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INTERDISCIPLINARY CORE (IC) Students are required to take one IC course, which should be taken within the first three courses of the program. This core class introduces students to the breadth of the liberal arts, and to an interdisciplinary approach to understanding aspects of culture. One to three IC courses are offered every semester. Sample IC courses include: » » » » »

Poetry and the Visual Arts 1900 in Perspective: Fin-de-Siecle Culture Greek Tragedy and the Moral Imagination Film and Public Memory Nature and the American Imagination

SAMPLE ELECTIVE COURSES ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Johns Hopkins Master of Liberal Arts is a unique, non-traditional graduate degree. Whereas most graduate programs ask you to become more and more specialized, the MLA program expects you to both broaden and deepen your educational experience. Established in 1962, the MLA at Hopkins is the first program of its type in the country. The MLA offers courses taught by faculty from a range of programs across Hopkins and from area cultural institutions. As an MLA student, you’ll work with an advisor to tailor the program to your own professional and intellectual interests, exploring fields including history, religion, literature, philosophy, political science, the humanities, music, art history and the performing arts. The program consists of ten courses and includes a capstone graduate project or portfolio. You’ll explore a world of knowledge by taking your own path, and developing your own way of knowing. The program appeals to students who want to broaden their intellectual horizons or professional advancement. Our students come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds and include teachers, lawyers, doctors, military personnel, nurses, social workers, business people, artists, retirees and many more. PREREQUISITES » Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. » Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of undergraduate studies.

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Food and Politics Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories Criminal Justice and the Constitution Social History of Medicine Religions of the Emerging World Literature and the Opera Faulkner’s Fiction The Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci Science Fiction Film in the 20th Century

CAPSTONE The Capstone is designed to encourage the integration of course work in the program and comes at the end of a student’s MLA career. Students conclude the MLA degree by doing a portfolio, graduate project, or internship. Visit to learn more about these options.

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» Particular interests and work experience may also be considered.

Eight electives are required for the Graduate Project or Internship option; nine for Portfolio option (see Capstone). The sampling below is an example of the broad range of MLA offerings. For more information about courses, visit





FACT SHEET: Master of Liberal Arts