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

Humanities Institute has applied for accreditation to the Distant Education Accrediting Commission  (DEAC) 


                                                               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 Bachelor's degree are required to take 90 credits.

                                                     Courses                                                Credits    
                                                                      Required Courses            45
                                                                      Elective Courses               27 
                                                     Dissertation                                         18
                                                     General Exam                                         0

                                                     Total                                                          90


HUM 700    CIVILIZATIONS    (9.0 credit hours)

Course Description

Each course 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 courses for different periods or areas in succeeding semesters.

The courses 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 courses 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 course of 9 credit hours will require around 405 hours of student work.

The courses 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.

Areas                                                                                           Periods

Chinese Civilization                                                           Ancient Civilization
Japanese Civilization                                                        Postclassical Civilization
Indian Civilization                                                               Early Modern Civilization
Russian Civilization                                                           19th Century Civilization
Turkic Civilization                                                               20th Century Civilization
Arabic Civilization   
African Civilization
European Civilization                                                                                                    
American Civilization
Latin American Civilization


Primary Admission Requirement
Completion of the Bachelor'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 Ph.D. program in Humanities.  Stipends will be  $ 30,000. for successful Ph.D. students who are selected. We particularly welcome proposals addressing:

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