The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, of which the department is a part, and the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, located on the Homewood campus, are the heart of a small but unusually diverse coeducational university. Privately endowed, Johns Hopkins was founded in 1876 as the first true American university on the European model: a graduate institution offering collegiate preparation, where knowledge would be assembled and created as well as taught. The faculty achieve a balance between their scholarship and research and their commitment to teaching. Their active involvement as leaders in their professional fields cannot help but benefit their students.
The Homewood campus schools are located on a 140-acre wooded area in the north-central section of Baltimore. The cultural and professional athletic activities of the large metropolitan area are but minutes away. The campus was originally the Homewood estate, built for Charles Carroll Jr., son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The university was given the estate in 1902, and the Faculty of Philosophy began instruction on the campus in 1915. The original manor house, Homewood, has been refurbished and is now a museum.
The Peabody Institute is located in the central section of the city, about a mile south of Homewood. The medical institutions are in the east-central section, about three miles from Homewood. These three Baltimore institutions, as well as the central locations where students reside, are connected to the Homewood campus by a free Hopkins shuttle bus, which runs frequently.
Despite the growth of the Homewood Schools since 1915, they have maintained a small student body and a low student/faculty ratio. Most graduate classes are small and give students an excellent opportunity for advanced training and creative investigation. The faculty becomes well acquainted with the individual students from the early part of their stay in the department. Work on the PhD is carried out with frequent student-faculty interaction on a one-on-one basis. Original research is emphasized.