Courses in Fall 2016

CC 101, Humanities I:  Ancient Worlds

[course homepage] Beginning with the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh, CC 101 looks at the origins of our world, the relation of the divine and the human, and the origins and nature of human civilization. For insight into how the ancient Hebrews and Greeks conceived and debated these topics in religious, literary, and philosophical terms, we read touchstone works including Genesis, Homer, Greek tragedy, and Plato. Study of architectural forms and purposes gives students another entry to the ancient world by exploring the relation of beauty, mathematics, and society through a study of the Parthenon and its role in Athenian Imperialism.

CC 111, Natural Sciences I: Origins

[course homepage] From where do we come? This course explores our understanding of the origins of the Universe, the earth, life on earth, and human life through the various lenses of astronomy, geology, biology, and anthropology. Carries natural sciences (with lab) divisional credit in CAS.

CC 201, Humanities III: Renaissance, Rediscovery and Reformation

[course homepage] The nature of the self and of reality comes into question in CC 201, which traces a growing emphasis on the importance of the individual, an increasing loss of religious and philosophical certainties, and an emerging instability in social structures, from the rediscovery of the Classical world in the Renaissance through the rise of the nation state. We look at the forging of “national” identities in Montaigne, Don Quixote, and Shakespeare as well as the origins of modern scientific thought in Bacon and Descartes; and we explore powerful expressions of Renaissance ferment in the art of the Sistine Chapel, Velázquez’ portraits, and the music of Bach.

CC 211, Social Sciences II: Power, Political Forms, and Economics

[course homepage] A historical and conceptual framework for understanding the beginning of the modern nation state, ideas of human rights and self-determination, and the relation of the individual and society. We consider the major events and processes that shape the modern world and the roots of these changes in the works studied in first year Core. Readings include Thucydides, Ibn Khaldun, Hobbes, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Weber, Adam Smith and Marx.