Majors, Programs, and Departments

American Studies

Sponsored by the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, American studies is an interdisciplinary 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, media studies, and the visual arts. In addition, majors take multidisciplinary courses that use materials from different disciplines to explore particular issues in American life. The interdisciplinary approach to this major affords the student many career choices, some following graduate study, including law, library science, journalism, business, and museum work.

Edward A. White Award

The Edward A. White Award in American Studies is given annually to a senior who has done outstanding work in the study of the United States and its history, culture, or politics as evidenced in her senior thesis. To see a list of past winners and their thesis topics, click here.

Scripps Faculty

Warren Liu
Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of American Studies

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David Andrews
Professor of International Relations
Gabrielle Marie-Louise Jungels-Winkler Chair in Contemporary European Studies
(909) 607-8102

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Hao Huang
Professor of Music
Bessie and Cecil Frankel Endowed Chair in Music

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Rita Roberts
Professor of History and Africana Studies
Nathaniel Wright Stephenson Chair in History and Biography

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Nancy Neiman Auerbach
Professor of International Political Economy

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Cindy Forster
Professor of History

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Ken Gonzales-Day
Professor of Art
(909) 607-4436

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Wendy Cheng
Associate Professor of American Studies

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Candida Jaquez
Associate Professor of Music

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YouYoung Kang
Associate Professor of Music
Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities
(909) 607-8760

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Thomas Kim
Associate Professor of Politics

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Thomas Koenigs
Assistant Professor of English

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