Let the past be illuminated and the present better understood as you study human history.

Gain perspectives of time and place as you examine the complexities of our human history and experience. Grounded in a disciplined study of the past, you will be well-equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century. History majors and minors take courses on histories from around the world, as well as a field specialization in one region or theme. History students develop sharp reading, writing and research skills, preparing them for advanced graduate study or careers in education, public affairs, law, business and more.

  • "Heart of the Liberal Arts" (Pomona College History Dept.)
    Heart of the Liberal Arts
  • "Preparation for Possibility" (Pomona College History Dept.)
    Preparation for Possibility
  • Chu History Class.jpg
    In class with professor Pey-Yi Chu
  • In class with Professor Ken Wolf
    In class with Professor Ken Wolf
  • In class with Professor April Mayes
    In class with Professor April Mayes
  • In class with Professor Miguel Tinker Salas
    In class with Professor Miguel Tinker Salas
  • In class with Professor Sam Yamashita
    In class with Professor Samuel Yamashita

What You'll Study

  • Five courses in a field of specialization
  • Three courses drawn from western and non-western fields
  • A course on any period before 1800
  • Senior thesis
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In addition to funding from the summer research program, the History Department offers four other grant sources for students.

Student Projects

  • In an exhibit curated from library archives, Anisha Bhat ’15 and Anna Kramer ’16 highlighted of travel, exchange, and cross-cultural contact in the Indian Ocean.
    Navigating Culture: Islam and Encounter in the Indian Ocean World

    In an exhibit curated from library archives, Anisha Bhat ’15 and Anna Kramer ’16 highlighted travel, exchange, and cross-cultural contact in the Indian Ocean.

  • Kelly Ragsdale and Cruz Reynoso
    Social Justice and the Law

    Kelly Ragsdale ’18 interviewed Cruz Reynoso ’53, California’s first Latino Supreme Court justice, for her research project looking at his contributions to the social justice movement.

Kelly Ragsdale
Kelly Ragsdale ’18

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.

Faculty & Teaching

The history faculty represents a broad swath of expertise, across time periods, movements, cultures and continents. Their nuanced knowledge of the past and the close mentorship they offer will make a lasting impact on your worldview. 

Professor Tomás Summers Sandoval

I think history is the backbone of the liberal arts. We study the past not just to better understand what happened ‘then’ but to better understand our present world and ourselves. Our diversity is a big part of that. We're a diverse faculty with diverse experiences and interests. That’s how we nurture the critical global perspective students need for life in the 21st century.