Transfer

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

 

 

CALS Transfer

Majors eligible to join

All transfer students in their first semester with a major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). 
 

Program description

The purpose of the CALS Transfer residential learning community is to assist new students in making a successful academic, social, and personal transition to Iowa State University. Activities include guest speakers, agriculture tours and social activities. Students in the CALS Transfer learning community will also enroll in a common section of ENGL 302 (Business Communication). The learning community will have a transfer student peer mentor that will support students with the transition to Iowa State University.


Living Options

Housing in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, is required for transfer students who participate in this learning community. CALS Transfer men and women are housed in separate 4 person (1 per bedroom) apartments.


Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Registration for ENGL 302 takes place during transfer student orientation.

 

Contact

Stephanie Zumbach
szumbach@iastate.edu
515-294-5179

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Brandau
abrandau@iastate.edu
515-294-6147

 

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 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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Psychology Transfer

Majors eligible to join

New transfer students in Psychology are eligible to join. 
 

Program description

This semester-long learning community assists students in their transition to Iowa State and the Psychology department through opportunities to connect with peers, faculty, and resources on campus during their first semester. Students in the Psychology Transfer Learning Community enroll in the common course Psych 112, Section C, which is designed specifically for students transferring from other colleges or universities to Iowa State University (other new students will take either Psych 111 or other sections of Psych 112 for new freshmen).  Completing this course and its related activities allows students to make meaningful connections with other psychology students, better understand departmental and college requirements, learn about opportunities and careers related to Psychology, and familiarize themselves with campus resources and services.

Students will also work with upper-level Psychology majors who will serve as peer mentors.  The peer mentors will link students to resources within the department and across the Iowa State campus, provide academic support, and facilitate social activities within the learning community.

 

Living Options

None
 

Signing up

Students are able to join the Psychology Transfer Learning Community at the time they sign up for classes by adding Psych 112, Section C to their schedule.  Contact the Psychology Advising Office for help to add the class.

 

Contact

Whitney Baker
515-294-3646
wbaker@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/

 

Writing Opportunities in Workplaces (WOW)

”Students who join learning communities have a special opportunity to connect with classmates---form study groups, serve as sounding boards for one another, and even develop lasting friendships throughout their four years at ISU. Seeing the same familiar faces in two classes every week creates a comfort level many college first-years don't experience, and finding comfort in the classroom setting inevitably leads to smoother learning and more permanent retention of vital communication skills that translate to the workplace."

 

Majors eligible to join

Students of any major (including Open Option) who register for English 214 and English 250.
 

Program description

Students will learn about the background, practical application of, techniques of, and demand for technical writing and web design/usability in the U.S. and worldwide. Through written, oral, visual, and electronic communication skills, they will complete summaries and rhetorical analyses related to topics in technical communication. They will also delve into visual website design and rhetoric and learn to analyze and evaluate visuals both in terms of their messages and in their creation as TComm deliverables. Finally, they will master argumentation, acting as mediators in debates centered around technology, its use/misuse in the workplace, and its presentation in writing and multimedia. Because all students enrolled in this section of English 250 will also be taking the same section of English 214, this will encourage a sense of community and create shared learning opportunities. Within this single learning community, students can satisfy an Arts and Humanities requirement and an ISUComm Foundations requirement! Students will also gain a greater understanding of technical communications as a field, potentially adding it as a major, second major, or minor. Tech Comm was recently rated the 14th best job in the U.S. by Career Cast and other sources, meaning that majors in English and related fields are becoming more and more lucrative as the demand for strong communicators rises!
 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

Students will have the opportunity to register for this learning community during spring registration and June Orientation.
 

Contact

Samantha Robinson-Adams
515-294-5206
slr@iastate.edu


 

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