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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.

Fall 2019 Learning Communities

Talkin’ and Testifyin’: The History and Culture of African Americans

Learn about the richness of African American culture and history from songs, sermons, speeches, and other primary sources. Discover Black people’s thoughts, feelings, and deeds from painters, filmmakers, storytellers, and comedians.  See the faces and hear the voices that have been left out of many U.S. history books.  In this learning community, we will use media and public presentations to explore African American heritage. 

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101 / 101A.

HIS/AFA 214-071 African American History Lester Brooks Tu/Th
12:30-
1:45 p.m.

ARTS & HUM
SOC SCI
Diversity

COM-111-071 Fundamentals of Oral Communication April Copes Tu/Th
2-
3:15 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

 

Speaking of History: Connecting with History through Speech

Good speeches have shaped and described U.S. history since the country’s founding. Expand your knowledge of selected U.S. historical events and personalities while refining your public speaking skills, conducting research and gaining confidence as a presenter. Study texts, primary sources and videos and gain speaking practice. 

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101 / 101A.

HIS 211-072 United States History Through the Civil War Lester Brooks Tu/Th
9:30-
10:45 a.m.
SOC SCI
COM-111-072 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Susan Kilgard Tu/Th
11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

 

Our Body, Our Voice

Did you know your mindset about health influences your behavior? Your food choices will determine how you feel today, tomorrow and in the future. Explore your health and enhance your wellness while learning how to influence others to do the same. Students will learn about the dimensions of wellness and research current health topics to persuade an audience to make healthy lifestyle changes! Learn how to take care of your body and how to use your voice to impact global wellness. This course is a step towards delivering effective messages, setting specific goals to gain self-confidence and creating a healthier you.

COM-111-077 Fundamentals of Oral Communication LaTanya Eggleston

Tu/Th
9:30 -
10:45 a.m.

ARTS & HUM
HEA-114-077 Components of Personal Fitness & Wellness Duane Herr Tu/Th
11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.
WELLNESS

 

Mind over Math

Do you have anxieties and fears about learning math? Do negative thoughts interfere with your self-confidence and test performance? Join this learning community to explore principles of psychology and apply them immediately for success in your math class. You will learn about the physical, mental, emotional and behavioral aspects of math anxiety. With new insights about motivation, memory and learning, you will discover new study approaches that work for you. New perspectives and strategies will empower you to enjoy learning math and take tests with new-found confidence. 

Prerequisite: Achieve an appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Test or successful completion of an approved mathematics preparation course.

PSY-111-078 Introduction to Psychology Kentina Smith Tu/Th
12:30-
1:45 p.m.
SOC SCI
MAT-036/037-078 College Algebra Foundations Nancy Chell Tu/Th
2-
4:15 p.m.
 

 

Calculus and Physics: The Language of Our Changing Universe

We are surrounded everywhere by a continuously changing world, and calculus is the mathematics that describes this continuous change. Over centuries, the origins and development of calculus were motivated and driven by problems in physics. We will examine ways in which this particular language of mathematics helps us understand and describe the forces of physics at work in our dynamic universe. We will see how many important concepts in physics, including projectile motion, force, work, energy, momentum, inertia, can be described and deeply understood using the language and techniques of calculus

Prerequisites: Eligibility MAT 191. NOTE: Students must sign up for the lab component of the General Physics class.

PHY-211-079 General Physics 1 Timothy Shivok Tu/Th
8-
9:15 a.m.
SCIENCE
MAT-192-079 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 2 Thao-Nhi Luu MWF
10:30-
11:40 a.m.
MATH

 

Business Communications in the Digital Age: To Tweet or Not to Tweet

Did you see the juggling cats on Facebook? Did you share it with your friends? Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snap Chat and Instagram – we live in the computer age and there are implications for how we communicate in business. How is social media best used for business communication? That is one of the many questions this learning community will explore as we examine the pros and cons of social media, the Internet, and other forms of communication used in the business world today. We will examine various communication strategies and determine which ones convey information best to target audiences and assist in building successful businesses. We will also learn how to analyze data, identify misleading information and enhance our verbal, written and presentation communication skills.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101 / 101A.

BPA/ESI-162-073 Business Communications Stephen Berry Tu/Th
9:30-
10:45 a.m

 

 

CTA-100-073 Computing and Information Technology Harold Waterman Tu/Th
11 a.m.-
12:45 p.m.
TECH

 

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 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 101 / 101A.

SOC-111-074 Introduction to Sociology John Lawton Tu/Th
11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.
SOC SCI
COM-111-074 Fundamentals of Oral Communication April Copes Tu/Th
12:30-
1:45 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

  

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 101

ENG-101-075 Academic Writing & Research 1 Jacquelyn Lyman Tu/Th
9:30-
10:45 a.m

 

ENG COMP

SOC-111-075 Introduction to Sociology Gina Finelli Tu/Th
11 a.m.-
12:45 p.m.
SOC SCI
Diversity

 

Criminal Minds

This learning community will explore psychological and criminological concepts as a key to understanding the minds of criminals – is crime a choice? What are impacts of the prison experience and the juvenile justice system? Behavioral, cognitive, personality and social psychology theories will provide a framework for understanding and explaining various aspects of the criminal justice system, causes of crime and various types of crimes.

PSY-111-079 Introduction to Psychology Kentina Smith Tu/Th
9:30-
10:45 a.m

 

SOC SCI

CJS-111-079 Introduction to Criminal Justice Darian Senn Carter Tu/Th
11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.
 

 

Be Our Guest: Conversations about Hospitality

What makes someone a success in the hospitality industry? Join the conversation covering all facets of the hospitality business including how to add value to the consumer’s experience and what it takes to satisfy the needs of a diverse customer base. Expand your study by researching and delivering presentations on hospitality topics of particular interest and learning what other students are discovering by listening to their presentations. Build your confidence in public speaking and your knowledge of this fascinating and fast-paced industry.

COM-111-870 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Sandy King OL

 

 ARTS & HUM

HRM-111-070 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry Ken Karvis Tu/Th
9:30-
10:45 a.m.
 

 

Free Your Mind and Literacy Will Follow

Reading academic texts and writing college-level research essays can be a daunting task. It is easy to become anxious and overwhelmed when essays, tests and reading assignments start to pile up. By combining your developmental reading and writing course with an entry-level psychology course, you have the ability to receive hands-on assistance and mentorship on how to decipher sometimes difficult texts and how to compose organized and meaningful essays. You will not only learn successful reading and writing skills and strategies but you will also apply this knowledge to your psychology course.  We will survey the vast array of topics studied by psychologists ranging from brain development to the behavior of social groups, all while introducing you to the field’s central principles and discoveries. You will learn about how psychological science can contribute to your happiness, your success and your understanding of other people. 

RDG-040-076 Academic Literacies David "Forrest" Caskey MW
8:30-10:50 a.m.

 

 

PSY-111-076 Introduction to Psychology Julie Grignon MW
11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.
SOC SCI

 

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