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Explore the possibilities

The Humanities at Hopkins

Hopkins provides a world-class education coupled with exceptional resources and hands-on opportunities.

Our students…

Participate in the Peabody Hackathon, having 24 hours to create devices and solutions to accessibility issues in arts and music.

Intern and work at Plan B Entertainment, Skydance Media, and ICM with connections made through our Film & Media Studies program.

Curate an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art in collaboration with our Museums & Society program.

Partner with scholars in different areas through the Humanities Collaboratory and present their research at the Hopkins Summer Research Symposium.

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academic flexibility

How do you define humanities?

At Hopkins, we view the humanities as the exploration of how humans have lived in the past, how we continue to interact with one another in the present, and how we develop as a culture and society. Students who decide to pursue humanities are taught by professors who are recognized for their comprehensive knowledge and accomplishments in their fields, and have access to unique research funding and facilities on- and off-campus.

Some of our humanities majors and minors include: Archaeology; classics; English; German and romance languages and literatures; history; history of art; history of science, medicine, and technology; Near Eastern studies; philosophy; and Writing Seminars. With a flexible curriculum, students have the freedom to choose the subjects that matter most to them and combine areas of interest in unique ways, with plenty of interdisciplinary courses to try out.

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The vital role of a humanities education

"Hopkins believes in the essential value of humanistic inquiry and its capacity to aid you in realizing your aspirations and building lives you want to live and of which you will be proud."—Ronald Daniels, Johns Hopkins University President

The Hopkins Advantage

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Hands-On Opportunities

Our humanities students take advantage of being at the top funded research institution to pursue ambitious scholarship—with access to resources like our Archaeological Museum, Film Centre, dedicated research labs, and humanities-focused research grants.

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Interdisciplinary Learning

The essence of studying any major or field at Hopkins is collaboration, exchange, and intellectual freedom. The humanities anchors on the study of arts, cultures, community, and the self as fundamental to understanding the human experience.

Students and Alumni gather

Alumni Network

The Hopkins network allows students to connect with impactful alumni from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. Mentorship through OneHop can match undergrads with mentors to help students explore potential career paths and find community within their fields.

World-class faculty

Professor Erin Aeran Chung



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Christopher Cannon, English and Classics

Archaeology class
make your mark

Unparalleled opportunities

As the #1 research university, our resources and opportunities ensure students are uniquely prepared to tackle societal issues, regardless of their post-Hopkins ambitions.

Research as early as your first year
Simi Aluko

STUDENT writes and directs a multi-generational story about women, love, and politics in the Oyo empire of West Africa


Classics Research Lab members

Classics Research Lab members conduct one of the first major studies of Ancient Greek sexuality

NEAR EASTERN STUDIES PROFESSOR’S Research RECEIVES grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities