Romance Languages

The goal of the Romance languages major, which is part of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature, is to provide students with a strong set of reading, writing, and speaking skills in French, Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese. 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. The department offers two possible tracks for a major in Romance languages: a dual-language option or a three-language option. Study abroad in France, Italy, Spain, and Latin America is a popular option for Romance languages majors.

Academic Details

Overview of the Undergraduate Curriculum

Students may complete a major in Romance languages by specializing in two or three of the Romance languages offered by the department (French, Spanish, or Italian; Portuguese is available as a third-language option). Students specializing in two languages take a series of courses in advanced writing and speaking in each language, as well as upper-level courses in literature, history, and culture. An independent study on a topic of the student’s choosing is also required. Students specializing in three languages must take a similar series of courses in advanced writing and speaking in each language, as well as courses in literature, history, and culture. No independent study is required.

Honors Opportunities

Honors are awarded to students who graduate with a cumulative overall G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher and a G.P.A. of 3.7 or higher in the major.

Student Stories

Study Abroad

The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, of which the major in Romance languages is a part, is affiliated with three study abroad programs: the French program partners with Sciences Po; the German program is part of the Berlin Consortium; and Johns Hopkins in Spain is sponsored by the Spanish program. For other study abroad opportunities, please visit the Romance languages website.

Resources

Related Student Groups

Ciao! (Johns Hopkins Italian Club)

French Club

Campus & Baltimore Resources

The Johns Hopkins Language Lab

French Language Placement

Italian Language Placement

Spanish Language Placement

Majors & Minors Programs