2015-16 Pomona College Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
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Special Programs and Opportunities

Cooperative Academic Programs

Student Exchange Programs

Under arrangements made each year, Pomona sophomores, juniors and first-semester seniors may study as domestic exchange students for a semester at Colby College in Waterville, Maine; Smith College in Northampton, Mass.; Spelman College in Atlanta; or Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Penn. Interested students should ask for further information from the Dean of Students Office.

Combined 3-2 Plan in Engineering: California Institute of Technology and Washington University in St. Louis

Qualified students may receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the California Institute of Technology or Washington University in St. Louis after a combined five-year program. The first three years are taken at Pomona and comprise the student’s general education and preparation for the major of the second institution. Students pursuing this plan will be accepted at Caltech or Washington University under an expedited procedure less elaborate than admission as a transfer student, if recommended by Pomona and if they have the requisite grade point average in science and mathematics courses at Pomona. Caltech specifically reserves the right to limit both the number of students admitted in certain fields of study under the 3-2 program and the financial aid they may offer to accepted students. Interested students should consult with the pre-engineering advisor as soon as possible after their arrival on campus.

Under a feature of Washington University in St. Louis’ dual-degree program, each year the Pomona College faculty liaison is authorized to award one two-year merit scholarship, covering half-tuition at Washington University, to a suitably qualified Pomona College candidate about to enter the dual-degree program with a Pomona grade-point average of at least 10.5 (i.e., equivalent to 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale).

3-2 Program students must satisfy the General Education requirements of Pomona College. In addition, the following lower-division courses must be completed: PHYS 070 PO PHYS 071 PO  and PHYS 072 PO  (or placement out of 71 and/or 72); PHYS 101 PO ; MATH 102 PO ; and CHEM 001A PO , CHEM 001B PO  or CHEM 051 PO . Further courses in the relevant scientific discipline, and possibly courses in engineering at Harvey Mudd, are recommended.

In addition to completing the requirements and prerequisites as noted above, students who participate in the Combined 3-2 Plan in Engineering must make satisfactory progress toward a Pomona major in their third year.  Although a science major is not required, it is difficult to satisfy both the Pomona General Education requirements, the pre-engineering requirements, and the requirements for a non-science major in the three years at Pomona. Normally, “satisfactory progress” implies that by the end of the junior year the student has taken at least five other upper-division courses in physical science and mathematics, selected in close consultation with the faculty advisor, from among those courses normally required for a major in physics, chemistry or computer science. The requirements of the second institution should also be carefully considered during the three years at Pomona in consultation with the advisor.

The work completed at Pomona College, together with successful completion of the required two years for the engineering major at the second institution, are considered as fulfilling the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree at Pomona College and the corresponding bachelor’s degree at the partner school. The student’s Pomona major is labeled as “pre-engineering” and can only be awarded upon fulfillment of the requirements at both schools as described above.

Combined 2-1-1-1 Plan in Engineering: Dartmouth College

Alternatively, qualified students may receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Dartmouth College after a combined five-year program, which could be a 3-2 program similar to those with Caltech and Washington University, or a 2-1-1-1 program. In the 2-1-1-1 program, the first two years are taken at Pomona, the third year at Dartmouth, the fourth year back at Pomona, and the fifth year at Dartmouth. For admission to this program, a student must complete PHYS 070 PO , PHYS 071 PO  and PHYS 072 PO  (or placement out of 71 and/or 72); PHYS 101 PO ; MATH 102 PO ; and CHEM 001A PO , CHEM 001B PO  or CHEM 051 PO  by the end of the sophomore year and be able to complete the Pomona General Education Requirements by the end of the senior year; completing them by the end of the sophomore year is preferred.

Washington Semester Program of Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College operates a semester program in Washington, D.C., which combines traditional coursework with an emphasis on internships in a wide variety of public and private organizations. This program is open to applicants from Pomona College and is offered both semesters.

Academic work in the program consists of a full-time internship, two weekly seminars and a research project. Four course credits are earned by successfully completing all of these activities.

Candidates selected for the program pay regular tuition to Pomona College while paying for their own room and board and remain eligible for financial aid. The program pays travel expenses to and from Washington, D.C., within certain limits. Students have the primary responsibility for finding accommodations in Washington.

Students interested in the program should contact Professors David Menefee-Libey or Richard Worthington in the Pomona Politics Department.

Teacher Education Program

The Teacher Education Program, offered by Claremont Graduate University, is an accelerated, combined Credential and Master of Arts in Education program. Claremont Colleges’ students are allowed to transfer up to 8 units of their undergraduate coursework into the program towards their credential and MA in Education. Specific classes are required, please contact TeacherEducation@cgu.edu or call (909) 621-8076.

After a summer of instruction and clinical experience, candidates engage in a clinical experience where they work in schools Monday-Friday as either fully-paid and fully responsible teachers (called “interns”) or work as “residents” working under the tutelage of a CGU Master Teacher. During this phase, which spans the fall and spring, candidates take classes at CGU on select Saturdays. The final phase of the program is in the second summer when the candidates finish their requirements for the credential and the Master of Arts Degree in Education.

Credentials offered include multiple subject (for candidates wanting to teach in elementary settings), single subject (for candidates wanting to teach math, science, social studies, Spanish, or English in middle- or high schools) and special education (for candidates wanting to work with students who have either mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities).

CGU’s Teacher Education Program is committed to providing high-level scholarships to Claremont Colleges’ students and has a variety of fellowship opportunities, including opportunities for full tuition coverage.

Complete details about the Teacher Education Program are provided in a brochure available from the Office of Teacher Education at Claremont Graduate University at (909) 621-8076. You can also visit our website at www.cgu.edu/TeacherEducation. A directory listing credential requirements for every state is available in the Career Development Office.

Teacher Education Courses (Claremont Graduate University):

170G. Introduction to Public School Teaching. Staff. Offered by Claremont Graduate University for undergraduate course credit for students considering the field of education. Introduction to elementary and secondary teaching through analysis of the philosophical and sociological foundations of schooling and basic psychological theories applied to classrooms. Explores current issues in K–12 schooling, including restructuring, multiculturalism, diversity, critical pedagogy and high-performing schools literature. Field experience includes classroom observation and participation. Enrolled students will need to have a current “TB Clearance” before being allowed to be admitted. This can be obtained from student health services. Offered every fall.

300G. Teaching/Learning Process I. Staff. This course is for Claremont Colleges’ students who wish to enter the CGU Teacher Program in the summer. It prepares interns for their first semester of supervised teaching in the summer when they begin the teacher education program. Particular attention given to cultural and linguistic diversity, contemporary pedagogies, classroom planning and reading and writing across the curriculum. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Limited to seniors who have made a commitment to enter the CGU Teacher Education Program. If admitted, students receive one undergraduate course credit toward the bachelor’s degree and four units of graduate credit toward the combined Credential and Master of Arts in Education Program (see Teacher Education Program). They also become eligible to apply for a special B.A./M.A. $10,000 fellowship. Offered every spring.