Students can: Major
Degrees Offered: PhD, MA
Collaboration, exchange, and intellectual freedom are the core of the Humanities Center. Faculty and students share a commitment to philosophical questions, and are engaged in art, literature, film, history, and philosophy.
Established in the mid-20th century, the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins aimed to bring together the various humanities departments within the university. From its beginning, the center has provided a robust program of visiting scholars, professors, and lecturers. Today, the center has connections with institutions of thought in Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Strasbourg, and Amsterdam, facilitating rich intellectual exchange and creating international research opportunities.
The center’s flexibility in terms of content has enabled it to make a unique contribution to the university’s undergraduate course offerings. The Humanities Center does not offer a departmental major, but undergraduates interested in a general liberal arts preparation or in one of the university’s pre-professional programs will receive a broad introduction to the documents and thought of Western culture. The center stresses skill in critical reading and writing, sophistication in the use of research tools, and opportunities for supervised independent study.
The Humanities Center sponsors doctoral programs in two general fields: comparative literature and intellectual history. These programs are designed with the cooperation of the faculty in the adjacent literary and historical departments. Only a few highly qualified applicants can be admitted; the center gives priority to candidates whose proposed course of study is congruent with faculty interests and strengths.
What can you do with your degree?
A degree in the study of humanities can lead to various career paths. At Johns Hopkins, your scholarly work in the classroom is complemented by robust research opportunities and hands-on learning. Such broad background leads to careers in museums and art galleries, journalism and writing, politics, teaching, media, non-profit management, or to a direct path to graduate school.