Learning Communities Courses

Fall 2015 Semester

Charting Your Course: Communication and Careers

Develop a clearer sense of your college and career direction while building stronger communication skills in this First Year Experience learning community. By combining a general education course, Speech 1100, with Career Development, Education 1105, you will map out a pathway to college and career achievement and gain the confidence and communication competence to succeed in the 21st century. Must co-enroll in EDUCA-1105-FS025 and SPEEC-1100-FS025.

Information: Lauren Morgan, (630) 942-2007, email: morgan@cod.edu or Stacie Haen-Darden, email: haen-dardens@cod.edu

EDUCA-1105-FS025, Career Development
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

SPEEC-1100-FS025, Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Tuesday and Thursday, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

Composing Your Career

Through this learning community, you will explore through writing, discussion, and other activities, career opportunities and pathways as they relate to the issues of life values, socio-economics, race, gender and personal goals. You will finish the semester with a portfolio designed to help you chart a path toward a fulfilling career. To participate in this learning community, you must co-enroll in in EDUCA-1105-FS013 and ENGLI-1101-FS013. 

Information: Dana Thompson, (630) 942-2528, email: thompsnd@cod.edu or Melina Probst, (630) 942-2288, email: probstm@cod.edu 

EDUCA-1105-FS013, Career Development 
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. 

ENGLI-1101-FS013, English Composition 1
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Philosophy of Art 

This learning community enables you to jointly explore ideas of art and aesthetics. The study of artworks and philosophical concepts not only sheds light on multifaceted and puzzling  developments in the art world, but allows you to critically investigate and assess artistic pursuits from philosophical perspectives. This learning community can serve for Fine Arts or Humanities electives respectfully. The sequence is of particular importance for art majors or individuals exploring the Associates of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree path. To participate in this learning community, you must co-enroll in ART-2213 and PHIL-2250/ART-2216. 

Information: David Ouellette, (630) 942-2586, email: ouelletted@cod.edu or Eva Maria Rapple, (630) 942-3983, email: raepple@cod.edu 

ART 2213, Art History from 1850 
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. 

PHIL 2250/ART 2216, Philosophy of Art 
Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Read 'em Their Rights

This learning community explores the natural relationship between reading and the American criminal justice system. Students will be exposed to critical reading strategies, vocabulary assimilation and active comprehension techniques while being introduced to content areas within criminal justice. Topics will include policing, criminal investigations, law, courts, corrections and juvenile justice. Must co-enroll in ENGLI-0482-FS001 and CRIMJ-1100-FS001.

Information: Danica Hubbard (630) 942-2101, email: hubbard@cod.edu or Theodore Darden, (630) 942-2989, email: darden@cod.edu.

ENGLI-0482-FS001, Approaches to College Reading
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

CRIMJ-1100-FS001, Introduction to Criminal Justice
Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Reading Anthropology 

A new opportunity is available for eligible ESL students during fall 2015. By combining Anthropology and ESL Reading, you will strengthen your reading skills through learning the vocabulary and concepts taught in Anthropology. Professors in each class will work very closely to help you improve both your academic skills and your language skills. Only one textbook will be used for both classes and the Anthropology course will count toward general education credits. To participate in this learning community, you must co-enroll in in Anthr-1100-FS001 and ESL-0443-FS001. 

Information: Alex Bolyanatz, (630) 942-2433, email: bolyanat@cod.edu or John Stasinopoulos, (630) 942-2013, email: stasinop@cod.edu

2nd 8-week session

ANTHR-1100-FS001: Anthropology 
Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. 

ESL-0443-FS001: Academic English as a Second Language Reading III 
Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 3 p.m.

Seed, Soil and the Soul: A Critical Analysis of World Food Practices 

This seminar combines biology and film to explore food as a key to understanding human cultures and human relationships with the environment. The study of food offers a rich and unique focal point from which to engage in an interdisciplinary inquiry because food encompasses a wide variety of human activities. Through topics relating to the production and consumption of food, you will learn about the interface of scientific thought and film to explore ways in which the disciplines of biology and film studies complement each other in understanding the most fundamental of human activities: feeding ourselves. Learning methods include film viewing, class discussion, independent labs, field trips, reflective writing, and service learning. To participate in this learning community, you must co-enroll in BIOLO-1110-FS004 and ENGLI-1154-FS004.  A $30 fee includes transportation costs. Tuition is extra. 

Information: Deborah Adelman, (630) 942-3406, email: adelman@cod.edu or Shamili Ajgaonkar, (630) 942-2123, email: sandifor@cod.edu 

BIOLO-1110-FS004, Environmental Biology 
Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. 

ENGLI-1154-FS004, Film as Literature 
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m.

Sustainable Formulas for a Finite Planet

Explore challenges to our planet and its people. Hone your elementary algebra skills while studying global issues through a green chemistry lens. Topics will include such issues as sustainability, global climate change, energy sources and nutrition. Learn the essentials to be a mathematically and scientifically literate global citizen. To participate in this learning community, you must co-enroll in CHEMI-1105-FS002 and MATH-0481-FS002. 

Information: Mary Newberg, (630) 942-4066, email: newberg@cod.edu or Chris Bailey, (630) 942-3035, email: baileyc105@cod.edu 

CHEMI-1105-FS002, Contemporary Chemistry 
Wednesday and Friday, 8 to 10:50 a.m. 

MATH-0481-FS002, Foundations of College Math I 
Tuesday and Thursday, 8 to 10:25 a.m.

Visions of (Im-) Perfect Societies: Social Utopias

For Honor students only. This honors seminar combines the study of world literature with the analysis of political ideologies by examining a variety of utopias and dystopias from the earliest examples in ancient Greece to the present day. Since utopias/dystopias deal with idealized or future forms of societies, they are the perfect genre to explore the intersection of literature and Political Science. Through careful reading and text analysis, we hope to find out what utopias tell us about past and current social problems, what role they play in the development of political ideology, and how they can help us set goals or avoid mistakes. Students will have the opportunity to visit the historic utopian settlement in New Harmony, IN to see firsthand how these utopian impulses are put into practice. Fee: $58 (includes transportation, lodging and entry fees). Tuition is extra. Must co-enroll in ENGLI-2226-HON01 and POLS-1160-HON01.

Information: Jim Allen, (630) 942-3421, email: allenj@cod.edu or Chris Goergen, (630) 942-2012, email: goergen@cod.edu

ENGLI-2226-HON01, Masterpieces of World Literature
Monday and Wednesday, 12 to 1:15 p.m.

POLS-1160-HON01, Modern Political Ideologies
Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.


Contact Information

James Allen
(630) 942-3421