The History Department offers advanced degrees in history with a specialization (concentration) in American studies, designed for graduate students who prefer a multidisciplinary approach to the history and character of American culture and society. The core of the CGU American studies program is American history. The assumption of the program is that multidisciplinary studies enhance the study of American history, and degree programs are intended to reflect that. Minor fields will be arranged individually between the student and his/her advisors to take advantage of the extensive resources of The Claremont Colleges and to reflect the student’s interests and desired emphases in studying the history of civilization in America. The minor fields should support the major and can be drawn from existing faculties and disciplines represented in The Claremont Colleges consortium.
Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree. Doctoral students must demonstrate competence in three fields (a major field and two minor fields). The major field encompasses a period or thematic aspect of U.S. history. Students choose their two minor fields after consultation with their advisor and with other faculty. Minor fields can be thematic approaches to U.S. history, or methodological, comparative or interdisciplinary. At least one minor field should reflect the multidisciplinary vantage point of American studies. The student’s supervisory committee in consultation with the chair of the program must approve the selection of fields.