Become fluent in the nuances of the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking literature, cultures and contemporary issues.
The Spanish major and minor curriculum trains you to become an advanced speaker, writer and reader of the language—with a sophisticated grasp of its literature and understanding of Hispanic cultures.
In addition to coursework, majors are encouraged to participate in the Study Abroad Program and to spend a year living in the Spanish language hall of Pomona’s Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations.
Students graduating with majors or Spanish in recent years have been accepted into some of the nation's most prestigious graduate programs in those fields, including such universities as Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Brown.
What You'll Study
- Advanced grammar, composition and conversation
- An introduction to literary analysis
- Surveys of Spanish and Spanish American literature
- Courses in Hispanic linguistics
- Senior thesis or senior research paper
Learning at Pomona
"Ambas Marías, una feminidad: El marianismo en la María de Isaacs" Isaac William Harris '18
Harris explored the literary representation in Jorge Isaac's novel María of "marianismo," the social conventions and gender roles assigned to women in Latin American society that stem from the veneration of the Virgin Mary.
"El hombre y el río del destino en María y Sin Rumbo" Kristen Hernandez '18
A comparative analysis of similar scenes depicting river crossings in two Latin American novelas: María by Jorge Isaacs and Sin Rumbo by Eugenio Cambaceres.Through this comparison she shows that the relationship between man (the protagonist) and nature in each scene not only reflects the literary movements to which these works belong but the worldview of each author concerning the concept of destiny/fate.
I chose to double major — to add Spanish to my linguistics major — because it allowed me to pursue two of my loves, literature and the Spanish language. I love the sense of accomplishment I feel when I realize how much competence I've gained in reading, writing and speaking Spanish.
Faculty & Teaching
Pomona’s Spanish professors will work closely with you—in the classroom, during your independent studies and in bringing you alongside them in their own research. They will mentoryou in their fields of expertise, including Spanish and Latin American narrative, poetry, theatre and film, queer sexualities, cultural studies and linguistics.
Umbral means 'threshold'—exactly where the study of Spanish will take you. Spanish opens up a huge window because fluency in another language means thinking in another way. Today Spanish is spoken by more than 500 million people in more than 21 countries, including, of course, the U.S. Knowing Spanish also opens doors to many career possibilities, both in the U.S. and abroad: bienvenidos!