Freshman

Public Leadership for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Majors eligible to join

Political Science, English, History, Journalism, Open Option, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Economics.

 

Program description

The PLUS (Public Leadership for Undergraduate Students) learning community develops skills essential for leadership in public service through knowledge about the public sector and developing strong written, oral, visual, and electronic communication skills. Students will participate in linked assignments between an introductory Political Science course (POL S 111) on American government and an English writing course (ENGL 250), and will share small-group experiences including field trips to public sector agencies, discussions of current events and literature related to public service, and presentations by student support staff focused on student success, health, and resiliency. 

 

Living Options

None 

 

Signing Up 

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during orientation and class registration times.

 

Contact

Mack Shelley
515-294-1075
mshelley@iastate.edu

 

Website

https://www.pols.iastate.edu/

 

Aerospace Engineering Upper-Division

Majors eligible to join

Aerospace Engineering majors

 

Program description

This learning community is available for Aerospace Enginering (Aer E) students who have completed Engl 250. Students in this learning community will enroll in Aer E focused sections of Engl 314 (Technical Communication). By enrolling in the learning community linked sections of Engl 314, students will learn technical communication focused on the types of reports, documentation, and presentations that they will be using in upper level Aer E courses and within the aerospace engineering industry.

 

Living Options

None
 

Signing Up

To register for this learning community, students should work with their academic advisor.

 

Contact 

Caitlin Trom
515-294-0178
cmtrom@iastate.edu

 

 

Environmental Engineering

 

Majors eligible to join

Environmental Engineering

 

Program description

The purpose of the Environmental Engineering Learning Community is to help new first-year and transfer students transition to collegiate life at Iowa State, explore professional opportunities in the environmental engineering field, and connect with other students in the major. Students will be placed in teams, led by peer mentors who will help them get acclimated to campus and engage with students in groups as well as one-on-one, both in and out of the classroom. The Learning Community will help students develop the personal and leadership skills needed to succeed in the major and future careers. The course component of Learning Community (Env E 120) will include activities such as Career Fair preparation, course planning and registration, work site tours, and faculty interactions. This learning community is designed to allow students to enroll in a number of common courses with peers in their major. 

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

New student orientation and regular course registration.

 

 

Data Science

 

Majors eligible to join

All Data Science majors and students in Open Option are eligible to join.

 

Program description

The Data Science Learning Community is designed to assist Data Science majors in their transition to Iowa State University by providing a support framework of knowledge, resources, and people. All Data Science majors will enroll in the same DS 110 orientation course and will have other clustered courses with members of the learning community. Students have close connections with a Data Science peer mentor in the orientation course and other meetings designed to assist in learning about data science, group interaction skills and academic problem solving in order to increase success and retention.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during the class registration portion of summer orientation.

 

Contact

Emily Meeks
515-294-0233
emeeks@iastate.edu

 

Advertising and Public Relations

Majors eligible to join

First-year students majoring in Advertising or Public Relations, and Open Option students

 

Program description

This learning community serves first-year students who plan to major in advertising or public relations. It will help them become better consumers, creators, and brand storytellers, and it will promote connections with other students in the major, as well as with faculty and staff in the Greenlee School. A second learning community in the Greenlee School serves students planning to major in journalism, and the two Greenlee learning communities will have opportunities to interact, especially through social events.

All students will be enrolled in one of two sections of JL MC 110 set aside for the learning community. Most will also find themselves in class together in JL MC 101 and ADVRT 230 or PR 220.

This learning community will also introduce participants to opportunities for working with student media, clubs, and other organizations that will foster and showcase their skills during their four years in the Greenlee School.
 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Students will sign up during Orientation.
 

Contact

Joanna Schroeder, APR
204E Hamilton Hall
515-294-4342
joannas1@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://greenlee.iastate.edu/undergraduate/greenlee-learning-communities/

 

The Criminal Justice League

Majors eligible to join

First-year Criminal Justice (C J) majors.

 

Program description

If you are pursuing a major in Criminal Justice, consider joining the Criminal Justice League Learning Community! You will join a group of about 35 first-year students in two shared classes and a seminar where will learn about your major, crime and the societal and criminal justice response to it, on-campus resources and activities, and future careers. You will connect with faculty and students both in and outside the classroom through activities like lively in-class discussions and fascinating field trips to local criminal justice agencies. You will imagine your future career and the steps necessary to achieve your goals by visiting Iowa State’s career fairs and discovering possible internship and job opportunities. You will collaborate with an academically successful peer mentor, who is a junior or senior in the Criminal Justice major. 

 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

Register for this learning community during summer orientation and class registration.

 

Contact

Jacque Parker
515-294-1906
parkerja@iastate.edu

Leana Bouffard
515-294-3903
lab17@iastate.edu

 

The Science of Language (SOL)

 

Majors eligible to join

This learning community is for new Linguistics majors as well as any student who is interested in language and how it works, seeking especially students in World Languages and Cultures, International Studies, U.S. Latinx Studies, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, and Open Option.

 

Program description

The Science of Language Learning Community is a non-residential learning community for students who are interested in languages, linguistics, and language science. The goals of SOL are to foster community among undergraduate linguists, develop critical thinking skills around language, broaden linguistic understanding of language as a science, and to help students become aware of possible future directions in these fields. As part of SOL, students will take three linked courses together: LING/WLC 119 Introduction to World Languages, ENGL 214 Introduction to Technical Communication, and LING 101 Introduction to the Study of Linguistics. SOL fulfills multiple LAS requirements including up to 6 credits towards Arts and Humanities requirements as well as International Perspectives.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

New students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during orientation and class registration. Transfers and Change of majors can sign up during fall class registration by contacting the coordinator.

 

Contact 

Isabella Perksen
116 Hamilton
515-294-0496
iperksen@iastate.edu

 


 

Web Site

https://ling.las.iastate.edu/

 

FOCUS (Fostering Opportunity and Collaboration through Unity and Scholarship)

Majors eligible to join

All multicultural students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are eligible.

 

Program description

The FOCUS Learning Community is a multicultural peer mentorship program that is designed to support incoming students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The program provides academic, social, and professional connections to aid in the successful transition to college. Students will participate in enriching activities that will help them develop a strong sense of community.

Benefits of FOCUS

  • Receive one-on-one guidance from a peer mentor
  • Successfully navigate your first-year experience
  • Increased opportunity for academic success
  • Attend fun monthly social events to build community and strong connections
  • Develop a strong network of peers to support you through your academic journey

 

Living Options

No residential options are affiliated with the program.

 

Signing up

Contact Jahmai Fisher, fisherj@iastate.edu, to learn more about the program and how to get involved.

 

"The best part of being in a learning community is the mentor/mentee connection that you can make and getting to know other students in the same boat as you." - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student

 

Contact 

Jahmai Fisher
515-294-8383
fisherj@iastate.edu

 

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HOME (Open Option in Liberal Arts & Sciences)

 

 

Majors Eligible to Join: All Open Option, Pre-Health, Pre-Med, and Pre-Law students are eligible to join.

 

Program Description:

The HOME Learning Community is a first-semester program designed to support exploring students.  The program provides a structured process for students to explore majors and careers while creating a home at Iowa State.  Students receive support from connections with peer mentors, academic advisers, and faculty.

Benefits of HOME include:

  • Provide you with a structured framework through which you can successfully explore three majors or careers.
  • Connect you with information, resources, and people that can support you through the exploration process.
  • Give you opportunities to practice and therefore develop confidence in your ability to make decisions.

 

Living Options

No residential options are affiliated with the program


Signing Up:
Students will sign up during Orientation. Please ask your advisor for more information.

 

Contacts:

Erin Valerio-Garsow
515-294-4831
openadv@iastate.edu

 

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Software Engineering

 

Majors eligible to join

First-Year Software Engineering students are eligible to join.

 

Program description

The Software Engineering Learning Community is a non-residential, course-based learning community program for first year software engineering students. Students will take a set of required courses with other software engineering students. In the fall semester, students will take a first-semester course, S E 101: Software Engineering Orientation. The goal of this course is to provide an engaging learning environment for first semester freshmen to learn policies, procedures and expectations at Iowa State University. Students will find resources for personal and academic success, as well as learn about educational requirements. Students will also be enrolled in common courses and participate in structured activities.

During spring semester, students will participate in S E 166: Software Engineering Careers. The goal of this course will be for students to learn of the career opportunities for Software Engineering majors and interact with potential employers. Students will continue to take common courses and participate in activities.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during June Orientation.

 

Contact

Kate Jurgenson
515-294-0222
isukate@iastate.edu

 

 


 

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