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Pitzer Academics

Pitzer College requires at least 32 courses to complete a bachelor's degree. There is no accelarated degree program at Pitzer, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits.

Pitzer does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Pitzer has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Around 84% of students who started college at Pitzer graduate within six years.

Pitzer offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Are Required at Pitzer?

Pitzer has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students do not need to fulfull a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement. Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Majors at Pitzer

When choosing a major, Pitzer students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Pitzer below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. Pitzer does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does Pitzer Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

Pitzer offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Pitzer Have An Online Program?

Pitzer does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.

Does Pitzer Offer AP Credit?

Pitzer offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Pitzer Have An Honors Program?

Pitzer offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does Pitzer Require Internships?

Pitzer does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

Pitzer has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Pitzer include: - an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus - an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus

Dual Degree Programs at Pitzer

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Pitzer offers these dual degree programs: in partnership with Management Engineering and Financial Engineering - 3-2 dual degree program in business administration with Claremont Graduate University - Economics, Information Systems and Technology, Psychology, Public Policy, Education, Mathematics, Cultural Studies, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Women's Studies, Teacher Education with Claremont Graduate University

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Pitzer Majors & Subject Areas

Environmental Science
African Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Latin American Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Russian Studies
African-American/Black Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Asian-American Studies
Women's Studies
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Urban Education and Leadership
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Molecular Biology
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other
Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Systems Science and Theory
Science, Technology and Society
International/Global Studies
Human Biology
Sustainability Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Physical Sciences, Other
Psychology, General
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Public Policy Analysis, General
International Policy Analysis
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Economics, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
International Relations and Affairs
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Political Economy
Political Science and Government, Other
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Public Health Education and Promotion
Public Health, Other
Dance Therapy/Therapist
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other
Organizational Behavior Studies
History, General

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