Humanist Studies Program

The AHA Center for Education Humanist Studies Program (HSP) is a unique graduate-level experience where individuals are engaged to build competencies and skills in the pursuit of acquiring a broader, deeper knowledge of Humanism. Our courses provide an educational environment that supports a collaborative community inclusive of all humanist perspectives, ranging from secular to religious, and enhances one’s ability to reach individual aspirations.

With only one prerequisite course (Course 101: The Humanist Lifestance), students have the freedom to take all eight additional courses to become a Certified Humanist Professional or select particular courses to create their own learning path.

We welcome all humanists (secular, naturalistic, scientific, atheistic, non-theistic, and religious) interested in training to be effective leaders, spokespersons, and advocates for humanism. The center is dedicated to fostering leadership that is ethically grounded, informed, skillful, globally responsible, personally sustainable, and committed to meeting genuine needs of real people. Graduates of HSP strengthen our movement by promoting the humanist perspective and supporting humanist organizations.

Faculty and students often are involved in the following organizations:
American Ethical Union
American Humanist Association
American Rationalist Association
The Center for Inquiry
Council on Secular Humanism
Freedom from Religion Foundation
Friends of Religious Humanism
The Humanist Society
Society for Humanistic Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association

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.


AHA Center for Education admits students without regard to their religion so long as they are respectful of the principles of humanism.  The center does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, sexuality, national or ethnic origin, or ability in the administration of education policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or school-administered programs.