Sponsored by the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges and housed at Pomona College, American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that encourages students to think critically and creatively about the histories and cultures of the United States from local, national and transnational perspectives, as well as about questions of social and economic justice, rights, and equality.
The American Studies Program is coordinated by an intercollegiate faculty who aim 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 relevant to life in the U.S.
Recent graduates have used this interdisciplinary major to pursue many career paths, including education, law, library science, journalism, business, museum administration, electoral politics, health care, and the non-profit sector.