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Spring 2014
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Culture and Social Behaviors
English 101 (English Composition) Professor Debra Zednik
Sociology 103 (Intimate Relationships: Families)  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)  Professor Juan Buriel
Sociology 101 (Intimate Relationships: Families) 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.
Honors Learning Community: Nature and Nurture Roles in Relationships
Biology 107H (Molecular/Cellular Biology Honors)  Professor Miriam Goldbert
Sociology 101H (Introduction to Sociology Honors)  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) Professor Rick Howe
Business 100 (Introduction to Business) 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.
English 102 (Intermediate Composition, Literature and Critical Thinking)  Professor Juan Buriel
Geology 101 (Physical Geology)  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.