Humanities Blast Courses

This summer, sign up for free, five-week, online humanities courses with Johns Hopkins experts. Courses are open to all members of the public.

These entry-level Blast Courses in the Humanities are offered through the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and Hopkins at Home, and allow students to get familiar with a topic in the humanities with Johns Hopkins instructors. Students will learn about a topic through weekly, pre-recorded videos, plus get weekly opportunities for interactive participation.

Some courses will involve a Q&A session (mixed live and pre-recorded) so that you can ask your instructor anything about the week’s material. Other courses will opt for a live, group meeting once a week, where the whole class can discuss that week’s material. Your instructor will send you the necessary links, handouts, and any other pieces as you dive into this five-week “blast” through a topic.

To find courses, click on “view all events,” then filter by “division” to courses offered by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute.

What Blast Courses Offer

We believe that the humanities are all about making connections, both in our thinking and in our contact with other people. All students are welcome to sign up for a Blast Course: no prior knowledge is required, and participation is up to you! At a time when many of us want to learn for fun but don’t have time for a full course or lots of homework, Blast Courses are designed to introduce you to a topic as taught by some of the most enthusiastic and informed sources around. 

These five weeks are supposed to be fun and thought-provoking, but you will also gain skills you’ll be able to use once the class is over. Whether it’s about how to read a poem or why TV shows keep repeating the same stories, we want to share the amazing research and interests of young scholars in the humanities—and share it with the community beyond our usual students. 

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