Learning Communities Courses

Spring 2018 Semester


Aligning Theory and Practice: Honors Engineering Physics and Statics

This Honors Engineering/Physics learning community will combine 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. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGIN-2201-HON01 and PHYSI-2111-HON03.

Information: Contact Scott Banjavcic at banjavcics@cod.edu or
Carley Bennett at kopeckya@cod.edu.

ENGIN-2201-HON01, Statics                                
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 to 9:50 a.m.

PHYSI-2111-HON03, Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
Tuesday and Thursday, 8 to 9:50 a.m.
Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3:50 p.m.

English Language Community: Speech and Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English

Students from various countries and cultures around the world work together as a special community of learners to improve writing and speaking skills, while also learning about global cultures from each other. Share your unique backgrounds and common problems as non-native speakers of English in a lively and supportive learning environment. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1101-LC040 and SPEEC-1100-LC004.

Information: Contact Tia Greenfield at (630) 942-2006, greenfie@cod.edu or Chris Miller at (630) 942-2823, millerc@cod.edu.

ENGLI-1101-LC040, English Composition I                                 Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..

SPEEC-1100-LC040, Fundamentals of Speech Communication Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.


Frontier Conflict: Veterans' Perspectives

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities “Dialogues on the Experience of War” program, this team-taught course will include a variety of historical and literary texts and will focus on two 20-year plus conflict periods under the theme of “securing the frontier.” Students may choose whether to take the course for History or English credit. To participate, you must co-enroll in HISTO-2820-LC017 or ENGLI-2820-LC00317.

Information: Franz Burnier at burnier@cod.edu.

HISTO-2820-LC010, Topics in History                        
Monday, 2 to 5 p.m.

ENGLI-2820-LC00310, Topics in Literature                               
Monday, 2 to 5 p.m.


Gods and War: Politics and World Religions

Explore the intersection of religion and politics. Learn how religious beliefs and practices can help explain conflict and cooperation between countries, groups and individuals. Discuss how the interwoven history of religions and nations might help us understand the current issues facing an increasingly globalized world. To participate, you must co-enroll in PHILO-1150-LC040 and POLS-2220-LC040

Information: Chris Goergen at goergen@cod.edu, (630) 942-2012 or Leslie Wolf at wolfl214@cod.edu, (630) 942-2172.

POLS-2220-LC040, World Politics                               
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

PHILO-1150-LC040, World Religions                        
Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 3:15 p.m.


RELIG-1150-LC040, World Religions
Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 3:15 p.m.


Human Resources Management (HRM) Certificate Learning Community
This Learning Community offers students who have previously completed the MANAG 2240 (HR Management) course to concurrently complete the three advanced HRM courses required for earning the HRM certificate. The three courses will be team-taught and integrated throughout the 16-week term in a 50% hybrid format. To participate, you must co-enroll in MANAG-2242-LC030, MANAG-2245-LC030 and MANAG-2248-LC030. 

Information: contact Jane Murtaugh at (630) 942-2821, murtaugh@cod.edu.

MANAG-2242-LC017, Talent Acquisition and Retention                          Wednesday, 6 to 6:50 p.m..

MANAG-2245-LC017, Workforce Development and Compensation       Wednesday, 7 to 7:50 p.m.

MANAG-2248-LC017, Strategic Human Resource Management      Wednesday, 8 to 8:50 p.m.


Honors Seminar: Planetary Ethics

This seminar combines Environmental Biology with Environmental Ethics to explore human relationships with the environment, investigate how nature works, how things are interconnected and how theories and principles of ethics are applied to major areas of environmental concern. Connect classroom discussions with practical experiences of field trips as well as in COD's own community farm. Fee: $25 (includes transportation). Tuition is extra. To participate, you must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-HON30 and PHILO-1116-HON30.

Information: Eva Maria Raepple at raepple@cod.edu, (630) 942-3983 or Shamili Ajgaonkar sandifor@cod.edu, (630) 942-2123.

BIOLO-1110-HON30, Environmental Biology                         
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m.

PHILO-1116-HON30, Environmental Ethics                               
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Research as Narrative

This learning community critiques the fundamental role of research and rhetoric (i.e., persuasion) within the world of knowledge creation, while also critiquing academic discourse, bias, credibility, objectivity and community writing in the digital world. To participate, you must co-enroll in EDUCA-1820-LC045 and ENGLI-1102-LC045.

Information: Tim Henningsen at henningsent@cod.edu, (630) 942-2276 or Jason Ertz at ertzja@cod.edu, (630) 942-3317.

EDUCA-1820-LC045, Research in the Information Age                         
Monday and Wednesday, 11:20 to 11:50 a.m.

ENGLI-1102-LC045, English Composition II                              
Monday and Wednesday, 10 to 11:15 a.m.


Villains, Victims and Heroes

This learning community will use the theme of Victims, Villains and Heroes to explore short stories and develop college success skills for students at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville, IL. Students will learn methods for analyzing literature as well as study skills via the coarse readings. To participate, you must co-enroll in EDUCA-1115-LC030 and ENGLI-1150-LC030.

Information: Jackie McGrath at mcgrathj@cod.edu, (630) 942-2709 or Stacie Haen-Darden at haen-dardens@cod.edu.

EDUCA-1115-LC030, College Success Skills                          
Monday and Wednesday, 8 to 9:50 a.m.

ENGLI-1150-LC030, Short Fiction                            
Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m to 12:50 p.m.


Women in Humanities and Literature

Examine women authors and artists throughout various time periods, genres and parts of the world. The class will also consider the representation of women in literature and in art within a historical context. To participate, you must co-enroll in ENGLI-1130-LC035 and HUMNT-1101-LC035.

Information: Elizabeth Kempton at kemptone@cod.edu or Erin Neubert at neuberte@cod.edu.

ENGLI-1130-LC035, Introduction to Literature                          
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

HUMNT-1101-LC035, Introduction to Humanities: The Arts                    Tuesday and Thursday, 8 to 9:15 a.m.


Contact Information

James Allen
(630) 942-3421

Learning Communities at COD


Learning Communities

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