The learning community gives new students a way to meet peers and professors in psychology and to have a support system to help through this new chapter in  life! Overall, the learning community was an amazing experience and it’s something I recommend to every new psychology student! -Sydney


Majors eligible to join

First-year majors in psychology


Program description

The Psychology Learning Community is designed to assist first-year Psychology students in making a successful transition to college. Instead of taking the required orientation course, Psych 111, learning community students will take Psych 112, Psychology Learning Community, a two-semester, one-credit seminar led by a faculty member. 

The goals are to provide an environment where students can connect with each other and with faculty, learn strategies that foster personal development, and develop critical thinking skills as they explore an important social issue through the eyes of multiple disciplines and service learning experiences. The theme first semester will be “The Psychology of Happiness.” The themes second semester will be “A Bright Future for Every Child – Overcoming the Disadvantages of Poverty.” Psych 112 will begin with orientation sessions that cover academic program planning, campus resources and career options in the field of psychology. The content will then become more thematic: Students will engage in a variety of experiences relevant to poverty and will participate in volunteer work in the community.

Students will 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 ISU campus, provide academic support, and facilitate social activities within the learning community. Students will enroll together in classes that fulfill degree requirements. 

The fall classes (Psych 102, Laboratory in Introductory Psychology and Psych 112) will orient the students to the science of psychology. The two spring classes (English 250, and a special section of Philosophy 230, Moral Theory and Practice) will provide academic background for in-depth discussion of issues related to poverty and altruism. 

A residence hall option is also available for students who wish to live with other learning community members.


Living Options

You will have the opportunity to live together on the same floor in a residence hall, which makes it easy to organize study groups, social activities, and informal get-togethers.  This year, 65% of the learning community students chose the residential learning community option.  You may also live elsewhere, but still participate in all other components of the learning community.


Signing up

Please ask your adviser for details.



Karen Scheel,, 515-294-4083
Kristin Towers,, 515-294-1742


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