Offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education, the Krieger School is at the core of the Johns Hopkins complex of schools, centers, and institutes. Almost 150 years after the University opened, the School of Arts and Sciences still follows the guiding principles of Hopkins’s visionary first president, Daniel Coit Gilman, which position the school at the forefront of knowledge.

“The best teachers are usually those who are free, competent, and willing to make original researches in the library and the laboratory. The best investigators are usually those who have also the responsibilities of instruction, gaining thus the incitement of colleagues, the encouragement of pupils, the observation of the public.”
—President Daniel Coit Gilman

The plan that Gilman devised and began to carry out in 1876 established Johns Hopkins as the nation’s first research university—that is, an institution in which every faculty member was actively engaged in original investigations. Gilman dismissed the notion that teaching and research are separate endeavors; he believed that success in one depended on success in the other.

The realization of Gilman’s philosophy at Hopkins, and at other institutions that later attracted Hopkins-trained scholars, revolutionized higher education in America, leading to the modern research university system.

Johns Hopkins has been responding to the world’s needs since its inception in 1876. The Krieger School is uniquely situated to build on that tradition by providing research opportunities to students in all disciplines as early as their freshman year and by creating innovative partnerships with the other divisions of the university.


The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is devoted to discovery that creates new knowledge and solutions that better the world.

Our world-renowned faculty teach and engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship across the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.

Our well-rounded and diverse students pursue a liberal arts education that leverages the qualities of a major research university. They explore their academic interests through a flexible curriculum and faculty-mentored, hands-on research projects utilizing critical inquiry.

Our accomplished graduates possess the skills, curiosity, and knowledge to pursue satisfying and impactful lives of leadership and service in today’s global arena.