Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.

  • Washington DC Center

    491.808.51 - Internship in Science Writing

    Melissa Joyce

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 5/31 - 8/16

    Internships are available to select students with advisor approval. Students should submit an internship proposal well in advance. With the advisor’s help, students may develop their own internship where they live, or they may apply for existing internships at publications, companies, agencies or elsewhere. Internships usually are reserved for students who have completed four courses or more. In most cases, an internship counts as an elective.

  • Online Courses

    491.658.81 - Techniques of Science-Medical Writing

    Timothy Wendel

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    This core course develops and hones the reporting, creative and explanatory skills demonstrated by the best science-medical writers. The course features writing assignments and exercises in journalistic and literary writing, plus interviewing, ethics and the use of scientific journals and databases. In some cases, students may be able to choose from a range of writing topics, including nature, technology, health, space, biology, medicine, or other scientific issues. Science Writing students should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop. Departmental approval and a writing sample required for students not enrolled in the Science Writing Program.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    491.673.81 - Science-Medical Writing Workshop

    Matthew Jones

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    In a writing workshop, students receive professional guidance in translating complex scientific, medical, or technological knowledge and research into graceful, lucid prose. Students submit individual essays or articles, or parts of a larger work in progress. Writing submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor, then revised. Students are encouraged but not required to take this course from different instructors. (The three section numbers designate the academic term in which the workshop is offered. Students earn workshop credit by taking any section number multiple times, or by combining any sections.) Prerequisite: 491.658

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    491.697.81 - The Literature of Science

    David Taylor
    Kim O'Connell

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    In this reading elective, students analyze current and classic books, magazine articles, and newspaper series to discover how the best science, medical, nature, and environmental writers create compelling, entertaining, factual literature. Craft topics include structure, pace, sources, content, explanatory writing, and clear, lyrical language. Assignments may include brief reviews and a team presentation of an assigned book, from such writers as Erik Larson, Atul Gawande, Rachel Carson, John McPhee, James Gleick, Lewis Thomas, Elizabeth Kolbert, or Jonathan Weiner.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    491.709.81 - Science in Action

    Emily Mullin
    Melody Schreiber

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    This Residency course takes students to the front lines of scientific research, with a focus on reporting skills, story idea development, and the craft of explanatory writing. Science in Action explores fields beyond medicine and health, including space, environment, energy, climate change, and other topics. The course involves field trips and lab visits, plus video and other links with visiting or out-of-town scientists. This Residency course is held in Washington, Baltimore, or other locations, as announced.

    The academic (seminar) fee is $150, and the technology fee is $200.

    491.750.81 - Contemporary Science-Medical Writing: Creative and Professional Forms

    Marianne Amoss

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    This core course provides a broad foundation in the diverse forms and venues encountered in contemporary science writing careers. Students learn elements of classic forms, such as essay, profile, news article, and op-ed, and they explore magazines, institutional publications, literary journals, blogs, speeches, and even museum exhibit text. The course covers the differing goals of various forms and how they might be used in multimedia, social networks, and other digital communication. Guest speakers present real-world expertise, with students engaged in discussion, exercises, and writing assignments. Science writing students needing a stronger foundation should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    491.755.81 - Science Personal Essay and Memoir Workshop

    Jamie Zvirzdin

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    In this specialized workshop, students experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as an exploration of the self. Seminal essays are read to clarify students' thoughts and to help them develop their own voice and style in personal science writing. The topics of health, technology, environment, and other realms of science or medicine will be paramount, whether in reported content or within the personal experience, feelings or ideas of the writer. This course provides a workshop credit for science writers. Prerequisite: 491.658

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    491.755.82 - Science Personal Essay and Memoir Workshop

    Jamie Zvirzdin

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    In this specialized workshop, students experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as an exploration of the self. Seminal essays are read to clarify students' thoughts and to help them develop their own voice and style in personal science writing. The topics of health, technology, environment, and other realms of science or medicine will be paramount, whether in reported content or within the personal experience, feelings or ideas of the writer. This course provides a workshop credit for science writers. Prerequisite: 491.658

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    491.787.81 - In the Field: Writing about How Science Can Save Our Wild Lands

    Kim O'Connell
    Susan Eisenfeld

    Online 5/27 - 8/18

    Springboarding from an initial focus on Mt. Desert Island/Acadia National Park, Maine, this virtual residency course will branch out to examine national lands in several locations throughout the nation. Most of the course’s work will take place during an intensive week of real-time activities (through Zoom and Blackboard). Mornings will include presentations from experts such as researchers discussing their latest laboratory and animal-related science; park personnel explaining the biggest environmental issues facing the national parks; and magazine writers and editors covering national park challenges and successes in multimedia. These talks and Q&A time will provide some of the writing fodder and interview subjects students can use to craft stories during this course and beyond. Instructors will present lectures and discussions on the tools and techniques of writing nature/science/national lands-related nonfiction and science-writing articles, essays, and books. Instructors will also lead small-group discussions about the lessons that can be drawn from readings assigned in advance for the course and to facilitate student writing.

    Each day will include writing assignments as well as personal time for writing/reflection, research, interviews, and observation/experience as students are able, based on their location and allowable travel. The week will end, as all residencies do, with a student reading open to the Hopkins community, highlighting prose created during this unique week. Following the intensive week, students will complete a final reporting/writing assignment.

    The academic (seminar) fee is $100, and the technology fee is $200.