Social, Behavioral, and Political Sciences
Think critically about contemporary social and cultural concerns and the diversity of human experience.
The Social, Behavioral, and Political Sciences help you build a scientific understanding of how society works and how we relate to one another. Whether it’s investigating philosophical issues of the information age, or analyzing how people think, feel, or act in specific situations, you’ll further your knowledge of how society, behavior, or politics work, developing a foundation that will support you in almost any field.
Born at Hopkins, Taara Projects Makes Eco-conscious, Ethical Fashions
Shanthi Ramakrishna didn’t set out to change the world—just her pants. She formed the social enterprise, Taara Projects, which now includes seven other female undergraduates.Read More
Researching Healthcare Access and Health Disparities
Fateha Zannath, a public health studies and economics double-major, worked on a research project examining how race, gender, ethnicity, and other visible factors impact medical diagnoses.Read More
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Through our flexible curriculum, our students are encouraged to deepen their interests and explore new ones. We don’t have any required classes. Instead, you’ll choose from courses across academic areas between our Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and our Whiting School of Engineering so you can expand your knowledge, dig deeper into topics that interest you, and discover connections at the intersection of disciplines.
Translate Your Insights into Actionable Knowledge
The newly launched SNF Agora Institute aims to improve and expand civic engagement and informed, inclusive dialogue as the cornerstone of a robust global democracy. Students can research and collaborate on matters related to public policy, political science, and global studies.EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES AT THE SNF AGORA INSTITUTE
Learn Alongside the Very Best
Our BDP Summer Program offers Hopkins undergraduates the opportunity to work with one of our Bloomberg Distinguished Professors (BDPs) full-time for 10 weeks over the summer. The professors are all preeminent scholars whose work merges at least two traditional academic disciplines.LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR BLOOMBERG DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS
Majors and Minors
DIRECT MATRICULATION PROGRAMS
You can earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees through one of our Direct Matriculation Programs in either Global Health Studies at the Bloomberg School of Public Health or International Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies.
NICHOLAS PAPAGEORGE, Associate Professor of Economics
Why use just the tools of one discipline when, together, we can seek truth and generate more knowledge? And Hopkins is a place that nurtures, encourages, and fosters this kind of multidisciplinary research collaboration.
As the #1 research university in the nation, we provide our undergraduates with resources and funding to pursue their ambitions.
- HOUR is our home for supporting and encouraging undergrads in research endeavors by connecting them to opportunities both inside and outside of Hopkins.
- The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity (URSCA) assists undergraduate students with creating, planning, and undertaking a hands-on research project.
- The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) offers students up to $2,500 and a partnership with a full-time faculty sponsor for research on any topic of their choosing.
The Krieger School of Arts & Sciences’ departments, programs, and centers often offer their own research awards or funding opportunities.
SEE WHAT OUR ALUMNI ARE UP TO
Wes Unseld Jr. ’97
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Alumnus Wes Unseld Jr., Washington Wizards
Wes Unseld Jr. ’97 got a degree in Economics at Hopkins before starting a long career in professional basketball, where he is head coach of the Washington Wizards.Read More
Molly Dillon ’11
A Path to Public Service
Molly Dillon ’11, wrote the New York Times best seller Yes She Can, and spent 2019 on a national book tour talking to crowds of young people about her time in the Obama White House.Read More
Join the Club
Hopkins students pursue their interests outside the classroom. If you’re fascinated by the social, behavioral, or political sciences, you might consider getting involved in these student organizations.