Prof. Holliday stands before a table surrounded by students.

Critical Inquiry seminars are required for first-year students in their first semester at the College. The approximately 30 sections are taught by faculty from across the disciplines and engage students in rigorous reading, writing and discussion on varied topics chosen by professors.

In Critical Inquiry seminars (commonly referred to as ID1 classes) students collaborate with peers to revise, develop and refine their drafts, incorporating feedback from their professors and Writing Fellows as well. Critical Inquiry students read deeply, discuss actively, and engage in independent research. All this work—on fascinating topics, to boot—prepares students for the rigor of Pomona.

Via Through the Gates, new students must rank their Critical Inquiry seminar preferences by July 5; changes can’t be accepted after that date. There’s no advantage to submitting your preferences before July 5 (i.e. assignments are not first-come, first-served), but if you don’t submit your preferences by that date you will either be given an opportunity to select one of the open sections or will be randomly assigned to an open section. You will be informed of your seminar placement during Orientation in August.

Please view our Catalog for more information.

Some examples include:

  • iSubmit to iSpy
  • China from Inside and Out
  • Education and Its Discontents
  • Ralph Ellison and the Blues Tradition
  • Chicana/ o-Latina/o Los Angeles
  • The Economics and Politics of Food
  • Bad Music
  • Medical Ethics
  • Muslim Literacy Landscapes
  • Molecules and the Mind