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Pomona College - Why History?

History Department Video

The study of history has long been a cornerstone of the liberal arts. This has certainly been true at Pomona College. For more than a century, the History Department has offered diverse and challenging classes, providing generations of students enrichment, support, context, and perspective for whatever their chosen academic pathway. Grounding students in the disciplined study of the human past, the history curriculum fosters students' development in the foundational skills of reading, writing, and research, while exposing them to the valuable perspective of time and place.

History majors pursue creative, critical, and analytical studies in a program emphasizing both breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding. In consultation with their advisors, students pursue a pathway largely reflective of their interests. Balanced between the comparative study of the human experience in varied regions of the globe, and a focused inquiry in one region or theme, history majors are critical analysts with evolved research skills, well-equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century. In addition to advanced graduate study, majors and minors often pursue careers in education, public affairs, the law, and business.

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