Reach College Students

Inspiring and Educating Students with the Ideas of Freedom

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is the premier provider of education in the ideas of freedom for college students through innovative on-campus and online educational programs.

There are 21 million college students in the U.S., but most are not learning about the principles of individual liberty, free enterprise, free speech and limited government. IHS is tackling this challenge so that students will learn how to navigate multiple viewpoints with civil discourse and open minds.

IHS educational programs take students from inspiration to understanding:

  • Through debates, reading groups, extracurricular seminars, and other on-campus events co-sponsored with professors, IHS is taking the ideas of freedom directly to college campuses. 
  • For students ready to dig deep into the ideas of freedom, IHS offers in-depth, interdisciplinary programs including week-long summer seminars and all-day discussion colloquia over weekends during the academic year. Taught by professors of economics, history, philosophy, and more, these programs offer students a foundational understanding of the ideas of a free society and connect participants to a community of students and professors committed to the power of freedom and ideas. 

To help put these events, IHS provides turnkey support to IHS faculty professors, taking care of curricula, speakers, marketing, and logistical support for:

  • Daylong Socratic discussions where students dig deep into the ideas of freedom
  • Book clubs that foster spirited debate around assigned readings
  • Panel discussions and special guest lectures

“I would not be at Princeton today without the support of IHS. The grants that aided my research, the intellectual camaraderie of IHS retreats, and the professional development programs that helped me in my job search—IHS helped me in all these ways. I truly appreciate your invaluable support at a critical moment in my career.”

Jacob Wolf, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University

“As a liberty-minded academic, the support I have received from IHS has been invaluable to my work.”

Christopher J. Schorr, a PhD student in American government at Georgetown University, used his HSF to fund a survey experiment for dissertation research on white nationalism and the challenge it poses to conservatism

With your support, we are ensuring that students—today’s citizens and tomorrow’s opinion leaders—learn about foundational ideas that have fueled extraordinary peace and prosperity.