Learning Communities Courses

Fall 2016 Semester


American Addict: The Complex World of Drugs and Drug Policy

This learning community is an in-depth examination of the political, legal, psychological and behavioral effects of drugs, drug use and drug policy on American society, as well as the current legalization debate. To participate, you must co-enroll in POLS-1101-LC005, HUMAN-1125-LC005, PSYCH-1100-LC005, CRIMJ-1100-LC005 and EDUCA-1115-LC005.

Information: Andrea Polites, (630) 942-2103, email: politesa@cod.edu

POLS-1101-LC005, American Politics
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

HUMAN-1125-LC005, Introduction to Addictions
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

PSYCH-1100-LC005, General Psychology
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 to 9:50 a.m.

CRIMJ-1100-LC005, Introduction to Criminal Justice
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 to 10:50 p.m.

EDUCA-1115-LC005, College Success Skills
Monday and Wednesday, 11 to 11:50 a.m. 

Anthropology for ELS Students

New opportunity for eligible ELS students.

Students co-enrolled in Anthropology 1100 and ELS 0443 will strengthen reading skills and earn credits toward general education requirements. The two professors will work very closely to help students improve both their academic and language skills. Only one textbook will be used for both classes. To participate, you must co-enroll in ANTHR-1100-LC025 and ELS-0443-LC025. Additional hours TBA.

Information: Alex Bolyanatz, (630) 942-2433, email: bolyanat@cod.edu, John Stasinopoulos, (630) 942-2013, email: stasinop@cod.edu

ANTHR-1100-LC025, Cultural Anthropology
Thursday, 2 to 3:30 p.m

ESL-0443-LC025, Academic ELS REading III
Thursday, noon to 1:50 

Body Language

Becoming a healthcare professional involves learning a dizzying array of terms and phrases unique to the field. Intended for healthcare majors, this learning community focuses on mastering the language of medicine while exploring the mechanics of the human body. Through a variety of integrated assignments, you will learn and apply medical terminology through the context of studying the most fundamental subject of healthcare: human anatomy. To participate, you must co-enroll in ANAT-1500-LC030 and HLTHS 1110-LC030.

Information: Nancy Feulner, (630) 942-2124, email: feulner@cod.edu, or John Myers, email: myersj146@cod.edu

ANAT-1500-LC030, Survey of Human A & P
Monday and Friday, 9 to 10:15 a.m.; Wednesday, noon to 1:50 p.m.

HLTHS-1110-LC030, Biomedical Terminology
Wednesday, 10 to 11:50 a.m. 

Cruise the Caribbean

Make connections between fundamental concepts in world politics, oceanography and mathematics while exploring contemporary challenges facing the developing nations of the Caribbean in the face of depleted or limited natural resources and natural disasters. Students will also be provided the opportunity to hone college success skills and satisfy general education requirements in mathematics, physical science, social and behavioral sciences, and contemporary life skills. The virtual cruise will be experienced on the COD campus within the college’s state-of-the-art classrooms and beach wave-tank lab. To participate, you must co-enroll in EARTH-1130-LC010, EDUCA-1115-LC010, MATH-1218-LC010 and POLS-2220-LC010.

Information: Diana Strode, (630) 942-2547, email: strodedi@cod.edu

EARTH-1130-LC010, Introduction to Oceanography
Monday and Wednesday, 9  to 10:15 a.m.; Friday, 9 to 10:50 a.m.

EDUCA-1115-LC010, College Success Skills
Monday and Wednesday, 11 to 11:50 a.m.

MATH-1218-LC010, General Education Mathematics
Thursday, 8 to 9:15 a.m.

POLS-2220-LC010, World Politics
Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. 

Decision 2016

This learning community combines English Composition 1101, Political Science 1101, and Speech 1100 to explore the processes of American government and the role of rhetoric by focusing on the issues of the 2016 presidential, congressional, and local campaigns and elections. Get the unique opportunity to study, analyze, and evaluate the strategies and practices of the candidates as they relate to the principles of American politics and both written and oral communication. A service learning project and other out-of-class activities will also be required. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1101-LC004, POLS-1101-LC004 and SPEEC-1100-LC004.

Information: James Allen, (630) 942-3421, email: allenj@cod.edu, Lauren Morgan, (630) 942-2007, email: morgan@cod.edu or Chris Goergen, (630) 942-2012, email: goergen@cod.edu

ENGLI-1101-LC004: English Composition I
Monday and Wednesday, noon to 12:50 p.m. 

POLS-1101-LC004: American Politics
Monday and Wednesday. 1 to 1:50 p.m.

SPEEC-1100-LC004: Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Monday and Wednesday. 2 to 2:50 p.m. 

Exploring Culture

During this learning community, students explore the concept of “culture” from different perspectives and learn to blend multiple perspectives while interacting with classmates in a mutually supportive community of learners. To participate, you must co-enroll in ANTHR-1100-LC015, EDUCA-1115-LC015, ENGLI-1101-LC015, PSYCH-1100-LC015 and SOCIO-1100-LC015.

Information: Tia Greenfield, (630) 942-2006, email: greenfie@cod.edu

ANTHR-1100-LC015, Cultural Anthropology
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 to 8:50 a.m. 

EDUCA-1115-LC015, College Success Skills
Monday and Wednesday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

ENGLI-1101-LC015, English Composition I
Thursday, 8 to 9:15 a.m.

PSYCH-1100-LC015, General Psychology
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 to 9:50 a.m.

SOCIO-1100-LC015, Introduction to Sociology
Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. 

Immigration in a Post-9/11 World

Examine the topic of immigration from the perspective of both migrant populations as well as the nations that receive them. Explore the experience of adapting and contributing to life in a new society, while addressing the security challenges that immigration poses in a post-9/11 world. To participate, you must co-enroll in SOCIO-1100-LC020, ANTHR-1130-LC020, CRIMJ-1145-LC020, GEOGR-1100-LC020 and EDUCA-1115-LC020.

Information: Deanna Davisson, (630) 942-2995, email: davissond@cod.edu

SOCIO-1100-LC015, Introduction to Sociology
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

ANTHR-1130-LC020, People and Cultures of the World
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 to 11:50 a.m. 

CRIMJ-1145-LC020, Introduction to Homeland Security
Monday and Wednesday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

GEOGR-1100-LC020, Western World Geography
Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

EDUCA-1115-LC020, College Success Skills
Thursday, 11 to 11:50 a.m. 

Introduction to the Arts and Information Literacy: Understanding the Human Experience Through the Critical Evaluation of Information

In this introductory course, you will examine how the arts have shaped human experience through the study of performing and visual arts, literature, philosophy and religion, while learning how to find and critically evaluate information resources that shed light on your understanding of the arts. This course will cover a survey of significant events and artistic expressions beginning in the 20th century. You will learn information literacy essentials, including how information is organized, the processes used in conducting research, how to evaluate information and the ethical use of information. No textbook required. To participate, you must co-enroll in EDUCA-1820-LC003 and HUMNT-1101-LC003.

Information: Timothy Clifford, (630) 942-4263, email: clifford@cod.edu, or Kenneth Orenic, (630) 942-2338, email: orenick@cod.edu

HUMNT-1101-LC003, Introduction to Humanities: The Arts
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

EDUCA-1820-LC003, Introduction to the Arts and Information Literacy
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. 

Nourish the Soul: Connecting Through Words and Music

Music is often said to be a "universal language," but why are many musicologists and linguists critical of this popular idea? Explore this and other questions in this learning community that challenges your understanding of music while it fulfills both your English 1101 and Fine Arts general education requirements for both degree and transfer credit. Develop your knowledge of music at the same time you're learning to become a better college writer. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1101-LC007 and MUSIC-1100-LC007.

Information: Larry Ward, (630) 942-4174, email: wardla@cod.edu, or Kristopher Kowal, (630) 942-4208, email: kowalk@cod.edu

ENGLI-1101-LC007, English Composition I
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

MUSIC-1100-LC007, Music Appreciation
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. 

Seed, Soil and the Soul: A Critical Analysis of World Food Practices

This honors seminar combines biology and film to explore food as a key to understanding human cultures and human relationships with the environment. Since food encompasses a wide variety of human activities, the study of food offers a rich and unique focal point from which to engage in an interdisciplinary inquiry. Through topics relating to the production and consumption of food, this learning community will focus on the interface of scientific thought and film to explore the ways in which the disciplines of biology and film studies complement each other in understanding the most fundamental of human activities: feeding ourselves. Learning methods include film viewing, class discussion, independent labs, field trips, reflective writing and service learning. To participate, you must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-HON04 and ENGLI-1154-HON04. Fee: $30 (includes transportation). Tuition is extra.

Information: Deborah Adelman, (630) 942-3406, email: adelman@cod.edu, or Shamili Ajgaonkar, (630) 942-2123, email: sandifor@cod.edu

ENGLI-1101-LC007, English Composition I
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

MUSIC-1100-LC007, Music Appreciation
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. 

Video Games and the Stories That Make Them

This learning community examines the narrative elements of video games, including but not limited to plot structure, character development, genre, style, narrative point-of-view, folklore and symbolism. If you're interested in video games, particularly those kinds of games that depend upon a narrative base for how they work, these classes are for you. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1102-LC011 and ENGLI-1820-LC011.

Information: Jason Snart, (630) 942-2033, email: snartj@cod.edu, or Tim Henningsen at (630) 942-2276, email: henningsent@cod.edu

ENGLI-1102-LC011, English Composition II
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

ENGLI-1820-LC011, Video Games and the Stories That Make Them

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Contact Information

James Allen
(630) 942-3421

Learning Communities at COD


Learning Communities

Diverse courses of study are linked by way of a common theme, offering different perspectives on subjects.