Pitzer College Office of the Registrar
Major Declaration Guidelines
Forms will not be accepted unless all sections are complete and accompanied by the appropriate
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To declare your major, you must complete and submit the Major Declaration Form to the Registrar’s Office.
This form will serve as your plan for completion of your graduation and major requirements. If you wish to change
your major, consult with your advisor(s) and resubmit another form.
Please complete this form in consultation with your major advisor(s).
For further assistance in completing this form you may consult your Pitzer College Course Catalogue under
“Guidelines for Graduation” located near the front of the catalogue.
A copy of your unofficial transcript will also be helpful in completing this form.
It is important that you and your advisor(s) check to make sure the courses you choose are approved to meet the
educational objectives. Please refer to the Pitzer Catalogue for a list of approved courses and guidelines for each
Courses that meet your major and graduation requirements must be full-credit courses, unless otherwise
Section A: INTERDISCIPLINARY/INTERCULTURAL EXPLORATION
Select a set of three full-credit courses that address a topic of special interest to you. These three courses will
represent at least two disciplines and more than one cultural perspective. If you wish to meet this
requirement through Study Abroad, please consult the Pitzer Catalogue for more information, or
contact the Study Abroad Office. This requirement is not fulfilled simply by studying abroad. A
rationale statement briefly explaining how your selection of courses meets this requirement must be attached
with your Major Declaration Form. The form will not be accepted in the Registrar’s Office without the Rationale
Section B: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
You have the option of completing this requirement for credit or non-credit.
Options with Academic Credit:
(1) An existing, approved, full-credit course that involves either community service, community-based
fieldwork or a community-based internship.
(2) A directed independent study with an experiential component; see the Guidelines for Internship and
Community Service Independent Study (available in the Registrar’s Office or in Career Services).
(3) Participation in apposite Study Abroad programs (those involving a community-based internship or
community service). Consult the Study Abroad Office prior to participation to determine
whether any courses taken abroad will meet this requirement.
Non-Credit Options: For this option, you must fill out a Social Responsibility (Non-Credit Option) Verification
Form, available in the Registrar’s Office.
(1) Involvement in a single semester (or equivalent) of 45 hours of volunteer or community service.
Students fulfilling this on Study Abroad must have a supervisor abroad confirm the hours of
(2) One semester (or equivalent) of service to the Pitzer community (Examples: participation in College
governance, or the Ecology Center, or as a Resident Assistant).
Section C: BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE
A course which meets both the humanities/fine arts objective and the social/behavioral science
objective can be counted toward meeting only one of these objectives.
Two full-credit Humanities/Fine Arts courses. Fields that normally meet this objective: performing arts, fine
arts, foreign language, literature, history and philosophy.
Two full credit Social/Behavioral Science courses. Fields that normally meet this objective: anthropology,
economics, linguistics, political studies, psychology and sociology.