The Institute for Humane Studies is the leading institute in higher education dedicated to championing classical liberal ideas and the scholars who advance them.
IHS' vision is that higher education becomes a place where classical liberal ideas are regularly taught, discussed, challenged, and developed, and where free speech, intellectual diversity, and open inquiry flourish.
IHS' vision is for free speech, open inquiry, and intellectual diversity to flourish on college campuses; for all college students to have an opportunity to study and debate the ideas of a free society; and for a growing community of scholars to research and teach the principles and practice of freedom.
IHS believes the principles of the classical liberal tradition – including individual liberty and responsibility, limited government, economic freedom, the rule of law, free speech, and open inquiry – are the foundation of a just and prosperous world.
And we believe that for those ideas to take root, they must be taught, explored, and challenged in higher education.
That’s why IHS has built the foremost network of scholars across the country who are leading the advancement of classical liberal principles. We are a partner throughout their academic careers, offering guidance, resources, and access to a passionate, supportive community.
IHS facilitates the impact of professors both on and beyond their campuses, partnering with faculty to run campus programs and connecting scholars to opportunities to inform policy debates.
IHS supports future professors. Each year, IHS awards more than $1 million in scholarships to hundreds of students from around the world. In addition, we offer an integrated suite of academic career programs including mentoring, research grants, research-development seminars, online resources, and placement support.
Through IHS' work with faculty, it inspire and educate college students. IHS partners together to offer students intensive summer seminars, weekend events, on-campus programs, and online content.
IHS partners with allied organizations and supporters to advance freedom.
From the undergraduate student just beginning to develop an interest in classical liberal ideas to the established professor, IHS is a champion for each individual’s journey – and together we are partners for a free and open society.