B’More Intersession Program

B'more 2022 iconography featuring people holding up cards that spell out B'More. Text underneath that says What is Democracy? - This year's B'More theme

B’More Intersession

November 21, 2022 View 2023 Intersession Courses on SIS
December 6, 2022 Registration Begins on SIS
Monday, January 16, 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday - University Closed)
Tuesday, January 17 – Friday, January 20, 2023 B’More Program Dates

The B’More Intersession Program is a one-week academic and co-curricular experience designed to introduce first -year Johns Hopkins University students to Baltimore City’s civic and cultural landscapes while showing them the ways in which community engagement can enhance their JHU education. The courses run during the last week of the January Intersession period. During this weeklong experience, first- year students:

  • can elect to register for a free of cost, one credit course, taught by either a JHU faculty or staff member, and/or a community partner in Baltimore City.
  • are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
  • will attend an opening session designed to introduce B’More students to the thematic elements they will see embedded into their courses.
  • will participate in a closing session meant to facilitate student reflection connected to their B’More courses and co-curricular experiences.

Continue reading about the courses below. If you aren’t a first year student but interested in community focused activities, learn more about other Center for Social Concern programs.

B’more 2023 Courses

Theme: What is democracy?

As a result of participating in the B’More Intersession Program, first year students will be able to:

  • Recognize actions they can take to be active citizens and critical thinkers in the JHU and Baltimore communities.
  • Identify resources available to support their community and civic engagement at JHU and in Baltimore.
  • Connect with other members of the first-year class, JHU staff and faculty, and Baltimore community partners.

AS.060.116 B’More: Nutrition and Community

B'more 2022 class Nutrition and the Community. Graphic of a person holding pears and apples.Eating is more than just grabbing a meal; it’s a fundamental part of our social fabric. At every meal we have the opportunity to build social connections, explore new tastes through culinary adventures, and support the local farming economy by eating local—all while consuming good nutrition for our optimal mental and physical performance. Eating healthy food is both a fundamental need and a fundamental right in our democracy. Students will examine concepts such as food democracy and food justice while learning how organizations in Baltimore work to alleviate the challenges that poor nutrition presents to underserved members of our community.

AS.020.122 B’More: Integrative Medicine

B'More Integrative Medicine Class Iconography. Multiple bowls of herbsIntegrative medicine is an approach that uses the best scientific research and evidence-based practices in Holistic Therapies to enhance the outcomes of modern Western medicine, while alleviating the overwhelm and sky rocketing costs of our current medical system. Because we can implement much holistic medicine ourselves, it knows no economic, social, gender or racial bias. Students will be introduced to various holistic modalities and experience of the self-governing and self-transformation of some Baltimore’s most underserved populations.

AS.280.247 B’More: Public Health & Systems in Baltimore

B'More 20222 class Public health systems in Baltimore. Graphic of a nurse and teacher This course will allow students the opportunity to define democracy through a public health lens. Students will engage in a week-long opportunity to learn more about the diverse and robust stories of the Baltimore community, while exploring their own social value of grassroots or community development work.

AS.362.127 B’More: Building Community Under The Wire

B'More Building community under the wire 2022 class iconography. Man by the harborWhat does democracy look like in post-industrial Baltimore? How have communities organized against the intertwined forces of manufacturing decline, job loss, housing exploitation, municipal abandonment, and the rise of the carceral state? This course explores these questions in conversation with residents who have been fighting for community empowerment in Southwest Baltimore since the 1990s, neighborhoods chronicled in “The Corner” (1997) and sensationalized in “The Wire.” Together, we challenge reductive narratives about Baltimore and its residents.

For Faculty & Instructors

Each year, the B’More Intersession Program follows the theme of the Hopkins Common Question, which poses one big question to the Hopkins community, and inspires reflection, public discourse, and learning through immersion in relevant sources. Faculty and instructors are expected to embed this theme into their B’More courses. This year’s theme is What is democracy?


Instructors are paid $1,500 and are set up through the Summer & Intersession Programs (SIP) Office and the Center for Social Concern. B’More instructors must have a sponsoring department. Students receive one (1) credit for their participation in a B’More course and are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

To express your interest and desire to teach a B’More course, please click on the link below. Fill out the application and attach your CV and Course Proposal Template. A blank copy of the B’More Course Proposal Template can be found here.

All proposals will be reviewed by members of the CSC and Office of Summer and Intersession Programs.


Please direct any questions to Luisa De Guzman, Assistant Director, Engaged Scholarship.