When every tool is on the table, you can build anything
What does academic freedom mean at Hopkins? It means our students don’t have prescribed classes to take; instead, they fulfill distribution requirements across subjects by choosing from a wide range of courses. It means they are encouraged to find connections across different topics that interest them—which is why over 60% of our students have a double major or major and minor. And it means bringing together a research approach with a liberal arts backbone to create an undergraduate experience that teaches you how to think, create, and succeed, whatever your academic interests.
“To educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.” – Daniel Coit Gilman, First President of Johns Hopkins
Put your ideas into practice
Practical, hands-on learning adds depth to any course of study, making Hopkins students uniquely equipped for life after graduation. They’re working with real companies to solve actual problems, testing their hypotheses out in the field, and working alongside professors to put what they learn in the classroom to the test.
“My friends here are patent holders, founders of start-ups, small business owners, published authors, curators, and so much more.” —Elena A. ’17
Study abroad: a global view
While the Homewood campus is home base for our undergrads, many students expand the Hopkins learning lab to destinations abroad. Students in all majors seek opportunities to see the world, with dozens of departmental programs, partnerships with other universities, and Hopkins campuses in Nanjing, China, and Bologna, Italy.
“I did an Intersession class abroad in Nepal where I studied climate change adaptation. It was amazing to experience a new culture and see firsthand what we learned about in the classroom.” —Christianne B. ’17
“I love that I can get my hands dirty with all different kinds of marketing, since I’m not 100% sure what I want to do yet.” —Genevieve '17