American Studies

Sponsored by the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, American Studies is a multidisciplinary 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, and the visual arts. In addition, majors take multidisciplinary courses that use materials from different disciplines to explore a particular issue in American life. The interdisciplinary approach to this major affords the student many career choices. Some follow graduate study; other paths include the professions of law, library science, journalism, business and museum curatorship.

Pitzer Advisers: B. Anthes, S. McConnell, C. Strauss

Learning Objectives for American Studies

  1. Students gain knowledge of the histories and cultures of the United States.
  2. Students gain an understanding of a wide range of methods across the disciplines.
  3. Students learn how to analyze a wide range of evidence—e.g. written texts, films, paintings, musical compositions, etc.
  4. Students learn how to carry on research in American Studies effectively.
  5. Students learn how to communicate effectively about the histories and cultures of the United States in both written and oral forms.
  6. Students attain the skills and knowledge to pursue further education in American Studies or related fields—e.g. History, English, Music, Museum Studies, Journalism, etc.