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  • Sociology (SY 109) and First Year Experience (CAS 100)

    Building Healthy Communities!

    Do you want to make a difference by improving the quality of life in your local area? This learning community is for students who are interested in any health or social sciences. Sociology is an excellent place to begin understanding different groups of people. You will learn about how our collective experience shapes our health and the health of our environment. This community requires the first year experience course (CAS 100) and an Introduction to Sociology class (SY 109).
  • Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology (AN 101) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    Stone, Bones and Interesting Careers!

    This community is for people interested in working in museums, National Parks, archaeological sites, archives, historic preservation offices, and other jobs that include working with the past. Your instructors are a historian and an archaeologist (and museum director!) and they want you to develop top-notch academic habits and explore employment opportunities in a wide range of areas. Your historian teaches CAS 100, and he will guide you through the finer points of college coursework. In your partner course, you will learn about the human past in a course we like to call "Stones and Bones." Between the two you should integrate material, develop study groups, and make new friends with interests in adventuresome careers.
  • Social Problems (SY 112), First Year Experience (CAS 100) and Service Learning (CAS 190)

    Myth Busters: Critical Thinking and Making a Difference.

    You will have your curiosity piqued, critical thinking sharpened, and a chance to show your compassion in this three-course (6 credit hour) learning community. Topics will range from fun, such as the evidence for Bigfoot and dowsing, to the serious, including human race and homelessness. You will find a helpful integrated class experience and a rewarding service component. Think your way through topics that impact humans in society and make a difference in the lives of people! Courses include the required first year experience course (CAS 100) and Social Problems (SY 112).
  • Psychology (PSY 120) and First Year Experience (CAS 100)

    This community is excellent for students majoring in Psychology, most of the Health Professions, or anyone with an interest in learning more about why we behave the way we do. Psychology (PSY 120) provides a survey of the basic theories, concepts, principles, and research findings in the field of psychology. The first year experience course (CAS 100) includes the knowledge and tools you need to be successful at USA. These integrated courses will also emphasize information literacy and critical thinking skills.
  • Intro. to US Government (PSC 130), Intro. to Criminal Justice (CJ 205) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    Investigating Our World

    "Investigating Our World" is a learning community that welcomes students who are interested in considering the many forces that shape our society, politically, economically, historically, and culturally. The first year experience course (CAS 100) will provide college readiness and encourage students to think about the questions and issues raised in Introduction to US Government (PSC 130) and Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 205) on a global level. All of these courses except CJ 205 fulfill general education requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. CJ 205 counts toward a minor/major in Criminal Justice, or can count as elective credit in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • History of World Civilization I (HY 101) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    Debating Morality and War

    Are wars ever morally justifiable? Can acts of terrorism ever be ethically defensible? May one person torture another for interrogational purposes? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then what are the moral conditions or ethical constraints according to which we may or may not act in certain ways toward our enemies in times of war? If you find such questions interesting, be prepared for team-based and individual debating formats as we explore some of these very interesting issues through readings and discussion.
  • History of World Civilization II (HY 102) and First Year Course (CAS 100)

    Description of Learning Community coming soon!