All students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS) must complete one First-Year Seminar (FYS) in their fall semester of their first year. Students work with their academic advisor in the summer to register.

The Whiting School of Engineering and the Peabody Institute do not currently require FYS. However, WSE is offering a number of optional First-Year Seminars to students listed in SIS under the department “EN First Year Seminars.”

The seminars listed below are provided by the JHU Public Course Search. Please be sure to look at the “Special Notes” section for FYS courses to confirm any restrictions.

How to Choose

  • Know that our FYS faculty hail from almost every department, program, and division of the university! You’ll want to prepare a list of five to ten (5-10) First-Year Seminars that spark your intellectual curiosity and will be offered at a time you can attend.
  • Try thinking in questions, not departments. FYS cut across subjects, so many of them reach beyond–or even ignore–traditional academic categories. The spirit of FYS is intellectual exploration — as the seminars themselves suggest.
  • Hunt for field trips, excursions, and other unique opportunities. Want to handle rare books, contribute to a research database, present at a conference, or see Hamilton? Here’s your chance!
Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Location Term Course Details
AS.001.100 (01)FYS: What is the Common Good?T 1:30PM - 4:00PMWatters, AlizaGreenhouse 113Fall 2024
AS.001.101 (01)FYS: The HospitalMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMLeslie, Bill WGilman 300Fall 2024
AS.001.104 (01)FYS: The Science of ColorTh 12:00PM - 2:30PMYoung, JamieGilman 277Fall 2024
AS.001.109 (01)FYS: Why'd Your Brain Sign You up for This?TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMTrageser, JasonGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.110 (01)FYS: How We ReadTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMBarry, Kelly LBLC 4040Fall 2024
AS.001.111 (01)FYS: What's Music Do?TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMFoster, Daniel HarmonKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.115 (01)FYS: Illusions, Delusions, and Other ConfusionsW 1:30PM - 4:00PMEgeth, Howard EShriver Hall Board RoomFall 2024
AS.001.117 (01)FYS: Composer Biographies in FilmTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMAhn, SuhnneGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.119 (01)FYS: The Nature of NatureT 1:30PM - 4:00PMGarcia-Moreno, BertrandJenkins 102Fall 2024
AS.001.132 (01)FYS: Exploring Economic InequalityW 1:30PM - 4:00PMMorgan, Barbara AnneGilman 35Fall 2024
AS.001.135 (01)FYS: Free Speech and Its LimitsMW 9:00AM - 10:15AMKatz, Richard StephenGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.136 (01)FYS: Cults, Communes, and ConspiraciesTh 9:30AM - 12:00PMMorgan, Stephen LMergenthaler 526Fall 2024
AS.001.137 (01)FYS: The Power of Speech: Law, Politics, and the HumanitiesMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMCulbert, JenniferGreenhouse 110Fall 2024
AS.001.139 (01)FYS: Medicine and CinemaW 3:00PM - 5:30PMBayoumi, Soha HassanGreenhouse 113Fall 2024
AS.001.147 (01)FYS: Reading Ancient Middle Eastern LiteratureTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMLauinger, JacobGilman 130GFall 2024
AS.001.149 (01)FYS: What Is Poverty? A View from Economics and the Social SciencesTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMMoffitt, Robert AGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.154 (01)FYS: Phage Hunters - Discovering novel bacteriophagesW 1:30PM - 4:00PMFisher, Emily JUG Teaching Lab (UTL) G72Fall 2024
AS.001.158 (01)FYS: Love, Anger, Fear, and HopeTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMKoullas, Sandy GillianKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.162 (01)FYS: From Shakespeare to BaltimoreTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMStoll, Abraham DKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.170 (01)FYS: Vive la Différence? The Love-Hate Relationship Between France and the USATTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMWuensch, AprilKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.173 (01)FYS: Taking TV Seriously - Analysis and InterpretationM 3:00PM - 5:30PMJewiss, Virginia CMergenthaler 431Fall 2024
AS.001.175 (01)FYS: Music and ShakespeareM 3:00PM - 5:30PMKass, Lily TKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.181 (01)FYS: Introduction to Lives in Medicine - Exploring the Experience of Patients and PractitionersT 9:00AM - 11:30AMMostwin, Jacek LechJenkins 102Fall 2024
AS.001.184 (01)FYS: The Mathematics of Politics, Democracy, and Social ChoiceTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMCutrone, Joseph WKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.185 (01)FYS: Why We Science?W 12:00PM - 2:30PMBah, IbouBloomberg 259Fall 2024
AS.001.186 (01)FYS: TuberculosisTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMHorner, Robert DUG Teaching Lab (UTL) 189Fall 2024
AS.001.192 (01)FYS: How Not to be Afraid of PoetryW 9:00AM - 11:30AMAchinstein, SharonGilman 130DFall 2024
AS.001.195 (01)FYS: Chemistry and Everyday LivingTh 10:30AM - 1:00PMD'Souza, Larissa NUG Teaching Lab (UTL) 189Fall 2024
AS.001.196 (01)FYS: Love and its Maladies: A Short HistoryTTh 3:00PM - 4:15PMEnder, EvelyneShriver Hall 001Fall 2024
AS.001.197 (01)FYS: Doctors and Patients: A Few Case StudiesMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMEnder, EvelyneGilman 208Fall 2024
AS.001.200 (01)FYS: Great Adaptations in the Animal KingdomM 1:30PM - 4:00PMMoss, Cynthia F.; Russell, Arthur JBLC 5015Fall 2024
AS.001.201 (01)FYS: The Four Great Cosmic Questions: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Black Holes and the Origin of LifeTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMNorman, ColinBloomberg 259Fall 2024
AS.001.202 (01)FYS: The Human Face of AddictionM 10:30AM - 1:00PMPickard, HannaGilman 288Fall 2024
AS.001.207 (01)FYS:Looms and Computers: The analog origins of our digital worldF 10:00AM - 12:30PMBaskin, SashaThe Centre 305Fall 2024
AS.001.210 (01)FYS: Democratic ErosionM 12:00PM - 2:30PMWarren, Scott LGreenhouse 113Fall 2024
AS.001.214 (01)FYS: Doing Things With MapsM 3:00PM - 5:30PMPatton, ElizabethGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.216 (01)FYS: The Literature of FoodW 3:00PM - 5:30PMSnider, Bruce HGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.217 (01)FYS: From Cell Phones to Hydrogen Cars: Are the Needed Metals Sustainable?MW 3:00PM - 4:15PMSverjensky, Dimitri AlexanderOlin 204Fall 2024
AS.001.218 (01)FYS Means of Persuasion:The Communication of Climate ChangeW 1:30PM - 4:00PMHaeri, NiloofarMergenthaler 426Fall 2024
AS.001.220 (01)FYS: Reproduction in the 21st Century: Biology and PoliticsT 12:00PM - 2:30PMZirkin, Barry RGilman 277Fall 2024
AS.001.222 (01)FYS: Exploring Intellectual Property from Marvel to Zombies to Ed Sheeren and BeyondTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMLibowitz, SigGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.224 (01)FYS: Critical Playlists: 1961-1989T 3:00PM - 5:30PMRhee, SharlynGilman 277Fall 2024
AS.001.226 (01)FYS: Science FictionT 10:30AM - 1:00PMLoiselle, KenGreenhouse 113Fall 2024
AS.001.227 (01)FYS: Writing with Pictures: an introduction to writing picture books and graphic novelsM 4:00PM - 6:30PMCelenza, Anna HGilman 277Fall 2024
AS.001.228 (01)FYS: Peripheral Nerves in Health and DiseaseW 12:00PM - 2:30PMFarah, Mohamed HGreenhouse 113Fall 2024
AS.001.229 (01)FYS: Medical WastesT 1:30PM - 4:00PMGreene, JeremyGilman 300Fall 2024
AS.001.230 (01)FYS: Understanding and Addressing Wasted FoodM 3:00PM - 5:30PMHarper, Kaitlyn MGreenhouse 113Fall 2024
AS.001.231 (01)FYS: Death and Daring, Dollars and Discrimination in the Modern Intensive Care UnitF 9:00AM - 11:30AMIwashyna, TheodoreGilman 277Fall 2024
AS.001.232 (01)FYS: German Thought, German Theater: Tragedy, Comedy, CabaretMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMJelavich, PeterGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.233 (01)FYS: The Science of Human IndividualityMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMLinden, David JGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.234 (01)FYS: Bringing the Past to Life with PoetryW 1:30PM - 4:00PMMalech, Dora RachelKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.235 (01)FYS: Painting, Poetry, and the NovelM 1:30PM - 4:00PMMiller, AndrewGilman 277Fall 2024
AS.001.236 (01)FYS: Nonhuman SpeechT 10:30AM - 1:00PMO'Connor, Marisa TShriver Hall 001Fall 2024
AS.001.237 (01)FYS: Calling HomeTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMProcupez, ValeriaShriver Hall 001Fall 2024
AS.001.238 (01)FYS: Italy through Different Eyes: Women and others on the Grand TourMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMProietti, LeonardoKrieger LavertyFall 2024
AS.001.239 (01)FYS: What's Up Mr. Disney?Th 3:00PM - 5:30PMRhee, SharlynGilman 277Fall 2024
AS.001.240 (01)FYS: Death in the RenaissanceF 9:00AM - 11:30AMRowe, ErinGilman 308Fall 2024
AS.001.241 (01)FYS: Nobel PhysicsW 4:00PM - 6:30PMSpeller, Danielle HopeBloomberg 259Fall 2024
AS.001.242 (01)FYS: Johns Hopkins: Toward a New Biography of the FounderTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMVan Morgan, SydneyMergenthaler 266Fall 2024
AS.001.243 (01)FYS: DiamondsF 9:00AM - 11:30AMWicks, June KGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.244 (01)FYS: Death and the Meaning of LifeW 1:30PM - 4:00PMIsmael, Jenann TGilman 288Fall 2024
AS.001.245 (01)FYS: American Indian PhilosophyMW 10:30AM - 11:45AMConnolly, PatrickGilman 134Fall 2024
AS.001.246 (01)FYS: Imagining Climate ChangeTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMLisi, LeonardoGilman 208Fall 2024
AS.001.247 (01)FYS: African Cities: Past and PresentTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMGondola, Didier DidierGreenhouse 110Fall 2024
AS.001.248 (01)FYS: Who has an accent? Dialects of EnglishMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMStaffKrieger 134AFall 2024
AS.001.249 (01)FYS: Spiritual but not ReligiousW 12:00PM - 2:30PMZiad, Homayra3003 N. Charles OMA LoungeFall 2024