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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.

Spring 2020 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 214-077 African American History Lester Brooks

Tu/Th
11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.

ARTS & HUM
SOC SCI
Diversity

COM-111-077 Fundamentals of Oral Communication April Copes Tu/Th
12:30-
1:45 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 211-076 United States History Through the Civil War Lester Brooks Tu/Th
9:30-
10:45 a.m.
SOC SCI
COM-111-076 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-111-072 Fundamentals of Oral Communication LaTanya Eggleston

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

ARTS & HUM
HEA-114-072 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-111-073 Introduction to Psychology Kentina Smith MW
1-
2:15 p.m.
SOC SCI
MAT-036-073 Foundations of College Algebra Nancy Chell MW
2:30-
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 for ENG 101/ENG 101A; completion of MAT 191. NOTE: Students must sign up for the lab component, PHY 211LB,  of the General Physics class.

PHY-211-074 General Physics 1 Timothy Shivok Tu/Th
12:30-
1:45 p.m.
SCIENCE
MAT-192-074 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 2 Thao-Nhi Luu MW
2-3:40 p.m.
MATH

 

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-111-071 Introduction to Sociology John Lawton Tu/Th
12:30-
1:45 p.m.
SOC SCI
COM-111-071 Fundamentals of Oral Communication April Copes Tu/Th
2-3:15 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.-
12:15 p.m.
SOC SCI
Diversity

 

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-111-879 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Sandy King OL

 

 ARTS & HUM

HRM-111-079 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry Ken Jarvis Tu/Th
9:30-
10:45 a.m.
 

 

Last W(rites): Dealing, Not Dwelling, with Death

Rites (and writing) surrounding death have allowed us space to grieve and to celebrate, to mourn and to move on. Build on the skills in writing and research you learned in English 101, but add your own voice, focusing on human encounters with death and memorializing, while establishing your skills as a speaker and presenter. Study social traditions and individual inventions for coping, texts and tributes, and local sites of interest while becoming a stronger orator.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 102.

ENG-102-078 Academic Writing and Research 2 Candice Hill MWF
9-9:50 a.m

 

ENG COMP

COM-111-078 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Susan Kilgard MWF
10-
10:50 a.m.
ARTS & HUM

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