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As a division of Johns Hopkins University, Peabody believes there is more to developing musicians than practice, practice, practice. It takes a broader knowledge of culture, art, history, and philosophy to really understand and perform great music, so an intellectually rigorous academic program in the liberal arts has long been a hallmark of a Peabody education.

As a Peabody student, you will fulfill 30 credits of Liberal Arts courses. Most students will enroll in a two-year Core Curriculum (12 credits); you may petition to substitute designated courses at Homewood or other institutions in place of the Core Curriculum. Students needing intense writing instruction will take six credits of Writing Intensive before beginning the Core Curriculum. A regular rotation of electives (including languages) will be offered by the Liberal Arts Department to meet the additional credit requirements.

After completing the Core Curriculum, you will take the appropriate number of additional Liberal Arts courses to reach 30 credits. At least one of these courses (or three credits) must be a class at the .300 level, which indicates that the course engages with secondary literature or requires a substantial research paper. While you may take some courses at Homewood or elsewhere, Peabody’s Liberal Arts Department provides a rich and rigorous menu of courses designed specifically for Peabody students. U.S. History and Introduction to Psychology are required by the Music Education Department, and will accordingly be a staple of the curriculum.

The Language Program will offer full-year six-credit courses in French I, German I, and Italian I, as well as German II, to meet the requirements of Peabody Voice majors. Language courses at Peabody will be focused primarily on language acquisition. Languages may be taken as electives to meet Liberal Arts requirements after completion of the Core Curriculum.

Peabody undergraduates are encouraged to fulfill their Liberal Arts requirement with courses offered in the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Departmental Attendance Policy

Attendance is essential to student success in our classes. Students with excessive absences cannot pass our courses. Students are advised to withdraw from a class rather than fail due to poor attendance.

Beginning in 2017, this is the attendance policy for all Peabody Liberal Arts classes:

For classes meeting once/week, students with four absences fail the course. (No distinctions are made between excused and unexcused absences.)

For classes meeting twice/week, students with six absences fail the course. (No distinctions are made between excused and unexcused absences.)

For classes meeting three times/week, students with eight absences fail the course. (No distinctions are made between excused and unexcused absences.)

Individual instructors will explain how their specific course rules abide by this policy.

Questions About AP and Transfer Credits

AP and Transfer credits

Full-Time Faculty

Ron Levy, chair

Ron Levy has been a Peabody faculty member since 1993. Prior to Peabody, Ron taught in the history department of Colorado College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, pursuing research interests in European intellectual history and the history of science.

Robert D. Day

Robert D. Day received his PhD in English from Johns Hopkins in 2015 and is working on a book project on ethos and political commitment in the works of Wyndham Lewis, George Orwell, C.L.R. James, and Doris Lessing.

Hollis Robbins

Hollis Robbins, winner of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award, has taught at Peabody since 2006. She is on sabbatical during the 2017-18 school year.

Jelena Runić

Jelena Runić coordinates the ESL Program. Runić obtained her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include both theoretical and applied linguistics. In theoretical linguistics, she has worked on the morphosyntax of Slavic, Romance, Balkan, and East Asian languages.