German & Romance Languages & Literatures
With more than 200 courses offered a year, the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures is one of the largest departments in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Students can choose courses that range from introductory language classes to advanced graduate seminars in literature and theory.
The department—the birthplace of the Modern Language Association and home to Modern Language Notes, one of the leading academic journals in literary studies—continues an illustrious tradition at Johns Hopkins of scholarship on the languages, literatures, and cultures of the French-, German-, Italian-, Portuguese-, Spanish-, and Yiddish-speaking worlds.
Undergraduates who major or minor in one or more of the department's languages emerge with a profound understanding not only of the language, culture, and literature they have studied, but of the importance of cultural difference for how one sees the world.
Graduate students and undergraduates regularly study in major universities and institutes abroad. Every year, students and faculty from partner universities abroad study and teach in the department, creating a dynamic intellectual scene.
What can you do with your degree?
The major prepares students for graduate school should they choose to continue their study, while other students pursue a variety of careers, benefiting from their immersion in the language and literature of another culture. Our graduate students come from around the United States and the world to earn their doctorates with this faculty, and go on to teach at some of the finest institutions in the U.S. and abroad. During their time here, they take advanced seminars while developing their own research program, and are supported by a combination of fellowships and graduate teaching. An emphasis on literary analysis in the original language provides students with powerful cognitive tools of immeasurable value in any walk of life.