Is Carleton's "Introduction to Critical Methods" class the holy grail of liberal arts education? Perhaps. What's certain is that the course is one of Carleton's best-kept secrets, offered by a department—Literary and Cultural Studies—that exists only as an acronym in the course catalog.
Taught by Scott Carpenter, the class sits at the intersection of a broad spread of disciplines, and approaches texts, films, and images from a variety of angles to teach students how to ask useful questions in their quest to understand the world around them.
Anna Swanson shares this look at the class and its professor.