New York University College of Dentistry and The Humanities Council of New York University have, since 1978, participated in a unique experiment in which an attempt has been made to make humanities courses available to dental students. Two kinds of humanities courses have been offered—optional, non-credit seminars, and so-called selectives, which all first-year dental students are required to take. The background for the decision to include humanities in dental education is considered, the characteristics of the dental student and the nature of dental education are discussed, details of the various humanities programs at the dental school are presented, and conclusions are drawn about the value of the program.