, literature, and religion of the Jewish people from the Biblical period to the present. This major is an interdisciplinary major, and individual courses of study are therefore tailored to the individual student in consultation with a faculty advisor. All students, however, receive intensive training in the methods of at least one discipline (for example, history) and exposure to methods of others (for example, literature). With the help of related courses outside Jewish studies, students seek to bring these approaches to bear on the development of Jewish civilization in all its varieties.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 75
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Jewish History
  • Jewish Languages
  • Jewish Literatures
  • Jewish Religion

Sample Courses

  • How to read the Bible
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • The Holocaust
  • Creative Resistance and the Holocaust
  • Land and Literatures

Alumni Careers

  • Associate, Business Development (Asia), Chemonics International

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Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies program, offered through Stanford's Center for Latin American Studies, pairs rigorous course work with a strong network of visiting professors and scholars from Latin America and elsewhere. Students of any major may pursue undergraduate honors and minor certification in Latin American Studies. The program also shares in a range of cross-listed courses in other departments.

  • Degrees offered: Coterminal M.A. Minor
  • Units required: 45 for Coterm
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Culture & Society
  • Environment & Ecology
  • Political Economy

Sample Courses

  • Explorations in Latin American Social History
  • Black Brazil
  • Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Problems
  • Latin American Politics
  • Incas and their Ancestors: Peruvian Archaeology

Alumni Careers

  • Institutional Development Officer, Center for Justice and International Law
  • Healthy Schools Volunteer, Peace Corps Guatemala
  • Operations Manager, MobileMetrix, Brazil
  • Director of Program Development, Asociacion Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, Argentina
  • Senior Analyst, New Forests
  • Teacher, Teach for America
  • Latina Program Coordinator, Women's Cancer Resource Center of Oakland, California
  • Associate, Gerson Lehrman Group, Latin America Division

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Mathematical & Computational Science

Mathematical and Computational Science is a major sponsored by the Mathematics, Computer Science, Management Science & Engineering and Statistics departments. Students fascinated by the integration of the above fields will find that the MCS program provides an essential mathematical foundation to be applied in the areas of engineering, biology, finance, management, and other disciplines involving scientific research. The program is unique in its strong support for students seeking both academic and industry opportunities after graduation.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. Minor
  • Units required: 75
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Applied Mathematics

Sample Courses

  • Theory of Probability
  • Integral Calculus of Several Variables
  • Programming Methodology and Abstractions
  • Linear and Nonlinear Optimization

Alumni Careers

  • Ph.D. Student of Biostatistics, Harvard
  • Graduate Student, Stanford School of Education
  • Investment Banker, UBS (Hong Kong)
  • Software Engineer, Google
  • Mathematics Teacher, Teach for America
  • Student, Stanford Law School

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Native American Studies

The Native American Studies (NAS) program introduces students to approaches in the academic study of Native American people, history, and culture. All courses in the program promote the discussion of how academic knowledge about Native Americans relates to the historical and contemporary experiences of Native American people and communities. Students who major in NAS have the opportunity to perform advanced work in related fields including literature, sociology, education, and law.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 60
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Public Service
  • Self-Designed Concentration

Sample Courses

  • American Indians in Contemporary Society
  • Indian Country Economic Development
  • Introduction to Siouan Language and Culture
  • Native Americans in the 21st Century: Encounters, Identity, and Sovereignty in Contemporary America
  • Native American Writers

Alumni Careers

  • Foreign Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Regional Coordinator, Futures for Children
  • Admission Counselor, Stanford University

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Public Policy

The core courses in the Public Policy program develop the skills necessary to assess alternative approaches to policy implementation, evaluate the effectiveness of policies, understand the political objectives and constraints faced by policy makers, and appreciate the conflicts in fundamental human values that often animate the policy debate. After completing the core, students focus on one of several areas of concentration that address specific fields of public policy, types of institutions or the tools of policy analysis. They design their concentration with the help of a faculty adviser and the approval of the program director, submitting a list of proposed courses and a brief written defense of the concentration before beginning course work.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. M.A. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 84
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Advanced Methods of Policy Analysis
  • Education
  • Environment, Resources, and Population
  • Health Care
  • Law and the Legal System

Sample Courses

  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Policy and Climate Change
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Regional Politics & Decision Making in SV
  • Politics and Policy in California

Alumni Careers

  • Executive Director, Environment Now Foundation
  • Research Analyst, Center for Effective Philanthropy, University of Chicago
  • Managing Director, Results for Development Institute
  • Student, Harvard Law School
  • Planner, Dept. of Land & Natural Resources, State of Hawaii
  • Fellow, Durham VA Medical Center

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Science, Technology and Society

STS is an intellectually challenging, interdisciplinary undergraduate program. STS teaching and research are predicated on the belief that science and technology are two of the most potent forces for individual, societal, and global change. Students will study the natures, causes, and social consequences of scientific and technological developments, how science and technology function in different societies, and how social forces attempt to shape and control these forces to serve diverse interests.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. B.S. Minor
  • Units required: 70

Concentrations

  • Aesthetics, Science, & Technology
  • Information Science & Technology in Society
  • Public Policy, Science, & Technology
  • Science, Technology, & Social Change
  • Work, Technology, & Social Organizations
  • Development, Science & Technology
  • History and Philosophy of Science & Technology

Sample Courses

  • Science, Technology, and Contemporary Society
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Ten Things - An Archaeology of Design
  • Digital Media in Society
  • Global Work

Alumni Careers

  • Senior Product & Marketing Manager, Google
  • Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
  • Business Systems Analyst, Yahoo!
  • Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte Consulting
  • Outcomes Analyst, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
  • Partner, IDEO
  • Policy Advisor, US Congress - House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Director of User Experience, Hotwire.com
  • Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Genentech Inc.
  • Healthcare Program Manager, The Clinton Foundation

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Symbolic Systems

The Symbolic Systems Program (SSP) at Stanford University focuses on computers and minds: artificial and natural systems that use symbols to represent information. SSP brings together students and faculty interested in different aspects of the human-computer relationship, including cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. The flexible and interdisciplinary nature of the program appeals to students who have strong technical skills and who seek to apply those skills to address humanistic challenges.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 70
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Science
  • Decision Making and Rationality
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Natural Language

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Cognitive and Information Sciences
  • Introduction to Cognition and the Brain
  • Mind and Meaning
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Alumni Careers

  • Founder, LinkedIn and PayPal
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University
  • Senior Vice President, iOS Software, Apple, Inc.
  • Vice President of Geographic and Local Services, Google
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Princeton University
  • Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kiva.org
  • Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • Co-Founder, Meebo
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, Color of Change

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Theatre and Performance Studies (*formerly Drama)

The mission of the undergraduate program in Theatre and Performance Studies is to provide a strong non-conservatory program for students studying Theatre and Performance Studies in a liberal arts context. Joining academic research with performance and technical practice, department majors pursue areas of interest in acting, directing, playwriting, dance, design, stage management, performance theory, and cultural studies. Students explore these fields in a collaborative environment with close faculty contact. One of the requirements of the major is to fulfill a stage management course, generally in the junior year, which allows students practical exposure to managing and/or crewing a production. It is essential that students understand the concrete workings of theater in order to appreciate its history and literature. With faculty collaboration, students of Theatre and Performance Studies integrate research, theory, intellectual engagement, and performance.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Ph.D. Minor
  • Units required: 60

Sample Courses

  • How Theater Thinks: Introduction to Theater and Performance
  • How Practice Practices
  • How Theater is Designed
  • Acting for Non-Majors

Alumni Careers

  • Actor, A Noise Within Theatre Company
  • Sourcing Specialist, Google
  • Mathematics Teacher, Bellarmine College Preparatory
  • Vice President of Product Strategy, LinkedIn
  • Head of Production, Mirror Films
  • Stage Director, Ana-Catrina
  • Diversity Coordinator, NBC Universal
  • Partner, Secret Handshake Entertainment, LLC

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Urban Studies

Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate program at Stanford that combines academic approaches with real-world experience to understand cities. Urban Studies is for those who have wondered why people live in cities (or suburbs), how the physical environment influences behavior, or how to address seemingly intractable problems like urban poverty, homelessness, or troubled schools.

  • Degrees offered: B.A. Minor
  • Units required: 73
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Urban Society and Social Change
  • Cities in Comparative and Historical Perspective
  • Urban Education
  • Self-Designed Concentration

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Introduction to Urban Design
  • The Urban Underclass
  • Urban Education

Alumni Careers

  • Marketing Manager, Fresh Direct
  • Director of Strategic Conservation, The Conservation Fund
  • Designer, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
  • Public Transportation Consultant, KFH Group
  • Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Harvard University
  • Program Director, Rebuilding Together Peninsula
  • Urban Design Architect, Calthorpe Associates
  • Director of Asset Management, Stanford Real Estate
  • Director of TOPP Labs, The Open Planning Project

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