The study of foreign languages and literature enables students to develop the skills and competence necessary to appreciate the richness of different cultures and societies. The study of foreign languages is a necessary component of students’ general education. It increases opportunities for those interested in careers in law, international relations, foreign service, teaching, public policy and business.
Major requirements set by the department are flexible and can be, with departmental approval, adjusted to respond to individual students’ interests and needs.
Students will not receive credit for college work that duplicates other college courses, or for foreign language study completed in high school.
The modern languages curricula are based on intercollegiate, cooperative programs among the five Claremont Colleges. Claremont McKenna College offers Arabic, French, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish; other modern languages offered at the Claremont Colleges include Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish at Pomona; French, German, Italian, Spanish at Scripps; Spanish at Pitzer; and Chinese at Harvey Mudd. Enrollment in lower level language courses requires written permission.