Master of Liberal Arts degree: Fall 2019 courses available

MLA courses are eligible for tuition remission for JHU employees, and they are also available to full-time Homewood graduate students via an interdivisional course request through their home school. Non-degree-seeking students are welcome to enroll, though they will have to complete an application.

Open registration for fall 2019 courses closes Aug. 25; please allow some time for your application to be processed. For more information about the fall course offerings visit the Course Schedule page of the Advanced Academic Programs website.

The following on-campus course still has seats available:

AS.450.601.01—Forbidden Knowledge: The "Metaphysical Rebel" in Myth and Literature, meets Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8:45 p.m. "But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat" (Gen. 2:17). This interdisciplinary course explores the theme of forbidden knowledge in the various forms it takes in the Bible, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Greek tragedy, folklore and folktale, and in Western literary classics ranging from Milton's Paradise Lost through the versions of the Faust story in Marlowe, Goethe, and Thomas Mann, to short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. What do we make of the parallels between the Greek hero Prometheus and the biblical Satan? How are we to understand the figure of Dr. Frankenstein as "the Modern Prometheus"? Does Faust's pursuit of conventionally forbidden areas of knowledge anticipate 20th- and 21st-century quests to unveil the secrets of nuclear power, or of artificial intelligence, or of genetic engineering of the human genome? In addition to our literary readings, we will discuss a variety of operas and other relevant musical works; films from Bride of Frankenstein and Dr. Strangelove, to Hannibal; and transgressive visual imagery from paleolithic cave art to the work of contemporary performance artists in a collective quest to find and define the boundaries of "the forbidden."

The following online courses still have seats available:

  • AS.450.613.81—British Victorian Women
  • AS.450.627.82—MLA Core: Critical Theory
  • AS.450.646.81—Religion of Politics, Politics of Religion: Conflict and Convergence in Sacred Authority and Temporal Hierarchies
  • AS.450.700.81—"The Souls of Black Folk": Evolving Conceptions of Leadership in African American Literature and Culture
  • AS.450.745.81—Aristotle and Hobbes: Physics, Psychology, Ethics and Politics
  • AS.450.762.81—America's Cultural Diversity: The History of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • AS.450.766.81—Deconstructing Capitalism
  • AS.450.772.81—MLA Core: Ways of Knowing: Historical and Epistemological Foundations of the Liberal Arts

Recently ranked as the Best Online Master of Liberal Arts Program in the country by, the MLA Program accepts applications for the MLA degree on a rolling basis. The program consists of 10 courses that may be completed on-campus and online. For more information is on the program's website.

For additional information about these courses or the MLA Program, contact Laura DeSisto, program director, at