Students pursue Spanish as a preferred major because it is the most spoken language in the United States besides English. Many students combine Spanish with another major, either as part of their premed track in biology or biomedical engineering, or in international studies, public health, psychology, history, Latin American studies, and film & media studies. Some students opt for a major in Romance languages by combining Spanish, which is part of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literature, with Italian, French, or Portuguese. Besides the major in Spanish literature and culture, students can opt for a minor in order to achieve proficiency in Spanish for the professions, such as medicine, law, and international studies. The Spanish minor allows students to design an individual internship project working with the Hispanic community in Baltimore under the supervision of the Spanish language director. Advanced courses are taught in Spanish and are designed to encourage active student participation.

Academic Details

Overview of the Undergraduate Curriculum

Majors are required to complete the advanced Spanish language sequence, as well as courses in Spanish and Latin American culture and literature.

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 Spanish major sponsors Johns Hopkins in Spain at the Carlos III University in Madrid. The study abroad program is offered during both the fall and spring semesters and fulfills all upper-level requirements for the major except for an additional advanced course in literature and culture taken during the senior year. Other students have studied abroad elsewhere in Spain, including in Barcelona and Seville, and in Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Panama.


Related Student Groups

Spanish Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi)

Campus & Baltimore Resources

The Johns Hopkins Language Lab

Spanish Language Placement

Majors & Minors Programs