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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 Fall 2017.

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 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121.

HIS/AFA-214-004 African American History Lester Brooks TuTh
12:30-1:45 p.m.
ARTS & HUM
SOC SCI
COM-111-029 Fundamentals of Oral Communication April Copes TuTh
2-3:15 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

 

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.

HEA-114-006 Components of Personal Fitness & Wellness Caryn Martin TuTh
12:30-1:45 p.m.
HEALTH
ENG-111-048 Composition and Intro to Literature 1 Johnny Lew TuTh
2-3:15 p.m.
ENG COMP

 

Speaking of History: Connecting with History through Speech

Good speeches have both shaped and described U.S. history since the country's founding. Expand your knowledge of historical events and personalities from U.S. history while refining your public speaking skills, conducting research, and gaining confidence as a presenter.
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121.

HIS-211-002 History of United States 1 Lester Brooks TuTh
9:30-10:45 a.m.
SOC SCI
COM-111-019 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Susan Kilgard TuTh
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

 

Creepy or Crazy: Exploring Supernatural and Psychological Phenomena

Ghosts! Hallucinations! Terrifying experiences! Distrubing psychological implications! What is really happening in the minds of literary characters? What is really happening in the minds of real people? What do we know and what can we learn about these phenomena? Join us as we explore fascinating and unsettling ideas about supernatural and psychological phenomena as well as the difficult-to-define realm in between.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 121.

ENG-121-016 African American History Dean Bowers TuTh
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
ENG COMP
COM-111-024 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Haley Draper-Bowers TuTh
12:30-1:45 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

 

The Debater's Dilemma: Vice or Virtue

Do you ever find yourself doing what you "have to do" in order to do what you "want to do"? Do you believe in Augustine of Hippo's "unjust law is no law at all"? Questions of right and wrong arise whenever people communicate and often because of miscommunication. Be prepared to discuss core values that guide our daily lives. Learn and practice ethical guidelines that challenge you to be responsible thinkers, decision makers, and engage in the development of relationships and communicaties within and across contexts, cultures, channels, and media. All while preparing for #TheGreatDebate!

COM-111-010 Fundamentals of Oral Communication LaTanya Eggleston TuTh
9:30-10:45 a.m.
ARTS & HUM
PHL-142-002 Ethics Kevin Murphy TuTh
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

 

How to Beat the System: Tales of Underdogs, Clones, and Megalomanics

How do societies shape the people who live within them, allotting power to some and none to others? In this learning community, you will read literature and use sociological concepts and theories to examine how people are the products of their society. You will follow the rise and fall of the underdogs, clones, and megalomaniacs produced by social construcs as they attempt to "beat the system" and gain some type of power and recognition. 

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 121.

ENG-121-013 Composition and Literature Regina Johnson MWF
11-11:50 a.m.
ENG COMP
SOC-111-012 Introduction to Sociology Gina Finelli MWF
12-12:50 p.m.
SOC SCI

 

Business Communication 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, Flickr 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 presenation skills.

BPA/ESI-162-002 Business Communications Stephen Berry TuTh
9:30-10:45 a.m.
 
CTA-100-008 Computing and Information Technology Harold Waterman TuTh
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
COMP 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 the 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 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121.

SOC-111-010 Introduction to Sociology Philip Terry-Smith TuTh
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
SOC SCI
COM-111-022 Fundamentals of Oral Communication April Copes TuTh
12:30-1:45 p.m.
ARTS & HUM

 

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