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Students build a base of Spanish language knowledge in the first levels of Spanish by focusing on the four main areas of communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and then move onto a larger study of Spanish and Latin American literature. Because Spanish is becoming an increasingly useful language to know, students are also able to focus on translation or conversational Spanish, as well as study the various cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

Small classes offer the ideal environment for active participation and discussion. The pro­gram’s flexibility encourages students to com­bine studies in other programs, such as history, anthropology, history of art, or film and media studies, with a major or minor in Spanish. Most courses beyond the level of basic language instruction are devoted to literature, from historical and critical perspectives. Close and intense reading of individual texts is empha­sized. Selected students will spend a semester studying abroad in Hopkins’ Madrid program. The department also sponsors a wide variety of on-campus activities, such as foreign films, lectures by visiting scholars, and informal conversation groups.


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

Career Exploration

Skill Set

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

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

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