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Traditionally, historians have worked in academic settings as scholars and teachers, or in closely related institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. Increasingly, however, advanced education in history is regarded as broad-based humanistic training, equipping students with research capabilities, writing skills, analytical methods, and communications skills that are useful in many fields. History at CGU welcomes students who wish to teach in secondary schools, community colleges, four-year universities, and those intending to pursue non-teaching careers. Students are selected based upon interest and proven abilities.
While the core faculty emphasize individual instruction and frequent advising and mentoring, programs also draw on the combined faculties of The Claremont Colleges, resulting in a staff equivalent of a much larger university. With a focus on student-centeredness, the history programs strive to ensure that students have maximum access to faculty, staff, and facilities.
Instruction in history is conducted in seminars. Classes are small and the favorable student-faculty ratio allows for an unusual amount of individual attention from faculty members. Students work with faculty advisors to plan their courses of study. Doctoral candidates work closely with a faculty committee composed of professors in the student’s field of study.
Research libraries proliferate in southern California and history students can gain access to a wide range of primary and secondary resources while attending CGU. Foremost among these resources is The Claremont Colleges Library, which provides excellent research facilities and resources. Other resources include the library of the Claremont School of Theology and the Huntington Library, one of the world’s finest research libraries for English and American history, located in nearby San Marino.
History and Archival Studies, MA