2023-2024 Pomona College Catalog 
    Feb 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Pomona College Catalog

Politics Major

Requirements for the Major in Politics

The core major has three requirements, including nine courses and a senior examination.

  1. Eight general courses: Eight graded courses from those numbered POLI 001A PO , POLI 001B PO  to POLI 189 (A-Z), including one course from each of the four subfields of politics.
  2. Senior Seminar: One of the two or more seminars offered during senior year (POLI 190B PO , POLI 190C PO , POLI 190D PO ). At least two seminars, which are geared toward developing in-depth expertise in a particular topic, are offered each academic year.
  3. Senior Examination (POLI 193 PO ): An oral examination and three essays, based on a list of books supplied by the student and covering three topics chosen by the student, taken in the senior year.

Students desiring greater depth in a particular area of politics may utilize one or both of the following options:

  1. Subfield Specialization, POLI 195 PO : A coherent collection of five courses, comprising three of the nine courses required for the major and two additional courses, in one of the four subfields of politics. Students develop this collection of courses under the supervision of their politics advisor or another department faculty member, who must sign off as the sponsor of their subfield specialization. Registration for POLI 195 PO , which does not confer course credit or meet as a regular course, allows for recognition of one’s subfield specialization on the transcript.
  2. Senior Thesis, POLI 191 PO : A year-long, two-course independent project undertaken during the senior year. The thesis offers majors the chance to work under the immediate supervision of Pomona faculty members (at least one of whom must be in politics) to produce a substantial, original contribution to the study of politics.

Requirements for a Public Policy Analysis Major with a Concentration in Politics

The requirements for this major include the five course public policy sequence plus POLI 090 PO . In addition to the three required courses, six courses distributed across three of the four subfields. No more than two introductory courses numbered 001 - 010 are allowed. One elective must be an advanced course numbered 100 or above.