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. "Operations 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)

Time & Place in the Southwest

Courses in this cluster examine the diverse peoples, institutions, histories, artworks, and physical and cultural ecologies of the Southwest. Click here to read more.

Sickness & Health

Courses in this cluster examine the biological, cultural, and political-economic dimensions of health, illness, and healing historically and in the present. Click here to read more.

Ethics & Law

Courses in this cluster examine questions of subjectivity and ethical work, the ways in which people shape themselves and each other as particular kinds of ethical subjects, and ethical discourse in contemporary governance, science, and technology. Click here to read more.

Embodied Practices

Courses in this cluster examine the nature of bodies and embodied practices, asking questions about the cultural and scientific value placed on the body, interpretations of experience arising from the senses, and the role of the senses as a mode of knowing. Click here to read more.

Operations of Power

Courses in this cluster examine the question of power – what it is, who has it, and what it does – with specific attention relationships between culture, power, and politics. Click here to read more.

American Revolutions

Courses in this cluster examine the manyfold legacies of colonialism and anti-colonialism in the broader Atlantic world, with an emphasis on historical and ongoing revolutionary change among colonized peoples and their descendants. Click here to read more.

Visual Arts & Culture

Courses in this cluster examine the relationship between media and culture, investigating diverse ways of understanding the production, form, reception, and influence of film and other visual media. Click here to read more.

Constructing Meaning

Courses in this cluster examine the various ways in which we construct, bridge, and integrate meaning and knowledge in order to make sense of the world around us and our own place in it. Click here to read more.

Modernity and Its Discontents

Courses in this cluster examine ethical, aesthetic, political, social, and historical questions related to rise and fall of Modernity -- a radical shift in thought that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries against the backdrop of democratic politics, industrial capitalism and imperial expansion. Click here to read more.

Winter Start Course Descriptions (2023)

CC100: The Political Science of Critical Issues

Instructor: Elizabeth Coggins
Learning Across the Liberal Arts Designation: Societies & Human Behavior
Block: 5

How can the lens of political science help us understand the critical issues we face in the United States today? Racial equity. Climate change. Immigration. Covid19. These and other urgent political issues dominate public debate and demand our attention. Yet, the pathways of policy solutions are complicated by the structure of the policy system, and often limited by the polarized nature of the political arena. This course aims to help students "think like a political scientist" and use analytical tools of the field to intelligently observe, question, and theorize about political phenomena. We will analyze original research--both seminal and cutting edge--to address the important issues of our time, using the issues as vehicles for applying the scientific analysis of political science.

CC120: Food and the Nation

Instructor: Tyler Cornelius
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 this course students will use environmental history to ask and answer questions about social, political, and environmental change. In exploring these ideas the course will engage a broad range of historical materials, including dairies, menus, recipes, documentary film, photography, advertisement, government legislation/regulation, architecture, and… food itself. This class will be both interesting and delicious!


CC100: A Critical Inquiry of Mental Illness

Instructor: Kristi Erdal
Learning Across the Liberal Arts Designation: Societies & Human Behavior
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: The Craft of Research

Instructor: Sayantan Roy
Block: 6

This writing intensive class will introduce students to the craft of research. Students will learn what the practice of research entails by undertaking a short project, ideally a interrogating a question that motivates them and that they care about. Through that undertaking, students will learn how to think of a topic and a problem, how to situate their questions within a theoretical framework, how to think about methods, and finally they will learn how to conduct their research. Class discussions will show how to think about a project, how to break it down into component parts, and developing a pragmatic plan to execute it within limitations. The objective of the class is to learn the messiness of the research process and experience how something new emerges from the tenuous exercise of being curious about the world.

Note: Students will conduct a short research, which may entail visiting local sites individually.


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