List of Approved Concentrations

In order to achieve depth and intellectual development in the humanities and social sciences beyond the introductory level, each student must complete a concentration of at least four courses within a single discipline chosen from the distinct areas of liberal arts study offered at The Claremont Colleges (below). Students should declare a concentration by their sixth semester.

The concentration represents progress in a field of study, and even though that field might be interdisciplinary, the concentration should typically advance beyond introductory level courses. A concentration in the fine or performing arts must include at least two courses that focus on theory, criticism or historical analysis. Students who intend to concentrate in areas not covered by the department’s faculty should plan their HSA program carefully in order to be able to fulfill all requirements. The second column below shows which fields are regularly represented in the HSA department. Courses that form the concentration may also satisfy other departmental requirements.

HSA concentrations must be chosen from the following list, though advisors have the discretion to add a “concentration detail” to a student’s record, indicating a more specific sub-field within one of the following areas. For example, a concentrator in religious studies may have a concentration detail which shows that their courses were in the sub-field of Asian religious traditions. Concentrators in foreign languages will typically have a concentration detail which shows the language they have studied.

Although many fields of study draw upon various disciplines, the classification of a concentration as ‘interdisciplinary’ below indicates that multiple courses in that concentration may, with approval of the advisor, also count towards the distribution requirement. Otherwise, only one course in the concentration may also satisfy a distribution requirement.

Represented at Harvey Mudd
American StudiesYesYes
Art HistoryNoNo
Asian American StudiesYesYes
Asian StudiesNoYes
Africana StudiesYesYes
Chicanx / Latinx Studies NoYes
Environmental AnalysisYesYes
European StudiesNoYes
Foreign LanguagesNoNo
Gender Studies (including Women’s Studies and Feminist Studies)YesYes
German StudiesNoYes
Holocaust & Human RightsNoYes
Jewish StudiesNoYes
Latin American StudiesYesYes
Literature (including English and Literature in translation)YesNo
Media StudiesYesYes
Middle Eastern StudiesNoYes
Political Studies (including Government, International Relations, and Public Policy)YesNo
Public Policy AnalysisYesYes
Religious StudiesYesNo
Science, Technology, & SocietyYesYes
Secular StudiesNoYes
Writing and RhetoricNoYes