Transfer

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.

 

 

AMD Transitions

 

Majors eligible to join

New Apparel Merchandising & Design transfer students and change-of-majors are eligible to join.

 

Program description

The AMD Transitions Learning Community is designed to connect students to peers, faculty, and Iowa State University. With the primary goal of helping students adjust to their new major of Apparel Merchandising and Design, the learning community will provide opportunities to learn about their academic program, policies, and resources available. There is an emphasis on goal setting, leadership development, critical thinking and self-management. 

 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

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

Contact

Amanda Quinn
515-294-2587
ajlensch@iastate.edu

Chris Wise
515-294-4997
clwise@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 

Taylor Anne Barriuso
325 Ross Hall
515-294-0853
barriuso@iastate.edu

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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 Audrey Kennis, kennis@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 

Audrey Kennis
515-294-6828
kennis@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/

 

Men of Color

Majors eligible to join

All new students who identify as men of color are eligible to join.

 

Program description

The purpose of the Men of Color Leadership Development Course is to assist new students (who identify as men of color) in their transition to Iowa State University both academically and personally. 

This spring semester course aims to foster a sense of belonging, promote engagement and encourage self- responsibility. The course will expose students to campus resources, allow them to attend various events on campus and interact with faculty/staff at ISU and community members. 
The course will also provide space for discussions related to experiences of men of color on college campuses and in society, generally and Iowa State University, specifically. 
 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

Students that participate in the Men of Color Collective will be contacted to verify interest in participating in the learning community.
 

Contact

Kenyatta Shamburger
515-294-6338
kenyatta@iastate.edu
 

Leadership ISU

Majors eligible to join

All students in any major are eligible to join Leadership ISU.

 

Program description

Leadership ISU is a leadership focused Learning Community designed to help students develop capacity for practicing leadership on campus and preparing them to facilitate organizational and community-based change. This community is partnered with Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), a course designed for students who want to learn about exemplary leadership practices and engage in experiential campus leadership opportunities.

The Student Activities Center is a critical partner providing key connections for students in this learning community to lead the amazing possibilities for students at Iowa State. This learning community provides highly interactive experiences that create opportunities for students to be leaders on campus, shape change in their communities, and establish a professional network leading to success at Iowa State and after graduation.

Through LD ST 270 and the Student Activities Center, students will participate in dynamic lectures, engage in student-centered discussions, participate in large and small group activities, and identify opportunities to build community within the group as well as network with others on campus. Leadership Studies program faculty, Student Activities Center staff, and peer mentors ensure students feel supported in their academic growth and leadership development.

Leadership ISU and LD ST 270 are open to all students, though specifically geared toward first-year and new transfer students. All students enrolled in LD ST 270 will be a part of the Leadership ISU learning community.

 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

All students who register for LD ST 270 be participating in the learning community.
 

Contact

Erica Swanson
515-294-8081
lisu@iastate.edu
 

Web Site

www.sac.iastate.edu/lisu

 

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, an ISUComm Foundations requirement, and a US Diversity 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


 

Writing Gender

Majors eligible to join

Any first-year majors who’ve met the qualifications for entry into English 250.

 

Program description

Writing Gender is a learning community open to students of any major (including Open Option) that links a section of WS 201 with a section of English 250. Students will learn about the contemporary status of women and gender diversity from social, economic, historical, political and literary perspectives. Through writing, oral and visual communication skills, they will analyze the intersection of gender, race, class, nationality and sexuality in the US and globally. Because all students enrolled in the section of English 250 will also be taking the same section of WS 201, this will foster an additional sense of community and collaborative learning experiences. Within this one learning community, students can satisfy an Arts and Humanities requirement, an ISU Comm requirement and a US Diversity requirement. Students will also gain more insight into the nature of a major or second major in WS.

 

Living Options

None 

 

Signing up

Sign up will take place during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for details.

 

Contact

Christiana Langenberg
Ross 343
515-294-1655
clang@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

https://womensstudies.las.iastate.edu/

 

The Sky is the Limit: LC for Students Interested in STEM

Majors eligible to join 

Open Option students and others interested in exploring majors and careers in science and technology - first-year and transfer students.

 

Program description 

Do you want to:

  • Get to know new friends in a small classroom setting (40 students or less) while exploring majors and careers in the areas of environmental sciences, health, cell biology, and interdisciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)?
  • Make connections with upperclass students who are knowledgeable and who remember what it was like to be new at Iowa State?
  • Learn about campus resources and develop academic and professional skills that will enable a successful Iowa State experience now and into the future?
  • Have the ability to shape your learning community experiences based on your own interests and goals?
  • Participate in small group activities that engage you with students and professionals who are already pursuing majors and careers that interest you?

You can achieve all of these things and more by meeting for just two hours per week throughout the fall semester.

During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the section that best suits your needs, and don't worry - if your interests change as the semester progresses, you can get help switching to the section that works best for you!


Here are your options:

  1. Save Planet Earth. An environmentally-themed section where students learn and connect via hands-on sustainability and conservation projects, as well as field trips to research sites around Ames.
  2. Helping People: The Health Care Career Spectrum. Learn about the myriad of healthcare-related career options, have the opportunity to take a tour of the Iowa State cadaver lab, and meet with practicing professionals including a physician and a pharmacist.
  3. Exploring the Secret Life of Cells. Learn how basic cell biology research in different organisms can help us improve our world in areas such as medicine, agriculture, and technology. Experiences include hands-on lab activities and visits to research labs around campus.
  4. Striding Through STEM. This section will help you discover how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) can play a role in your broader interests. It will provide you with opportunities to explore interdisciplinary career paths through interactions with upperclass students, faculty, and leaders outside academia. It is also a great way to find study buddies for first-year STEM courses. Activities will include presentations by representatives of unique interdisciplinary majors (e.g. Data Science), workshops to develop professional skills, and field trips to facilities both on and off campus (e.g. Workiva).

Course: LAS 103D (1 cr.)

 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during June Orientation.
See your adviser for more information.

 

Contact 

Clark Coffman
515-294-3911
ccoffman@iastate.edu

Corinna Most
515-294-3523
cmost@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

https://sky.las.iastate.edu/

 

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