Research suggests that Living-Learning Community students who participate in shared courses are more engaged with their academics and satisfied with their college experience. Although courses available for communities vary each year, most LLCs provide students the opportunity to co-enroll in a course affiliated with the theme of their community. The courses offered this year are listed below:
Cool Places & Hot Spots
Are you ready to kick off your heels, step on the gas, and go on an exhilarating ride around the world in 16 weeks? If your answer is an enthusiastic "YES", then this one semester-hour course is custom-made for you! Join a group of internationally-minded freshmen for an exciting romp through world cultures, customs, arts, and traditions, as well as discussions of the what, where, and why of specific global issues. This class will help you familiarize yourself with many of the international-oriented programs on campus (Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, International Writing Program, International Law, International Business, South Asian Studies, African Studies, Global Health Studies, Translation Studies, and others) and off campus. Find out about research, study abroad, and funding opportunities and learn how language acquisition can enrich your lives and lead to exciting career opportunities past graduation. We may attend international celebrations, film screenings, and other arts events.
Latino Culture in Iowa
"Life" is a complicated matter, and it involves choices. While many events and dimensions of our lives may end up being shaped by accident or luck, the choices we make based on values we have consciously embraced have the greatest probability of contributing to our success and happiness. This seminar asks you to reflect on some of the life values you have explicitly or implicitly acquired so far in your life. And it aims to cultivate in you an attitude of life-long self-reflection upon your values, choices, desires, and responsibilities.
For 10 weeks we will meet to discuss and to debate sets of values. These include—but, depending on your input, are not limited to—love/hate; forms of family and interpersonal commitment; competition/solidarity; emotion/reason; nationalism/internationalism; death; social class; forms of politics; and the "best of all possible worlds." Following each week's meeting, you will write a one-page response to each discussion and will share it with your peers. Simultaneously, you will read at home one novel, Jack Conroy's A World To Win, and view three movies: Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, Alejandro González's Babel, and Gary Ross’s Hunger Games.