The academic experience at the Krieger School helps students explore a variety of interests, build a community, and research with pioneers in their field.

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How You Learn at the Krieger School

Whether at the civic-focused SNF Agora Institute, Hopkins’ Washington, D.C. building next to Capitol Hill, state-of-the-art research laboratories, or on a boat during a Costa Rica intersession trip, undergraduate education takes place in stimulating environments that are culturally diverse and rich in their global dimensions.

Student Stories

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Community from Film

Film and media studies student Cierra Gladden created her thriller short, “Sundown,” and made new steps in finding community and supporting diverse voices in film.

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Religion and Colonization in Mexico

The Experiential Research Lab “Holy Conquest: Religion and Colonization in 16th-Century Mexico” travelled to Mexico during intersession to get in-person experience with the art.

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Saving the Bay from Dead Zones

Molecular and cellular biology major Paul Gensbigler is helping to answer unresolved questions about the kinds of bacteria removing nitrogen from the Chesapeake Bay.

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Sparking the Imagination in First-Year Seminars

From the journey of the earthworm to signs of racial inequity, First-Year Seminars cover a range of topics that inspire new college students.

Krieger School Highlights

Dean Chris Celenza with students looking at rare book in JHU's Special Collections as part of First Year Seminar Course, "Books, Authenticity, and Truth."

First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars are intimate courses designed to help students interact closely with faculty and other students right away. Capped at just 12 students and graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory instead of with letter grades, the courses cover multiple areas of study or research.

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Impactful Writing

Writing is not just writing. It’s also critical analysis, persuasive expression, self-reflection, and storytelling. Krieger School undergraduates enhance these skills in the recently reimagined University Writing Program.

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A Flexible Curriculum

Krieger School students can tailor their courses to fit their passions and goals. Students have a year to choose their major, and take courses across departments and divisions that encourage exploration.

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Research and Research Labs

Students research in rare-books spaces, libraries, science labs, museums, and in the field. This can be related to Experiential Research Labs, which start in person and end with in-person trips and projects. The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity and Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Research provide year-round research resources.

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The Hopkins Semester

The Hopkins Semester is a semester-long, mentored, immersive experience for students in their junior or senior year. The first Hopkins Semester students will live in Washington, DC. and use the new JHU building near the U.S. Capitol as a base to explore policy and international studies in one of the world’s most important cities.

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Focus with Faculty

Students work closely with faculty in research in scholarly efforts at places like the SNF Agora Institute, Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, Mind/Brain Institute, Center for Government Excellence, Center for Visual Arts, Center for Africana Studies, and more. See all of our centers, institutes, and programs.