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By Mike McKissack

College of DuPage will offer new classes this spring through its Learning Communities program.

Learning communities are unique, innovative learning experiences that typically involve students enrolling as a cohort in two or more courses connected by a common theme. Learning communities for the Spring 2019 term include the following:

  • Aligning Theory and Practice: Honors Engineering Physics and Statics: This Honors Engineering/Physics learning community combines the study of physics and statics: topics that are traditionally covered separately through coordinated lectures. Students will complete an independent engineering project and a number of labs geared toward statics as well as seminar-style special relativity. For more information, please contact Scott Banjavcic at banjavcics@cod.edu or Carley Bennett at kopeckya@cod.edu.
  • Charting Your Course: Communication and Careers: Combining the general education requirement Speech 1100 with a career development course, this learning community focuses on career exploration while developing an understanding of the communication process and fundamental workplace communication skills. For more information, contact Chris Miller art millerc@cod.edu or Stacie Haen-Darden at haen-dardens@cod.edu.
  • Human Resource Management Certificate: This learning community offers students who have completed the Human Resource Management course the opportunity to concurrently complete the three advanced courses that are requirements for earning the Human Resource Management certificate. Upon completion, students can demonstrate competencies in responding to today’s HR management job challenges. For more information, contact Jane Murtaugh at murtaugh@cod.edu.
  • Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: This learning community features general education courses in the life sciences and speech communication to explore human relationships with the environment and environmental citizenship. For more Information, contact Shamili Ajgaonkar at sandifor@cod.edu or Lauren Morgan at morgan@cod.edu.
  • Research as Narrative: This learning community examines the fundamental role of research and rhetoric within the world of knowledge creation, while exploring academic discourse, bias, credibility, objectivity and community writing in the digital world. For more information, contact Tim Henningsen at henningsent@cod.edu or Jason Ertz at ertzja@cod.edu.
  • Visions of (Im-) Perfect Societies: Social Utopias & Dystopias: This honors seminar combines the study of world literature with the analysis of political ideologies by examining a variety of utopias and dystopias from the earliest examples in ancient Greece to the present day. Students will examine what utopias tell us about past and current social problems, what role they play in the development of political ideology and how they can help us set goals or avoid mistakes. For more information, please contact Jim Allen at allenj@cod.edu or Chris Goergen at goergen@cod.edu.
  • Your Critical Eye: Research and the Arts: This learning community examines how the arts in the 20th century have expressed the human experience while also exploring how to find and critically evaluate information sources. For more information, contact Tim Clifford at clifford@cod.edu or Ken Orenic at orenick@cod.edu.

Learn more about learning communities at College of DuPage.

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