Pitzer College Office of the Registrar
Major Declaration Guidelines
for students entering Fall 2016 and after
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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 specified.
Section A: INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
Students, working closely with their advisers, will select a set of courses and/or programs to demonstrate
intercultural understanding from a global or international perspective and from a domestic (US) or local
One full-credit Intercultural Understanding: Global course. Students will meet this objective by either
completing an approved study abroad program (a semester or, in extenuating circumstances, summer program) or
taking a course that discusses or addresses a culture (or cultures) outside of the U.S. (including historical cultures
One full-credit Intercultural Understanding: Local course. Students will meet this objective by either completing
the Pitzer in Ontario Program or taking a course that addresses historically marginalized cultures in the U.S.
including, but not limited to, current offerings in Ethnic Studies departments, and courses on queer theory.
Section B: SOCIAL JUSTICE / RESPONSIBILITY
One full-credit Social Justice Theory course. These courses will emphasize diverse theoretical frameworks,
movements, and histories of social justice.
One full-credit Social Responsibility Praxis course. These courses will emphasize the manifestations of social
responsibility through community engagement, theoretical analysis, and critical reflection, or “praxis.”
Section C: BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE
Students may not count the same course toward meeting more than one breadth of knowledge area. Half-
credit courses may not be used to fulfill any of the breadth of knowledge areas.
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.
One full-credit Natural Science course. Course options available to students include all courses offered through
the Joint Science program as well as most other courses in chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy and geology
taught at the other Claremont Colleges. In addition, Psychology 101 (Brain and Behavior), as currently taught with
a significant emphasis in biology, is considered appropriate to this objective. Consult the Registrar’s Office before
considering any course not named above.