All of our programs require a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. A limited number of students may be accepted without a Bachelor’s degree upon review of the Education Committee for academic preparedness.
Students who are admitted without an undergraduate degree are done so provisionally.
Our courses are taught in an inverted or flipped in-person classroom model. Students study course content prior to class–via readings, video lectures, movies, simulations or other instructional materials–coming fully prepared to actively participate within the classroom. There may be preparatory assignments for some courses, which will be listed on the syllabus provided upon registration.
Our students don’t just read the books, listen to a lecture, and take notes. They are stimulated into a discussion, provoked to think deeper, and come to understand more broadly the Humanist lifestance. 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.
Each course includes an intensive portion of 40 hours of in-person classwork. Courses are held at the American Humanist Association headquarters over a 5-day period (schedule to be determine beginning of each academic year). Minmum of 5 registrated students is required to offer any course. Due to COVID 5-day intensive in-person classwork is now being held online.
Humanist Studies Certificate Program
The Humanist Studies Certificate Program requires 12 completed credits.
Click the arrows below to read about Humanist Studies Program (HSP) courses. All courses must be completed for one to become a Certified Humanist Professional. Students will receive a syllabus upon registration and be expected to complete readings and assignments prior to class.
NOTE: It is recommended courses are taken in sequence to enhance the learning experience.