Spanish Major

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.

In class with Professor David Divita
In class with Professor David Divita
In class with Professor David Divita
In class with Professor David Divita
Ongoing discussion after Professor Mary
Ongoing discussion after Professor Mary Coffey’s class in Mason Hall
Induction into the Spanish Honor Society
Induction into the Spanish Honor Society

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
Choose from 68 Spanish-related courses at The Claremont Colleges.

Learning at Pomona

Isabella Rogers

Don Quixote and Cultural Identity

Isabelle Rogers ’20 explored the metaphorical, emotional and cultural complexities in the classic novel Don Quixote that she studied in Professor José Cartagena-Calderón's "Don Quixote and Cultural Identity" course.

Lena JonesMitchell
Lena JonesMitchell ’24

The Spanish major offers so much more than conversational practice. I learned how to read critically, analyze deeply, listen intently and do so skillfully in a language that is not my native one.

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 mentor you in their fields of expertise, including Spanish and Latin American narrative, poetry, theatre and film, queer sexualities, cultural studies and linguistics.

Professor Nivia Montenegro

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!