Common Threads

Majors eligible to join

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
 

Program description

First developed in 2002, Common Threads is learning community for freshmen in the Apparel Merchandising, and Design (AMD) major. Common Threads consists of all AMD first-year students enrolling directly from high school. Approximately 27 students may live in the residential component in Maple Hall. The learning community consists of an academic, peer mentor, and residential component.

The academic component consists of a university orientation class and a major specific orientation. In addition, there is reserved seating in two beginning-level AMD classes: AMD 165 - Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society, and AMD 131 - Fashion Products and Markets. One section of English 150 is reserved for AMD students who would like to enhance their writing experiences with topics related more closely to their major.

Five to six AMD peer mentors work to provide students experiences and information to aid in the successful adjustment to the academic, social, and personal challenges college may present. Peer mentors organize study and project work sessions, creativity sessions, and social activities.

 

Living Options

Residential – Twenty eight students are slated to live in Maple Hall on the second floor. 
 

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. Sign-up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.
 

Contact

Chris Leiran Wise
515-294-4997
clwise@iastate.edu
 

Web Site

https://www.aeshm.hs.iastate.edu/learning-communities/common-threads/

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