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, society, and politics 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, ethnic studies, 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 opportunities for graduate study and a variety of career choices, including education, 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

Wendy Cheng
Associate Professor of American Studies
Chair, Department of American Studies

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Ken Gonzales-Day
Professor of Art
Fletcher Jones Chair in Art
(909) 607-4436

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

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Julia E. Liss
Professor of History
Mary W. and J. Stanley Johnson Chair in the Humanities
(909) 607-2822

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

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Cindy Forster
Professor of History

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Nancy Neiman
Professor of Politics
Chair, APT Committee

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Martha Gonzalez
Associate Professor of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies

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Candida Jaquez
Associate Professor of Music

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YouYoung Kang
Associate Professor of Music
(909) 607-8760

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Thomas Kim
Associate Professor of Politics

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Warren Liu
Associate Professor of English
Vice-Chair, APT Committee

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Jih-Fei Cheng
Assistant Professor, Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Thomas Koenigs
Assistant Professor of English

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Maryan Soliman
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

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