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

Rita Cano Alcala
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chicana/o Studies

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David Andrews
Director, European Union Center of California
Gabrielle Marie-Louise Jungels-Winkler Chair in Contemporary European Studies
Professor of International Relations
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Nancy Neiman Auerbach
Professor of International Political Economy
Mary W. Johnson Professorship in Teaching

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Kimberly Drake
Director of the Writing Program
Associate Professor of Writing

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Cindy Forster
Professor of History
Chair, History Department

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Ken Gonzales-Day
Professor of Art

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

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Candida Jaquez
Associate Professor of Music

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YouYoung Kang
Associate Professor of Music

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Thomas Kim
Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations

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Thomas Koenigs
Assistant Professor of English

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Julia E. Liss
Professor of History

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Warren Liu
Assistant Professor of English

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Mary MacNaughton
Professor of Art History
Director, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
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Kerry Odell
Professor in Economics

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John Peavoy
Associate Professor of English

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Rita Roberts
Professor of History and Africana Studies

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Damien Sojoyner
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

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Department Goals and Objectives

  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 necessary for graduate study or a career in American Studies or a related field.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • SLO1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the United States history and cultures.
  • SLO2: Students show comprehension of various methodologies across disciplines.
  • SLO3: Students are able to analyze evidence.
  • SLO4: Students will conduct a research project in American Studies effectively.
  • SLO5: Students will be able to communicate effectively in written form.
  • SLO6: Students will be able to communicate effectively in oral form.