One of the things that stood out to me about Hopkins during the college admissions process was the freedom that students are given to explore their academic interests. Instead of a core curriculum, students fulfill distribution requirements across subjects by choosing from a wide range of courses.
Here is a look at the courses I chose for the Spring semester:
History of Modern Medicine: The history of Western medicine from the Enlightenment to the present, with emphasis on ideas, science, practices, practitioners, and institutions, and the relationship of these to the broad social context. This is a course offered for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine majors. (Last semester I enjoyed a Technology & Global Health course by the major so I am excited to take this course.)
Calculus II (For Biological and Social Sciences): Calculus II includes analytic geometry, functions, limits, integrals, derivatives, etc. Applications to the biological and social sciences will be discussed, and the courses are designed to meet the needs of students in these disciplines. (I’m expecting this to be one of my harder classes.)
Introduction to African American Studies: This is an introductory course on the African-American experience. This course surveys and analyzes a wide spectrum of contributions made by intellectuals, political leaders, organizations, and race-based strategies that interdependently led to African Americans securing a central and unyielding place in American society.
Expository Writing: American Gothic: “Expos” is designed to introduce student writers to the elements of academic argument. In this class we will be writing essays on two short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, the novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and on Jordan Peele’s 2017 film Get Out.
Human Origins: This course, offered by the Behavioral Biology department, includes a study of the evolution, behavior and behavioral ecology of nonhuman primates, hominid evolution, and the origins of human cognition, social behavior, and culture.