All students at CCA are required to complete Cultural History as a part of their Humanities & Sciences requirement. A menu of courses will be offered each year and students may choose from these courses to fulfill the Cultural History requirement. The courses offered to complete the requirement will be historical in nature, will have a substantial non-Western component, and will introduce students to an historical awareness of cultural diversity. Objectives include an introduction to historical and critical thinking, to research methods and uses of evidence and primary sources, and to provide historical context for contemporary citizenship.
What is the difference between a revolt and a revolution? Did the overthrow of the Russian Tsar, in 1917, culminate in a revolution? Did Gandhi's 1930 "Salt March" trigger Indian independence? How did Egyptian society change, following the exile of King Farouk in 1952? Why do historians define the storming of the Bastille as the trigger event of the French Revolution, while limiting the 1850-1864 Chinese Civil War to a rebellion? Why are revolutions a modern phenomenon and why is the modern world best grasped by familiarity with the inherent principles of the French and Bolshevik revolutions? Students will pursue these questions and their answers will comprise this course.