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
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.
A Spanish major is a fantastic choice for anyone who's interested in literature, creative writing, global understanding/cultural analysis, history, intersectionality or empathy. I'm sure I've left some things out there, too—oh, like improving your 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!