Study comedy, cosmetology, and pop culture for credit during annual Intersession

Three-week minimester has diverse menu of course offerings for Hopkins undergrads

Video: Len Turner and Dave Schmelick

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a stand-up comedian? Been curious about the chemical makeup of your makeup? Asked yourself, How can they tell a dog's ancestry from its DNA? Luckily for you, there's a JHU winter Intersession class for that.

Held during the three weeks before the spring semester, Intersession courses challenge students to think about the practical applications of their studies or learn a new skill. The computer science course What's in a Mutt? will explore the science behind dog DNA testing. The Stand-Up Comic in Society, a student favorite for more than a decade, teaches students how to craft and deliver jokes in front of an audience. And in Cosmetology 101: The Chemistry of Beauty Products, students will examine the chemical ingredients and attributes of cosmetics, and they'll also get to make their own soaps, scrubs, and moisturizers.

"I wanted to show students the fun side of chemistry—it's not just something you have to take to get into med school," says Sunita Thyagarajan, whose cosmetics chemistry course is fully enrolled with a 30-person waitlist.

Other courses offered this year include:

  • Demystifying the Entertainment Business
  • Commercializing Your Invention or Idea
  • Podcast Bootcamp
  • Dylan, Motown, and the Beatles
  • Black Sci-Fi and Social Justice
  • The Anthropology of Dr. Who

Look for upcoming coverage of Intersession on the Hub.

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