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WCU Academic Learning Communities 2020-2021

Exploring LatinX Cultures

DESCRIPTION

LatinX

 

Study abroad without leaving campus. In this learning community, we will "travel" through the U.S. and Latin America learning the histories and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world.

COURSES INVOLVED

FALL

  • ENGL 190- Freshman Seminar in Literature (First Year Seminar Requirement)
  • ENGL 206- Literature and the Environment (Humanities Requirement)

SPRING

  • HIST 213- Latin American History II (History Requirement)

REQUIREMENTS

  • No Spanish required. All courses are taught in English.

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

SPRING

  • ENGL 202- Writing and Critical Inquiry (English Requirement)

REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must take ENGL 101 Fall semester or have the transfer equivalent of the course.

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, while also helping you find something 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

  • HEAL 123- Health and Wellness (Health Requirement)

REQUIREMENTS

  • No addiitonal requirements.

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 who 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

  • CHEM 462- Molecular Bioinformatics

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.

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

  • COMM 201- Foundations Communication (Oral Communication Requirement)

OR

  • HEAL 111- Stress Management 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.

Inside the Huddle

Description

Huddle

 

It's not "just a game." Sport has shaped our language, kept countries from war, helped create labor unions, and molded what it means to be a good person. Inside the Huddle explores communication, history, world cultures, and social justice through the lens of sport.

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)

Requirements

  • No additional requirements.
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