The Claremont Colleges are a unique educational consortium in the United States. Each individual member of the consortium is small, yet combined we provide our students with facilities and resources offered at few American institutions. Students at the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges take classes, pursue areas of study and consult professors across the adjoining campuses. Following are some of the consortium's shared academic programs:
The Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (formerly Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies [IDBS]) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that examines the experiences of African, African American and Caribbean people from the liberal arts perspective. Courses accommodate the needs of majors and non-majors, providing significant preparation for careers in education, social work, public policy, law, medicine, business, international relations and advanced research.
Sponsored by the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, American Studies is a multidisciplinary major that encourages students to think critically and creatively about cultures 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, and the visual arts. In addition, majors take multidisciplinary courses that use materials from different disciplines to explore a particular issue in American life.
Through the Five College Joint Art History Program, Pitzer College cooperates with Pomona College and Scripps College in offering courses in the history of African, Asian, European and North American art. A major in art history at Pitzer College invites students to understand the history of art through interdisciplinary approaches, a global outlook and an interest in ethnic and gender diversity. Course offerings are designed to provide students with a broad grounding in the history of art, with attention to European as well as non-European traditions and to invite students to learn to analyze artworks in their complex relations to cultural, historical, political and philosophical/spiritual contexts.
Asian American Studies
The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) offers a rich academic program to all students at The Claremont Colleges. Interdisciplinary in both research and teaching initiatives, the IDAAS promotes collaborative projects with other departments at the Colleges, and with scholars at other institutions.
Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies is concurrently a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry broadly relating to people of Latin American descent within the hemisphere, in particular within the United States and the wider diaspora. Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies is the “umbrella name” for distinct and important academic and critical inquiries which began to converge in the last twenty years. Chicana/o Studies emerged in the academy as a product of educational and social movements of the 1960s. These movements led to the initial creation of the program here at The Claremont Colleges in 1969, making our program the second-oldest in the nation. More recently, Latina/o Studies has emerged as a field of inquiry relating to Latin Americans in the hemisphere and has been the site for work seeking to transcend the gaps in area studies and ethnic studies.
Classics is the name traditionally given to the study of the languages, literature, art, archaeology, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to the early Middle Ages. The Department of Classics also encourages and sponsors undergraduate study of other aspects of the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean, including Biblical Hebrew and the religions and cultures of the ancient Near East.
Claremont Colleges Philosophy
The discipline of Philosophy is taught by a wide range of teacher/scholars in The Claremont Community, from all five undergraduate colleges, the Claremont Graduate University, as well as at the Claremont School of Theology.
Cross Cultural Health and Healing
The Intercollegiate Cross-Cultural Health and Healing Initiative at The Claremont Colleges offers a Major in Human Biology with an option in Cross-Cultural Health and Healing. This unique program is hosted by the Keck Science Department and Pitzer College
Intercollegiate Department of Religious Studies
Religious Studies is a cooperative program offered jointly by Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps Colleges. The program of study is designed to serve both as one focus of a liberal arts education and as a foundation for students planning to pursue the study of religion beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students may enroll in Religious Studies courses offered at any of the undergraduate colleges, and advanced students may, with permission, enroll in master's-level courses in their area of specialization at Claremont Graduate University.
Intercollegiate Media Studies
Media Studies is an intercollegiate major offered jointly by Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps Colleges (Intercollegiate Media Studies [IMS]).
Intercollegiate Women's Study Center
Intercollegiate Women’s Studies of the Claremont Colleges is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing feminist scholarship, which is based on the premise that gender is significant in social, cultural and scientific study.
Keck Science Department of the Claremont Colleges
A program of Pitzer, Scripps, and Claremont McKenna; the cooperation among these colleges, each of which has a distinctive curricular emphasis, enables them to offer a strong, innovative, and interdisciplinary program in the natural sciences.
Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance for The Claremont Colleges
The department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College offers theoretical and practical work in all phases of theatre and dance within the context of a rigorous liberal arts education. The theatre program provides an academic concentration for students of the five Claremont Colleges.
- Science, Technology, and Society - The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program of The Claremont Colleges is an intercollegiate, interdisciplinary program through which students may pursue an integrated study of the history, philosophy, and social dimensions of science and technology.
- Science and Management