Learning Communities: First Year Experience

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. Information: Joyce Fletcher, (630) 942-2541, fletcher@cod.edu, or Lauren Morgan, (630) 942-2007, morgan@cod.edu

Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

EDUCA-1105-FS025, Fletcher

SPEEC-1100-FS025, Morgan


Diet for a Hungry Planet: Building a Menu for the Future

This seminar combines biology and literature to explore food as a key to understanding human cultures and human interactions 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, we focus on the interface of contemporary scientific and literary thought, and explore the similarities and differences in the ways the disciplines of biology and literature account for the most fundamental of human activities: Feeding ourselves. Ethical considerations regarding food production, hunger, poverty, and the impact of globalization on food are part of our discussions. Learning strategies include reading, class discussion, film viewing, independent labs, field trips, reflective writing and service learning. Fee: $30 (includes transportation). Tuition is extra. Information: Deborah Adelman, (630) 942-3406, or Shamili Sandiford, (630) 942-2123

Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

BIOLO-1110-FS010, Sandiford

ENGLI-1130-FS010, Adelman


Education: The Rhetoric of Reform

The debate over the state of our nation’s educational system has raged for decades. What’s working (or not working)? Who should decide? This learning community explores the basic principles, practices and issues regarding education while developing the skills needed to argue in writing about how these principles and practices might be reformed. This learning community is intended for First Year education majors, but is open to all students interested in education. Information: James Allen (630) 942-3421, allenj@cod.edu, or Lois Stanciak, (630) 942-2974, stanciak@cod.edu

Monday and Wednesday, noon to 2:45 p.m.

EDUCA-1100-FS010, Stanciak

ENGLI-1101-FS010, Allen