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HumSci 201

This course scaffolds students toward discovering Stanford's graduate environment of support. 

Course Description

Offered every fall quarter and taught by Dr. Ayodele Thomas, this course welcomes graduate students in all of Stanford's seven schools and assists them with adapting to Stanford's academic, psychosocial, financial, and career-building approaches. Lectures focus on highlighting Stanford's resources and topics will include:

  • Panels with faculty and students from underrepresented minority groups
  • Managing advisor/advisee relationships
  • Making the most of campus resources for graduate students
  • Life outside of research
  • Learning how to write for a graduate school audience
  • Using your Ph.D. to pursue a career

Guest faculty , advance graduate students, campus administrators, and the Dean's Office deliver guest lectures. Presentations include information about pivotal Stanford resources including:


The grading basis for this one-unit grade is satisfactory/no credit. Attendance and participation in all class meetings is expected. Only one unexcused absence is allowed. Auditing of this course is allowed, upon instructor approval, for students that have exhausted their allotted credits. Students having to leave the seminar early due to schedule conflicts will be excused.