The leadership program curriculum begins with the philosophy, history and institutional structuring of humanism, and moves to examining what it means to be human, and then the variety of humanist ideas in world religions. The second year starts with a look at what constitutes humanist leadership, and moves to the humanist tools, critical thinking, and science its methods and uses. The final year deals with issues in contemporary culture, aesthetics and humanist celebrations.
We believe that it is crucial to balance acdemic abstraction with practice. It is one thing to absorb concepts in our minds, it is another to internalize them by applying them to life situations. It is a method of learning that makes the abstract, concrete and thereby allows a student to go from the general to the specific and from specific back to the general conception. Our program aims to provide the materials for a learning experience that will enable student to be knowledgeable and effective leaders in their own life sphere, their communities, organizations and the movement as a whole.
The curriculum is not a complete list of all the topics of humanist leadership students need to cover. Rather, it is intended to introduce and begin a life long learning program. The Graduate Certification of the Humanist Leadership Studies Program is awarded upon completion of the program. While not being able to guarantee placement, the Institute, in so far as possible, will assist its graduates in developing opportunities for exercising their leadership abilities and skills.