Institutional Learning Goals
Through close faculty, staff, and student interactions within a residential community, Pomona College seeks to produce graduates who possess a depth and breadth of knowledge and the agility of mind to make connections within and across disciplines; The capacity to find, identify, and pursue their intellectual passions; and a commitment to employ their knowledge and skills as leaders, scholars, artists, citizens, and custodians of the natural environment -- to bear their added riches in trust for humankind.
General Education Learning Objectives
Recognizing the deeply personal nature of education, and the variety of human knowledge, we have designed our breadth of study requirements to focus not on common content, but on exposing students to the multiple ways of knowing and on providing the means to expand their intellectual experience through interactions with each other.
Upon completion of the general education requirements, Pomona students should be able to engage the work and ideas of others; to articulate nuanced, reflective positions and present them in a sustained, persuasive manner to a specific imagined audience (Critical Inquiry Seminar); and to communicate in a language other than English with basic proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking (Foreign Language). Students will have analyzed, created, or performed works of the human imagination, critically examining form, style, content, and meaning; studied the organization of societies and the factors that motivate the actions of human beings, as individuals and as creators of communities and institutions; investigated the diversity of human experience, thought, and values over time and across cultures and societies; applied scientific ideas and methods to understand the natural world and its inhabitants; and used quantitative analysis or deductive reasoning as tools for problem solving and creating knowledge (Breadth of Study). In addition, students should experience physical activity and appreciate its relationship to health and wellness (Physical Education).
Specific Learning Objectives
- International Relations
- Latin American Studies
- Linguistics and Cognitive Science
- Media Studies
- Molecular Biology
- Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
- Physics & Astronomy
- Public Policy Analysis
- Religious Studies
- Romance Languages and Literatures
- Science, Technology, and Society