General education requirements
Although its specialty is public policy and economics, Claremont McKenna College does hold to the idea of a liberal education
by requiring student to add breath to their knowledge through the completion of course in natural and social science, humanities,
and foreign language.
First year requirements
Literature 10 - Composition and Literary Analysis
Unless waived for a transfer student, every student must take in their first year at the college this introductory literary
classes which covers all the major literary genres and is designed to improve each students critical thinking and writing skills.
The works studied and course format varies depending on professor.Civilization 10 - Questions of Civilization
Question of Civilization was designed provide a unifying experience of Claremont McKenna students while fostering the
exploration of universal thoughts and ideas. Directed by Prof. Robert J. Valenza, each year a core set of text is chosen for all
section of Civilization 10, with each professor adding his/her own insights or works to the course. Although not common in all
sections, Prof. Valenza encourages teachers of Civ to provide interaction through discussion. Many students, though far from
most, find this one of their most cherished CMC experiences. For information, see the Questions of Civilization article.