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Humanities Institute is a distant education graduate school in California and teaches certificates and Doctor of Arts degree. All Instruction is tuition-free for all students. 


HUM 700    CIVILIZATIONS    (9.0 credit hours)

Certificate Description

Each certificate contains a total of 9 credit hours. It is a combination of three 3-credit-hour courses in the subjects of history, literature, culture.

The students may repeat the certificates for different periods or areas in succeeding semesters.

The certificates include the topics of Ancient, Post-Classical, Early Modern, Modern and Postmodern periods and the areas of East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Southwest Asia, Africa, West Europe, East Europe, North America, Latin America.

Humanities Institute certificates trace the comparative history of civilizations. Each course traces the historical developments, political structures, economics, social structure, language, customs, folklore, marriage, arts, literature, architecture, science and technology, philosophical ideas, religion, beliefs, and aesthetics of the major civilizations of a specific period or region.

Academic credit-bearing distance education courses require 45 hours of student work for one semester credit hour and therefore each HI certificate of 9 credit hours will require around 405 hours of student work.

The certificates draw on the resources of the Humanities Institute study guides to provide students with a unique vantage point and multi-disciplinary analyses listed on our library page.

Students have the following alternative topics available to them.

Ancient Civilization                        Postclassical Civilization                     Early Modern Civilization
19th Century Civilization           20th Century Civilization     


                                           Doctor of Arts in Humanities

 The Graduate programs are designed for individuals who would like to continue their studies in interdisciplinary Humanities after their Bachelor's degree. The students explore specific areas, topics, or themes of study in a way that is in-depth, personalized, and which allows one-on-one guidance from world-respected experts. The Doctor of Arts program allows the student to assemble a personalized plan of study as a customized degree plan under the guidance of a lead professor and to select courses that align with the student’s interests. Students entering the program with a Master's degree are required to take 60 credits.

                                                     Certificates                                         Credits    
                                                     Civilizations                                                 45
                                                     Dissertation                                                 15
                                                     General Exam                                                0

                                                     Total                                                                 60



Primary Admission Requirement
Completion of the Master's degree from an accredited college or university is required to be admitted to HI. 

How to Apply for Admission to the Institute?
Students must review the HI catalog and send the following documents through e-mail to the Admissions Office at

1. A Curriculum Vitae that includes demographic information, past educational and work experience.
2. An autobiographical narrative about yourself and your interest in studying in the field of Humanities.
3. Transcripts.

The applicant must arrange to have official transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

 International applicants will be required to have their transcripts evaluated by one of the following U.S. agencies and have their evaluation directly sent to Humanities Institute.



Please review the Humanities Institute's catalog for details about the Institute, faculty, degree, courses, admissions, policies and procedures.

                                        PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Humanities Institute is currently inviting applications for fully-funded doctoral fellowships that include a stipend to join our certificate and the Doctoral program in Humanities.  Stipends will be  $ 30,000. for the Doctoral program.  We particularly welcome proposals addressing:

a)   Interdisciplinary and comparative analysis in World Civilizations;
b)   Life History, Oral History, Life Writing applications in Humanities.