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Learning Communities

Learning Communities combine two or more classes linked by a common theme, allowing a more immersive exploration of the class topics. You’ll enhance your education and develop a meaningful support network with others who share similar interests. Learning Communities are innovatively designed to help you enjoy the path to achieving academic success! Check below for this semester’s offerings.

How Learning Communities Work

  • They encourage deeper learning by exploring subjects through an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Classes run back-to-back with a break in between.
  • More time spent with faculty and classmates allows you to develop meaningful relationships and increased collaboration.
  • They allow you to complete general education and/or program requirements in a unique learning environment.
  • Assignments are often coordinated, creating a workload that feels more manageable.
  • Some learning communities even take field trips!

Here’s what students have to say:

  • “It definitely had more of a family feel than any other class.”
  • “I participated in two learning communities in my time at COD and I wish the university I transferred to offered them. Content from these courses stuck with me because we had more time to discuss and absorb the information. I always noticed how topics from my classes would crossover, and learning communities allow you to share that experience with a whole group.”
  • “I think [learning communities] are great! It was very helpful to have two classes that were together; it made my first semester easier and prepared me for the rest of my college experience.”
  • “Good way to learn by getting ideas from various perspectives.”
  • “It is great! You’re able to tie together all of the coursework and complete multiple classes during one period.”
  • “Incredibly engaging. Every class should be in this format!”

Learning Communities Courses

The following Learning Communities courses are offered during the Fall 2021 semester.

Struggling to find your path? Determine your major? Choose a career? Are fear and anxiety blocking your path? Join Charting Your Course, combining Career Development (College 1105) and Fundamentals of Speech (Speech 1100) as we help you explore, navigate, and design that a path that will support you in moving through college and into the workplace while developing necessary skills employers want.  Along the way, you’ll develop a resume, learn to interview, and learn to communicate powerfully to land the job you want.

Must co-enroll in COLLG-1105- LC010 and SPEEC-1100-LC010.

NOTE: These courses will be taught in the HYBRID format; we will meet online Tuesday and in the classroom on Thursday. Internet access is required.

COLLG-1105-LC010, Career Development (Contemporary Life Skills)

Tuesday and Thursday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

SPEECH-1100-LC010, Fundamentals of Speech Communication (Gen Ed: Communication)

Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Information:


Devin Chambers, OR Lauren Morgan,

Becoming a healthcare professional involves learning a dizzying array of terms along with developing a fundamental understanding of their connections to the structures and functions of the fascinating human body. Intended for healthcare majors, this learning community focuses  on gaining proficiency with the language of medicine while achieving mastery with anatomical structures and dynamic physiological processes. Permit required.

NOTE: A permit is required to enroll in this learning community. To request a permit, please contact either Dr. Tara Leszczewicz, OR Dr. Terrie Ciez, or through MyAccess.

ANAT-1551-LC012, Human Anatomy and Physiology I


HLTHS-1110-LC012, Biomedical Terminology

Monday and Wednesday, 7 to 8:15 a.m.


Dr. Tara Leszczewicz, OR Dr. Terrie Ciez,

Everybody eats; thus, the study of food offers a rich and unique focal point to engage in interdisciplinary inquiry. In this seminar, we combine Environmental Biology and Film Studies   to explore food systems to understand human societies, cultures and our relationships with the environment. We examine food production and consumption choices, consider questions of food access, hunger and poverty, and explore the impacts of globalization on food. This learning community’s collective endeavors include reading, discussion, independent labs, independent film viewing, reflection, civic engagement and field trips (circumstances permitting).

Must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-LC022 and either ENGLI-1135-LC022 or MPTV-1135-LC022.

NOTE: These courses will be taught in the VCM format; internet access is required. Fee: $30 (includes virtual or in-person field trips). Required tuition is extra.

BIOLO-1110-LC022, Environmental Biology (Gen Ed: Biological Science)

Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

ENGLI-1135-LC022 or MPTV-1135-LC022, Introduction to Film Art (Gen Ed: Humanities/Fine Arts)

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.


Deborah Adelman, OR Shamili Ajgaonkar,

The Human Resource Management (HRM) Learning Community integrates three courses providing advanced study in HR competencies and practices including talent acquisition and retention, performance management, compensation and benefits, HR operations, HR strategic planning, HR ethical leadership practices, business acumen and HR expertise. Students also gain skills and experiences in HR processes and policies, networking and connections, and mentoring and coaching, all designed to help launch and/or advance their HRM careers.

NOTE: These courses will be taught in the hybrid format, with classes meeting on-campus Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

MANAG-2242-LC018, Talent Acquisition and Retention

Wednesday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

MANAG-2245-LC018, Compensation, Benefits and Performance Management

Wednesday, 6 to 9:30 p.m

MANAG-2248-LC018, Strategic HR Management

Wednesday, 6 to 9:30 p.m.


Jane Murtaugh at

This course evaluates the role that social media play(ed/s) in the spread of information and misinformation in the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will develop critical thinking skills based off the principles of the scientific method and information literacy. Earn your general education credit in biology and learn how to ask and answer scientific questions.

Must co-enroll in BIOLO-1100-LC025 and EDUCA-1116-LC025.

NOTE: These courses will be taught in the fully online format; internet access is required.

BIOLO-1100-LC025, Survey of Biology (Gen Ed: Biological Science)


EDUCA-1116-LC025, Research in the Information Age



Laura Burt-Nicholas, OR Beth Shaffer-McCarthy,

For Honor’s students only

This course explores the history of African Americans along with the role of criminal justice and policing in society to examine the roots of the current crisis that exploded after the murder of George Floyd. This seminar helps fulfill the requirements for the Honors Scholar program. This learning community will be offered as a hybrid.

NOTE: These courses will be taught in the VCM format; internet access is required. Must co-enroll in CRIMJ-1100-LC020 and HISTO-2242-LC020.

CRIMJ-1100-LC020, Intro to Criminal Justice

Tuesday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

HISTO-2242-LC020, African American History (Gen Ed: Humanities)

Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.


Theo Darden, OR Sam Mitrani,

Current students can register for a Learning Community through myACCESS. If you have not yet applied to take classes at College of DuPage, you will need to apply for admission before registering. 

Contact Information

James Allen
(630) 942-3421