Romance Languages

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In this major, students have their choice of learning Romance Languages: French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. The goal of the Romance Languages major is to provide students with a strong set of reading, writing, and speaking skills in their chosen languages. From that solid base, students then move on to studying the literature, history, and culture of France, Spain, Latin America, and Italy through works in their original languages.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Romance Languages major is designed for one of two goals: (1) the two-language major aims at the integration of language acquisition and literary and cultural study so as to provide the strongest intellectual and professional training to Hopkins undergraduates interested in comparative Occidental European studies; (2) the three-language major is designed to strengthen language acquisition across similar languages to enable students to function in the national and transnational contexts of the speaking world. This option is primarily designed for students working in public health, international relations, or with post-colonial cultures.  Students are also highly encouraged to spend one semester at one of the JHU-approved study abroad programs either in Paris or in Strasbourg, or at the JHU program in Madrid, preferably during the spring of their junior year, both to perfect their mastery of the target language(s) and to have experience with the very different culture of European research-oriented higher education.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Appropriate level of language 1
  • Appropriate level of language 2
  • Consider an elective N, Q or E course to begin distribution requirements
  • Elective H or S course
  • Elective course
  • Total 12-17 credits

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Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Romance Languages:

  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Analyzing and translating content
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Comparing translations and interpretations
  • Reporting and editing information

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