2017-18 Pomona College Catalog 
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American Studies

Professor Victor Silverman, program coordinator
Steering Committee: Pohl
1, Rockwell, Silverman, Thomas3
Anne Tessier, academic coordinator


Sponsored by the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, American studies is a multidisciplinary major that encourages students to think critically and creatively about the United States. American studies allows students to comprehend the complexity and diversity of the U.S. by drawing on the strengths of the humanities and the social sciences. Majors take courses in a variety of fields such as literature, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, music and the visual arts. In addition, multidisciplinary core courses give majors materials from different disciplines to explore a particular issue regarding life in the U.S. The interdisciplinary approach to this major affords students many career choices, including law, academia, library science, journalism, education, business and museum curatorship.

Core Faculty in American Studies

While several faculty at the Claremont Colleges offer courses that fulfill the American Studies Major, the faculty listed below are considered core members of the program and, as such, are available to serve as major advisors for those students who decide to major in American studies.

Claremont McKenna: Lily Geismer (History), Diana Selig (History), Tamara Venit-Shelton (History)
Harvey Mudd: Isabel Balseiro (Literature), Hal Barron (History), Erika Dyson (Religion)
Pomona: Frances Pohl (Art History), Joti Rockwell (Music), Victor Silverman (History), Valorie Thomas (English and Africana Studies)
Pitzer: Bill Anthes (Art History), Todd Honma (Asian American Studies), Stuart McConnell (History), Claudia Strauss (Anthropology)
Scripps: Wendy Cheng (American Studies), Thomas Koenigs (English), Julie Liss (History), Warren Liu (English), Rita Roberts (History)


1On leave fall 2017 2On leave spring 2018 3On leave 2017-18


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