Kelly Ragsdale ’18

Kelly Ragsdale

I decided to be a history major because I realized that the history classes I took always ended up being my favorite. I would take classes in other areas and always found myself enjoying the portions of class that correlated most strongly with history. I definitely didn't know what I wanted to major in coming to Pomona, but once I experimented with classes I figured out that I was most passionate about learning about past events and their influence and relevance today. 

I love the breadth of requirement that comes with the history major. Having to take classes in a variety of time periods and topics gives you a much more complete view of what has happened in the world and how the past has come to form the present. That being said, after studying abroad in Spain, I became especially interested in the Franco regime and Spain's relationship with the rest of Europe, and the world, during Franco's dictatorship. 

Something that is so great about Pomona as a whole, are the relationships that you are able to cultivate with faculty and other students. The history department is no exception. The professors are always extremely willing to meet with you and they’re genuinely interested in your opinions and well-being inside and outside of class. 

Whether or not you know if you want to major in history, I would highly recommend taking a class in the history department. There is so much variety that you are bound to find something that interests you and that you can connect with. The department is extremely supportive and really work with you to explore what you are interested in and help you succeed at Pomona.