It's Friday and I am not on the road ... so that means the return of the Friday Favorites. Sorry for not posting any Friday Favorites entries over the last month and a half, but I promise that this entry and the ones to follow in the coming weeks will completely make up for the delay.
Probably the most frequently discussed topic in the college admissions search process is something along the lines of what's your major going to be? Or equally common is the prospective student asking a college admissions professional how is such-and-such major at your university? It is pretty clear that one of the primary ways students choose which university to attend is by evaluating the academic opportunities (namely majors and minors) that each institution provides.
With this in mind, the team behind the Hopkins Interactive Web site set out on a seemingly-impossible project: to collect blog entries from a student of every single major and minor offered here at Johns Hopkins. We realized that prospective and admitted students must not only be aware of the majors and minors that we offer, but also get as close to and as familiar with them as possible. And what better source of information than current students or recent alumni of those programs of study.
This project became known as our Academics Blog Project and over a year and a half it was a major undertaking. Earlier this week we put the finishing touches on the project and are proud to launch:
With this Academics blog we hope visitors will get a better understanding of what is available as programs of study at Johns Hopkins. We hope prospective students will become excited about these academic opportunities and have a better idea of just how to take advantage of them, from the reliable, personal advice and guidance of experienced Hopkins students. Finally, we hope that students will realize how flexible Hopkins is: students here frequently decide to change majors, add a major, heavily focus on just one major, take classes completely unrelated to their majors, and/or fulfill numerous majors / minors. Due to the lack of core curriculum at Hopkins and the flexibility of course selection, Hopkins students enjoy a wonderful freedom to explore different areas of study. Each Hopkins experience is truly unique, dependent not only on the individual student's goals for their future but all their general interests and desires for their own personal enrichment.
These majors and minors are what will be available to you when you become a student at Johns Hopkins. You are required to choose one -- but you are certainly encouraged to explore all that seem interesting to you. And that is what we encourage you to do when you review the Academics Blog -- choose a program you are interested in, then choose one you want to learn more about, and then read all the ones in between. Enjoy exploring Academics at Hopkins.