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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 that promotes integrated learning.
  • 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!

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!”

Spring 2024 Learning Communities

The following Learning Communities courses are offered during the Spring 2024 semester.

How do we analyze and interpret sports literature? Through reading about history, studying trends, examining statistics and discussing the many sociological significances in sport. Sports enthusiasts can deepen their understanding of the issues, psychology, culture and emotion of sports. Explore social science and literary art through sports studies and literature.

  • ENGLI-1130-LC030, Introduction to Literature (Gen Ed: Humanities and Fine Arts)—3 credits Online
  • PHYS-2210-LC030, Sports in Society—3 credits
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 2:15 p.m.


Jackie McGrath, or Stephanie Vlach,

Internet access is required for fully online courses (NET) and virtual classroom meetings (VCM). For more information, visit

Build your expertise through integrated coursework in an advanced study of human resource management. Upon completion, students can demonstrate to employers their competencies in responding to today’s HRM job challenges. Prerequisite: MANAG-2240: Human Resources Management

  • MANAG-2242-LC030, Talent Acquisition and Retention—2 credits
  • MANAG-2245-LC030, Compensation, Benefits and Total Rewards—2 credits
  • MANAG-2248-LC030, Strategic HR Management—2 credits

The three certificate courses meet back-to-back on campus, on Wednesday evenings, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.


Jane Murtaugh, (630) 942-2821,

Hybrid format requires additional weekly coursework outside of the classroom.
Internet access is required for fully online courses (NET) and virtual classroom meetings (VCM). For more information, visit

How are the prairies of the American Midwest relevant to what we eat? Can you save the world by giving up bottled water? Just how bad for the planet is the suburban green lawn? Examine lifestyle issues and critically analyze the relationships among population, natural resources, agriculture, biodiversity, industrialization and pollution. Learn how to ask a scientific question about the environment and find the information to answer it.

  • BIOLO-1110-LC030, Environmental Biology (Gen Ed: Physical and Life Sciences)—4 credits
    Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.
  • COLLG-1116-LC030, Research in the Information Age—1 credit
    Wednesdays, 9 to 9:50 a.m.


Shamili Ajgaonkar, or Laura Burt-Nicholas,

Explore the rich history of Chicago through the narrative elements of a wide array of literature set in and about Chicago. Look at Chicago’s formative years through 19th-century texts; study industrialization, politics, race and immigration through seminal early and mid-century novels; and view contemporary Chicago through works by local authors of the past three decades. Note: This learning community is available only to Honors students.

  • ENGLI-1151-HON30, The Novel (NET) (Gen Ed: Humanities and Fine Arts)— 3 credits
  • HISTO-2270-HON30, History of Chicago—3 credits
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.


Timothy Henningsen or Sam Mitrani,

Hybrid format requires additional weekly coursework outside of the classroom.
Internet access is required for fully online courses (NET) and virtual classroom meetings (VCM). For more information, visit

What can we learn about the mind by playing games? How is research like a game? Game play reveals aspects of how we react to situations and form our identities. Explore a range of game styles including board, card, party and role-playing games. What you discover here will be valuable long after the class.

  • ENGLI-1102-LC040, Composition II (Gen Ed: Comm)—3 credits
    Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 12:50 p.m.
  • PSYCH-1100-LC040, Intro to Psychology
    (Gen Ed: Social and Behavioral Sciences)—3 credits
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 1:50 p.m.


Jim Allen, or Sarah Butler,

Hybrid format requires additional weekly coursework outside of the classroom.

Who is history for? How can you use writing to make history understandable to you and your community? Learn about 20th-century world wars, empires and nationalism, and discover how to use real-world writing strategies to communicate these histories to different audiences. To register, co-enroll in these two courses:

  • ENGLI-1102-LC035, English Composition II (Gen Ed: Communication)—3 credits
    Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • HISTO-2235-LC035, 20th Century World History (Gen Ed: Humanities and Fine Arts)—3 credits
    Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Jill Grauman, or Maria Ritzema,

Hybrid format requires additional weekly coursework outside of the classroom.

Co-enrollment is required for all learning communities. Course meeting times are subject to change. View classes

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