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Fall 2013
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Culture and Social Behaviors
English 101 (English Composition) Section # 94032 Professor Debra Zednik
Sociology 103 (Intimate Relationships: Families) Section # 93083 Professor Anne Marenco
 
The courses in this learning community are linked by their common exploration of the ways in which culture creates social behaviors and norms. Together these courses will teach writing, speaking and thinking strategies which help students to synthesize knowledge and skills. At the end of this learning community, students will be able to relate and apply their own personal experiences as they relate to society. Students will better understand their roles in the greater community.
 
Cultural Patterns and Expressive Forms
English 101 (English Composition) Section # 94033 Professor Juan Buriel
Sociology 101 (Intimate Relationships: Families) Section # 93084 Professor Anne Marenco
 
This learning community is distinctly concerned with understanding how cultural patterns shape social behaviors and expressive forms. Together, these courses will challenge students to recognize, examine and relate patterns of society (i.e. norms) and patterns of college level expression (i.e. documentation of evidence). These courses linked together introduce students to strategies that aid consciousness of and expression about their personal experience in society. At the end of this learning community, students will be able to consider how the processes of socialization influence their college-level reading and writing and explain how these processes inform insightful examinations of society.
 
Contemporary Issues in Science
English 101 (English Composition) Section # 94063 Professor Erin Delaney
Biology 100 (General Biology) Section # 92330 Professor Patricia Palavecino
This learning community uses readings and assignments on contemporary issues in the biological sciences to help promote student writing and student success. Students in these linked courses can expect to use critical thinking and inquiry skills to understand the biology-related topics used for essays. By using critical thinking and interdisciplinary skills, students will understand the scientific challenges that they will face in the future and be able to apply a variety of approaches to help solve those challenges.
 
Honors Learning Community: Nature and Nurture Roles in Relationships
 
Biology 107H (Molecular/Cellular Biology Honors) Section # 92927 Professor Miriam Goldbert
Sociology 101H (Introduction to Sociology Honors) Section # 93085 Professor Thea Alvarado
 
This is a learning community specifically designed for Honors students. In this learning community, students will be challenged to understand how different scientific and sociological relationships affect growth and development. Students participating in this learning community can be expected to engage with a variety of topics and texts to help develop their critical thinking and observational skills. As an honors learning community, topics and assignments will have a heightened level of difficulty and rigor.
 
The Psychology of Business
Psychology 101 (Introduction to Psychology) Section # 93084 Professor Rick Howe
Business 100 (Introduction to Business) Section # 92872 Professor Tim Fontenette
This learning community invites students to learn basic psychological concepts and examine how these concepts can be applied in a business environment. Areas of application include management processes, human resources and consumer behavior. By taking Psychology 101 first, students will learn and understand the psychology of the human mind and then be asked to apply those concepts to a variety of business topics and situations in the second half of the semester. Psychology students in this learning community will understand the "real world" applications of their discipline; Business students in this learning community will understand how business practices are impacted by psychological principles.
 
Vulnerability
English 102 (Intermediate Composition, Literature and Critical Thinking) Section # 94062 Professor Juan Buriel
Geology 101 (Physical Geology) Section # 92928 Professor Vincent Devlahovich
This learning community is concerned with the concept of "vulnerability." Geology focuses on the vulnerability of human populations due to natural occurrences ("disasters") and English focuses on the vulnerability of human thought and assumptions. These courses together will challenge students to think critically about the often imperceptible processes of the physical environment and of thought and the accompanying hazards in both cases. Students will learn strategies in both courses that will help them mitigate their exposure or susceptibility to such hazards.