The Mountains Speak
This Learning Community will focus on the history, cultural heritage, music, and writing
of Southern Appalachia. Students will connect with the local community and will learn
about social issues and how people view Southern Appalachia in the past and today.
Courses include: Introduction to Appalachia Studies; History of Country Music; Writing,
Rhetoric and Place; Writing and Critical Inquiry.
This Learning Community combines three disciplines and two travel opportunities to
expose students to outdoor adventure activities (kayaking, rock climbing, caving,
and more) both in the region and in the western United States. Students who intend
to major in Parks and Recreation Management or any student who loves the outdoors
would particularly enjoy this community. Courses include: Introduction to Outdoor
Pursuits; Psychology of Adventure; The University Experience; Health & Wellness.
Taking Care of Business
This Honors Learning Community is ideal for students intending to major in business.
Courses will show students how the world of business, economics, and law are related.
Students will engage in "virtual business courts", Visit a Federal Reserve Bank, and
attend the Free Enterprise Speaker Series. Courses include: Ethics of Capitalism;
Macroeconomics; Introduction to Law; and The University Experience.
The Ripple Effect
This Learning Community aims to provide educational experiences that will prepare
students to identify what they truly love about the world and be the change they want
to see in it. By examining historical and current cases and theories of change, movements,
and transformation, Ripple effect will prove that information, converted into action,
followed by structured reflection, can lead to a ripple effect ultimately bringing
about social change. Courses include: Social Entrepreneurship; The University Experience;
Introduction to Business; Ripples of Justice. Students will arrive to campus prior
to freshman move in and participate in an off-campus retreat. Cost of the retreat
is $100. Scholarships and waivers are available based on circumstances. LEARN MORE.
This Learning Community will engage students interested in a pre-health concentration,
biomedical sciences degree, or a degree that combines chemistry and biology in undergraduate
research and hands on opportunities. Students will spend a night camping in the Smoky
Mountain National Park, collect samples, and use a variety of techniques to analyze
their findings. courses will focus on the chemistry and biology of virtual infectious
diseases. Courses include: Principles of Biology I; Biological Basis of Disease; Phage
Hunters; General Chemistry I.
Eat, Pray, Love, London
This Learning Community will prepare students to work with and improve care for diverse
patients/clients to those intended to work in a healthcare setting. Students will
explore social, political, and economical issues that affect our society. The focus
of the courses will include mental health, physical health, access to health care,
poverty, and healthy living for children, adults, and the elderly. The learning community
experience will culminate with an opportunity to travel to Great Britain to explore
global health care issues. Courses include Social Issues, Policies, and Programs.
The University Experience; Writing and Rhetoric; Health and Wellness.
This Living-Learning Community is intended for students who desire to become educators.
Courses and student organization participation will give future teachers the opportunity
to volunteer in schools and participate in educational service learning. Students
will also live together in the residence hall where activities will continue to enrich
their academic experiences. Courses include: First Year Seminar; The University Experience;
Writing and Rhetoric or Introduction to Communication. LEARN MORE.
Inside the Huddle
This Learning community is ideal for Criminal Justice, Communications, or Sports Management
majors. Students will explore sports through many different lenses than they have
experienced in the past. By taking a critical look through writing, criminal justice,
and communication, students will have a better understanding of the cultural importance
sports and athletes play in society. Courses include: Writing and Critical Inquiring;
Theories of Crime; Users Guide to Mass Media; Crime, Delinquency, and Sport.
Paved Paradise: Exploring Sustainability
The World is full of examples of creative solutions to complicated environmental and
social problems. This Honors Learning Community will examine many of these problems
- water pollution, climate change, resource scarcity, poverty, among others - in order
to begin thinking about solutions. Students will consider these problems through literature
and science and language, ultimately traveling during Spring Break to the Dominican
Republic to explore the 100% Sustainable Puntacana Resort. Courses include: Writing
and Critical Inquiry; Literature of Place; Experiencing Spanish and the Spanish-Speaking
Science: Engagement and Communication
In an age where digital media is making science increasingly accessible, this Learning
Community will expose students to the depth and breadth of biological science in the
context of human biology, cultural adaptation, and scientific writing. The Learning
Community culminates in a five-week excavation of a medieval Roman Church cemetery
in Romania where students will put into practice their knowledge of biology, humanity,
culture, and scientific communication. Courses include: Studies in Technical and Professional
Writing; Evolutionary Biology; Bioarchaeology; Bioarcheological Investigations.