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.


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 life stance. 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.

Humanist Studies Certificate Program

The Humanist Studies Certificate Program requires 15 completed credits.

Click the arrows below to read about Humanist Studies Program (HSP) courses.  Courses are run over a 14-week semester.  All courses must be completed for one to become a Certified Humanist Professional. Students will receive a syllabus upon registration.

NOTE:  It is recommended courses are taken in sequence to enhance the learning experience.

Humanist Worldviews: Then & Now (Pre-requisite)

Humanist Worldviews: Then & Now (Pre-requisite)

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 what “community means are not always well-articulated, however, and finding a fuller articulation of these terms is what this course is about. Read the full course description here.

Humanist Philosophies & Understandings

Humanist Practices: Living Our Values

Humanist Leadership: How to Run Organizations



Students will complete a final project designed to encourage self-reflection, formulate humanist ideals and demonstrate cumulative 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.

Note: The AHA Center for Education Curriculum Committee is currently working on revising the certificate program curriculum.  HSP encompasses a total of 5 courses to earn a certificate.  Course descriptions for Humanist Philosophies, Practices, and Leadership coming soon.

Register Spring 2022