Jul 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Pitzer Catalog 
2023-2024 Pitzer Catalog

Spanish & Portuguese

This major is designed for students who arrive at Pitzer with a mid to high level of proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese and who are interested in learning either Spanish or Portuguese as a way to further enhance their studies of Latin American communities and cultures and their diasporas. In addition to coursework in both languages, an immersion experience in each one of the languages is required.

Major Requirements


  1. Language proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese at the intermediate-high level upon entry to the major (end of the sophomore year).
  2. Immersion experiences in both Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities abroad or as determined with the adviser.
  3. One course as a theoretical foundation for understanding culture.
  4. One foundations course that provides a historical and sociocultural background for the study of Latin America.
  5. Four courses taught in Spanish and four in Portuguese, except that with the adviser’s consent, up to one relevant course taught in English may count towards the major.
  6. For students who arrive with proficiency in Spanish, all course work in Spanish must be above SPAN33. For students who arrive with proficiency in Portuguese, all course work in Portuguese must be above PORT33.
  7. SPAN/PORT 199 PZ, a capstone senior research project