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, D. Segal, C. Strauss, E. Steinman.
Core Faculty in American Studies: 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 and, as such, are available to serve as advisors for those students who decide to major in American Studies.
CMC: Niklas Frykman (HIST), Diana Selig (HIST), Lily Geismer (HIST)
HMC: Hal Barron (HIST), Jeff Groves (LIT), Isabel Balseros (LIT), Erick Dyson (REL)
PO: Hilary Gravendyk (ENG), Frances Pohl (ARHI), Victor Silverman (HIST), Val Thomas (ENG), Tomas Summers Sandoval (HIST)
PZ: Bill Anthes (ARCH), Stu McConnell (HIST), Claudia Strauss (ANTH)
SC: Matt Delmont (AMST), Julie LIss (HIST), Warren Liu (ENG), Rita Roberts (HIST), Cheryl Walker (ENG)