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The Curriculum

Faculty and students frequently get together outside of class.
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You might think of Pomona as a classic liberal arts education for the 21st century. Collaborative, adventurous and deeply committed, Pomona students are not passive recipients of knowledge. They are, instead, architects of their education, vigorously pursuing areas of interest while at the same time placing great value on the perspectives and at times, contradictions, of their peers and faculty members.

Undoubtedly, the heart of the Pomona academic experience is to be found in its small classes and in the close relationships between students and faculty. Pomona students are given a great deal of autonomy in deciding the scope and purpose of their education, from general education requirements (there are nearly 500 options) to undergraduate research. With the privilege of that freedom comes high expectations; not just for grades or awards, but for meaningful engagement in the fabric of this community. Pomona students understand that the joy of learning is contagious and that what’s possible here is bounded only by one’s imagination and drive.

We encourage you to learn more about Pomona’s world-class academic environment, including the resources of the Claremont Consortium

Curriculum Overview

Pomona’s curriculum provides a balance between the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education and the depth necessary for advancement in a specific field. At Pomona, students find great educational rigor, but also the freedom to pursue their individual interests. ...

Majors and Minors

Pomona College offers 47 fields of study in the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and interdisciplinary disciplines. …

The Classroom Experience

With an average size of 15, most classes here are taught as seminars, in which the professor serves not as the source of all knowledge, but as a participant in a common search for understanding. ...

Beyond the Classroom

The Los Angeles area offers rich and diverse possibilities for field study, community-based learning and internships. Geology students study deposits of volcanic rock in the local mountains; art history students go to L.A. to examine the work of Chicano muralists first hand; and photography students learn about satellite imaging at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Of course, field study isn’t limited to Los Angeles or even Southern California. Some students travel much further afield--to remote areas of Utah to look at pristine records of the Ice Age or to the Arctic to spend a month at the Polish Polar Station studying seabirds. ...

By the Numbers

  • Average class size: 15
  • Percentage of classes taught by student instructors: 0%
  • Student-faculty ratio: 8:1 ...

Facilities and Resources

Few undergraduate institutions can match the range of special resources the College provides to its students. An artificial intelligence lab, an award-winning theatre, an 85-acre field station and a scanning electron microscope are just a few examples. Even the list that follows is only a sampling of the cutting-edge equipment, specialized spaces and other academic resources available. ...

Learning in the Field

Sometimes, if you want to study rocks, you have to go to the mountains. If you want to understand how human behavior affects grunion, there’s no better way to find out than to spend a night at the beach. Maybe you want to know more about child psychology or health care or Chicano muralists. …

Undergraduate Research

If you’re interested in research, you won’t have to wait long before getting your feet wet at Pomona. A number of our students are already immersed in projects in their first year, tackling sophisticated research in nanotechnology, DNA and aging, and dwarf planetary rotation. …

Study Abroad

Would you like to study tropical biology near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia? Take an intensive language program in China? Conduct independent research in Nepal? Study environmental science in South Africa? Or take one-on-one tutorials with professors at Cambridge or London? ...

The Arts

Behind the achievements of any original thinker—whether scientist or artist or business leader—lies an ability to see problems in a new light and imagine innovative solutions. At Pomona, we have long known that involvement in the arts can play a key role in shaping these creative and intellectually daring habits of thought. ...


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