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, 2015-2016 community member, 2018-2019 peer mentor
Majors eligible to join
First-year majors in psychology
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 Seminar. Psych 112 is a two-semester, one-credit seminar led by a faculty member. This faculty member typically becomes the students' faculty adviser.
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 current first-semester theme is “The Psychology of Happiness and Well-being,” especially as it relates to the college experience. Second semester themes may include "Holistic Health" or “A Bright Future for Every Child – Overcoming the Disadvantages of Poverty.” Psych 112 includes orientation sessions that cover academic program planning, campus resources and career options in the field of psychology. Thematic content includes readings, discussions, class activities, and self-discovery exercises. In the spring semester, students engage in active learning in the community with several hours of volunteer work.
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.
In addition to taking Psych 112 together in the fall and spring, learning community students also take Information Literacy (Lib 160), English Composition (Engl 250), and Moral Theory and Practice (Phil 230) together. Special small enrollment learning community sections of Engl 250 and Phil 230 provide academic background for in-depth discussion of issues related to well-being, poverty, and altruism.
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. Half or more of learning community members chose the residential learning community option. You may also live elsewhere, but still participate in all other components of the learning community.
You may indicate a preference for the residential component of the learning community when you complete your housing contract. You will have the opportunity to register for the learning community seminar (Psych 112) and join the learning community during orientation. For questions about eligibility and registration, contact Undergraduate Psychology Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org.