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Take your required classes in a new and innovative way!

Learning Communities integrate two or more courses using a common theme. By connecting subjects through readings and assignments, understanding of the material is easier and learning is improved. Furthermore, you'll work with the same community of students in the linked classes, helping each other succeed and making friends along the way. To enroll, simply register for the specific courses and sections in the learning community. The courses will transfer and will appear on your transcript just as they would if you took them separately.

Benefits of Learning Communities:

  • Reinforcement of content in both courses.
  • Opportunity to make friends and form strong bonds with fellow students.
  • Built-in support system.
  • Increased interaction with the faculty.
  • Courses offered at prime times.
  • Courses often offered back-to-back in the same room.

Current Learning Communities

The following are the Learning Communities for Spring 2018.

An Exploration of Taboos in Society

This cluster is designed to explore social norms and deviant behavior in poems, short stories, non-fiction essays and possibly film. Sociological concepts and theories will be used to examine such topics as racial stereotypes, gender norms, identity and culture/ethnicity, mental illness, sexuality, and other relevant categories in relation to deviant behavior. The English course will focus on works about or by members of the above categories and will be examined as artifacts and representations of social deviance.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.

ENG-112-004 Composition and Intro to Literature 1 Jacquelyn Lyman TuTh
9:30-10:45 a.m.
SOC-111-020 Introduction to Sociology Gina Finelli TuTh
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Just Us: Social Justice for a Just World

Is this the kind of society and world in which you want to live? In this cluster, you will investigate, discuss, and speak out about social justice issues you care about the most. Find out what activists are doing to address injustices in areas such as civil rights, criminal justice, the environment, foreign policy, immigration, labor unions, privacy rights, social class, women’s rights, and more. Learn how to advocate for the principles you believe in and create a more just society. Learn how to let your voice be heard!

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121.

SOC-111-021 Introduction to Sociology Philip Terry-Smith TuTh
12:30-1:45 p.m.
COM-111-028 Fundamentals of Communication April Copes TuTh
2:00-3:15 p.m.


Promoting Wellness: Changing Ourselves and the World

How can we change the world and our own lives for the better? Come join us to explore strategies for making choices and decisions that promote the wellness of both our personal lives and the world around us -- and to explore the power of writing as a tool for change.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121 is strongly recommended.

HEA-114-010 Components of Personal Fitness & Wellness Caryn Martin TuTh
9:30-10:45 a.m.
COM-111-026 Fundamentals of Oral Communication LaTanya Eggleston TuTh
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


"What Doesn’t Kill You:” Stories of Survival and Perseverance

We’ve all been told that “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” But what does it mean to survive? And how can a person move from merely surviving to actually resisting or promoting social change through one’s survival? This learning community of ENG 112 and COM 111 will explore unique stories of survival that persist in modern culture. We will look at how cultural roles, economic circumstances, and political issues can create struggles one must “survive” in order to create change. Through your own writing and speeches, you will be able to add your own perspective and aim to promote change through informed and well-researched data. This is a great way to get your ENG and COM credits together and drastically increase the impact of your written and verbal communication skills. Let’s survive college together!

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.

ENG-112-045 Composition and Intro to Literature 2 Kathleen D'Angelo TuTh
9:30-10:45 a.m.
COM-111-027 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Haley Draper-Bowers TuTh
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


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