2021-2022 Pitzer Catalog 
    Jul 07, 2022  
2021-2022 Pitzer Catalog

American Studies Combined Major

Requirements for the Combined Major

Combined Major:  A combined major in American Studies requires at least nine courses:

I.          To introduce students to the field of American Studies, students take:  (1) AMST 103 JT  , a prerequisite course that is team-taught by members of the intercollegiate faculty in the spring semester to introduce the themes, concerns and methodologies of American Studies

II.          To provide a broad knowledge and set of skills in the field, students take: (2-3) A two-semester survey of U.S. history (at Pitzer, HIST 025 PZ  and HIST 026 PZ  or equivalents);  (4) A course in Africana, Asian American or Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies, or one course on the histories and/or cultures of Native Americans.

III.         To provide depth as well as breadth, students take: (5) AMST 180 SC  , the American Studies Seminar, normally taken in the fall of the junior year; (6,7) Two seminar or upper-division courses from different disciplines that focus on a specific theme in American Studies (e.g. Race and Social Justice in the U.S.; the U.S. in a Transnational Context).

IV.        For their capstone experience in American Studies, students are required to write a senior thesis by enrolling in a two-course, two-credit sequence. (8,9) Students will enroll in AMST 190 JT , a seminar, in the fall semester or a senior thesis seminar in their department of their other major. In the spring semester, students complete a thesis that meaningfully incorporates the approaches of both fields. Their thesis will be under the direction of one advisor from each discipline; at least one advisor must be from the student’s home campus.