Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

The Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of nine academic divisions of the Johns Hopkins University, in the United States, located at the university’s Homewood campus at the Charles Village neighborhood in northern Baltimore. It is the core institution of Johns Hopkins, offering comprehensive undergraduate education and graduate training in the humanities, natural and social sciences.

Johns Hopkins University - Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
DeanJohn P. Toscano (interim)
Academic staff
Student/Faculty Ratio Undergraduate—9:1 / Graduate—3:1 [1]
StudentsUndergraduate: 2,790 - Graduate—924 (full-time)/1,379 (part-time)[1]
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Johns Hopkins University, founded as the nation’s first research university in 1876, originally hired "thirty of the profoundest scholars in the varied field of literature that can be secured, and which, with its magnificent endowment, will undoubtedly become one of the leading institutions of learning in America".[2] The current School of Arts and Sciences was formed when the Faculty of Philosophy merged with the Faculty of Engineering in 1967-1968.[3]

It doesn't have the glamour of giving to a medical school. People don't realize that everything emanates from the arts and science college. It is the nucleus of the foundation of the university as a whole.

Zanvyl Krieger[4]

In December 1992, Zanvyl Krieger, a 1928 alumnus, gave a $50 million challenge grant to the School of Arts and Sciences, "the largest monetary gift in the university's history and one of the largest in American higher education".[4] The school was re-named for Krieger, who said "he chose to give the gift to the arts and sciences school because that was an area that philanthropists had neglected in recent years".[4]

In November 2001, the school established two scholarships to honor six alumni killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.[5]

In November 2013, the university released its draft "Strategic Planning Final Report for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences".[6][7] Under the plan, fewer graduate students would be admitted (with enrlollment cuts of 25% across departments), but graduate stipends were to be increased. In addition, more junior teaching faculty would replace retiring senior faculty.[6]

Students objected in October 2016 when closure of the Humanities Center was under consideration.[8] In January 2017, the school's dean assured them that the Center would not close, but would be reorganized around one of three proposals: "...keeping the center’s name while rethinking its role in relation to other humanities departments; renaming the department as something that more 'clearly conveys its identity and focus'; or transforming the humanities center into a comparative literature department..."[9]

October 2017 brought cancellation of the institution’s Russian major, which was no longer compatible with the partner program in Russian at Goucher College. Russian courses continue to be taught, but a major in Russian is not available.[10]

A university-wide promotion and tenure committee was established in 2020, to be piloted for three years and then evaluated.[11]


Krieger School’s educational offerings include over 60 undergraduate majors and minors and over 40 full-time and part-time graduate programs. Summer programs are available to high school students, visiting undergraduate students, and a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program.[12] Among these academic programs, the Krieger School’s Biology, Creative Writing, English, German, History, History of Art, and Physics & Astronomy departments are among the top-ranked in the nation.[citation needed]

Faculty members are expected to spend as much time researching as teaching, and there are numerous research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students, ranging from the university-sponsored Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Program to the nationwide Fulbright Hays Program for graduate students.[citation needed] Recent enrollment figures available number that the Krieger School has 2,790 undergraduate students, 32 post-baccalaureate students, 924 full-time graduate students, and 1,379 part-time graduate students.[13]



Gilman Hall, home of the humanities departments

Courses are offered in philosophy, classical Latin and Greek, history of art, creative writing, comparative literature, Near Eastern studies, film and media studies, and history of science and technology, as well as in the more familiar areas of English and American literature, history, and modern foreign languages. In February 2018, investor and alumnus Bill Miller donated $75 million to the philosophy department, to be used to increase the department's faculty and expand undergraduate and graduate programs.[14]

Natural sciencesEdit

Mudd Hall, part of the JHU Biology Complex

The departments of Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy offer programs leading to bachelor's degrees.

Social and behavioral sciencesEdit

Mergenthaler Hall, home of the economics, sociology, art history, and political science departments

There are a variety of programs available in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. The departments are oriented toward research and the curricula are primarily designed to lead to graduate study.


Inside of Gilman Hall

The Krieger School contains many degree-granting departments, programs, and centers:

Notably, the French department was recognized as a "Center of Excellence" in the study of French culture and language by the government of France, one of only four in the United States.[citation needed] The Writing Seminars department, a program in creative writing, was ranked second-best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.[citation needed]

Advanced academic programsEdit

The Johns Hopkins University provides education in a part-time format through the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP). A division of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and centered in Washington, DC,[15] AAP

Research centersEdit

  • Center for Advanced Governmental Studies
  • Center for Africana Studies
  • Center for Educational Resources
  • Center for Summer Learning
  • Center for the Social Organization of Schools
  • Charles S. Singleton Center at the Villa Spelman
  • Chemistry-Biology Interface Program
  • International Studies Program
  • Institute for Applied Economics and the Study of Business Enterprise
  • Institute for Biophysical Research
  • Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power & History
  • Institute for Multiscale Modeling of Biological Interactions (IMMBI)
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • Institute for Quantum Matter
  • Center for Civil Society Studies
  • Language Teaching Center
  • Materials Research Sciences and Engineering Center
  • The Krieger Mind-Brain Institute
  • Program in Molecular and Computational Biophysics
  • The Program in Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics (CMDB)
  • Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute


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  2. ^ "President Gilliam and the Johns Hopkins University". The Baltimore Sun. 1875-01-02. p. 4. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  3. ^ "Women at The Johns Hopkins University: A History". Johns Hopkins University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  4. ^ a b c de Witt, Karen (1992-12-21). "Johns Hopkins Receives $50 Million Endowment (Published 1992)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  5. ^ "Scholarships honor 6 Hopkins alumni killed Sept. 11". The Baltimore Sun. 2001-11-14. p. 34. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  6. ^ a b "Hopkins plans shifts in graduate school and faculty hiring". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  7. ^ "How Johns Hopkins Plans to Reform Higher Education". Baltimore Fishbowl. 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  8. ^ "Johns Hopkins threatens to close humanities center, sparking outcry". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  9. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (January 13, 2017). "Johns Hopkins Humanities Center Will Not Close". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  10. ^ "Johns Hopkins eliminates Russian program, leaving faculty out of the loop". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  11. ^ "Johns Hopkins finally getting universitywide tenure committee". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  12. ^ "Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Summer Programs". Johns Hopkins University. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2006-12-06.
  13. ^ "Krieger School of Arts & Sciences - Funding". Johns Hopkins University. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2006-12-06.
  14. ^ "This $75 million gift might make higher education question its obsession with science and tech". WTOP. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
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