Category Archives: Claremont McKenna

From the college course catalog. . . .

Today’s entrant in my ongoing series examining the courses offered at America’s pricey liberal arts colleges, I offer an entry from Scripps College.  For those unfamiliar with Scripps, founded in 1926, is a women’s college that is part of the Claremont Colleges, a liberal arts consortium of colleges. The other colleges are Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer, and Harvey Mudd (which some would argue is a STEM college every bit as good in that field as MIT).

When Ellen Browning Scripps founded the college, she stated its mission: “The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.” I hope this post gives you some idea about how true to that mission Scripps has remained.

Because I’ve been looking at other colleges’ American Studies departments, I’ll continue that pattern here, so that you can compare Scripps’ offerings to previous posts examining American Studies classes at other colleges. As it happens, Scripps offers only three American studies courses, plus a couple of senior seminars and an independent study class. Because of the paucity of American studies at Scripps, I’ll just include all three classes here:

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