The Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that examines the experiences of African, African American and Caribbean people from the liberal arts perspective. Courses accommodate the needs of majors and non-majors, providing significant preparation for careers in education, social work, public policy, law, medicine, business, international relations and advanced research.
This five-college program offers a multidisciplinary major that encourages students to think critically and creatively about the United States. Majors take multidisciplinary core courses as well as classes in a variety of fields such as literature, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, music and the visual arts. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including Anthropology, Art, Dance, Economics, English, History, Music, Politics and Sociology.
Asian American Studies
The Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies offers a rigorous, multidisciplinary program of study emphasizing social justice, critical thinking, and innovative analysis of the history, society and cultural production of Asians in the United States, within both multiracial American and transnational contexts. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including History, English, Asian Languages and Literatures, Politics and Psychology.
The oldest college-level program of its kind in the nation, this interdisciplinary program combines the humanities, social sciences and language studies. Majors benefit from a language program that offers Chinese and Japanese classes through the fifth year (Korean is offered at a sister college) and resources of the Pacific Basin Institute. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including Anthropology, Art, Asian Languages and Literatures, Religious Studies and Theatre.
Chicana/o- Latina/o Studies is an interdisciplinary field relating to people of Latin American descent within the hemisphere. Courses are distributed across four areas that make up the major: Border and Transnational Studies, Educación: Social Justice, Formation and Critical Pedagogy; Literature, Art and Representation; and Politics, Social Movements and Labor. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including Dance, History, Psychology, Romance Languages and Literatures and Sociology.
Environmental Analysis Program
One of the great challenges facing mankind is the effort to build a sustainable future. This cross-disciplinary program prepares students for careers in a range of environmental problem-solving fields. The program participates in a study abroad program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geology, Philosophy and Politics.
Gender and Women's Studies
This interdisciplinary program offers two kinds of majors. One stands alone and emphasizes the theoretical focus of recent feminist scholarship. The other is a joint major that links feminist research and theory with another discipline such as Art History, Economics, Psychology or Theatre. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including Anthropology, Biology, Classics, English, Music, Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Latin American Studies
Pomona’s interdisciplinary study in Latin American Studies fosters an understanding of the region through analysis of its culture, history, politics and society. The program combines courses in language study, the humanities and the social sciences with independent work on campus and study abroad. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including Anthropology, Economics, History, Politics and Romance Languages and Literatures.
Pomona was the first college in the nation to offer a Media Studies major. The intercollegiate program is an interdisciplinary field that explores histories, technologies and social and cultural contexts of a range of contemporary media forms, including film, television, print, the Internet and other electronic means of communication. Faculty: 4 (5C faculty of 13) plus affiliated faculty from many fields (Research interests include the conjunction of contemporary fiction with other media, a psychoanalytically based feminist theory of the visual.)
Philosophy, Politics & Economics
The departments of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics jointly offer a major in which students receive a foundation in the methods and issues of each subject and a more detailed knowledge of one subject area, enhanced by a contextual awareness from the other two. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by faculty in the fields of Economics, Philosophy and Politics.
Public Policy Analysis
This interdisciplinary program provides students with an understanding of policy analysis, together with practical experience in the public affairs arena. The program cooperates with other departments to offer combined majors with Anthropology, Biology; Chemistry; Economics; Geology; Physics; Politics; Psychology; Sociology; and Science, Technology, and Society. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including those listed above.
Russian & Eastern European Studies
The objective of a major in Russian is to provide a thorough foundation in the Russian language and to develop a sophisticated understanding of Russian culture and history in European and global contexts. To further an awareness of Russia’s rich cultural tradition and the country’s continuing role as a major player on the world stage, departmental courses are often interdisciplinary in approach, encouraging students to explore literature, film, politics, history, art, music and cultural studies. Associated courses in a range of disciplines at The Claremont Colleges complement the department’s offerings. The program offers two majors. Students may elect to major in Russian with an emphasis on literature and culture; or they may choose to major in the interdisciplinary field of Russian and East European studies. The program also offers minors in Russian studies and Russian and East European studies.
Science, Technology & Society
This interdisciplinary program brings together a variety of courses focused on the roles of science and technology in an interdependent world. STS is divided into three areas: History of Science and Technology; Philosophy of Science; and Technology, and Political, Cultural and Perspectives on Science And Technology. Faculty: Courses for the major are taught by affiliated faculty in many fields, including Anthropology, Geology, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Politics.