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General Education

The Critical Inquiry Seminar for First-Year Students

First-year students are required to take the Critical Inquiry Seminar (ID 1) in the first semester. Multiple sections are offered each fall by faculty from throughout the College. Each section has a unique and usually interdisciplinary focus. The Critical Inquiry Seminar challenges students to interrogate established truths and theories and to develop their abilities to express ideas, both orally and in writing.  For more information please visit your "Through the Gates" tab on the student portal (mypomona).

Breadth of Study Requirements

The Breadth of Study Requirements provide a window into the vast extent and variety of our accumulated experience and knowledge in the liberal arts. Students are required to complete at least one course in each of the five major areas (and preferably several), choosing any course offered in the disciplines listed, unless specifically exempted.  For details on the five areas please visit the online Pomona College Catalog.

Breadth of Study Requirements must be completed at The Claremont Colleges. Breadth of Study credit is not awarded for Study Abroad or other external program coursework. No two breadth areas can be fulfilled with courses from the same discipline. (You cannot have only one discipline represented in different areas) The Critical Inquiry Seminar (ID 001), senior exercises, independent studies, lower-division foreign language courses, and courses taken for less than one full course credit do not satisfy any area requirement.

Students admitted as transfer students are awarded Breadth of Study credit for work completed outside The Claremont Colleges prior to matriculation, but once students matriculate Breadth of Study requirements can only be fulfilled by courses taken in residence at The Claremont Colleges.  Students are encouraged to fulfill all the Breadth of Study Requirements within their first two years at the College, and before the major is declared.


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