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.
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 following five areas (and preferably several), choosing any course offered in the disciplines listed, unless specifically exempted.
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.
Area 1: Creative Expression
Art and Art History
Literatures (see below)
*Media Studies (Courses beginning ‘MS’)
Includes English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Classical Literatures, including literature in translation. Foreign language and literature courses offered at less than an advanced level (numbered less than 100) do not meet area requirements.
The Creative Expression requirement may also be fulfilled by taking multiple partial-credit courses totaling one course credit in Music, Dance, or Theater. Each department has specific criteria (see the catalog for more details).
Area 2: Social Institutions and Human Behavior
Economics (except ECON 57)
*Environmental Analysis (Courses beginning ‘EA’)
*International Relations (IR 100)
Linguistics and Cognitive Science
*Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Courses beginning ‘PPE’)
Politics (except POLI 90)
Psychology (except PSYC 158)
*Public Policy Analysis (Courses beginning ‘PPA’)
*Science, Technology and Society (Courses beginning ‘STS’)
Sociology (except SOC 104)
Mathematical reasoning courses offered in the disciplines above satisfy Area 5 rather than Area 2 (ECON 057, PSYC 158, POLI 0-90, SOC 104).
Area 3: History, Values, Ethics, and Cultural Studies
*Africana Studies (Courses beginning ‘AFR’)
*American Studies (Courses beginning ‘AMST’)
*Asian Studies (Courses beginning ‘ASIA’)
*Asian American Studies (Courses beginning ‘ASAM’)
*Chicano/a Studies (CHST 60)
*Latin American Studies (Courses beginning ‘LAST’)
Philosophy (PHIL 0-60)
*Gender & Women’s Studies (Courses beginning ‘GWS’)
Area 4: Physical and Biological Sciences
Geology (except GEOL111A,B and GEOL112)
Area 5: Mathematical Reasoning
Mathematics (except pre-calculus; e.g. PZ/SC MATH 0-20.)
Formal Logic (PHIL 0-60)
Statistics (includes statistics courses offered by any department)
The Critical Inquiry Seminar, senior exercises, independent studies, lower-division foreign language courses, and courses taken for less than one full credit do not satisfy any area requirement.
*Where interdisciplinary programs are listed, only the core courses (examples indicated in parentheses) offered by the designated programs satisfy the Breadth Area listed.
The Foreign Language Requirement
The requirement for foreign language is satisfied in one of the following six ways.
- by passing the third semester or higher of a foreign language or literature course at Pomona College (or an approved equivalent course at another eligible institution)
- by earning a score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement examination in a foreign language exam
- by earning a score of 6 or 7 on a Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) foreign language exam
- by earning a score of 650 or higher on the College Board SAT-II Subject test in a foreign language (excluding the “Listening Tests,” which are not eligible)
- an O-level (or G-CSE) grade of at least B in another language
- by Academic Procedures Committee approval of a foreign school diploma verifying a non-English language as the principle language of instruction, through the eighth grade, or equivalent. In the case of Chinese and Japanese , by passing a proficiency examination administered by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.
The Physical Education Requirement
Students are required to pass one physical education activity course during their first year at the College from the offerings at Pomona College or through the Joint Physical Education program of Claremont McKenna College. Participation on an intercollegiate athletic team is counted as participation in a physical education activity course. Physical activity courses earn "cumulative" (one-fourth course credit). In keeping with the high value the College places on health and wellness, students are encouraged to enroll in physical activities throughout their four years, and may apply up to a total of eight physical activity courses and/or other cumulative courses (for a total of two course credits) toward graduation.