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 minor requirements), but here are the home-brew courses we offer:

  • 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 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Stephanie Cox
  • CCST 180: Crossing Borders: Global Contexts of Migration and Immigration

    This course will grapple with the issue of immigration and migration from both global and interdisciplinary perspectives. Through several different case studies (including such regions as the Americas, Africa, Europe, and more), taught by faculty from different departments, students will gain a deeper understanding of one of the burning issues of our time.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2021 · David Tompkins
  • 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) or instructor permission 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2020, Winter 2021 · Luciano Battaglini, Mihaela Czobor-Lupp
  • 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 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • 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 credits; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Éva Pósfay
  • CCST 398: The Cross-Cultural Panorama: A Capstone Workshop

    The work of Cross-Cultural Studies traverses many disciplines, often engaging with experiences that are difficult to capture in traditional formats. In this course students will create an ePortfolio that reflects, deepens, and narrates the various forms of cross-cultural experience they have had at Carleton, drawing on coursework and off-campus study, as well as such extra-curricular activities as talks, service learning, internships and fellowships. Guided by readings and prompts, students will write a reflective essay articulating the coherence of the parts, describing both the process and the results of their pathway through the minor. Considered a capstone for CCST, but for anyone looking to thread together their experiences across culture. Course is taught as a workshop. 

    2 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Scott Carpenter