Spanish Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)

The Spanish Major consists of 9 courses.  All students must take the Spanish language placement exam before registering for a Spanish course. Speakers with prior language proficiency should consult with the Spanish major advisor about the waiver of language courses.  Note, however, that a waived language course may not be used to substitute for one of the nine required courses of the major. All major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better and may not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.   Students may include a focus on Spanish for the professions in their Spanish major - see footnotes below.  One course taught in English may be counted towards the major requirements. Of the nine courses for the major, five must the taken on the Homewood JHU campus.  

The program strongly recommends that Spanish majors study abroad, either for a semester in the Hopkins in Madrid program or for a summer or winter intersession term in our programs in Salamanca (Spain) and Coronado (Costa Rica). The Hopkins in Madrid Program, which is for advanced language students, allows students to complete a significant number of major requirements while abroad. Hopkins is also affiliated with a number of other study abroad programs. Students wishing to understand how transfer courses taken elsewhere apply towards the major should contact Loreto Sánchez- Serrano.

AS.210.311Advanced Spanish I (or an additional course)3
Four courses numbered AS.215.2xx - AS.215.4xx or AS.210.3xx-AS.210.4xx (taught in Spanish) 19
Three courses numbered AS.215.2xx - AS.215.4xx9
One course numbered AS.215.4xx6
Total Credits27

Sample Program of Study

This plan assumes the student is starting at the beginning level of the language. 

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 4 4
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 3 3
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.210.3113AS.215.2xx-4xx course3
 AS.215.2xx-4xx course3
 3 6
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.215.2xx-4xx course3AS.215.4xx course3
AS.215.2xx-4xx course3AS.215.2xx-4xx course3
AS.215.2xx-AS.215.4xxAS.215.2xx-4xx course3
 6 9
Total Credits 38

Honors in the Major

Honors in Spanish requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and GPA of 3.7 or higher major required courses.