Choosing a Language?

You’ve got the world at your fingertips: choosing a language to study at Hopkins should have you considering a wide range of options. Think about the following:

Is your goal:

  • to reach fluency?
  • to have the ability to explore literature in a foreign language?
  • to delve into the history and culture of a region or civilization?
  • to continue a language you’ve previously studied?
  • to prepare a foundation for study abroad?
  • to start something new and exciting that you havn’t yet explored?

Here are some ideas:

  • Study Italian, German or French to prepare for study abroad in Europe, explore resources in History of Art, appreciate universal writers like Dante, Goethe, or Rosseau, or enrich your understanding of film.
  • Study Portuguese or Spanish to open a new window into modern culture and media, literature, or Latin American Studies.
  • Study Latin as a way to appreciate classical history, literature, and natural science.
  • Study Yiddish or Hebrew for a chance to explore a distinct literature and cultural community.
  • Study Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Russian, or Chinese to better understand a region whose political life is complex—you’ll better appreciate nuance and point of view if you can follow along in the original and not have to rely solely on translation.
  • Study Hindi, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Arabic as a way to prepare for a career in government or business.
  • Study Japanese or Chinese to delve deeper into an interest in martial arts, manga, or film.

Hopkins currently teaches the following languages (department is listed after language):

Ancient Greek (Classics)
Arabic (Center for Language Education)
Chinese (Center for Language Education)
French (German & Romance Languages and Literatures)
German (German & Romance Languages and Literatures)
Hebrew (Center for Language Education)
Hindi (Center for Language Education)
Italian (German & Romance Languages and Literatures)
Japanese (Center for Language Education)
Korean (Center for Language Education)
Latin (Classics)
Middle Egyptian (Near Eastern Studies)
Portuguese (German & Romance Languages and Literatures)
Russian (Center for Language Education)
Spanish (German & Romance Languages and Literatures)
Yiddish (German & Romance Languages and Literatures)