CC100 & CC120


Taken during a student's first semester, the first-year foundations course sequence (CC100: Critical Inquiry Seminar & CC120: First-Year Writing Seminar) serve as the foundation to CC's General Education plan.

As a sequence, these courses provide an introduction to disciplinary scholarship, the nature of the liberal arts, and learning on the block. In the first block (CC100), students begin to understand the liberal arts as a specific kind of community comprised of various epistemological and methodological cultures. The goal of this class is to help students understand that different fields of study construct and organize knowledge differently, each with its own paradigms and assumptions. The second block (CC120) builds on the outcomes of CC100 to engage students in understanding the relationship between disciplinary practices and writing. The goal of this class is to help students understand that each discipline operates within specific discourse communities each with their own structures, styles, and forms.

All CC100 & CC120 courses are linked, meaning that students in the same CC100 course will move into the linked CC120 course as a cohort. These links serve to reinforce the social connections developed in the first block and allow students more time to learn together on the block.

Fall CC100 courses are also grouped into "thematic clusters." These clusters are designed to help facilitate students' thinking about disciplinary knowledge production in a comparative framework. Courses are clustered around a shared topic, question, or theme (i.e. "The Dynamics of Power"). Although students are enrolled in a single CC100/CC120 course sequence, all courses in a cluster will offer periodic "convergence experiences" that offer students the opportunity to engage across courses to compare the different approaches to knowledge creation taking place in their respective courses in relationship to the shared topic.

Winter CC100 courses are not grouped into a thematic cluster, will still offer convergence experiences.

thematic clusters (fall start)

Global Exchange

Exchanges take many forms. Technologies are exchanged across societies. Cultures are exchanged across national borders. Ideas are exchanged across texts. The courses in this cluster examine the nature of exchange with particular attention to the ways in which exchanges on a global scale have motivated innovation, conflict, and revolutionary change. Click here to read more.

Visual and Sensory Culture

Visual images and sensory experiences pervade our everyday lives and are a central part of how we experience the world. We encounter images and sensory experiences in many forms: from paintings, to film, to cuisine, to music, and the internet. Visual and sensory experiences play a central role in how we represent ideas, make meaning, and communicate. Courses in this cluster examine the role that sensory experiences play in producing knowledge and understanding, raise questions about “high” and “low” cultures, examine the politics of images and the senses, and explore how images are forms of visual communication. Click here to read more.

The Anthropocene

Geologists measure time in epochs--the Paleocene, the Cretaceous, the Holocene. Today many scholars argue that we have entered into a new epoch: the Anthropocene; the human epoch. Courses in this cluster will examine issues of society, climate change, and humankind's changing relationship with what we call "nature" or the "natural world". Click here to read more.

Technologies of the Body

From the figurative tattoos and piercings of prehistory to contemporary advancements in prosthetics and implants, humans have been modifying their bodies for millennia. But science is allowing us to alter ourselves in new and unprecedented ways -- not only to beautify or overcome so-called deficiencies, but to enhance and exceed our current capabilities. In doing so, technology is also challenging the very notion of what it means to be human. Courses in this cluster explore the ethical, historical, and cultural questions raised at the intersection of science, technology, and the body. Click here to read more.

The Dynamics of Power

Power is often imagined as the capacity of an individual to influence the behaviors and choices of others. Courses in this cluster examine the dynamics of power: how it is gained and used, how it flows through communities and cultures, as well as the ways in which power influences our choices and identities. Click here to read more.

Transcultural & Intersectional Identities

Our identities are not simply our own. They are nested within and emerge from the various cultural contexts we inhabit. Our identities are also dynamic. They are shaped by personal, local, and global events as we move through time and space. The courses in this cluster provoke questions about the nature of identities that exist in transcultural and intersectional spaces - identities that span boundaries and borders, as well as draw from and integrate cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. Click here to read more.

Colonialism & Anti-Colonialism

Anti-colonialism refers to two interconnected concepts: a series of historical events and a critical analytic. As a historical event, anti-colonialism means the struggle against imperial rule in colonized countries, mostly during the first half of the twentieth century. As a theoretical and analytic tool, anti-colonialism generally argues for the benefits of ending colonial rule, but not without complication. Many anti-colonial philosophers engage with European philosophy to reveal the contradictions between Europe’s optimistic vision for itself and the horrors of its colonial project. Courses in this cluster will engage with anti-colonialism both as historical reality and philosophical project. Click here to read more.

Identities in Societies

What is the individual? What is the individual’s relationship to social organization and social relations? How is the individual constituted or made through social relations? What possibilities and choices are available for the individual within social systems that are unequal and hierarchical? Much of the way that we conceive of the relationship between the individual and society comes from Western notions of the self: as autonomous, isolated, able to make decisions for oneself and responsible for one’s own actions. Courses in this cluster examine how the self constructs itself out of cultural and social materials, and how society is constructed through the interactions of multiple individual selves. Click here to read more.

Past and Present in Critical Dialogue

The past and present are fundamentally linked. Our lives build on the accumulated knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of our predecessors. Our preferences and our choices are shaped by institutional structures and cultural expectations established by previous generations. Courses in this cluster take up questions related to the critical intersections of past and present: how they relate, how they challenge one another, and how they exist in dynamic tension with one another. Click here to read more.

Winter Start Course Descriptions (2022)

CC101: The Rise of Fascism: History, Theory, Representations

Instructor: Amanda Minervini
Learning Across the Liberal Arts Designation: Analysis & Interpretation of Meaning
CRN# 22735
Block: 5

This course is designed as an introduction to fascism, starting from Italian fascism, to explore other forms of fascism, populism and totalitarianism in the world. Special attention will be given to textual analyses, as well as writing and research.

CC120: How To Live A More Deliberate Life?: Contemplative Practices in Discuss

Instructor: Dot Devota
CRN# 22736
Block: 6

In this course, we will identify urgent questions regarding how we live our daily lives. Our questions will form a compass, helping us navigate course materials and activities by allowing us to contemplate our own experiences, how we see the world, and how we want to engage purposefully in it. Through discussion, reading, and writing, we might better learn to approach ourselves and our communities with more depth and understanding. Course activities aim to cultivate our attention spans, including a silent retreat, going for walks, and conducting field research to re-engage sensory function for thinking and writing. We will nurture a writing habit that allows us to build--above all--a meaningful relationship to our own writing. We will learn to think on the page, using exploration to encourage discovery and meaning-making. We will read essays that center playfulness and humor as overlooked intelligences, and short poetic films that reflect more nuanced realities and marginalized perspectives. These immersive studies will allow us to contemplate what “living more deliberately” might mean for each of us, personally as well as collectively.


CC104: Food for Thought

Instructor: Tyler Cornelius
Learning Across the Liberal Arts Designation: Historical Perspectives
CRN# 22739
Block: 5

This course is an introduction to food as a serious subject/object of analysis, beginning with investigations of the earliest American food systems and ending with the ecological problems associated with industrial agriculture today. In learning about the history of food in North America this class will encounter diverse perspectives across a number of academic disciplines. Our inquiry will be both historical and contemporary with a focus on present-day issues relating to social justice and sustainability. In exploring these ideas the course will engage a broad range of materials, including history, documentary film, fiction, photography, advertisement, government legislation/regulation, architecture, and... food itself. This class will be both interesting and delicious!

CC120: Food Fight

Instructor: Tyler Cornelius
CRN# 22740
Block: 6

One of the best windows into the values of a society is by looking at what they eat – where their food comes from, how it is prepared and consumed, and what it can tell us about the larger forces shaping its past and present. In the second part of this course students will build and expand upon their exploration of the history of food in North America to ask and answer questions relating to social, political, and environmental change. In tracing the relationship between food and power, this class explores the role of food in crafting personal and collective identities; the contradictions of current food systems; and the use of food in political and cultural critique.


CC106: A Critical Inquiry of Mental Illness

Instructor: Kristi Erdal
Learning Across the Liberal Arts Designation: Societies & Human Behavior
CRN# 22737
Block: 5

This course will cover the sociological, psychological, religious, and biological contributions to what is called mental illness inside and outside of the United States. Care will be taken to place our current diagnostic system in historical context and to note the Western frame that currently permeates much of the world's attention to mental illness. Select disorders will be chosen to focus on rather than surveying a broad swath of diagnoses, and stigma emanating from medicalization in the west will be addressed.

CC120: Introduction to Political Philosophy

Instructor: John Grace
CRN# 22738
Block: 6

Investigates the foundation and aims of political rule as well as fundamental debates over the meaning of justice, liberty, power, authority, law and rights through an examination of basic but competing perspectives drawn from ancient, medieval, and modern texts. Thinkers include, but are not limited to, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, and Locke.


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