Sponsored by the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, American studies is an interdisciplinary major that encourages students to think critically and creatively about culture in the United States. The American Studies Program is coordinated by an intercollegiate faculty whose aim is to introduce students to the complexity of the American experience. Majors take courses in a variety of disciplines such as literature, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, music, media studies, and the visual arts. In addition, majors take multidisciplinary courses that use materials from different disciplines to explore particular issues in American life. The interdisciplinary approach to this major affords the student many career choices, some following graduate study, including law, library science, journalism, business, and museum work.
While several faculty at The Claremont Colleges offer courses that fulfill the American studies major, the faculty listed below are considered core members of the program:
CMC: Niklas Frykman (HIST), Diana Selig (HIST), Lily Geismer (HIST)
HMC: Hal Barron (HIST), Jeff Groves (LIT), Isabel Balseros (LIT), Erica Dyson (REL)
PO: Hilary Gravendyk (ENG), Frances Pohl (ARHI), Victor Silverman (HIST), Val Thomas (ENG), Tomas Summers Sandoval (HIST)
PZ: Bill Anthes (ARHI), Stu McConnell (HIST), Claudia Strauss (ANTH)
SC: Matthew Delmont (AMST), Julie Liss (HIST), Warren Liu (ENG), Rita Roberts (HIST), Cheryl Walker (ENG)