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Hidden Gems 2020

In college, there are the classes you have to take.

But sometimes, there are classes you want to take.

Take a look at some classes we like to call "Hidden Gems." These are lesser known or unique classes that offer students a course off the beaten path. Many of these classes are electives so you might be able to fit them into your program of study.

Every other week throughout the year, we will feature a new "gem" on the website homepage. Keep an eye out for these special classes! And if you have an idea or a class you'd like to see featured, let us know by emailing the CCAC ServiceDesk.

Susan B. Anthony StampAre you interested in exploring the history of women in society, with a special emphasis on the United States? Then this course is for you! Women's history tells the story of our nation's past from a wider perspective. It doesn’t rewrite history—rather, it expands the focus of history to include the activities and contributions of women from all walks of life, from different eras and different backgrounds. While surveying society’s definition of the nature and role of women, the actual conditions of women, and the feminist response to intellectual, social and political problems, this course details how women have played a vital role in human civilization.
Fun Fact: Feminism isn’t just a modern movement—it dates to antiquity! 
HIS 219 -  History of Women

Are you interested in issues surrounding women and gender? Are you passionate about social justice? Are you ready to work to improve the lives of women? Are you eager to make connections between your personal life and the topics you’re studying? Are you intrigued to discover new insights that looking at literature, art and film from a feminist perspective will give you? Are you open to questioning your assumptions about gender and sexuality? Then use the tools of history, economics, science, health, art, and other disciplines to study the lives of women and explore questions like these.
Did You Know? You don’t have to be a woman to specialize in women’s studies.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere...whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ?Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail

What were racial conditions like in the United States prior to 1960? Specifically, what was it like to be a Black citizen living in Pittsburgh at the time? Can you identify two groups that participated in the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement and name their leaders? What techniques were used by these groups to achieve equality? Which businesses and government agencies were targeted by the movement and why? How did the movement impact the areas of employment, education and public accommodations? Learn all this and more as you discover how ordinary Pittsburghers stepped up to root out injustice, knowing that “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

What was Africa like before European colonization? How did the Atlantic slave trade develop and shape the lives and economies of Africans and Europeans? Trace the African American experience as you follow the journey of African Americans from their origins in Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, and their struggle for freedom in the United States, with a focus on the Civil War, Emancipation and the period of Reconstruction.

old ruinsHIS 220 Historical Archeology

This course is designed as an introduction to the basic techniques, methods and theories of historic archaeology. Emphasis is placed on topics from 18th and 19th century North America that provide insights into employing material objects as data for analysis of the past. The methodology of historical research, archaeological excavation and the description and analysis of historical materials are examined.

Old map of Pittsburgh's three riversWhy is Pittsburgh the "city of steel?"  Why were the three rivers so important that they were a contributing factor in the French and Indian War?  Why is Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can so iconic?  And why is there an army of Steelers fans across the world?

If you'd like to discover the answers to these questions and so many more, REGISTER NOW for HIS222-AC71, Pittsburgh: Past, Present, Future on Tuesday from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. with Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier.

This course is a survey of Pittsburgh’s role in the Colonial frontier, the westward movement, the development of the Ohio River Valley and the Industrial Revolution, as well as its role in developing solutions to contemporary urban problems. The course features a ZERO-COST textbook available to students in hard copy or PDF format. Questions:  

stenography machineThis course introduces students to the profession of court reporting. Topics include the history of court reporting, educational requirements, the duties and responsibilities of court reporters, professional organizations, certifications testing and career options in the fields of Judicial, Freelance, Closed Captioning and Computer Aided Realtime Translation (CART).

Speakers include practicing court reporters from local firms and courts. A field trip to a closed captioning agency is offered. This course is open to any student with an interest in the court reporting profession.

See if you would like to be a court reporter.