Jul 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog 

New Programs Approved 2020-2021

New programs of study approved after the publication of Scripps Catalog will be formally assigned to the subsequent year’s catalog offerings. Current students interested in these fields may use the information below in their degree planning. 

In October 2020, the Scripps Faculty approved a new minor program of study: Native American/Indigenous Studies. The full program information will be included in the 2021-2022 Scripps Catalog. 

Native American/Indigenous Studies
Native American/Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that aims to introduce students to topics related to settler colonialism, Indigenous history, contemporary communities, and Indigenous ways of thinking. Minors take courses from a variety of disciplines including history, anthropology, art history, science, ethnic studies, among others. In addition, students may take multidisciplinary courses that draw from a variety of disciplines. The multidisciplinary nature of this course of study allows students to select this minor regardless of major, while also giving students many options when considering career choices or graduate study.

Affiliated Faculty:
Claudia Arteaga (SLACLC/ LAS)
Wendy Cheng (AMST)
Gabriela Morales (ANTH)
Martin Vega (SLACLC/ LAS

Learning Outcomes of the Program in Native American/Indigenous Studies
Department Goals/ Objectives
1. Understand the history and cultural production of Indigenous peoples in the United States, within both multiracial American and transnational contexts;
2. Effectively evaluate how race is socially constructed, how racism has been embedded in social structures and institutions and how these structures affect people’s everyday lives.
3. Understand how race intersects with gender, sexualities, and socio-economic class in the world;
4. Understand ethical implications of research, creative projects, or community-based projects in Native American and Indigenous communities.

Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate.
SLO1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous histories and cultures.
SLO2: Students show comprehension of commonly used methodologies in NAIS.
SLO3: Students are able to analyze evidence.
SLO5: Students will be able to communicate effectively in written form.
SLO6: Students will be able to communicate effectively in oral form.

Requirements for the Minor
A minor in Native American/Indigenous Studies consists of six courses. If possible, at least half these courses should be taken at Scripps, although exceptions may be made when specific courses required for the minor are only available off campus.
● ANTH127 SC Settler Colonialism or ASAM 094 PZ Community Health
● Five additional Native American/ Indigenous Studies approved courses selected in consultation with the student’s minor adviser.

Courses approved to satisfy requirements in the Native American/Indigenous Studies minor can be found on the Course Schedule course area of the same name. 


In Spring 2021, the Scripps Faculty approved formalizing the Asian American Studies major from a self-designed major to an intercollegiate major. The full program information (including both the major and the minor) will be included in the 2021-2022 Scripps Catalog. 

Asian American Studies

The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies of the Claremont Colleges (IDAAS) offers a rigorous, multidisciplinary major that emphasizes social justice, critical thinking, and innovative analysis of the history, society, and cultural production of Asians in the United States, within both multiracial American and transnational contexts. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive grounding in a range of thematic, theoretical, and methodological approaches within Asian American Studies. The major integrates theory and practice through community work, and sustained and focused inquiry in the senior project or thesis. In consultation with an IDAAS adviser, students take core interdisciplinary courses in Asian American Studies and select appropriate courses in a range of disciplines throughout the five colleges.

Faculty & Program Information Professors Goto (PO), Hwang (CMC), Ma (PZ), Miyake (PO), Thai (PO),Yamane (PZ), Yep (PZ)
Associate Professors Bahng (PO), Cheng, W (SC), Doan (CM), Honma (PZ) (Chair), Junisbai, A (PZ), Kang (SC), Kim (SC), Liu (SC), Lu (PO), Venit-Shelton (CMC)
Assistant Professors Cheng, J (SC), Flores (HM), Ortega (PO)

Major in Asian American Studies: Eleven graded courses including senior thesis are required for the major.

1. Five core courses:
a. Asian American History (ASAM 125/HIST 125AA)
b. Asian American Contemporary Issues (SOC 150)
c. Communities course: approved field work in an Asian American community or internship with an Asian American community-based organization (ASAM90)
d. Theory and Methods in Asian American Studies (ASAM 115)
e. Seminar in Applications, Analysis, and Future Directions in Asian American Studies (ASAM 190F PO)

2. Breadth requirements and electives:Five courses in addition to the core courses listed above.
These courses should be selected in consultation with the IDAAS major advisor, and they must fulfill all the following requirements. 
• At least one IDAAS social sciences course
• At least one IDAAS humanities course
• At least one IDAAS gender and sexuality course
• At least one approved non-Asian American ethnic studies course: e.g. comparative ethnic studies course, Black Studies course, Chicano Studies course
• At least one approved course related to Asia and migration, globalization, and/or imperialism Asian language courses and ASAM160 SC are strongly recommended but not required.

3. Senior Thesis: Senior Thesis or Project: independent work with senior thesis/project adviser (ASAM191 SC).