Language instruction at Johns Hopkins is split across two different programs. The first is the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, which provides students with the opportunity to major and receive a degree in either one or a combination of the languages that are taught by the department (German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese). In addition to language instruction, the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures offers classes in the culture and literature of the nations and regions where the above languages are spoken.
The second is the Center for Language Education. In contrast to the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, the goal of the Center for Language Education is to offer language instruction in order to complement courses of study in academic departments such as East Asian studies, film & media studies, history, Writing Seminars, etc. As such, the Center for Language Education does not offer any majors or degrees, and its course offerings do not extend beyond classes in language learning to include courses in literature or culture. Languages offered for instruction include Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Hebrew, and Russian.
In addition to the classes it offers, the Center for Language Education maintains the Language Lab on the fifth floor of Krieger Hall, which makes available a wealth of different audio, visual, and multi-media materials such as movies, TV shows, and news articles in every language taught at Johns Hopkins. The goal of the Language Lab is to make language learning easier and more engaging for both students and teachers.
You can find a list of the languages taught at Johns Hopkins below:
The Department of German and Romance Language
- German (including Yiddish)
The Center For Language Education
*Russian is taught at Johns Hopkins in collaboration with nearby Goucher University. Through Goucher, Johns Hopkins students have the opportunity to either major or minor in Russian. To learn more about this option, visit the Office of Academic Advising.