2017 Learning Communities

Outdoor Adventure Crew

Description

Outdoor

 

Join us for the Outdoor Adventure Crew Learning Community as we explore the natural landscape near WCU. We will engage in outdoor adventure activities (e.g., hiking,paddlesports) to develop a greater sense of community, consider the role of outdoor pursuits in health and wellness, and integrate our experiences with nature literature.

courses involved

FALL

  • PRM 293- Outdoor Adventure Activities 
  • ENGL 101- Writing and Rhetoric (English Requirement) 
  • USI 130- The University Experience (Transition Course Requirement) 

SPRING

  • HEAL 123- Health and Wellness (Health Requirement) 
  • ENGL 202- Writing and Inquiry (English Requirement) 

Requirements

  • The Outdoor Adventure Crew is open to any student who is interested in engaging in outdoor adventure activities in a small group setting.  Students must be able to hike over uneven terrain. An overnight camping trip and various day trips (hiking, paddling, rock climbing) will be included as a requirement. The overnight camping trip will be on a weekend in September. Specific date TBD.
  • Students are responsible for their personal clothing and equipment for any outdoor adventure activity (clothing, footwear, etc.). All technical equipment and group gear (canoes, paddles, tents, sleeping bags, etc.) are provided. No additional course fee.

Global Issues: Food and Culture

Description

Global Issues

 

Everyone loves to eat, yet today many around the world are hungry. Discover how politics, economics, culture, and individual choices around the globe shape what we eat.

courses involved

FALL

  • PSC 110- Global Issues (World Culture Requirement) 
  • USI 130- The University Experience (Transition Course Requirement) 

SPRING

  • ND 310- Food, Nutrition, and Culture (Upper Level Perspective) 

Requirements

  • No requirements.

The Ripple Effect

Description

Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect combines the concepts of social entrepreneurship and community engagement to create real-world change and impact. The goal of the community is to create a family of like-minded individuals from different backgrounds and to help each participant find something that you care enough about, to do something about.

courses involved

FALL

  • ENT 195- Social Entrepreneurship (First Year Seminar Requirement) 
  • USI 130- The University Experience (Transition Course Requirement) 

SPRING

  • CJ 293- Social Change 

Requirements

  • You have the opportunity to move-in to your Residence Hall early and participate in a 3-day pre-semester leadership development retreat that costs $100 (scholarships to cover the cost of the retreat may apply) and takes place the week before the semester starts.

Virus Hunters

Description

Virus Hunters

 

In this learning community you will learn to think like a scientist as you apply a variety of laboratory techniques to discover and describe your own unique bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria).

This learning Community is for Biology and Chemistry majors that are interested in pursuing a career in the sciences and want to learn what scientific research is all about.

courses involved

FALL

  • BIOL 140- Principles of Biology 1 (Science Requirement) 
  • CHEM 139- General Chemistry 1 (Science Requirement)
  • ENVH 190-Black Death to Bioterrorism (First Year Seminar Requirement) 

SPRING

  • BIOL or CHEM 493- Phage Bioinformatics 
  • ENVH 270-Biological Basis of Disease 

Requirements

  • This learning community is designed specifically for freshmen majoring in Chemistry and Biology. Students interested in the learning community will be asked to submit a one to two paragraph statement on why they are interested in science as a career.
  • Students will go on a day hike the first weekend of class in order to collect soil samples for bacteriophage discovery. Students will also take a day trip to Wake Forest University toward the end of the semester in order to collect an electron micrograph image of their virus.

Inside the Huddle

Description

Huddle

 

It’s not "just a game." Sport shapes our language, keeps countries from war, helped create labor unions, and molds what it means to be a good person. Inside the Huddle explores communication, history, world cultures, and social justice through the lens of sport, culminating in travel abroad.

courses involved

FALL

  • COMM 201- Foundations of Communication (Oral Communication Requirement) 

  • USI 130- The University Experience (Transition Course Requirement) 

SPRING

  • CJ 333- Sports, Crime, and Delinquency 

  • HIST 235- The History of American Sports (History Requirement) 

SUMMER (Optional)

  • SM 350- Global Sport and Culture (World Culture & Upper Level Perspective Requirement) 

Requirements

  • The final course is optional. This course (SM 350: Global Sport Culture) is a travel course that has an associated fee of approximately five thousand dollars. Learning Community students will be given priority registration for this course, but they do not need to participate.

WHEE Teach

Description

Whee Teach

 

Are you passionate about teaching children? Are you interested in learning more about becoming a teacher? Begin your journey with other future educators in your first year at WCU with the WHEE Teach Learning Community.

courses involved

FALL

  • EDCI 191- Teachers, Schools, and Society (First Year Seminar Requirement) 
  • USI 130- The University Experience (Transition Course Requirement) 

SPRING

  • ENGL 101- Writing and Rhetoric (English Requirement) 

OR

  • HEAL 123- Health and Wellness (Health Requirement) 

Requirements

  • Students will participate in field experiences in local public schools during their first semester on campus through WHEE Teach.
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