JohnsHopkins Undergraduate Studies in Liberal Arts and Engineering
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Table of Contents
Hopkins by the Numbers
Where I Live
The Homewood Campus
Student Groups & Activities
Small Town: Big City
Building Community Volunteer Opportunities
Customize Your Experience
Admissions & Financial Aid
Programs of Study
The Homewood campus: 140 acres of world-class learning facilities, friends that last a lifetime, and unexpected beauty. Shown here: the reflecting pool in front of Nichols House.
Students explore themes in African sculpture during a class held at the nearby Baltimore Museum of Art.
Stimulating discussions, inspiring teachersÂâ€”the Johns Hopkins learning experience in a nutshell. Here, Professor Wendland explains the mysteries of cell biology.
Johns Hopkins wins the championship for the 2007 NCAA Division I menâ€™s lacrosse season after defeating Duke 12-11. 8
Hopkins by the Numbers
…Johns Hopkins is a great place to “ learn more about yourself. It’s a
way of life.”
—Daniel Coit Gilman First President, Johns Hopkins University 1876 –1901 Daniel Coit Gilman
When he accepted the position as first president of Johns Hopkins University, Daniel Coit Gilman had something special in mind. Hopkins Distinctions
He believed that the exploration of intellectual questions and the
• 1876: Year in which Johns Hopkins was founded
discovery of new ideas were the driving forces behind true scholarship
• 32: Number of Nobel Prize winners among Johns Hopkins affiliates • 1: Number of U.S. presidents to earn a Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins Ph.D. awarded to Woodrow Wilson in 1886) • Established at Johns Hopkins: the first U.S. co-educational medical school, the first school of public health in the world, the country’s first modern classics department at a university, and the oldest continuously operated university press in the nation • 1948: Year in which Johns Hopkins Near Eastern studies scholar William Foxwell Albright confirmed the authenticity of the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered by many to be the earliest biblical manuscripts • 1981: Year in which Johns Hopkins became home to the Space Telescope Science Institute, the science ground station for the Hubble Space Telescope • $1.49 billion: Worth of total Johns Hopkins research performed in 2006* • 1: Rank of Johns Hopkins among American universities in research and development spending* • 28: Consecutive years we’ve held that rank* *Source: National Science Foundation
in every discipline. He set out to create a learning environment designed to serve this radically new approach to education in America. Since the beginning, Johns Hopkins has drawn faculty members and students who have shared a belief in Gilman’s idea of learning. Along the way, they have discovered ideas that have shaped the direction of science, the practice of medicine, the world of literature, the methods of business, the sounds of music, the conduct of international affairs, and the process of engineering. At Johns Hopkins, you become part of this exhilarating tradition. Together with other original thinkers from all over the globe and with world-class professors at the forefronts of their fields, you will be challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself— and you will discover the power of your own ideas.
Sunipa Saha adjusts the electronics on Kurvy Kirby, a robot she helped build, at ArtBot, an event held as part of the course Sensors and Activators, in which student teams build mechanical devices designed to create art.
Academics Class Size and Learning Opportunities
• 12:1 Student/faculty ratio
• 492: Full-time faculty members
• 65% of classes have fewer than 20 students
• 95% of faculty have terminal degrees
• 5% of classes have more than 100 students
• 96% of classes are taught by professors
• About two-thirds of undergraduates engage in some form of independent inquiry during their time at Johns Hopkins
• 1: Pulitzer Prize winner • 5: MacArthur Fellows
• 300+: Number of students who participate in study abroad programs each year
• 22: National Academy of Sciences members
• 30+: Number of countries where they study • 6,500+: Number of internship postings in the Career Center’s database • Three weeks: Length of Intersession, an optional mini-semester in January, where students can take a short course, do a miniinternship, work on an independent study project, or take part in a travel opportunity • 5: Number of divisions with undergraduate programs
Undergraduate Schools - Krieger School of Arts & Sciences - Whiting School of Engineering - Peabody Institute (music)
• 3: National Medal of Science winners
• 12: National Academy of Engineering fellows • 40: American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows • 5: Lasker Medical Research Award recipients
Student Body • 4,561: Homewood undergraduates • 1,666: Homewood graduate students • 48%: Female students • 52%: Male students • 50: States represented • 71: Nations represented • 82% of students ranked in the top 10% of their high school class
That’s Johns with an “S”…… The odd and often misspelled first name of the university’s founder, Johns Hopkins, was really a last name. His great-grandmother was Margaret Johns, who married Gerard Hopkins in 1700. The second Johns Hopkins— our founder—was a grandson and namesake of the first. He was born in 1795, and after a successful career in America’s early railroad industry, left $7 million at his death to establish a university and hospital, each bearing his name. At the time, it was the largest bequest in U.S. history.
- School of Nursing (juniors and seniors) - Carey Business School (part-time) • Areas of study: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering • 49: Number of majors • 40: Number of minors
At the Digital Media Center you can use technology to express your artistic side with special equipment for graphic design, digital imaging, digital video, and digital sound recording.
Admissions Freshman Selectivity 2008
Advanced Placement Credits
• 16,012: Number of applicants
• 4,018: Students admitted
4 or 5
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• 1,235: Freshman enrollment (estimated) • 25%: Admit rate
4 or 5
• Yes: Early Decision available?
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Standardized tests: middle 50th percentile for admitted students in 2008*
Computer Science AB
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• 660–760: SAT Critical Reading
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• 690–780: SAT Math
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Physics C (first part)
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Physics C (second part)
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• 670–760: SAT Writing • 30–34: ACT *The “middle 50th percentile” refers to the range within which the middle half of freshmen admitted for fall 2008 scored. (Figures current as of May 1, 2008)
*Special restrictions apply. (See page 52 for more details.)
Standardized test code numbers SAT: 5332
Deadlines and Application Information
Application fee: $70
School Colors Black? Blue? Gold? What are the real colors? It’s easy to get confused, because we have two sets! Johns Hopkins’ original colors were old gold and sable (in modern dyes, that’s black and gold). However, when lacrosse began to grow in popularity around the turn of the 20th century, we ran into a problem. Fans complained that black and gold looked too much like the black and orange of our big rivals, Princeton, and they couldn’t tell the players on the field apart. Johns Hopkins agreed to switch, swapping the gold for blue. To this day, our beloved Blue Jays sport the athletic colors of black and blue, but at graduation, you’ll see the official academic colors of black and gold.
Note: Standardized tests are considered in the admissions process but should not be viewed as a predictor of admissibility. Either SAT or ACT scores are accepted. (See page 53 for more details.)
Early Decision reply-by date: January 15 Regular Decision deadline: January 1 Regular Decision notification: April 1 Regular Decision reply-by date: May 1 Universal College Application accepted? Yes Johns Hopkins Supplement required? Yes (for both)
Financial Information Costs for 2008–2009 Academic Year
• 20: Approximate number of Hodson Trust Scholarships offered to freshmen ($25,500 each)
$11,578: Room and board* $500: Matriculation fee** $1,200: Books and supplies† $1,000: Personal expenses†
• 100%: Total tuition a Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering pays, per year, plus a small stipend
* In a typical room with a 19-meal plan ** Onetime fee only † Estimated
• 100%: Total tuition a Baltimore Scholars Program grant pays, per year
Financial Aid Breakdown
• Up to $10,000: Amount of Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship money available per recipient to incoming freshmen
$29,303: Average need-based financial aid
package for freshmen 48% of undergraduates receive financial aid
Student Financial Services contacts: Phone: (410) 516-8028 E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.jhu.edu/finaid
Early Decision notification: December 15
Common Application accepted? Yes
March 1: Financial aid application deadline
Early Decision deadline: November 1
• 50: Approximate number of students who receive up to $3,000 each year in Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards
“Everyone puts in some time every day
studying. Subtract that plus sleep, and there’s still time to grab a workout at the Rec Center or attend the countless seminars, musicperformances, drama productions, andsporting events.”
Students gather for a laugh and a break at Levering Food Court.
Cedric Chan, Port Charlotte, Fla., Chemistry, Building A At first, I wanted to create the “typical” college dorm room environment, complete with pennants and fan memorabilia. But that’s not what I ended up with. I’m a huge Hopkins fan, and I’m more proud of this school than anyone I know. But I decided that school banners and posters just weren’t for me. Instead, I turned my room into a place where I can unwind from the stress and complications of school; I turned that room in Building A into my room, not just another dorm room at Hopkins. You won’t find a chemistry book or a physics book on my bookshelf. Instead, you’re more likely to find the magazines and books I enjoy reading for pleasure. My tennis racket is handy in case I want to work up a sweat and distract myself. I like to put up pictures of friends, posters of my favorite movies—everything I can think of to remind me that I’m in my own world here.
Where I Live Housing options at Johns Hopkins vary widely—from traditional rooms to suites with shared
Home away from home––psychology major Micaella Davis at the Bradford Apartments.
bathrooms to individual apartments on and off campus. One thing they all have in common? Each is as unique as the individuals who transform it into their own personal space. Johns Hopkins requires undergraduates to live on campus for the first two years. Some juniors and seniors live in university residence halls and apartments while others live in privately or commercially owned housing nearby. Most students live within three blocks of campus, making the sense of community here strong.
The Freshman Quad
Alumni Memorial Residence I
As the name suggests, one of the hubs of firstyear campus life is the Freshman Quad; it’s where you’ll find three major residence hall complexes. The Alumni Memorial Residences consist of two large buildings of connected “houses.” In each house, 30–40 students reside in traditional double and single rooms. Social events, activities, and intramural sports teams are often organized by house. Buildings A and B feature suite-style living with double rooms, or a double room and a single room, that share a bathroom. The buildings are co-ed, although the suites are single-gender.
• Reading room for quiet study • Multipurpose room for programs and activities • TV room, computer room, common kitchen, and laundry facilities • Substance-free housing available
Alumni Memorial Residence II • Blue Jay Lounge • Mail facilities, laundry facilities, and common kitchen • Social lounge with pool table, Ping-Pong table, Foosball table, and TV • Two music practice rooms, both with pianos
Alëna Balasanova, Lincoln, Neb., Psychology, AMR II, 3rd floor, Clark House I’m absolutely obsessed with the colors pink and purple and really tried to reflect that in my room. Whenever anybody comes in they always comment on how girly it is! With its homelike feel and bright colors, my room quickly became a hangout spot for my friends—we’ll have tea parties, dance parties, hardcore study time—you name it and we’ve done it. Your freshman dorm room is as unique as you. Whether spic and span or full of clutter, it’s a statement about your personality and style.
Buildings A and B • Fresh Food Café (freshman dining hall) • Common kitchens and laundry facilities in each building • Lounges in each building • Climate-controlled rooms
Top: One room in a Building A suite Right: Nolan’s on 33rd is open late and has a small stage. Events take place here all year, including bands, stand-up comedy, poetry slams, and Coffee Grounds—free coffee, doughnuts, and entertainment every Friday night.
Marcelo Porto, Chatham, N.J., Mechanical Engineering, Homewood Apartments One thing I really appreciate about my room is the shelf space for all of my books. I read constantly and have an extensive library that covers every square foot of my room at home. Here, I have plenty of space for a selection of my favorite books, which is very important to me. However, the most important aspects of the room are the posters and paintings on the walls. They reflect who I am and what I believe in, from the poster of Muhammad Ali and the paintings of my family’s home in Brazil to the framed copy of Vince Lombardi’s “What It Takes to Be Number One” speech. Michelle Tellock (left), Hortonville, Wis., Undeclared, Wolman Hall In our suite, there are people from Boston, Long Island, Malaysia, and Wisconsin. Our floor has students from Japan, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Montana, Arkansas, China, Hong Kong, Michigan, Turkey, California, Washington, Oregon, Maine, New Jersey, and Canada! Every day there is some form of foreign food to sample due to our sometimes failed attempts to expose each other to different cultures using our kitchenettes. Living here has great perks: We have semi-private bathrooms, and, ironically, even being responsible for doing the dishes makes me feel at home in our little corner of Hopkins.
Charles Village Residence Halls
Just across the street from the Freshman Quad, you’ll find two large buildings, Wolman and McCoy halls, both featuring suite-style living with individual kitchenettes. McCoy houses upperclassmen, while Wolman is for freshmen. (Wolman’s claim to fame is that—in its days as an apartment building—F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived there for a time!) Next to Wolman and McCoy sits Charles Commons, a new two-building complex. Charles Commons features suites with single rooms, kitchenettes, and in many cases, living rooms. The complex is also home to a number of student amenities and common areas.
• Charles Street Market (grocery) • Einstein Bros. Bagels • Common lounges with TVs • Mail facilities and computer cluster • Game room/meeting room/fitness room
McCoy Hall • Common lounges on each floor • A music practice room, multipurpose room, and game room • Group study spaces and TV rooms
Charles Commons • Nolan’s on 33rd (dining facility) • Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins and Starbucks • Common areas with lounges and study spaces on each floor • Exercise room
University-Owned Apartments One choice for upperclassmen (and in some cases, sophomores) is university-owned apartment buildings— both next to campus—that offer the independence of apartment living without the stress of landlords and monthly bills. They are fully furnished, come in all sizes, and are prewired for Hopkins Ethernet connections. • The Bradford • Homewood Apartments
Left: Chilling out at Charles Commons. This residential complex is good for spending casual time with friends, with lots of comfy sofas and chairs, pool tables, and a fireplace. There’s also an exercise facility, game area, and the Winter Library—a cozy space for quiet reading and study.
Candido Brown (right), Baltimore, Md., Sociology, Charles Commons Living in Charles Commons—the newest residential facility on campus—has been one of the most satisfying experiences for me. Since it’s home to a computer lab, a community kitchen with modern appliances, a state-ofthe-art dining hall, comfortable study lounges, and an exercise room, I rarely have to leave my apartment building to enjoy myself (except for class, of course!). As someone who loves to entertain, one of the best things about my four-bedroom, two-bathroom 12th-floor apartment is that I can cook, watch television, and talk to my friends, all in the convenience of one room. While other residential facilities lack the spatial fluidity to accommodate large numbers of guests, Charles Commons allows me to entertain without missing out on the action.
Christopher Kovalchick, Hamilton Square, N.J., Double-degree candidate with Peabody Institute; Mechanical Engineering and Violin Performance, Bradford Apartments The great thing about living in the Bradford is that I have my own room, which allows me to feel as close to home as possible without actually being there. I practice violin a considerable amount, and it’s much easier to practice right here in my room than having to go to the practice rooms all the time. I can practice whenever I want for as short or as long as I want, and I can alternate between studying and practicing easily. (Yes, his room really is that neat!)
The Homewood Campus What is it about a place that makes it truly special? At Johns Hopkins, it’s a combination of wide, green, inviting spaces in the heart of a bustling city; impressive Georgian brick and Taking to the Runway for a Good Cause The music thumped, the lights sparkled, and the crowd whooped and howled into the night. That was the scene at one of Johns Hopkins’ biggest recent benefit events—Hopkins Top Model. Based on the popular TV show, the competition—featuring two runway walks and two rounds of questioning—pitted representatives from student groups against one another for top prizes. Best of all, the money earned in ticket sales went to UNICEF’s South Asia Emergency Relief Fund. The event was organized by Vision Xchange, a highly active student group dedicated to producing energetic, large-scale events to raise international awareness and relief funds.
Below: Levering Plaza in early spring
white marble; and winding paths through gorgeous landscaping. According to one student, Homewood “has got to be the most beautiful college campus in the country.” While authorities may differ on which is the best view, they all agree that it’s a great place to call home. Johns Hopkins is an active and supportive community, filled with students of different viewpoints, different cultures, and different backgrounds. The thing that brings them all together is their desire to be here and to celebrate everything this place has to offer. There’s always something going on—and freshmen are encouraged to get involved. Every week offers lectures, concerts, art and photography exhibitions, theater, movies, sports, volunteer opportunities, and whatever else anybody has an idea to do.You’ll never run out of things to try.
Annual Campus Highlights Fall Festival starts the year off right with a weekend full of music, food, theater, athletic games, and Johns Hopkins traditions.
CultureFest Every fall, this festival, run entirely by students, features food from different cultures, performances, and speakers on race, ethnicity, and diversity. Commemoration Day Johns Hopkins marks its birthday with cake—lots of it, served by the president and the deans! Spring Fair Weekend An annual celebration of music, food, carnival rides, crafts, and community, Spring Fair is not to be missed.
The MSE Symposium and Foreign Affairs Symposium lecture series, organized by students each year around topical themes, bring nationally acclaimed speakers to campus.
Friday Night Films and the Johns Hopkins Film Fest screen cool movies, including new releases.
One Week in October There’s definitely no shortage of fun stuff happening here. During the third week of October 2007, 63 events were posted on the Johns Hopkins calendar. Here’s a sample of what went on during that rather typical week:
Africana Studies Critical Thought Collective discussion of “The New Auction Block: Blackness and the Marketplace” by Hazel Carby
“Exhibiting Alice,” a studentcurated exhibition at Johns Hopkins’ Evergreen Museum & Library, focused on Alice Warder Garrett, the historic house’s last resident and an influential art collector in the 1930s
Hopkins Symphony Orchestra performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Dvorak’s New World Symphony
Field hockey vs. Bryn Mawr Water polo vs. Princeton
Guitarist Sharon Isbin performs at Peabody Institute
Women’s soccer vs. Bryn Mawr
The Barnstormers present “Freshman One Acts”
The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, “Renewing American Culture: The Perspectives That Shape Our Identity,” with Rory Kennedy, documentary filmmaker
Winter on the Keyser Quad—we do get snow here!
“Dante: Or on Passionate Memory,” a German and Romance Languages and Literatures lecture by Lina Bolzoni
“Outside/Inside: Words on Technique and Approach When Painting Outdoors,” a digital slide talk by noted landscape painter Paul Hotvedt
Charles London reads from and signs his book, One Day the Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War, at Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins
Water polo vs. Bucknell
Workshops “Cool Google Tools” with Brian Cole, part of the Bits and Bytes series at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Orientation The first week of your freshman year is devoted to getting, well, oriented. It’s full of information on everything available to you as a student, plus the details on how to get involved.You’ll meet other freshmen, learn your way around, get settled in the residence halls, and take part in activities designed to break the ice and get your year started on a good note. A welcome tradition has become an annual part of Orientation. Upperclassmen come to campus and help freshmen move into the residence halls. (They even do all the heavy lifting!) Who better to introduce you to new friends and show you the ropes?
Somehow, some way you fit everything into your room!
Facilities • 1 40 park-like acres: Campus size • High-speed Ethernet: Campus computer network • Yes: Wireless available? • 3: Computer labs (one operates 24/7) • Yes: Digital Media Center? • Yes: Student arts center? • Yes: Recreation Center? • 11: Total number of libraries • 2.8 million+: Total number of books in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library • 2: University museums • 1: Archaeological collection Right: A CultureFest performance; Below: The Digital Media Center
Student Groups and Activities There are at least 350 student groups and organizations on campus, although that number keeps expanding because students are encouraged to start new clubs to fit their interests— and they don’t hesitate to do so! All Johns Hopkins student groups are governed and managed by students, and there is literally something for everybody.
A Sample of Student Activities, Clubs, and Organizations
South Asian Society of Hopkins Turkish Students Association Vietnamese Students Association
Intrafraternity Council Panhellenic Council 10 fraternities 4 sororities
Golden Key Hopkins Organization of Finance and Investment Hopkins Organization of Minority Engineering Students National Society of Collegiate Scholars Phi Beta Kappa Pre-Law Society Society of Women Engineers
Cultural African Students Association Black Student Union Caribbean Cultural Society Chinese Students Association Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance Hopkins Bengali Association Iranian Cultural Society Inter-Asian Council Japanese Students International Korean Students Association Organizacion Latina Estudiantil
Hobby and Recreation Animation Club Billiards Association Dance Dance Revolution Club Film Society Outdoor Pursuits Club Photography Club Student Art League WJHU-Internet Radio Woodrow Wilson Debate Council
Performing Arts Band: Wind, Pep, Jazz, Flute Choir Barnstormers (theater) Buttered Niblets (comedy improv) Choral Society Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theater Company 8
Egyptian Sun Bellydance Troupe Gospel Choir Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Indian Cultural Dance Club Johns Hopkins University Theatre Ladybirds Dance Team Mental Notes (a cappella) Modern Dance Company Octopodes (a cappella) S.L.A.M. (dance) Vocal Chords (a cappella) Witness! Theater
Political and Special Interest American Civil Liberties Union Amnesty International College Democrats College Republicans Mock Trial Model UN Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity Students for Environmental Action UNICEF Vision Xchange
Publications Black and Blue Jay (humor) Carrolton Record (conservative paper) Hopkins Donkey (liberal paper) Hullabaloo (yearbook) HURJ: Hopkins Undergraduate Research Journal J. Magazine (literary) News-Letter (newspaper) Zeniada Magazine (literary)
Religious Agape Campus Ministry Catholic Community Hillel Hindu Students Council Hopkins Christian Fellowship Interfaith Council Jewish Students Association Muslim Students Association Sikh Students Association
Student Government Hopkins Organization for Programming Student Activities Commission Student Council
The Johns Hopkins Gospel Choir brings a powerful voice to spirituals and music of faith.
Johns Hopkins students can take lessons at Peabody Institute.
The Arts at Johns Hopkins
The Mattin Center offers space for student groups and artistic endeavors. The center features a theater, café, dance studio, the Digital Media Center, art studios, darkrooms, music practice rooms, multipurpose rooms, and meeting spaces. An Arts Certificate program offers a certificate in five areas: dance, digital media, fine/visual arts, music, and theater. Visit getintothearts.jhu.edu.
Published since 1896, the Johns Hopkins NewsLetter is one of the oldest student papers in the country, and it’s where Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Russell Baker got his start. The paper has won numerous National Newspaper Pacemaker Awards from the Associated College Press, one of the highest accolades in the field.
Stage Master Theater has always been a vibrant presence at Johns Hopkins, and in recent years we’ve been celebrating the return of one of our own. Better known as Gomez Addams from the TV show The Addams Family and as the father of Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, John Astin (Class of 1952) now teaches acting and directing through the Writing Seminars. Astin and Johns Hopkins undergraduates have teamed up to re-establish an old tradition—the Johns Hopkins University Theatre, a student troupe that has been enjoying successful seasons since its debut. A minor in theatre arts and studies is also available. Diwali Dhamaaka, the Hindu Festival of Lights, draws enthusiastic crowds from campus and the surrounding community.
Athletics Whether you’re a fan of intercollegiate competition, looking for an intramural team to join, or want to keep in shape and have fun, Johns Hopkins offers lots to choose from.
In 2008, the baseball team won its unprecedented ninth Centennial Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time under head coach Bob Babb.
Intercollegiate Athletic Teams For women: Basketball Crew Cross Country Fencing Field Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Swimming Tennis Track and Field Volleyball For men: Baseball Basketball Crew Cross Country Fencing Football Lacrosse Soccer Swimming Tennis Track and Field Water Polo Wrestling
The top-flight Blue Jays celebrate on the field.
You’ve probably heard of lacrosse. It’s been perfected at Johns Hopkins, and it’s our biggest sporting love. In 121 years of competition, the men’s lacrosse team has won 44 national championships, including the 2007 NCAA Division I National Championship, and twice represented the United States in the Olympic Games. And Johns Hopkins has twice as many members of the U.S. Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame as its nearest competitor. For the past 10 years, the women’s team has also competed in Division I.
Outside of lacrosse, one out of six Johns Hopkins students participates in Division III intercollegiate athletics, and more than half participate in the popular intramural program. In addition to the intramural activities and club sports that are such a hit each semester, there are many ways to participate in sports and stay active on campus.
Members of the capoeira club demonstrate their skills.
Club Sports Basketball (W) Brazilian Jujitsu Capoeira Cheerleading Cycling Field Hockey Golf Ice Hockey Kung Fu Lacrosse (M, W) Rugby (M) Ski and Snowboard Soccer (M, W) Softball Soo Bahk Do Swimming Table Tennis Taekwondo—Olympic (hot) Taekwondo—T Kang Tennis Ultimate Frisbee (M, W) Volleyball (M, W)
Athletic Accolades The Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center complements the Newton H. White Athletic Center for varsity athletes. The Rec Center, open for use by all students, houses basketball and volleyball courts, a rock-climbing wall, a weight room, and fitness training and aerobics areas, as well as access to the Athletic Center’s swimming facilities. Popular fitness classes include yoga, pilates, kickboxing, step aerobics, spinning, hip hop, toning and strength conditioning, and, believe it or not, Ballet for Jocks.
Field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis, among others, had record seasons in 2007–2008. Keep up with current stats at www.hopkinssports.com.
The men’s swim team finished second at the 2008 NCAA Division Championships, the team’s 12th top-five finish under head coach George Kennedy.
Women’s basketball coach Nancy Funk celebrated her 500th career coaching victory with the 2007–2008 season.
Hopkins Interactive What’s the best way to find out what people are saying about the Johns Hopkins experience? Hopkins Interactive, at apply.jhu.edu/hi, where current students are posting:
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Student Life • 350+: Clubs and organizations • 40+: Community service groups • 75% of students participate in at least one volunteer activity • 10: Number of fraternities • 4: Number of sororities • 24% of men participate in fraternities • 23% of women participate in sororities • 60% of undergraduates live on campus • 99% of freshmen live on campus • 6: Number of residence hall complexes • 3: Number of dining facilities • 5: Number of places on campus to grab a bite on the run • Yes: Freshman meal plan required? • Blue Jay: mascot • Division III: NCAA division (except for men’s and women’s lacrosse, which compete in Division I) • Centennial: conference
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Itâ€™s easy to to places students like to go, such as the
Inner Harbor and Towson Mall.â€?
Baltimoreâ€™s Inner Harbor, three miles downtown from the Homewood campus, is the cityâ€™s centerpiece.
Small Town: Big City Baltimore, Maryland, is situated in the heart of the busy mid-Atlantic corridor, which puts Johns Hopkins within easy reach of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City— some of the East Coast’s most exciting destinations. Johns Hopkins students have access to the opportunities, experiences, and fun throughout the region, all from a comfortable home base. The historic Hippodrome Theatre, reborn as the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center several years ago, offers world-class stage performances only a few minutes from the Homewood campus.
Baltimore’s Theaters Baltimore is fast becoming known as a center for theater and the performing arts due to the many excellent venues in town. Here’s a partial listing: The Hippodrome Lyric Opera House Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Theatre Project Center Stage Morris Mechanic Theatre Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center Pier Six Concert Pavilion Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute* Swirnow Theater* Merrick Barn* Shriver Hall*
In recent years, Johns Hopkins’ location in Baltimore has become even more advantageous; the city has steadily grown and expanded in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and medicine. And Baltimore has always attracted more than its share of talented and creative individuals. People such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. L. Mencken, Billie Holiday, John Waters, Barry Levinson, Jada Pinkett-Smith, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Russell Baker, Toni Braxton, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Clancy have called or do call Baltimore home.
Baltimore may be unpretentious, but that doesn’t mean it’s unexciting. It’s active and dynamic, with a full calendar of events. One of the city’s biggest attractions is its famous Inner Harbor, widely recognized as a major accomplishment in urban renewal. The Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the restored Civil War frigate U.S.S. Constellation, the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, and a variety of shops and restaurants—plus an enthusiastic but easygoing crowd enjoying life on the water.
According to our students, Baltimore has the best of both worlds: all the amenities of a major urban center––theater, museums, music, professional sports, all kinds of restaurants, and public transportation––plus the easy lifestyle and neighborliness of a smaller city. “Baltimore is an unpretentious kind of place,” says one student.
Baltimore is also a colorful place, and a bit quirky. Nicknamed “Charm City,” it has a unique flavor and a character all its own. People are friendly and call each other “Hon!” Pink flamingos have been known to sprout up in row-house gardens. Bumper stickers from Bertha’s Restaurant that read “EAT BERTHA’S MUSSELS” have been spotted as far away as Tibet. Residents take pride in their city, and they also take care to make everyone who comes here feel welcome.
The Power Plant area at the Inner Harbor offers lots of good shopping and restaurants.
The water taxi—a cool way to get around town.
Baltimore Festivals Baltimore is definitely a town on the move. The city is home to an amazing variety of events, open-air festivals, and other goings-on––all of which are popular days out for students. You can find one happening just about every weekend during the warmer months. Here’s a brief list of some favorites:
The Lowdown: Baltimore Neighborhoods Baltimore is a patchwork quilt of distinctive neighborhoods. As a Johns Hopkins student, you’ll find ways to discover everything they have to offer, as well as the special qualities of each one. Consider this list your cheat sheet:
Downtown Inner Harbor The location for corporate headquarters of financial biggies like Legg Mason and T. Rowe Price, the downtown community is a thriving commercial center. It’s also home to Baltimore’s beloved American League baseball team, the Orioles, who play at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the NFL’s Ravens, who play at M&T Bank Stadium.
featuring restaurants that specialize in every imaginable type of Italian cuisine. Movies with Italian themes are shown al fresco on warm summer nights.
Mount Vernon Heralded as “Baltimore’s cultural center,” Mount Vernon is another historic neighborhood, where you’ll find the Peabody Institute and Conservatory of Music, the Walters Art Museum, the Lyric Opera House, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Charles Village Festival Artscape (America’s largest free, public arts festival) Baltimore Book Festival Baltimore Waterfront Festival Fell’s Point Fun Festival Maryland Film Festival The Hon Festival (celebrating Baltimore’s quirkiness!) African American Heritage Festival Baltimore American Indian Pow Wow American Visionary Art Museum’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race SoWeBo (an annual art party in southwest Baltimore) LatinoFest Caribbean Carnival German, Jewish American, Ukranian, Irish, Korean, and Russian Orthodox festivals For more fun stuff to do, check out www.baltimorefunguide.com.
Fell’s Point and Canton Students head to these waterfront neighborhoods for eclectic shops, live music, and good eats. The cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants, most serving up one of Baltimore’s specialties––crabcakes.
Federal Hill Along the south side of the Harbor lies Federal Hill, a neighborhood with connections to Baltimore’s history, including some of the oldest brick row houses in the city. It’s also not far from Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem during the War of 1812.
Little Italy About a five-minute walk from the Inner Harbor, Little Italy is, as the name suggests, a neighborhood that celebrates Italian culture. It’s also one of the tastiest corners in Baltimore,
Baltimore’s Pimlico racetrack is home to the Preakness Stakes, the second of the famous Triple Crown horse races.
The Mount Vernon Cultural District is home to the Peabody Institute and Conservatory of Music, one of 10 divisions at Johns Hopkins.
Local Haunts You could say that Johns Hopkins enjoys the best of both worlds. Walking along the open, green quads, you might never guess that you’re in the middle of a major East Coast city. But just a few steps away are vibrant neighborhoods centered around student life, with all the amenities within easy reach.
One-stop shopping: A full-service grocery store plus one of the city’s best delis make up Eddie’s Market, just a block from campus.
Johns Hopkins’ home base: Charles Village.
Need to take a night off from studying? Video Americain boasts independent, art house, and foreign films, plus the big new releases. Actually, if it’s been put on film, they probably have it.
Running along the east side of campus is one of Baltimore’s most charming neighborhoods— Charles Village. Three miles due north of Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor, Charles Village is made up of tree-lined streets featuring a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Three student residence halls—Wolman Hall, McCoy Hall, and Charles Commons—are located here, as well as both university-owned apartment buildings—the Bradford and the Homewood Apartments. Most upperclassmen living in privately or commercially owned housing also live nearby. You’ll find lots of student hangouts in the neighborhood—from coffee houses, eateries, and markets to shops, hair salons, and Laundromats. New development initiatives in recent years have greatly expanded student offerings and enhanced the college-town feel.
A cultural center of the down-home and funky variety, Hampden (besides being considered by many to be the birthplace of the beehive hairdo) is known for having its own flair. Located just to the west of Johns Hopkins and readily accessible from campus, Hampden is full of up-to-the-moment art galleries, fun restaurants, thrift stores, and off-beat shops.
Matisse, Picasso Right Next Door Located at the south end of campus, the Baltimore Museum of Art features an extraordinary permanent collection and ever-changing exhibitions, plus programs and performances for all ages. The museum’s Cone Collection is distinguished by an exceptional group of 500 works by Matisse, one of the largest and most important assemblages of his paintings, sculpture, and works on paper in the world. Some classes actually take place there and at other museums and cultural institutions in the area, thanks to a minor in museums and society.
Golden West Cafe is located “on the Avenue” (what locals call 36th Street) in Hampden. Favorites include brunch food, burritos, vegetarian-friendly options, and really good sweet potato fries.
Culture on Campus Culture cravings still not satisfied? Johns Hopkins boasts three historical collections in the immediate area. The Homewood Museum is the Federal-period historic house from which the Homewood campus takes its name and design. Built by Charles Carroll Jr., son of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the house has been lovingly
restored and is open to the public. The Evergreen Museum & Library is another Johns Hopkins historic house just up N. Charles Street. Reopening in new digs for 2010, the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection was founded through the interests of first president Daniel Coit Gilman and features ancient GrecoRoman and Near Eastern artifacts.
Tiny local café and cult favorite Carma’s serves up some of the best food in the city, including frittatas, Icelandic-style yogurt, and a real New Orleans muffuletta sandwich (“as big as your head”)!
Chesapeake Bay crabs are a specialty of the region and a symbol of Baltimore. You’ll find them everywhere—on T-shirts, bumper stickers … and yes, even as hats. Crab-themed gear and much more in the way of Baltimore regalia is on offer at Hometown Girl in Hampden.
Getting Around One of the great things about Johns Hopkins? It’s easy to get where you need to go! Most of the everyday basics are within easy walking distance, but there are also a lot of ways to get out and about. Johns Hopkins escort vans will take you anywhere up to a mile’s radius of campus—especially convenient for trips to the bigger grocery stores. The Johns Hopkins shuttle goes to Penn Station, Peabody, and the medical campuses. The Collegetown Network also runs a shuttle around Baltimore colleges and to the Inner Harbor on weekends. Beyond that, buses, Regional Basics • 1 hour: Drive time to Washington, D.C. • 2 hours: Drive time to Philadelphia • 3 hours: Drive time to New York City
Regional Transportation Ways to get around town: Free Johns Hopkins shuttle and escort van, Collegetown shuttle, bus, taxi, Zipcar, light rail system serving the Baltimore area, MARC train serving Washington, D.C. Ways to get out of town: BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (20 minutes), Amtrak (10 minutes), Greyhound (15 minutes)
light rail, taxis, and Zipcar mean you’re always connected.
Baltimore Collegetown Network Johns Hopkins isn’t the only game in town! In fact, there are some 100,000 college students in the Baltimore area. The Baltimore Collegetown Network, composed of 15 member institutions including Johns Hopkins, provides an important link between campuses, allowing students the opportunity to take advantage of courses and events at other colleges. Johns Hopkins participates in cooperative programs with many of the network’s member institutions. The network also maintains an extensive Web site full of college and Baltimore resources at www.baltimorecollegetown.org.
Zipcar Zipcar offers a great way to get wheels when you want them, without the headache of parking and the expense of car maintenance. The largest car-sharing company in the world, Zipcar lets students, faculty, staff, and local residents use one of a fleet of planetfriendly hybrids for anything from errands to daytrips—all for an hourly fee that includes gas, insurance, and emergency service. Members manage their accounts and reserve the cars online.
Zipcar lets you get around without the stress of car ownership and helps the environment.
How to Get There Walk or escort van: Baltimore Museum of Art, Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins, Eddie’s Market, Carma’s Café, Chipotle, Starbucks, Cloud 9 Clothing, Cold Stone Creamery, Hampden Johns Hopkins shuttle: Penn Station for trains, Peabody Institute for music lessons and concerts, The Walters Art Museum, Mt. Vernon, the Johns Hopkins medical institutions Collegetown shuttle: the Inner Harbor on weekends, including the National Aquarium, ESPN Zone, and the Maryland Science Center; other Baltimore-area campuses; Belvedere Square; Towson Town Center Light rail: BWI Marshall Airport, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, Pimlico racetrack
Peabody It’s easy to take the Johns Hopkins shuttle to the Mt. Vernon neighborhood—home to Peabody Institute. Although Peabody is a separate division within the university, Johns Hopkins students can take advantage of several musical opportunities there. These include a
double-degree program (requires separate admission to Peabody), a music minor (many of the program’s classes are held there), crossregistering to take individual classes, taking music lessons, and performing in music groups. Plus the concerts are amazing! Learn more at www.peabody.jhu.edu/172.
Bus, taxi, or Zipcar: Fell’s Point, Canton, Federal Hill, Little Italy, Towson and the northern suburbs MARC train: Washington, D.C. ($7 each way during the week)
Baltimore’s Penn Station for trains puts you within easy reach of most anywhere in the region; Washington, D.C., is just a quick hop away.
It Happened in Baltimore • 1812: Year in which the National Anthem was written •1 828: Year in which the first American umbrella factory was founded •1 828: Year in which the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was founded • 1849: Year in which Edgar Allan Poe died (Every year since 1949, on this anniversary, a mysterious stranger—known as the Poe Toaster—has left a bottle of cognac and three roses on his grave.) • September 7, 1995: Date on which Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak with 2,131 games • 1997: Year in which Will Smith and Baltimore native Jada Pinkett-Smith were married (in Maryland) •2 001: Year in which the Baltimore Ravens last won the Super Bowl • 80+: Number of major motion pictures filmed in Baltimore and Maryland • 15: Number of colleges and universities in the Baltimore area • 100,000+: Number of college students in the Baltimore area
The Waverly Farmer’s Market, just a few blocks from campus, is a great place to get grilled portobello sandwiches, produce, and pastries. Worth waking up early for!
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The Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project pairs Baltimore City elementary school students with Johns Hopkins students for after-school tutoring, one-on-one time, and fun.
Volunteer Opportunities In a world where anything’s possible, it’s not enough to just sit in a classroom. Experiencing life in a real and rewarding way is part of the Johns Hopkins philosophy, To Better Health “Salud” is Spanish for “health.” It’s also the name of a Johns Hopkins student volunteer initiative for Hispanic/Latino health. Programa Salud aims to alleviate the cultural and linguistic barriers that many Hispanics/Latinos in Baltimore encounter when seeking medical care. It targets this community through health fairs, health education presentations, and community outreach. Programa Salud also targets health care providers through cultural competency training and interpreting services.
Freshmen stamp and box books for free distribution as part of Involved.
while you’re here and after you graduate. Our students and alumni are involved in their communities and strive to carry on that spirit wherever their paths lead them. It’s all about discovering your world, and leaving it a little better than you found it.
Getting Involved Last September, nearly 700 new Homewood freshmen completed their Orientation program with Involved 2007. Students from the Class of 2011 participated in 27 community service projects, such as mulching trees, boxing books, sorting clothes, making sandwiches, gardening, and cleaning up a neighborhood park, among many others. The day’s program was coordinated by the university’s Center for Social Concern, the Freshman Orientation Committee, and the Johns Hopkins chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity.
Johns Hopkins’ Center for Social Concern also oversees more than 40 student-run service groups. In fact, the spirit of “giving back” is big here; about 75 percent of undergraduates find a way to participate in at least one volunteer activity during their time here. “You learn more about life when you go out and work in the world, says one student volunteer. It’s an important part of a university education. Most Johns Hopkins students think it’s a good idea to get out there in the world, meet people and do things, whether it’s tutoring schoolchildren, working on a community project, or doing volunteer work through a sorority or fraternity.”
Meaningful Mosaic In honor of the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center’s fifth anniversary, Hopkins Campus Ministries and the Interfaith Council decided to complete a special project to celebrate the spirit of community and collaboration. A local artist and educator helped volunteers to design and finish a tile mosaic, now displayed on the lower level of the Interfaith Center. The work sought to bring people together, both to beautify the building and to communicate the center’s dedication to the campus and the world.
A Sample of Community Service Groups • Alpha Phi Omega—is a co-ed service fraternity • Best Buddies—mentors intellectually challenged youth • Cooking for Love—cooks, delivers, and serves food to a women’s shelter •E ngineers without Borders—partners with developing communities worldwide to improve their quality of life through sustainable engineering projects • Habitat for Humanity—builds and renovates homes for needy families • Hopkins 4K for Cancer—raises money for cancer research with a coast-to-coast bike ride
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• Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project—is the largest and longest-running tutorial service in Baltimore for elementary school children
The Chinese Lion Dance Troupe offers Chinese dance performances at Johns Hopkins CultureFest, the Baltimore Chinese School, Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Chinese Students Association’s Chinese New Year Banquet, Keswick Nursing Home, and other local schools and restaurants to educate the community about Chinese culture. The group practices once a week and performs throughout the year.
• Project Prevent—designs and implements community health fairs • V ision Xchange—puts on energetic, large-scale fundraising events to raise international awareness and relief funds
Engineering New Hope
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Members of the Johns Hopkins chapter of Engineers without Borders set out to make life easier in disadvantaged communities—one sustainable engineering project at a time. Right now the group is working on construction of a water pump in Chicorral, Guatemala, an isolated village where the only current water supply is a stream at the bottom of a 250-foot ravine. “We’re really excited,” says chapter president Maya Sathyanadhan. “The community members are willing to help, and it’s vital that they be involved, as we need to build something they will actually use.”
The Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project, sponsored by the Center for Social Concern, provides one-on-one tutoring to Baltimore City students each year. “We don’t just throw any of our volunteers out there unprepared,” says Bill Tiefenwerth, director of the center. “We try to make every minute count.” The Tutorial Project staff usually includes a Baltimore City “teacher advocate,” someone familiar with the schools who can work with the children’s teachers if necessary. According to one volunteer, giving back feels good. With all the educational opportunities that she’s had, she says, “I might as well share it.”
4K for Cancer Nineteen Johns Hopkins students (plus six friends from other schools) kicked off this year for the seventh annual fund-raising cross-country bicycle journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer. Participants got an official journey-beginning ceremony at the Inner Harbor that included send-offs by representatives of Mayor Dixon’s Office; the American Cancer Society; WellPoint, a health care plan that is also the major sponsor of the ride; and Jean G. Ford, a pulmonary physician whose clinical interests are in the prevention and diagnosis of lung cancer. After ceremoniously dipping their bikes’ back tires in the water, the students embarked on their 4,000-mile trip. The journey ends by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where the students will dip their front tires in the water. “By doing the 4K, I want to support those who are fighting against cancer and those who are working to find a cure,” says cyclist Amy Farkas. “I also recognize how important it is to support advocacy for cancer awareness and prevention, because it is possible to save lives through education.” To date, the 2007-2008 fundraising effort has netted more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town cancer patients seeking treatment at Baltimore hospitals. Read the summer 2008 trip journal at 4k4cancer.blogspot.com.
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Environmental engineering students study nearby Loch Raven Reservoir, part of the man-made water system serving Baltimore that was designed in the early 20th century by Johns Hopkins professor and engineer Abel Wolman, considered to be the father of public works.
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Advising It’s a big world. And at Johns Hopkins, you’ll have every opportunity to dive right into it. But with so many choices available—classes, seminars, workshops, projects and independent study, internships, study abroad—it can be overwhelming trying to navigate it all. That’s why Johns Hopkins believes in advising. Here, you’ll find plenty of people by your side, ready to help you find the path that’s right for you.Your academic and faculty advisers assist you in selecting courses, exploring academic options, and evaluating your interests. Beyond that, you’ll get lots of advice from Alumni prep students for life after Johns Hopkins at the annual Society of Engineering Alumni Career Night.
Successful Graduates • 45: Percentage of the Class of 2007 who were employed full time six months after graduation • 45: Percentage of the Class of 2007 who were enrolled in graduate or professional school six months after graduation • 10: Percentage of the Class of 2007 who were volunteering, traveling, applying to graduate school, job searching, or doing something else six months after graduation • 85+: Percentage of Johns Hopkins applicants to U.S. medical schools with a GPA of 3.3 or higher who were admitted for the application years 2003-2007
lots of people while you’re here—and they’re all committed to helping you succeed and thrive. Of course, it’s possible to change your major (and lots of people do!). Likewise, all students are free to switch between the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, and are encouraged to take courses in both. The only major that requires students to be admitted specifically into the program is the biomedical engineering major (see page 58 for more details). Besides your formal adviser, you’ll find numerous other sources of advice, guidance, and direction––or just good information! The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising is staffed with advisers who specialize in prepping students for graduate or professional school in law, medicine, and other areas. The Career Center offers individual career guidance, career workshops, job fairs, on-campus recruitment, and internships. Other offices that serve specific student populations include the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of International Student & Scholar Services. Special advisers for study abroad, scholarships, and financial aid serve these areas.
“It was good to be able to talk about what options and opportunities were available and be encouraged to find out what it was that made me happy. I think everybody has doubts at some point during college, and it was helpful to have someone listen to you but also ground you in reality.” Makeda Robinson Public Health Studies/ Africana Studies Long Beach, Calif.
Senior lecturer Claude Guillemard of the German and Romance Languages and Literatures Department demystifying French verbs
Instead of a rigid core of compulsory courses, Johns Hopkins requires only that you fulfill general distribution requirements in several academic areas (depending on your major), a writing requirement, and for some majors, a language requirement. Beyond that, you’re free to concentrate on what you love, or to explore more broadly. (Check out www.jhu.edu/advising, web.jhu.edu/preprof, and www.jhu.edu/careers for all the details.)
The Support System • Mentoring Assistance Peer Program • Study Consultants • Small group, individual, and drop-in tutoring • Writing Center • Math, physics, chemistry, and economics help rooms • Counseling Center • A Place To Talk: peer listening program • R esidential Advisers and/or Community Advisers in all residence halls
Professor Richard Kagan of the History Department imparts his wisdom.
Who’s your favorite Hopkins prof? Dr. Beverly Wendland, Cell Biology “In her lectures you can tell she isn’t just regurgitating notes up onto the board. You can really tell she wants you to understand it.” Rita Guevera Biology/French Sterling, Va.; born in Lima, Peru
Whether you need help creating an individualized job search or the inside scoop on how to compete successfully in today’s job market, the Johns Hopkins Career Center is readily available to become an active partner in your career development. The office creates and strengthens opportunities for employment, graduate education, experiential learning, and networking, and offers a variety of resources to students and alumni, including:
The Alumni Career Network is another tool that can help you leap into your professional life after graduation. Johns Hopkins alumni around the world are willing allies in your career quest. To keep track of them all, the Alumni Relations Office maintains InCircle, an online list of alumni and friends who can provide you with insider advice in your field, as well as practical information and even mentorship.
• Individual advising sessions with a career counselor
• On-campus interviewing that brings representatives from business, industry, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations within easy reach • An electronic résumé referral service • J-Connect: a comprehensive electronic job and internship posting system • A career library rich in traditional and online information about a variety of fields • Career fairs throughout the year, including events in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and California • Workshops and coaching sessions on résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, and job search strategies • InCircle: an online alumni database sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising works in tandem with the advising offices and the Career Center to support and guide students whose long-term interests include careers in the health professions or in law. Pre-professional advisers assist students interested in pursuing health professions, law, and graduate programs. They serve as a resource, providing advising throughout a student’s entire undergraduate career, whether it’s information about course selection, volunteer involvement, legal and health internships, or the medical and law school application processes.
Dr. Steven David, International Studies “He’s such an articulate and amazing speaker! He’s so easy to follow and understand. Every lecture was worthwhile and interesting.” Cherlyn Walden International Studies/Premed Stanaway, Wash. Dr. Jack Morava, Mathematics “With him, you never knew what you were getting yourself into. He eased the stressfulness of the classroom by doing cartwheels and jumping jacks ... making a fool of himself more or less ... but it made us laugh.” Sean Morgan Mathematics/Premed Swarthmore, Pa. Dr. Hope Jahren, Geography & Environmental Engineering “Professor Jahren is pretty clear in our lectures, and I like the way we get e-mails with all the reminders about Web site updates.” Jason Chiang Biomedical Engineering Torrance, Calif. Dr. Richard Kagan, History “Professor Kagan is wonderfully witty, cheerful, and funny, and his enthusiasm for the subject matter is nothing short of infectious.” Pierre Islam History Buffalo, N.Y.
Sheridan Libraries If the library is the heart of a university, Johns Hopkins has a very big heart. The Milton S. Eisenhower Library is so big it had to be built mostly underground to keep from dwarfing the rest of the buildings on campus. A comprehensive research library, it contains more than 2.8 million volumes; 55,000 print and electronic journals; 700,000 electronic books; 216,000 maps; 10,000 videos and DVDs; and significant rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. One of the busiest buildings on campus, the MSE Library is open 24/7 during the academic year. Other Sheridan Libraries include the John Work Garret Library at Evergreen Museum, the George Peabody Library at Mt. Vernon Place, and the Albert D. Hutzler Undergraduate Reading Room in Gilman Hall. Johns Hopkins students also have access to other specialized libraries throughout the university.
Computing Krieger Academic Computing Lab the largest computer facility on campus ResNet wired residential network computing available in every residence hall room Residential computer clusters available around the clock in the residence halls Mobile Computing Program lets students purchase discounted laptops with a Johns Hopkins service agreement and compatibility guarantee Digital Media Center offers equipment for graphic design and digital imaging, video, and sound recording Departmental computer labs often feature specialized software and equipment Computer kiosks stations with Internet and e-mail access dot campus Wireless computing available in most areas Johns Hopkins students aboard a NASA training aircraft that simulates weightlessness—fondly nicknamed the “Vomit Comet.”
Customize Your Experience What do you really want to do? Curate exhibitions at a major museum? Engineer technology to make cars safer, a surgeon’s job easier, a structure’s walls thinner? Fly with NASA astronaut trainers? Go on an archaeological dig in Egypt? Explore the great, wide world? This is what Johns Hopkins students are doing, right now. No matter what their major, they’re active learners, alive and engaged in what they study. It’s an energetic community full of differences––but open to everyone with a thirst for discovery. Whether you’ve known since you were 5 that you want to be a doctor, or you just know that you don’t want college to be boring, you’ll find all the help and encouragement you need to realize your dreams and achieve amazing things.
Johns Hopkins Divisions
How will you learn at Johns Hopkins? Through exploration and investigation. Classes are small here, and the resources are big. That means you get to know your professors and classmates the way you would at a small liberal arts college, but you have all the opportunities of a major research institution with a global reach––right at your fingertips, as an undergraduate. Your options are as vast and dynamic as the place itself. Many students complete independent projects with professors, mentors, and teams. Lots more take advantage of study abroad, internships, semesters in Washington, D.C., and advanced graduate study. Every Johns Hopkins student is different but every story shares the same quality of excitement and adventure.
• Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
The Johns Hopkins Network Arts & Sciences and Engineering undergraduates study primarily at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, although Johns Hopkins itself has schools, centers, and affiliates all over the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area––often linked by free shuttle bus––and across the country and around the world. Cross registration, independent projects, and internships are all encouraged options.
• Whiting School of Engineering • School of Medicine • School of Nursing • Bloomberg School of Public Health • Nitze School of Advanced International Studies • School of Education • Carey Business School • Peabody Institute, Conservatory of Music • Applied Physics Laboratory
Study Abroad During any given year, more than 300 Johns Hopkins students study abroad in nearly 30 countries around the world. Johns Hopkins runs its own center in Bologna, Italy. Other Johns Hopkins programs are offered in Paris, Madrid, Berlin, and Latin America. Cooperative programs and flexible credit transfers with independent programs mean that Johns Hopkins students really get around. If you’d rather stay a little closer to home, a popular semester-long, residential fellowship program lets students take advantage of all the resources of nearby Washington, D.C.
Study abroad participant Umesh Venkatesan enjoying Kings Canyon, Northwest Territories, Australia.
A Sample of Recent Internships
The Aitchison Public Service Undergraduate Fellowship provides classroom, internship, and cultural opportunities in the thick of our nation’s capital.
Internships Want to test-drive a profession or get a jumpstart on establishing your career? Internships provide the perfect chance. Internship possibilities in the Baltimore area are numerous, and the city’s location between Washington, D.C., and New York helps multiply those options. Anyone can try one on for size. The Career Center maintains an extensive database of about 6,500 postings in different fields and in different locations worldwide; once you find one to your liking, they’ll help you apply.
Intersession The Johns Hopkins academic calendar includes an optional three-week mini-semester in January called Intersession. It’s a chance to take a short course for ungraded credit, work on an independent study project, complete a miniinternship, or take part in a special travel opportunity. Some Intersession options are pretty extraordinary, and many students consider it their favorite time of year because you can explore freely without pressure.
Accenture Atlantic Monthly American Enterprise Institute Bloomberg Inc. Booz Allen Hamilton CNN Congressional Hispanic Caucus Council on Foreign Relations Deloitte Consulting GE Healthcare Technologies Genzyme IBM Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine Lehman Brothers Los Alamos National Laboratories Medtronic Merck Metropolitan Museum of Art Microsoft Morgan Stanley MSNBC Northrop Grumman National Public Radio Procter & Gamble Smithsonian Institution Sotheby’s T. Rowe Price The Baltimore Sun United Nations Office at Geneva U.S. Department of State U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate Washington Peace Center World Health Organization Yahoo! Inc.
Course offerings tend to range outside of what you might expect to find during the regular semester; topics have included Sex and the City: Sexuality and Gender in Ancient Rome, Introduction to Flying: So You Want to be a Pilot (taught by the university’s president!), and Media and P.R. in the Big Apple, which includes a field trip to New York City to meet industry insiders in film, television, and radio. A new option called B-More! A Common Freshman Experience offered last year’s freshmen the chance to explore Baltimore with a combination of course work, activities, guest speakers, and site visits.
A student working on the Diaspora Pathways Project processes archival photographs. The project is a collaboration between the Sheridan Libraries, the Center for Africana Studies, and the Afro-American newspapers, whose uncataloged archival collection is housed in Baltimore. Undergraduates involved with the project are making never-before-seen treasures available to the public.
“It’s the freedom to be imaginative in combining internships, study abroad, research, and classwork that makes a Johns Hopkins education so dynamic. Students come up with amazing ideas, and we encourage them to follow through. They see that a college education can be, really needs to be, about envisioning possibilities.” Professor Ron Walters, History
International studies major Sophie Lu made two trips to China to examine the country’s Olympic Education Program.
Independent Inquiry What does that mean, exactly? Independent inquiry means pushing the boundaries of knowledge, making discoveries for yourself, and challenging the status quo. At Johns Hopkins, it’s an integral part of the educational approach—in all disciplines, from Beowulf to bioengineering and archaeology to astronomy. It’s also easily accessible; students work on teams and with professors to complete projects of every sort under the sun. Two awards—the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards, worth up to $3,000, and the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowships, worth up to $10,000—give participants the chance to complete projects of their own choosing Adam Lovett (with sponsor Melanie Shell-Weiss) conceived a documentary to serve as a ‘time capsule’ of how today’s students understand and define diversity.
Why don’t Russian HIV/AIDS patients comply with their prescribed therapeutic regimens? Darya Kizub (with sponsor Chris Beyrer) went to Russia to find out.
under the guidance of a faculty mentor. (See page 55 for more details.)
An Olympic Journey
Covering New Ground
Sophie Lu, an international studies major whose parents were born in China, decided to use her Wilson Research Fellowship to examine China’s Olympic Education Program, a massive project aimed at, Sophie says, projecting a model image of Chinese citizenship. The program, implemented in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games, preaches a sort of 21st-century ideal, with an emphasis on modern living. Sophie worked with her adviser, Professor Joel Andreas from the Sociology Department, to develop a plan for her research; she used her analysis of the program as a case study for the relationship between social inequality and citizenship identity among contemporary Chinese youth. In the winter and summer of 2007, she traveled to China to conduct her study. Of her project, Sophie says, “This has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life.” “I’m so grateful for having this opportunity. If I had the chance to do it over again, I certainly would.”
Just to prove that independent inquiry really does encompass all types of learning, check out these recent Provost’s Award projects: Adam Lovett made a documentary film exploring how his fellow Johns Hopkins students view race and gender within the university community. Darya Kizub assessed how best to deliver anti-retroviral therapy and medications to people with HIV/ AIDS in Russia. Iris Chan used Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library system as the focal point of a study about how economics, education, public safety, transportation options, and other factors come together within the neighborhoods that surround library branches. Ying Guan developed sophisticated computer predictions to help structural engineers design sturdier and more cost-effective cold-formed steel floors and walls in low-rise buildings.
Admissions and Financial Aid Programs of Study
Admissions & Programs
Applying to Johns Hopkins We are often asked to describe the perfect Johns Hopkins applicant. That’s tough. We want to know as much as we can about you. Are you intellectually curious? Have you taken the initiative in your studies? Because we emphasize learning through exploration, we know that independent thinkers do well here. Does this sound like you? What about extracurricular and leadership activities, interests, and life experiences? Be sure to include in your application supportive letters of recommendation and any other supplemental information that can help us get to know who you are and what you can contribute to the campus community. (Remember that no test score ever summed up a Johns Hopkins student. Of course, standardized tests are required and considered in the admissions process, but these scores don’t typically decide admission.) Having completed all the necessary testing, high school seniors should inquire by the fall term of senior year and complete and submit applications by January 1 (by November 1 for Early Decision).
Different kinds of students flourish at Johns Hopkins. For those with more than one academic goal, we offer considerable strength across departments. Some programs require that students begin a prescribed set of classes upon entry. Most underclassmen are encouraged to explore our offerings at first, and many don’t select a major right away. No matter what your goals, Johns Hopkins advising helps you find the best resources and make the right decisions. Each year we review more than 16,000 applications, from which we must select a freshman class of around 1,200. Also each year, transfer students from other colleges and universities apply for entrance during their sophomore or junior years. Each application we receive represents an individual, and the Admissions Committee considers each one individually. Recommended courses for admission: • • • • •
Four years of English Four years of mathematics Four years of a foreign language Four years of science with laboratory Four years of history and social sciences
Johns Hopkins offers several options for submitting an application. You can apply online using the Johns Hopkins application at jhu.applicationsonline.com. Alternatively, the application forms are available for download at apply.jhu.edu/apply/application.html. (If you do not have access to the Internet, call (410) 516-8171 to have a copy of the downloadable forms mailed to you.) The Common Application and the Universal College Application are also accepted. (A Johns Hopkins Supplement is required in both cases.) Each application option includes detailed instructions. Please read them thoroughly. To apply, complete Part I of the Johns Hopkins application (or the Common Application or Universal College Application, as appropriate) and submit it as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline, with your $70 nonrefundable application fee. This
will open your application file. Supporting materials may be received at any time up until the application deadline. Pay special attention to how you complete the application, taking care to include all pertinent information and to proofread. You might ask a parent, guidance counselor, or friend to look over your completed application for clarity and accuracy. It is very important to save copies of all your completed application forms. PLEASE NOTE this important policy:
Students wishing to enroll in the biomedical engineering (BME) major must indicate BME as their first-choice major on their application. Students are admitted specifically into the BME major, based on evaluation of credentials and space available. Students can be admitted to the university without acceptance to the BME major. No separate application is required. Notification of acceptance into the BME major is given at the time of decision notification. A limited number of transfer majors for matriculated students may be available through the Biomedical Engineering Department at the close of each academic year. Advanced Placement You may earn college credit in one or more subjects through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Johns Hopkins grants academic credits as listed below. AP Examination
Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Calculus BC Chemistry Computer Science AB Environmental Science French Language German Language Macroeconomics* Microeconomics* Physics C (first part)
4 or 5 4 or 5 3 4 or 5 4 or 5 4 or 5 4 or 5 4 or 5 4 or 5 4 or 5 4 or 5 4 or 5
8 4 4 8 8 3 3 6 6 3 3 4
Physics C (second part) 4 or 5 Spanish Language 4 or 5 Statistics 4 or 5
4 6 4
*Students majoring or minoring in economics must take one additional economics course for each course awarded through AP credit. Credit for AP Microeconomics is granted only if the student passes a departmental exam.
No credit is awarded for the following AP examinations: Physics B, Spanish Literature, French Literature, German Literature, Government and Politics (American or Comparative), American History, European History, Art History, Latin: Horace and Catullus, Latin: Vergil, English Language and Composition, English Composition and Literature, Psychology, or Chinese Language. International Baccalaureate Placement You may receive college credit for higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in the following subjects: IB Examination
Biology Chemistry Economics French German Mathematics Mathematics with Further Math Mathematics with Further Math Physics Physics Spanish
6 or 7 6 or 7 4 or 5 6 or 7 6 or 7 6 or 7
8 8 3 6 6 4
6 or 7 6 7 6 or 7
8 4 8 6
Credit is awarded for grades of A or B on the British and Singapore General Certificate of Education A-level courses in the same subject areas included on the AP exams and IB courses listed above. International curriculum students interested in receiving credit for other advanced-level
studies may have their work evaluated by the appropriate academic departments. Please note: In addition to allowable credits from AP or IB higher-level exams, entering freshmen may transfer up to 12 credits from course work taken at other colleges that meets the criteria of the academic advising offices. If a student enters the university with AP or IB credits for a specific course and then takes an equivalent course offered by the university, his or her AP or IB credits are disallowed. Early Decision If Johns Hopkins is your first college choice and you are ready to make that commitment, we encourage you to apply Early Decision. Each year, about 30 percent of our entering freshmen choose this option. To apply Early Decision, you must submit your application and supporting credentials by November 1. Applicants are notified of the Admission Committee’s decision by December 15. Admission to Johns Hopkins under Early Decision is binding.You, your parents, and your secondary school counselor will be required to sign an agreement stating that you will enroll at Johns Hopkins if admitted and
immediately withdraw any regular decision or early action applications to other schools.You may not apply to any other school under an early decision plan. We will notify you of our decision in time for you to make regular decision application deadlines for other schools. Most students not admitted Early Decision to Johns Hopkins are deferred and reevaluated after January 1 as Regular Decision candidates. Such applicants are encouraged to apply to other institutions as well. PLEASE NOTE this important policy: Early Decision applicants who are admitted to Johns Hopkins but who are not admitted to the biomedical engineering (BME) major at that time will be allowed to apply to and consider offers of admission from other institutions. Students in this circumstance will be released from the obligation to matriculate at Johns Hopkins under the original conditions of the Early Decision Plan. As an Early Decision candidate, you are eligible to apply for all types of need-based aid offered at Johns Hopkins. If you are admitted Early Decision to Johns Hopkins and qualify for aid, you will receive a tentative aid offer based on the CSS PROFILE form. A firm aid
Standardized Test Requirements Freshman
The SAT Reasoning Test OR the ACT with Writing Test is required. Up to
three SAT Subject Tests are recommended. The SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test
and an additional science test are strongly recommended for students applying
as engineering majors.
SAT Reasoning Test scores are optional; SAT Subject Tests are not required.
The TOEFL is required of all applicants who do not speak English at home
AND have not attended an English-language school for five years or longer.
All other international applicants are not required to submit TOEFL scores but
may do so to supplement their application. Applicants should score a minimum
of 600 (written test) or 250 (computer test). Applicants taking the Internet-based
TOEFL (iBT) should have minimum sub-scores of 26 (Reading), 26 (Listening),
22 (Writing), and 25 (Speaking). A score of 670 or higher on the Critical
Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test waives the TOEFL requirement for
Johns Hopkins strongly recommends that Early Decision candidates complete their required standardized tests no later than October of their senior year. Regular Decision candidates should complete required tests no later than December of their senior year. Middle 50th Percentile for Admitted Students in 2008: SAT Critical Reading 660–760 SAT Math 690–780 SAT Writing 670–760 ACT 30–34 Figures current as of May 1, 2008
offer follows in the spring, pending receipt of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the prior calendar year federal income tax returns. Unless the information provided on your FAFSA and tax returns varies significantly from original estimates, your financial aid package will remain unchanged. If we are unable to offer you adequate need-based financial aid, you will be released from the Early Decision contract. Transfer Applications Johns Hopkins welcomes transfer students each year into the sophomore and junior classes. All application materials must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by March 15 for entry in the fall. Applicants must have solid academic preparation in courses comparable to those offered at Johns Hopkins, and a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, which includes all college courses. Consideration is also based on available space within particular university programs. You must submit an official high school transcript, an official college transcript from every college or university attended, and an instructor’s recommendation. (Official SAT results may be submitted, but this is optional for transfer applicants.) Students who wish to earn an additional bachelor’s degree must apply for transfer admission. U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen transfer applicants may apply for financial assistance. Funds for transfer students are very limited and are only based on need. Please submit all appropriate financial aid documents by March 15. Students with a prior bachelor’s degree are only eligible for student loans. International students must also submit the Certification of Finances form. Scholarship and/or need-based financial aid is not available for international transfer students. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing should contact the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Office of Admissions and Student Services at (410) 955-7548 or www.son.jhmi.edu. Home-Schooled Students Johns Hopkins accepts applications from home-schooled students. Applicants should submit detailed information about the academic program they have pursued, including evidence of course work, portfolios, reading lists, evaluations, and/or lists of community contributions, as appropriate.
Financing Your Education Johns Hopkins admits all students on the basis of their academic preparation, personal strengths, and accomplishments without regard to their ability to meet the cost of a Johns Hopkins education. The Office of Student Financial Services is committed to helping all qualified students finance a Johns Hopkins education.You should not allow financial circumstances to deter you from applying for admission to Johns Hopkins. Approximately 48 percent of Johns Hopkins undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance. To the extent that our funds allow, we strive to meet the financial need of our families. We are also available to assist families with the process of applying for financial aid and understanding the various need-based financial aid programs, as well as with other financing options. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other eligible noncitizens: To apply for financial aid, you must submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE form by November 15 for Early Decision applicants and March 1 for Regular Decision applicants. The CSS Profile form is on the Web at profileonline.collegeboard.com.The Johns Hopkins CSS code is 5332. Since Johns Hopkins receives profile data electronically, you do not need to send a paper copy to the Student Financial Services Office. Complete the CSS PROFILE by the appropriate deadline, even if you need to estimate the financial information. Johns Hopkins also requires a copy of the parents’ and student’s prior calendar year federal income tax returns. Tax returns and other requested documents should be submitted to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation service. Detailed instructions are sent to CSS PROFILE filers. Regular Decision applicants must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 and prior to March 1 to be considered for financial aid at Johns Hopkins. Maryland residents must file the FAFSA before March 1 to be considered for state scholarships. Early Decision admitted students who are offered federal student financial aid will be reminded in the spring to complete the FAFSA in order to receive their federal aid. File the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to designate Johns Hopkins as a recipient of FAFSA data by indicating our federal school code number E00473. You will need to obtain a PIN prior to filing the FAFSA online. It is fast and easy to apply for a
PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. Financial aid packages typically consist of a combination of need-based Johns Hopkins grants, federal grants and loans, and Federal Work-Study funds. If you are selected for a merit-based scholarship through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, it will be included in the financial aid award. (Early Decision applicants are generally notified of any merit-based scholarship awards the following spring.) Institutional aid funds are limited, so it is extremely important to submit all required CSS forms and the FAFSA on time, even if you must use estimated financial information. Students admitted to Johns Hopkins must reapply for financial aid each year.Your aid package covers one academic year and is renewable if you are making satisfactory academic progress, your family’s financial situation remains the same, the number of dependents in college stays the same, and you reapply by the deadline. Non-U.S. citizens (international students): To apply for renewable scholarship assistance, you must submit: • International Student Scholarship Application (www.jhu.edu/finaid/international .html) if the applicant’s family lives outside the U.S. or Canada, or the CSS PROFILE form if the applicant and his or her family live inside the U.S. or Canada • Signed copies of parents’ current home country tax return or income statements (translated into English and converted into U.S. dollars) • Educational benefits statements from your government and/or parents’ employers if applicable. The Certification of Finances form (apply.jhu.edu/download) is a requirement of all international students, whether or not they are applying for financial aid. This form should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. International students whose scholarship applications are not received directly by Student Financial Services by the appropriate deadlines, or who are not offered assistance for their first year at Johns Hopkins, will not be eligible for scholarship assistance for any other academic period while they are undergraduates at Johns Hopkins. All financial aid documents for non-U.S. citizens must be filed by March 1 for freshman Regular Decision applicants. Scholarship and/or need-based financial aid is not available for international transfer students. If you wish to learn more about financial aid, please visit our Web site at www.jhu.edu /finaid or call our office at (410) 516-8028.
Room and board: $11,5781
Matriculation fee: $5002
Books and supplies: $1,2003
Personal expenses: $1,0003
Health insurance: $1,6344
In a typical room with a 19-meal plan
Onetime fee only
Required for all international students
Non-Need-Based Scholarships A limited number of merit-based scholarships for academically qualified students are offered through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins, as well as from other sources. All merit-based scholarships require superior academic achievement in a challenging program, competitive test scores, and demonstrated leadership in school and/or community, state, regional, or national activities. Hodson Trust Scholarships ($25,500 per year) are offered to approximately 20 first-year students. This highly competitive scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years of undergraduate study if the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA. Students selected as Hodson Trust Scholars have demonstrated excellence in their curriculum, extraordinary intellectual curiosity, academic inquisitiveness, and extensive leadership in high school and community activities. All admitted freshman applicants are considered for this scholarship. No additional application or nomination is required. The Robert C. Byrd Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship offered by the federal government to high school seniors. Contact your high school counselor or state education agency for information on this scholarship. The Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering is a merit-based scholarship, providing full tuition plus a small stipend for up to four years of undergraduate study in any major in the Whiting School of Engineering. Up to two scholarships are available for entering students each year. The Westgate Scholarship is designed to bring the most outstanding undergraduates to the Whiting School, students who distinguish themselves by their academic, leadership, and research abilities. All students admitted to the School of Engineering are
considered for this scholarship. No separate application is needed. A Scholarship Committee selects finalists from among qualified applicants. Westgate finalists are notified at the time of admission and invited to campus to participate in the final selection process. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years of undergraduate study based on continued enrollment in the School of Engineering and maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA. Baltimore Scholars Program The centerpiece of the Baltimore Scholars Program is a full-tuition scholarship for up to four years of undergraduate study at Johns Hopkins. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have lived with a custodial parent in Baltimore City for the last three years and who have been enrolled in a public high school in the city for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. City students must also file the required documents for need-based financial aid (see page 54). Participants also benefit from tailored faculty and academic advising. More details are available at apply.jhu.edu/media/media.html. ROTC The Johns Hopkins Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was among the first to be established by Congress in 1916 and remains one of the nation’s most highly regarded programs. More than 3,000 students have received Army officer commissions through the Johns Hopkins program, with more than 40 attaining the rank of general officer. Some serve in the Army Reserve or National Guard after graduation, while many join the Army full time for a few years, hone valuable leadership skills, and go on to achieve great success by putting their military leadership experience to good use in business, medicine, and law. ROTC is not a major at Johns Hopkins but rather a series of elective courses that takes roughly 4–10 hours a week depending on academic level. The program enhances the college experience by providing training that encourages motivation, confidence, and the ability to lead. It also offers practical instruction in such areas as organizational leadership, communication, and time management.
Army ROTC scholarship opportunities include full-tuition scholarships with a monthly stipend and money for books. Four-, three-, and two-year scholarships are available. Scholarships for incoming freshmen are based on cumulative GPA; the results of SAT or ACT tests; extracurricular, leadership, and athletic activities; and an interview with a representative of the ROTC department. For more information on the Johns Hopkins ROTC program and scholarships, please contact the office at (410) 516-7474, (800) JHU-ROTC, or go to the Web site at www.jhu.edu/rotc. Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program Initiated through the insight and generosity of trustee and alumnus J. Barclay Knapp, the Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is a unique program designed for undergraduates who are excited by the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning with a faculty mentor in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. The fellowship provides up to $10,000 to 15 freshmen (and up to $7,500 to five sophomores) in the support of project expenses—including travel, equipment, and the use of archives or laboratories. (The fellowship does not count as financial aid.) Each Wilson Research Fellow benefits from the mentorship of a leading professor and may choose to focus on a single long-term project in one field, or complete projects in related or even disparate fields. The program is designed for maximum flexibility; with the help of their mentors, Wilson Research Fellows may choose to begin immediately or to wait until after they have progressed in their course work. Fellows meet regularly as a group and are invited to present their results to the Johns Hopkins community in the spring of their senior year. Freshman applicants interested in the Wilson Research Fellowship will find a program application included in the Johns Hopkins online application and at apply.jhu.edu/Wilson (online) and apply.jhu.edu/download (PDF). More information about the fellowship is available at www.jhu.edu/woodrowwilson. Rising sophomores should apply directly through the program coordinator. (Please note that only fellowship recipients are notified of their award status.)
Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award program, started in 1993, encourages undergraduates to engage in independent inquiry by completing an investigative project over the course of a summer or a semester under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. The program was founded on the belief that involvement in the process of learning by discovery not only enhances a student’s educational experience but also helps develop important skills in proposal writing, obtaining funding, carrying out a project, and reporting the results. When students work with faculty sponsors, these skills are nurtured and fine-tuned. Students from all disciplines—from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and the natural sciences—are encouraged to submit proposals. Sponsors must be full-time faculty members but can be from any division of the university. About 50 awards are granted each year. Recipients share their work with the Johns Hopkins community upon completion during a poster session. Any freshman, sophomore, or junior is eligible to apply. For more information, visit www.jhu.edu/pura.
Flowering trees frame the Chemistry Building in spring.
Programs of Study
Africana Studies An interdisciplinary major that spans the humanities, the social sciences, and sciencebased fields such as public health and environmental studies, Africana studies encourages comparative inquiry into the achievements and experiences of African peoples in Africa, the African Americas, and African diasporas around the world. Working with faculty advisers to select courses that reflect their individual interests, students may elect to focus on a particular area, such as Africa or African America, or to combine them. Students are encouraged to complement and enrich their course work by exploring opportunities for study and research in Africa, or in African American or African diasporic communities in or beyond the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, as well as outside the U.S. Through research, course work, and public programs, the Center for Africana Studies seeks to promote fundamental inquiry into the commonalities and contrasts between contemporary and historical experiences of Africans and African Americans and the place of African diasporas in both local and global contexts, historically and in the present. Anthropology The anthropology major combines the study of social and cultural theory with empirical study of the experience of everyday life, social organization, expression, and imaginative forms across the diversity of human cultures past and present, including those of the students themselves. We particularly focus on the challenges of our own moment in history: religious strife, globalization and competition, law and the problems of governance, new diseases and medical interventions, global social movements and transnational media forms, and further challenges offered up by turbulence and destitution. The department has expertise in the Americas, South Asia, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. Faculty members work on themes such as the law, religion, kinship, poverty, economies, environment, health, youth, the social life of languages, and violence in the modern world. They take part in numerous interdepartmental and interschool programs and centers: the Program in Museums and Society; the Program for Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Humanities Center; the Program in Latin American Studies; the Center for Africana Studies; the Department of History of Medicine; and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Collaborative activities include courses, seminar series, workshops, and conferences. Students can use an extra course in these and other related fields to develop a concentration within the major. All students have the opportunity to
carry out original research in courses, and we encourage them to undertake more ambitious research for an eventual senior thesis. Applied Mathematics & Statistics This department offers education in a broad spectrum of applied mathematical disciplines directed at solving complex problems in medicine, bioinformatics, telecommunications, information technology, image analysis, pattern recognition, process control, financial services, atmospherics, and robotics. It is one of the very few in the country to integrate faculty expertise and training in probability, statistics, optimization, operations research, differential equations, numerical analysis, and discrete mathematics. Archaeology (pending approval) The major in archaeology is an interdepartmental program that introduces students to the analysis of archaeological materials, archaeological theory, and the results of archaeological research in prehistoric and early historic periods in the Old and New Worlds. Archaeology studies human societies through examination of their material culture (physical remains), considering such issues as human subsistence, interaction with climate and physical environment, patterns of settlement, political and economic organization, and religious activity and thought. Students in the major will have the opportunity to examine and conduct research on materials stored in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection, which consists of a diverse and extensive assemblage of artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Mesoamerica. Behavioral Biology The David S. Olton Behavioral Biology Program is an interdepartmental area major for those wishing to study the natural and social sciences in relation to human and animal behavior. The program begins with the fundamental concepts of both the natural sciences and the social sciences. Then the interface between these two areas is explored through specialized courses and electives. Courses provide a broadly based, yet integrated education, focused in the field of behavioral biology. The interaction between behavior and biology takes place in both directions. On the one hand, biology influences behavior. On the other hand, behavior also influences biology. An individualâ€™s perception of and reaction to life events can have substantial effects on hormonal and physiological functions. In recognizing both of these interactions, behavioral biology seeks to establish a greater understanding of them.
Biology The roots of the Biology Department at Johns Hopkins extend to 1876, the same year in which the university was founded. The department emphasizes molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and biochemistry. Faculty members in the department use the world-class Integrated Imaging Center, the nuclear magnetic resonance center, the X-ray crystallography facility, and many other facilities and resources to pursue such projects as examining germ and stem cell differentiation; developing inhibitors of viral and parasite proteins; and studying the molecular mechanisms involved in RNA processing, endocytosis, and intracellular transport. In addition to the B.A. in biology, Johns Hopkins offers a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology and a combined B.A./M.S. program. All three programs are widely recognized as providing an excellent foundation for subsequent studies in graduate or professional school. Biomedical Engineering This department is recognized as being a world leader in preparing students for careers in industry and business and for graduate education in engineering, medicine, and science. Biomedical engineering utilizes knowledge from traditional engineering disciplines to solve problems in living systems. The undergraduate program contains a set of â€œcore knowledge,â€? defined and taught by the faculty, that future biomedical engineers should possess. Each student then takes a cohesive sequence of advanced engineering courses appropriate to one of four focus areas: biological systems engineering; cellular/tissue engineering and biomaterials; computational biology and imaging; and sensors, microsystems, and instrumentation. The curriculum challenges students to analyze problems from both an engineering and a biological perspective. Students work side-by-side with faculty members in research labs on both the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses and can also be found working in multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative design solutions to clinical problems. Please note this important policy: Students wishing to enroll in the biomedical engineering (BME) major must indicate BME as their first-choice major on their applications. Students are admitted specifically into the BME major, based on evaluation of credentials and space available. Students can be admitted to the university without acceptance to the BME major. (See page 52 for more details.)
Biophysics The Thomas C. Jenkins Department of Biophysics offers a highly ranked undergraduate major emphasizing the application of quantitative methods to the study of biological systems. In addition to required biophysics classes, the curriculum draws from courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Accordingly, biophysics majors obtain a solid grounding in several disciplines. Among the distinctions of the program is the opportunity to complete independent research under a faculty sponsor. Small class size fosters discussion and interchange among faculty and students. The major has proven especially attractive to graduate and professional school admissions committees; many biophysics majors go on to graduate school, medical school, or combined M.D./Ph.D. programs. Center for Leadership Education The Center for Leadership Education comprises two academic programs, as well as experiential learning activities, programs, and events. The academic programs, which are open to all students, offer interesting and challenging business-related courses with practical applications. W.P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship & Management Students may complete a minor in entrepreneurship and management, or they may choose to take a variety of courses as electives. The program offers courses in areas such as management, leadership, marketing, law, finance and accounting, operations, and organizational development. The minor is now one of the largest and most popular minors at Johns Hopkins, as students from both Engineering and Arts & Sciences see the value in practical business courses. Professional Communication Program Courses are designed to help students from all disciplines develop strong written and oral communication skills relevant to their educational and professional goals. Students may take courses in business or technical communications, writing for the legal and health care professions, scientific or research writing, and oral presentations. Professional communication courses provide students with opportunities to gain critical skills needed for success in other courses, as well as in their future careers. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering The chemical and biomolecular engineering major is dedicated to chemical, biological, and physical transformations starting at the molecular scale. Students find employment in industries such as chemicals, biotechnology,
materials, energy, pharmaceuticals, biomedical, consumer products, and the environment. Graduates may embark on a career to produce the next biopharmaceutical blockbuster drug for treating cancer or autoimmune disease, design more efficient fuel cells, design a new gene therapy or drug delivery device, create a material for organ therapy and tissue replacement, or create an engineered nanodevice for the electronics industry. Students are educated in the essential chemical and biomolecular engineering paradigms of transport, kinetics, and thermodynamics essential to solving complex engineering problems. Electives can be chosen from areas such as materials science, nanotechnology, and bioengineering. Students also have the opportunity to complete one of two possible concentrations. Students wishing to study nanomaterials, surface science, selfassembly, and applications of these subjects can pursue a concentration in interfaces and nanotechnology. Students wishing to study molecular and cellular events in biological systems and their applications can pursue a concentration in molecular and cellular bioengineering. Chemistry Chemistry is the study of the structure of the material world around us at the atomic and molecular level. A major in chemistry is excellent preparation for further study and careers in the synthesis and characterization of new materials and drugs, the study of the fate of chemicals in the environment, the study of medicine, and, of course, academic and industrial careers in chemical research. Today chemical research involves many talents, from the synthesis of molecules to the design and use of modern instruments to the use of computer modeling. Because the number of undergraduate students entering the chemistry major each year at Johns Hopkins is in the range of 20 to 25 people, we can offer these students advanced laboratories, utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, especially designed for majors. Chemistry majors are encouraged to undertake independent research with a faculty member, a path that often leads to publications in chemical literature and a degree with honors in chemistry. In this way, a student encounters the pleasure of discovering new knowledge about the chemical world. Civil Engineering This diverse program provides students with a strong foundation in structural, geotechnical, materials, and coastal and ocean engineering. Technical electives permit more detailed study of one of these areas. Due to the small size of the department, students have many options to work directly with faculty members on research projects, and faculty/student
interactions are actively encouraged. Options such as the combined bachelor’s/master’s honors program permit a more in-depth, customized study. Classics The Classics Department offers a rigorous but flexible B.A. program, giving students strong grounding in the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome while also accommodating a variety of interests in and approaches to the ancient world. Classes are small and students work closely with their professors and instructors. Beyond the basic requirement to study at least one of the two ancient languages, and to take a range of courses in ancient history, art, archaeology, and culture, undergraduate students may additionally have the opportunity to enroll in graduate seminars, and are encouraged to spend a semester or summer overseas in either Italy or Greece. Cognitive Science One of only a handful of departments in the world devoted entirely to the study of the mind/brain, Cognitive Science provides the kind of training increasingly seen as the new model for science—thoroughly multi disciplinary training that integrates traditionally separated fields such as the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities. Laboratory research with different populations offers excellent training for research careers in experimental psychology and cognitive science, or for careers in medical fields such as neurology, language disorders, and clinical psychology. Training and research in theories of language processing provide a strong basis for careers in the explosive field of computer language processing or for leading-edge research in linguistics. Computer Engineering (see Electrical and Computer Engineering) Computer Science Computer science is a rapidly evolving field where nothing stays still for long; once the latest wave of technology is mastered, a new wave comes along. Today there is a growing need for more specialized computer scientists, ones who have a concentration along with their general background. Our degree program builds a balanced foundation in computer science, but also allows students the flexibility to focus their studies in their junior and senior years. Some common foci within the department revolve around our course work and research strengths: computer security, natural language processing, computer systems, and robotics. A popular option is the five-year bachelor’s/master’s program. Students opt to
pursue studies in the entrepreneurship and management program along with the B.S., giving them the background for earlier entry into managerial positions or to start their own enterprises. Still others double-major or minor in various departments across campus. Whether you choose to pursue a B.S. or a B.A. in computer science, your options at Johns Hopkins are limitless. Earth & Planetary Sciences Earth and planetary sciences is the study of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that shape Earth and the other planets. These processes include fluid circulation in the Earth’s core, the study of solid earth processes (including volcanic eruptions), groundwater circulation, oceanic and atmospheric circulation, and the processes involving ecology, geobiology, and paleoclimatology. An understanding of the processes and forces that shaped the Earth provides a means for predicting future changes in our world. Programs of study include majors and minors in Earth and planetary sciences and in environmental Earth sciences. Some background in chemistry, physics, math, or biology is helpful but not essential. In addition, the department offers students who are planning careers in the health professions an Earth and planetary sciences major consistent with those interests. Students who major in this department often attend graduate or professional school, and then pursue careers in academic institutions, natural resourceoriented industries, or government agencies. East Asian Studies The East Asian studies major provides a broad and diverse field of study for students to gain a deep understanding of East Asian languages, history, culture, and contemporary politics. Under the supervision of an adviser, students design their own programs of study, which typically focus on one country or a group of countries that form a coherent area. Students complete a balance of course work in language and area studies, including at least six semesters of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean in addition to courses in history, literature, politics, sociology, anthropology, and history of science. The major leads to various specialized professional paths, including advanced academic research. Economics Over the past 30 years, two former students from Johns Hopkins have been awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. The opportunity to learn directly from innovative thinkers is one thing that draws students to the department. Faculty at the forefront of their fields incorporate the results of recent research into courses
in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, econometrics, monetary economics, public finance, investments, managerial economics, mathematical economics, uncertainty, forecasting, and game theory. The university’s proximity to Washington, D.C., draws experts to campus from institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank and think tanks such as The Brookings Institution. The location also provides exceptional opportunities for internships and independent study. The newly formed Center for Financial Economics offers a rich array of courses in finance that are designed for those students who have the mathematical and statistical background to pursue the field at a rigorous level. Electrical Engineering (see Electrical and Computer Engineering) Electrical & Computer Engineering The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a major in computer engineering and a major in electrical engineering. Both are ABET-accredited. Numerous opportunities for independent study and research are available. Outstanding students are encouraged to enroll in the combined B.S. /M.S.E. degree program. Computer Engineering The computer engineering major focuses on the fundamentals of computer architecture and circuit design with an emphasis on hands-on experience to complement more theoretical material. Courses include Digital System Design, Integrated Circuit Design, Computer Architecture, Microprocessors, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Software Engineering, and Communications and Networking. Undergraduate studies are enriched by state-of-the-art laboratories and computing facilities, including a computeraided design laboratory. Electrical Engineering Electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins has been on the cutting edge of the field since J.B. Whitehead’s pioneering work in high-voltage electricity in the early 20th century. The electrical engineering major covers a wide range of topics in electronics, photonics, signals and systems, and communications. The program focuses on the fundamentals of electronics, optical devices and systems, system control and signal processing, RF, and communications. Majors have numerous opportunities for independent study and research in faculty laboratories. Outstanding students are encouraged to enroll in the combined B.S. /M.S.E. degree program.
Engineering Mechanics The engineering mechanics major is designed to prepare students for top research positions in academia and industry. It is less structured than the mechanical engineering major, and students are allowed to create a program tailored to their interests, such as robotics, fluid dynamics, environmental engineering, mechanics of solids, experimental mechanics, dynamical systems, mechanics of materials, or biomechanics. This ambitious program provides the knowledge and experience necessary to model and develop complex physical systems, emphasizes solutions in the context of contemporary social and economic issues, and fosters the communication skills required to convey complex ideas to others. The program facilitates double majors and major/minors, and is excellent preparation for graduate or professional school. Students can also opt for a combination five-year B.S./M.S.E. degree program. iomechanics B Biomechanics is a concentration offered both within the mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics majors. The essence of mechanics is the interplay between forces and motion. In biology, mechanics is important at the macroscopic, cellular, and subcellular levels. At the macroscopic level, the biomechanics of soft and hard tissues plays important roles in computerintegrated surgical systems and technologies, such as medical robotics. At the cellular level, issues such as cell motility and chemotaxis can be modeled as mechanical phenomena. At the subcellular level, conformational transitions in biological macromolecules can be modeled using molecular dynamics simulation, statistical mechanics, or techniques that rely on principles from the mechanics of materials. In consultation with their adviser, students pursuing a biomechanics concentration choose technical electives that best match their interests. English A synopsis of the department’s distinctions starts with the renowned faculty. Every professor—no matter how distinguished, no matter how many books he or she has written—teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. And they teach primarily in small seminars, so undergraduates get the best of what a research university has to offer while getting the kind of personal attention ordinarily possible only at a small liberal arts college. Courses provide both the core of a liberal arts education and the basis for the advanced study of literature. They range from historical surveys and introductory courses in critical method
to advanced courses and seminars in particular periods, authors, genres, and literary issues. Environmental Earth Sciences This major is for undergraduates interested in a thorough study of the processes that shape Earth’s environment, drawing on the disciplines of geology, geochemistry, hydrology, ecology, geobiology, oceanography, and atmospheric science. Students learn about how the Earth works at the present day, and also what is known about how it behaved in the past. The programs of study prepare students for analysis of the Earth’s environment, and human perturbations of the environment, based on a sound knowledge of present and past characteristics of the Earth. For first- and second-year students, the program runs parallel to the Earth and planetary sciences major (the same core courses are required). However, upper-level courses permit the pursuit of specific environmental interests. Research projects as part of courses or as thesis projects are encouraged. Environmental Engineering The field of environmental engineering is dedicated to the study and amelioration of Earth’s environmental problems. Such problems are complex and multifaceted, and successful solutions must operate within the constraints imposed by societal concerns. As a result, environmental engineering is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor. The B.S. program is intended to provide a strong foundation in the physical, chemical, biological, and social sciences, as well as in mathematics, engineering science, and engineering design. This broad and flexible training provides an ideal preparation for future employment in business or industry or for subsequent study at the graduate level, either in environmental engineering or in a field such as environmental law, public health, or medicine. Film & Media Studies The film and media studies curriculum is designed to provide a superior undergraduate education for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in the scholarly study of film and/or filmmaking, as well as for those who seek a professional career in film and other media. In addition to an area of emphasis outside the program, students take courses in film history, aesthetics, and theory; many opt to take a sequence of filmmaking courses in 16mm production, as well as screenwriting and video production. Our aim is to turn out students whose background in film, media, the arts, and humanities is exceptionally comprehensive, and whose creativity is informed by finely honed critical/analytical and technological skills. Within the intimate environment
of a small program led by dedicated faculty, students receive the education, individual attention, and mentorship to achieve excellence in the highly competitive academic and professional world of film and media. French You might sum up the French program at Johns Hopkins by saying it’s “live with Paris.” “Live” in the sense of a constant flow of students and professors coming to the department from Paris and Geneva; and “live” in the reverse sense of our faculty and students studying and teaching abroad. At Johns Hopkins, French is also dynamically linked to other departments in the humanities and social sciences. This means, for example, that a premed French major can do a senior thesis on Pasteur using the resources of our History of Science & Technology Department and the resources of the renowned Welch Medical Library. At Johns Hopkins, students can design programs around their interests. Students also have the opportunity to compete for admission to the Johns Hopkins program at Sciences Po in Paris. General Engineering This program, which leads to a B.A. with a major in general engineering, is ideal for students who do not want to be engineers but who are interested in engineering or technology. A true liberal arts curriculum, it offers a broad education and is customized to meet individual goals for graduate study or employment in technology-oriented fields. The program includes broad course work in mathematics and the natural sciences, a humanities and/or social sciences concentration, a core of fundamental engineering courses, and a tailored engineering concentration. The international dimensions of the technology requirement can be satisfied by studying abroad or by taking language courses and/or other related courses. Examples of concentrations include the engineering behind orthopedics; technical issues in drug delivery; coastal protection; computer technology; or the mathematics of decision making. Many general engineering majors also complete a minor in entrepreneurship and management. Geography Geography is as much about people and social processes as it is about places and the physical environment. The geography program explores the interactions among the social, economic, cultural, and natural processes that shape how we make a living on the Earth and how we transform both ourselves and the Earth in so doing. Students concentrate on physical geography, which emphasizes the natural sciences and aspects of landscape, water, and climate, or
human geography, which focuses on urban and regional change, the geography of economic development, environmental history, and the utilization of natural resources. Students complete core courses within the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering, while taking elective classes in natural or social sciences, statistics, and mathematics. A combination five-year B.A./M.A. degree program is an option. German The German program promotes intercultural competence in a changing international environment. Majors in German go on to graduate, medical, and law school, as well as to successful careers in business, journalism, international affairs, and public policy. The program places equal emphasis on the development of language proficiency and on the study of literary, philosophical, and cultural topics. Language courses are proficiency-oriented and content-driven, incorporating films and literary and cultural readings in entry-level courses. German at Johns Hopkins is recognized for its strength not only in German literature from the 18th century to the present, but also for its interdisciplinary offerings at the intersection of literature, philosophy, Jewish studies, gender studies, media studies, and cultural studies. It is a small but intensely active and well-known program. Its smallness assures close contact with faculty members and individualized advising. Majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad for a semester or a year. Johns Hopkins is one of six universities participating in the Berlin Consortium for German Studies, located at the Free University of Berlin. History Some of America’s most distinguished scholars teach in the Department of History. Areas of specialization range across the fields of medieval history; early modern and modern European history; British and Atlantic history; United States history from the colonial period to the present; and African, Latin American, and East Asian history. Majors have the opportunity to work closely with individual faculty members, gaining extensive training in writing and research. Faculty members and students cooperate jointly with other academic departments such as the History of Science and Technology and the History of Medicine, as well as with a number of interdepartmental programs such as the Center for Africana Studies; the Program for Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History; the Program in the History of Political and Moral Thought; the Program in Latin American Studies; Jewish
Studies; East Asian Studies; and Museums and Society. Special features for majors include a yearlong undergraduate seminar and a six-credit senior thesis. Advanced students with high grades have the option of enrolling in a four-year B.A./M.A. program. History of Art Johns Hopkins offers unsurpassed opportunities for the study of art history. The department’s faculty is among the most distinguished in the field, and Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are home to some of the best museums in the United States. Undergraduates work closely with leading scholars of ancient, Near Eastern, Roman, medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and modern art.Visiting scholars and museum curators offer courses on the arts of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, and internationally renowned artists visit campus to discuss their work in lectures and seminars attended by students and faculty. Excursions to local institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum, and to Washington’s diverse museums just an hour away, supplement course work with direct experiences of great works of art. History of Science & Technology
adviser and the approval of the Curriculum Committee, an interdisciplinary studies candidate pursues a plan of relevant courses. International Studies Johns Hopkins has one of the first and best international studies programs in the United States. It is one of the biggest majors on campus. This multidisciplinary program emphasizes political science, history, economics, and foreign language. The university’s location in Baltimore and proximity to Washington, D.C., provide countless opportunities for research and internships. International programs in Bologna, Italy, and at the Free University (Berlin) are also available for undergraduates in this major. The completion of the Washington Center in the Bernstein-Offit Building has expanded offerings further to include a residential program, the Aitchison Public Service Fellowship. In recognition of outstanding teaching, an unprecedented number of our faculty members have been awarded the Best Teaching Award, the school’s highest award for distinguished teaching. Formal learning is supplemented by the large number of student organizations with an interest in politics. Two accelerated five-year B.A./M.A. programs are available through either the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., or through Sciences Po Paris, one of Europe’s finest schools of political science.
This major provides unique perspectives on science, medicine, technology, and the humanities. Courses combine an appreciation of the developments in science, medicine, and technology with an awareness of their cultural impact. The program offers a humanities major that meets all the requirements for premedical students. At the same time, it prepares students for a growing number of other careers, including teaching, journalism, law, public policy, business, and museums, in which an understanding of the impact of science is important. Students take courses in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, complementing courses in the history of science, medicine, and technology. Internships in Washington, D.C., and an optional senior thesis allow students to get practical experience and explore topics in depth.
Small classes offer the ideal environment for active participation and discussion. The program’s flexibility encourages students to combine studies in other programs, such as history, anthropology, history of art, English, or film and media studies, with a major or minor in Italian. The department emphasizes intense reading of individual texts. Most courses beyond the level of basic language instruction are devoted to literature. The department sponsors a variety of on-campus activities, such as foreign films, lectures by visiting scholars, and informal conversation groups.
Latin American Studies
The interdisciplinary studies major is designed for the student whose academic interests straddle several traditional disciplines but who maintains a substantive focus. For example, a student interested in the Civil War period could construct a curriculum using courses from history, English, history of art, and sociology. Another might wish to focus on children in poverty, drawing from anthropology and economics. With the support of a faculty
This program concentrates on the history, culture, economy, and politics of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean basin. Under the close supervision of an adviser, students create an individualized program of study that focuses on a particular aspect of Latin America, or the history, literature, ecology, geography, and politics of a particular region within Latin America (a minor is also available). Courses draw on the expertise of professors in Romance languages,
anthropology, history, sociology, and political science. Intermediate-level proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese is required for the bachelor’s degree. The program offers opportunities for research and travel to Latin America. Materials Science & Engineering In this major, students learn the design, synthesis, and application of modern materials with a faculty at the forefront of materials nanotechnology and biomaterials research. In a structured curriculum, students learn fundamental principles common to all materials and gain an appreciation for the important roles that materials play in society. They specialize in advanced electives and cap off their programs with yearlong design projects. Students choose to follow the main degree program or specialize in either biomaterials or materials nanotechnology. The low student-to-faculty ratio encourages students to join laboratory research programs early in their studies. Students also have the option to enter a five-year B.S./M.S. program. Biomaterials Engineering Biomaterials engineering is a program concentration that can be pursued within the materials science and engineering major. This option is available to students whose interests are in the application of materials to problems in biomedical engineering and other bioengineering areas. Biomaterials is a rapidly developing interdisciplinary field at the interface of materials science, engineering, biology, and medicine. Biomaterials engineers develop materials used in applications such as tissue engineering, drug and gene delivery, and medical implants and devices. Materials Nanotechnology Materials nanotechnology is a program concentration that can be pursued within the materials science and engineering major. It focuses on the utilization of materials and devices with extremely small dimensions. Nanotechnology impacts all fields of engineering, including microelectronics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and biomedical engineering. Materials science is central to important nanotechnology advances because the behavior of materials changes dramatically when things are made extremely small. The nanotechnology option encompasses a curriculum that includes the fundamental interdisciplinary principles of materials and also exposes students to the forefront of nanomaterials research through elective classes and laboratory experiences.
Mathematics Mathematics is more than the fundamental language and underlying analytical structure of science and technology. It is a formal way of thinking—an art that ties together the abstract structure of reason and the formal development of the logic that defines the scientific method. From the study of just how arguments and theories are formed in language and technology, to the framework of quantitative and qualitative models of the natural and social sciences, mathematics is based on the development of precise expressions, logical arguments, and the search for and exposure of pattern and structure. Through our Future Scholars Program (promoting higher education in mathematics to advanced high school students in the Baltimore area), through our award-winning research faculty, through worldwide collaborations with research organizations like the Japanese American Mathematical Institute, and through the oldest-running research mathematics journal in the Western Hemisphere, the American Journal of Mathematics, the Department of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins is dedicated to the teaching of mathematics and the mathematical sciences to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers alike. Our focus is to create and maintain a vibrant scientific environment, specializing in the mathematical fields of analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic/complex/differential geometry, mathematical physics, number theory, and topology. Mechanical Engineering Johns Hopkins has played a leading role in mechanical engineering since the early 1900s. Today the department focuses on several main areas: mechanical systems, which requires a knowledge of mechanics and materials for machine design; thermofluid systems, such as turbines, heat exchangers, and aerospace systems; robotic and electromechanical systems, which focuses on the kinematics, design, and control of robots; biomechanical systems; and micro-electromechanical systems. Advanced courses, such as those in computer-aided design and mechatronics, provide hands-on experience with sophisticated engineering tools. Seniors complete a capstone design project in which they work with professional engineers from local companies. A five-year combination B.S./M.S.E. program is offered. Aerospace Engineering Within the mechanical engineering major, a student can specialize with a concentration in aerospace engineering. A student’s adviser can help choose technical and other course
electives that will help prepare a student to obtain knowledge in advanced dynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, aerospace materials and structures, signal processing, control systems, astrophysics, and space systems. Students are encouraged to participate in aerospace engineering internships that are made available within the university’s Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Astrophysical Sciences, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. In addition, local companies and institutions such as Northrop Grumman, NASA Goddard, Lockheed Martin, and Orbital Sciences often provide internship opportunities. Biomechanics Biomechanics is a concentration offered both within the mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics majors. The essence of mechanics is the interplay between forces and motion. In biology, mechanics is important at the macroscopic, cellular, and subcellular levels. At the macroscopic level, the biomechanics of soft and hard tissues plays important roles in computer-integrated surgical systems and technologies, such as medical robotics. At the cellular level, issues such as cell motility and chemotaxis can be modeled as mechanical phenomena. At the subcellular level, conformational transitions in biological macromolecules can be modeled using molecular dynamics simulation, statistical mechanics, or techniques that rely on principles from the mechanics of materials. In consultation with their adviser, students pursuing a biomechanics concentration choose technical electives that best match their interests. Natural Sciences The natural sciences major is flexible, yet structured enough to provide the fundamental training in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology necessary for advanced study. The natural sciences include biology, biophysics, chemistry, Earth sciences, oceanography, physics, and some aspects of geography, along with environmental engineering, mechanics, materials science and engineering, and chemical engineering. Within a broad framework of science, mathematics, and humanities requirements, students can plan their own programs or choose a concentration in behavioral biology, public health, or history of science. Near Eastern Studies The Near Eastern studies program offers a wide range of courses on the cultures and languages of the ancient Near East, including
Egypt, Israel, Syria, and Mesopotamia. Biblical Hebrew, modern Hebrew, and Arabic are available for study, in addition to hieroglyphs and cuneiform. Archaeology is also an option for some students, since the department carries out excavations in Egypt and Syria. Most of the department’s undergraduate courses require no knowledge of a foreign language and cover archaeology, history, religion, art, and literature of the ancient civilizations of the Near East. Neuroscience Johns Hopkins is home to faculty and researchers who study the nervous system at many levels. Their presence allows for innovative courses that offer a broad overview of the neuroscience field, as well as more advanced training and research opportunities in one of three areas of concentration: cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, and cognitive neuroscience. The interdepartmental nature of the neuroscience major exposes students to faculty from the schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. The major consists of two degree programs: a four-year B.A. based primarily on course work, and a five-year B.A./M.S. involving additional course work and a yearlong intensive laboratory experience. Both programs are designed to provide rigorous preparation for advanced study in either a Ph.D. program or medicine. Philosophy Since the university’s founding, Johns Hopkins has been home to many great American philosophers, a tradition that continues today. The philosophy program introduces students to the history of philosophy and its place in Western civilization; it teaches how to read philosophical texts and sharpens thinking about philosophical problems. Many students combine a major in philosophy with another subject to help them develop philosophical perspectives on their own fields of interest. Courses include the history of philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, bioethics, ancient philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of language, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. A senior honors thesis program is an option for accomplished students. Physics Physics is the science that seeks to understand the material universe at its most fundamental levels. It is the discipline that deals with the nature of space and time, matter and energy, simplicity and complexity. The study of physics at Johns Hopkins was initiated by Henry
Augustus Rowland, who was a founding member of the Johns Hopkins faculty and the first president of the American Physical Society. Today, the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy offers the best aspects of a top research university, renowned faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, together with the more intimate learning environment typical of small liberal arts colleges. Students develop a solid foundation in physics in small classes and participate in research projects at the forefront of astronomy, condensed matter physics, and particle physics. Recent students have mapped the universe with unprecedented detail, built new materials atom by atom, and studied quarks at accelerators in the United States and Europe. The program benefits from NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute, located on campus. Separate B.A. and B.S. degree programs are available to suit the needs of students preparing for graduate study or for careers in a wide variety of fields.
Institutions. Excellent internship opportunities are available at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and other local institutions. An honors track is also available. Public Health Studies Public health is society’s organized effort to protect, promote, and restore people’s health. Students in public health studies take core courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, and environmental health. They also choose an emphasis in either natural sciences or social sciences. The program in natural sciences prepares students for careers in medicine with course work in organic chemistry, cell biology, physics, and public health. The program in social sciences emphasizes the socioeconomic and cultural aspects of public health, with course work in economics, sociology, anthropology, public policy, and public health. All seniors will take electives in the graduate program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Political Science The political science program provides a rich and diverse understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of politics, including the processes through which policies, rules, institutions, and political cultures are established, contested, and changed. The department encourages students to become analytically sophisticated, to study politics in global and comparative perspective, and to appreciate how citizens can be responsibly assertive in the community. Students may focus on American politics, political theory, law and politics, comparative politics, international relations, and racial politics. In addition to taking courses, students may pursue independent research projects and write a senior thesis for departmental honors. Political science majors pursue a diverse range of careers in law, public service, finance, policy research, media, international development, and academia.
Romance Languages The goal of the Romance languages program is to provide students with a strong set of reading, writing, and speaking skills in their chosen languages. From that solid base, students then move on to studying the literature, history, and culture of France, Spain, Latin America, and Italy through works in their original languages. The department offers two possible tracks for a major in Romance languages: a dual-language option or a three-language option. After meeting the requirements for the major in each of the chosen languages, the student completes the required number of upper-level literature and culture courses in two or three languages. Students can choose any combination of French, Spanish, and Italian. Course work is available in Portuguese but is not used toward the major. Study abroad is a popular option for Romance languages majors. The department has an approved program of study in Madrid.
Psychology In 1883, G. Stanley Hall founded the first psychological laboratory in America at Johns Hopkins. Since then, the department has played a key role in the evolution of the field. The program stresses methodology for the investigation of the biological and psychological processes underlying animal and human behavior, with special emphasis on psychobiology, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, personality, social psychology, and quantitative psychology. Students have many opportunities for research, both with the Arts & Sciences faculty and in the labs at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Medical
Sociology Embodying the Johns Hopkins tradition of selective excellence, the Sociology Department’s distinguished faculty concentrate their teaching and research in two broad areas. One is cross-national, comparative research and the study of long-term, world-scale social change. The other is social inequality and the major institutions of this and other societies that directly affect individuals’ stratification prospects and outcomes, namely, family, education, and work, as well as more generally, class, race, and gender.The small size of the sociology program affords undergraduates the advantage
of knowing their professors and becoming involved in their research. In recent years, for example, sociology majors have participated in research on the effects of changes in the welfare system on children and families, on residential mobility among disadvantaged Baltimoreans, on Chinese economic development, and on labor movements throughout the world.Through the department’s two areas of concentration and its honors program, highly motivated students can customize a program of study and engage in self-initiated, original research. Spanish Small classes offer the ideal environment for active participation and discussion. The program’s flexibility encourages students to combine studies in other programs, such as history, anthropology, history of art, or film and media studies, with a major or minor in Spanish. Most courses beyond the level of basic language instruction are devoted to literature, from historical and critical perspectives. Close and intense reading of individual texts is emphasized. Selected students will spend a semester studying abroad in Johns Hopkins’ Madrid program. The department also sponsors a wide variety of on-campus activities, such as foreign films, lectures by visiting scholars, and informal conversation groups. The Writing Seminars The distinctions of the Writing Seminars major can be described in three parts: quality of instruction, quality of faculty, and progressive curriculum. Each semester, more than 25 introductory writing classes; 15 or more advanced seminars; and access to internships, independent studies, and tutorials are offered. Writing Seminars students work primarily in one of the four principal areas—fiction, poetry, science writing, and nonfiction prose—and may take supplementary courses in such areas as opinion writing, screenwriting, and playwriting. Our faculty members include 1998 National Book Award winner Alice McDermott, MacArthur Award–winning novelist Brad Leithauser, University of Michigan Press Novel Award winner Jean McGarry, and shortstory writer Tristan Davies. In poetry, faculty members include Pulitzer Prize nominee Dave Smith; poet Mary Jo Salter; poet, critic, and editor of the Hopkins Review John T. Irwin; and poet Greg Williamson. Harper’s columnist Wayne Biddle teaches courses in nonfiction, and USA Today science columnist Ann Finkbeiner teaches science writing. Our major educates students in the art of imaginative writing but it also prepares students with skills for expression in many vocational pursuits.
Johns Hopkins’ beloved Gilman Hall (seen here at the top of the photograph) is receiving extensive renovations that will allow all 10 humanities departments to be housed together. A glass-topped atrium will provide natural light, and space is designated for the exhibition and study of the university’s archaeological collection. Project completion is scheduled for late summer 2010.
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Africana Studies Anthropology Applied Mathematics & Statistics Archaeology (pending approval) Behavioral Biology Biology Biomedical Engineering Biophysics Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Classics Cognitive Science Computer Engineering Computer Science Earth & Planetary Sciences East Asian Studies Economics Electrical Engineering Engineering Mechanics English Environmental Earth Sciences Environmental Engineering Film & Media Studies French General Engineering Geography German History History of Art History of Science & Technology Interdisciplinary Studies International Studies Italian Latin American Studies Materials Science & Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Natural Sciences Near Eastern Studies Neuroscience Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Public Health Studies Romance Languages Sociology Spanish Writing Seminars
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Published on Oct 23, 2008
An overview of Johns Hopkins University prepared for prospective students by the Whiting School of Engineering and the Zanvyl Krieger School...