Overview

Admission Requirements

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.

Academics

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.

Humanism Course I: The Nature of Being

Humanism Course I: The Nature of Being

The nature of being and the orientation of human beings within social and natural realities have been considerations of humanity for generations, leading to origin stories, religions, philosophies, and science. What is the nature of being? What does it mean to be? What does it mean to be conscious? To be alive? What does the interaction of beings and things mean? Are there beings and things? How are they, or are they, different? This course explores these questions through the lens of humanism, from the ancient world today, complete with an exploration of the institutions which make up the contemporary humanist movement. Read full Humanism Course I description here.

Humanism Course II: The Anti-Racist Challenge

Humanism Course II: The Anti-Racist Challenge

Across time and space, Humanism, as a life-philosophy, has attempted to consider, and wrestle with, the “big questions” of life, such as beingness, truth, ethics, justice, society, the good life, and so on, in varying manners. Today, Humanism (in America) as a life-philosophy, and/or ethical stance, is most identifiable by its historic centering of, and appeals to, “rationality,” the “empirical,” and the “scientific.” Domains organizing social life which have often come at the expense/continued exclusion of bodies, voices, and lived realities of racialized “Others.” With a focus on the current racial moment and reckoning taking place across America today, from popular culture and beyond, this course centers unlikely and unsuspecting voices, spaces, and domains, as agents of a kind of re-worked Humanism “from below” – that have much to say about, and offer to, the pressing Anti-Racist Challenge facing us now. Read full Humanism Course II description here.

Humanism Course III: Ethics and Aesthetics

Humanism Course III: Ethics and Aesthetics

Humanism is in essence both a personal and communal search for how to live a meaningful, purposeful life within a naturalistic understanding of reality. Humanists think that reason and community are the surest ways to determine individual and communal values. What “reason” is and what “community” means are not always well articulated, however, and finding a fuller articulation of these terms is what this course is about. Read full Humanism Course III description here.

Capstone Course

Capstone Course

Students will complete a final project designed to encourage self-reflection, formulate humanist ideals and demonstrate culminative learning under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Students are required to prepare a capstone proposal that includes an executive summary and timeline for completion.