CCST offers a number of courses especially designed to address cross-cultural topics and methods of inquiry. All of them count for the minor, but they may be (and are) taken by students of all stripes.

Many courses from other departments count toward the minor(see the program requirements), but here are the home-brew courses we offer:

  • CCST 100: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Israeli and Palestinian Identity

    How have Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel shaped their senses of personal and collective identity since the early twentieth century? We will explore mental pictures of the land, one's self, and others in a selection of Israeli Jewish and Palestinian short stories, novels, and films. We will also explore some of the humanistic roots of U.S. involvement in Israeli-Palestinian relations today, particularly in the realm of American initiated bi-cultural youth camps such as Seeds of Peace. Students will enrich our class focus by introducing us to perspectives on Israel/Palestine in their home countries or elsewhere. In translation.

    6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Stacy N Beckwith
  • CCST 100: Growing up Cross-Culturally

    First-year students interested in this program should enroll in this seminar. The course is recommended but not required for the minor and it will count as one of the electives. From cradle to grave, cultural assumptions shape our own sense of who we are. This course is designed to enable American and international students to compare how their own and other societies view birth, infancy, adolescence, marriage, adulthood, and old age. Using children's books, child-rearing manuals, movies, and ethnographies, we will explore some of the assumptions in different parts of the globe about what it means to "grow up."

    6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Stephanie M Cox, Stacy N Beckwith
  • CCST 208: International Coffee and News

    Have you just returned from Asia, Africa, Europe, or South America? This course is an excellent way to keep in touch with the culture (and, when appropriate, the language) you left behind. Relying on magazines and newspapers around the world, students will discuss common topics and themes representing a wide array of regions. You may choose to read the press in the local language, or read English-language media about your region, meeting once each week for conversational exchange. (Language of conversation is English.) Prerequisites: Students must have participated in an off-campus study program (Carleton or non-Carleton) 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 · Luciano H Battaglini, Tun Myint, Laura Goering
  • CCST 270: Creative Travel Writing Workshop

    Travelers write. Whether it be in the form of postcards, text messages, blogs, or articles, writing serves to anchor memory and process difference, making foreign experience understandable to us and accessible to others. While examining key examples of the genre, you will draw on your experiences off-campus for your own work. Student essays will be critiqued in a workshop setting, and all work will be revised before final submission. Some experimentation with blended media is also encouraged.

    Prerequisites: Students must have participated in an off-campus study program (Carleton or non-Carleton) or instructor permission 6 credit; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • CCST 275: I'm A Stranger Here Myself

    What do enculturation, tourism, culture shock, "going native," haptics, cross-cultural adjustment, and third culture kids have in common? How do intercultural transitions shape identity? What is intercultural competence? This course explores theories about intercultural contact and tests their usefulness by applying them to the analysis of world literature, case studies, and the visual arts, and by employing students' intercultural experiences as evidence. From individualized, self-reflective exercises to community-oriented group endeavors, our activities will promote new intercultural paradigms in the classroom and the wider community. Course designed for off-campus returnees, students who have lived abroad, or who have experienced being outsiders. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2018 · Éva S Pósfay
  • CCST 280: Empires, Colonies, Hegemony

    The world has been shaped by colonialism and imperialism. But neither ism is monolithic. Colonizers had differing goals, differing conceptualizations/justifications of their roles. The experiences of the colonized were equally heterogeneous. We look at four specific modules, each one taught by an instructor with unique expertise on the topic, to try to perceive these isms from a variety of angles, both through different disciplines and different case studies. What similarities can we find between the colonial experiences? What differences? How do academic disciplines confront these isms? What is postcolonialism? And what can we learn from these historical hegemonies to contribute to our understanding of modern hegemony?

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Shane Auerbach, Diane M Nemec Ignashev, Cherif Keïta, Thabiti Willis