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Learning Communities

Learning Communities provide a unique and innovative learning experience for students to enhance their education and connect with others who share similar interests. As part of a Learning Community, you'll develop a support network to help you achieve academic success.

How Learning Communities Work

Learning Communities combine two or more classes or programs of study linked by a common topic, enabling you to learn from other students and faculty in one setting. Enrolling in a professional Learning Community:

  • Gives you a scheduling advantage by combining more interesting subjects.
  • Helps you make friends and develop relationships.
  • Provides greater connections with faculty members.
  • Allows for more manageable assignments when assignments can be coordinated.

Classes are geared toward a common theme and give you the opportunity to make connections with your professors, classmates and coursework to enhance and deepen your learning.

Learning Communities Courses

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

NOTE: FOR HONORS STUDENTS ONLY. Do we only use 10 percent of our brains? What’s it like to see the world through someone else’s perspective? Why do we behave the way we do (and how can we get others to change their behaviors)? In this learning community, explore these and other questions in psychology through role playing and hands-on research methods. Students develop skills in information literacy, conflict resolution and motivation that will be valuable long after the class. Helps satisfy requirements for the Honors Scholar program.

Must co-enroll in ENGLI-1102-LC040 and PSYCH-1100-LC040.

VCM format; internet access required

ENGLI-1102-LC040, Composition II (Gen Ed: Communications)

Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 1:15 p.m., VCM

PSYCH-1100-LC040, Intro to Psychology (Gen Ed: Social/Behavioral Science)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., VCM


James Allen at OR Sarah Butler at

This interdisciplinary seminar features general education courses in life science and speech communication to explore human relationships with the environment, environmental citizenship and how humans work together in teams for collaborative problem-solving and decision- making. Investigate how nature works, how things are interconnected, and how the theories and principles of small group communication are applied by global citizens to address environmental issues. Develop a deeper understanding of environmental science and fundamental group communication skills to expand your imaginative, creative and reflective abilities to become active citizens in confronting environmental challenges.

Must co-enroll in both BIOLO-1110-LC034 and SPEECH-1120-LC034.

VCM format; internet access required

BIOLO-1110-LC034, Environmental Biology (Gen Ed: Biological Science)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m., VCM

SPEECH-1120-LC034, Small Group Communications

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., VCM


Shamili Ajgaonkar at OR Lauren Morgan at


Students are introduced to career planning and are provided with an extension of classroom learning through a human service fieldwork experience. This course provides students a space to share their commitment to serving others and working towards career readiness while expanding their understanding of the application of human services concepts and methods. Developing a clearer sense of career directions in human services, while building stronger practitioner skills through fieldwork, are the foundations of this learning community.

Must co-enroll in both COLLG-1105-LC040 and either HUMNT-2251-LC040

or HUMNT-2252-LC040.

VCM format; internet access required

COLLG-1105-LC040, Career Development

Mondays, 4 to 4:50 p.m., VCM

HUMNT-2251-LC040 or HUMNT-2252-LC040, Fieldwork I or Fieldwork II

Mondays, 5 to 5:50 p.m., VCM


Stacie Haen-Darden at OR Jason Florin at


Join us on a surprising journey through the pillars of human creativity as we explore the interplay among the humanities, math and science. We will consider math and science in a cultural context and discover the influence of science and math on humanities and arts. This is not a traditional math class, but falls within the broader “history of science” construct. In class, students have the opportunity to pursue their own pathways of particular interest to them, with equal opportunities of success. Some selected pathways may be more math-intensive than others.

Must co-enroll in both HUMNT-1150-LC030 and MATH-1340-LC030.

VCM format; internet access required.

HUMNT-1150-LC030, Intersections: Humanities/ Math/Science

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., VCM

MATH-1340-LC030, History of Mathematics

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


Julia DiLiberti at OR Jim Bradley at

This learning community offers students who have previously completed the MANAG-2240-HR Management course to concurrently complete the three advanced HRM courses that are requirements for earning the HRM certificate. Upon completion, students can demonstrate to employers their competencies in responding to today’s HRM job challenges.

Must co-enroll in MANAG-2242-LC030, MANAG-2245-LC030 and MANAG-2248-LC030.VCM format; internet access required

MANAG-2242-LC030, Talent Acquisition and Retention

Tuesdays, 6 to 9:30 p.m., VCM

MANAG-2245-LC030, Workforce Development and Compensation

Tuesdays, 6 to 9:30 p.m., VCM

MANAG-2248-LC030, Strategic HR Management

Tuesday, 6 to 9:30 p.m., VCM


Jane Murtaugh at 

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