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Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences

The Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences is the heart of the undergraduate program and grants the majority of [1]


The school is divided into three divisions: Humanities and Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Humanities and Arts

  • Art & Art History - One of the original University departments under the name Drawing (1891), Drawing and Painting (1892-1900), back to Drawing (1901–1907), Graphic Arts (1908–1910), Graphic Art (1911–1913, 1927–1947), then Art and Architecture (1948–1969), Art (1970-?) and finally its current name.[1]
  • Classics - Stanford started with separate departments for Latin and Greek but these were merged in 1921
  • Drama - Started as Public Speaking in 1927 became Speech and Drama in 1937 and Drama in 1971
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • English - one of the original departments but under the name English Language and Literature
  • History - one of the original departments
  • Linguistics - established in 1971
  • Music - established in 1936
  • Philosophy - established sometime in the 1890s
  • Religious Studies - started in 1941 as the department of Religion

Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

  • Comparative Literature
  • French and Italian - one of the original departments under the name Romance Languages which became Romanic Languages. Became French and Italian in 1963.
  • German Studies - one of the original departments under the name Germanic Languages
  • Iberian & Latin American Cultures
  • Slavic Languages and Literature - established in 1926

Natural Sciences

  • Applied Physics - established in 1969
  • Biology
  • Chemistry - one of the original departments
  • Mathematics - one of the original departments
  • Physics - one of the original departments
  • Statistics - established in 1936

Biology had a convoluted history. The original departments were Botany, Zoology, Entomology, and Physiology but they changed names and merged.

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Communication - established in 1927 as Journalism
  • Economics - established in 1892 as Economics and Social Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Psychology - one of the original departments
  • Sociology

Stanford was set up with a Political Science department but that was almost immediately renamed Economics and Social Science. The forerunner of the current Political Science department was established in 1918.

Sociology and Anthropology were originally one department established in 1948. They split in 1957. Anthropology itself was split into Anthropological Sciences and Cultural and Social Anthropology from 1999 to 2007 but merged again.


Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM), the core freshman required course sequence which consists of one fall-quarter course followed by a 2-quarter pair of courses during the winter and spring quarters. Fall quarter courses are interdisciplinary while winter-spring focus on a specific disciplinary area.

List of Deans

  • Clarence H. Faust, English, 1948–1951
  • Douglas Merritt Whitaker, Biology, 1951–1952
  • Ray N. Faulkner, Art and Architecture, 1952–1956
  • Philip H. Rhinelander, Philosophy, 1956–1961
  • Robert Richardson Sears, Psychology, 1961–1970
  • Albert H. Hastorf III, Psychology, 1970–1973
  • Halsey L. Royden, Mathematics, 1973–1981
  • Norman K. Wessells, Biology, 1981–1988
  • Ewart A.C. Thomas, Psychology, 1988–1993
  • John B. Shoven, Economics, 1993–1998
  • Malcolm R. Beasley, Applied Physics, 1998–2001
  • Sharon R. Long, Biological Sciences, 2001–2007
  • Richard Saller, Classics and History, 2007–present

External links

  • Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Homepage
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