Humanist Studies Program
The Humanist Studies Program is about opportunity and choice provided in a way that enhances one’s ability to reach individual aspirations. With only one required course, students have the freedom to take 8 additional courses to become a Certified Humanist Professional or create their own learning path opening doors to new opportunities not yet imagined.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
The Humanist Studies Program is a different experience. We don’t just read the books, listen to a lecture and take notes. The Humanist Studies Program brings together humanist from across the spectrum to challenge, inspire and encourage one another to learn. Through the Humanist Studies Program students will be stimulated into discussion, provoked to think deeper and come to understand more broadly the Humanist life-stance.
THI takes great pride in its learning environment that enhances a collaborative community inclusive of all humanist perspectives, ranging from secular to religious. It admits students without regard to their religion so long as they are respectful of the principles of humanism. THI does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin or disability status in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or school-administered programs.
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Courses at the Humanist Studies Program are taught in an inverted or flipped in-person classroom model. Students study course content prior to class time–via readings, video lectures, movies, simulations or other instructional materials–coming fully prepared to actively participate within the classroom. There may also be preparatory assignments for some courses, which will also be listed on syllabus provided upon registration.
Unlike traditional lecture methods of instruction, the Institute encourages students to fully engage with faculty to understand, apply and master the concepts of humanism to form their own thoughts and ideals as emerging professional leaders. This active learning method allows students to go beyond the acquisition of the facts and truly delve into topics. It promotes a higher level of learning in building competencies (e.g. problem-solving, critical thinking, communication) and skills (e.g. analysis, synthesis, evaluation) in the pursuit of acquiring a broader, deeper knowledge of humanism.