Liberal Arts and Sciences

ID: 
3
Abbreviation: 
S

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

Kristin Towers
515-294-1642
ktowers@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

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

 

HOME (Open Option in Liberal Arts & Sciences)

HOME (Helping Open option students Manage Exploration)

Majors eligible to join: any student who is Open Option, Pre-Health, Pre-Med, or Pre-Law

 

Program Description:

Can you think of a time when you felt uncomfortable, out-of-place, like you didn’t fit in? 

When it was happening, it was probably difficult to focus on anything but how out of sorts you felt.
 

Can you think of a time, even if you were in a new place, where you really felt like you were at home with the people and in the space you were in?

You likely felt excited, eager to participate, ready to try new things!

 

Many Open Option students wonder where they fit at Iowa State because they haven’t yet found their major – their academic home.  The HOME Learning Community is intended to give students support as they navigate the exploration process at Iowa State.  To help them find the spaces, places, and people that help them feel at home even as they are searching for their major or future profession.

 

Students will enroll in an orientation class and will participate in exploration events throughout the fall semester.

 

Signing Up: Students will sign up during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for more information.

 

Contact:

Autumn Cartagena
102 Catt Hall
515-294-4831
ahare@iastate.edu
 

Software Engineering

Majors eligible to join

First-Year Software Engineering students are eligible to join.

 

Program description

The Software Engineering Learning Community is a non-residential, course-based learning community program for first year software engineering students. Students will take a set of required courses with other software engineering students. Fall semester, students will take first semester course, S E 101: Software Engineering Orientation. The goal of this course is to provide an engaging learning environment for first semester freshman to learn policies, procedures and expectations at Iowa State University. Students will find resources for personal and academic success, as well as learn about educational requirements. Students will also be enrolled in common courses and participate in structured activities.

During spring semester, students will participate in S E 166: Software Engineering Careers. The goal of this course will be for students to learn of the career opportunities for Software Engineering majors and interact with potential employers. Students will continue to take common courses and participate in activities.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during June Orientation.

 

Contact

Teela Wilmes
515-294-0222
twilmes@iastate.edu

 

Patrick Determan
515-294-1942
patrickd@iastate.edu
 

Leadership ISU (LISU)

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 impacting organizational and community-based change in our world. This community is partnered with Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), a course designed for students who want to get involved on campus, work with community partners, and develop a professional network to advance their career trajectories. 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.

Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), is divided into two parts: 1) dynamic lectures, and 2) small group experiences within the community.  Small groups are facilitated by Peer Mentors, corporate executives, and community partners to ensure a broad leadership experience. This course provides students with learning opportunities that are grounded in working with community organizations (e.g. The United Way, Boys and Girls Club, Ames Community School District, etc.) to create social change. Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate capacity for practicing leadership and leave with a professional network directly linked to their career success. Create a foundation for an awesome Iowa State experience by focusing on leadership and joining the Leadership ISU learning community! 

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following linked to the critical competencies and capacities for leadership effectiveness:

  • Knowledge and application of the leadership theory and practice for social change
  • Agency for service-learning and community development
  • Ability to articulate knowledge and behaviors for advancing personal, team, and societal values
  • Effective communication practices aimed at organizational and community advancement
  • Ability to engage in and lead Iowa State University and community-based initiatives and organizations
  • Ability to create professional networks for the advancement of career trajectories

 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

Students that register for the LD ST 270 sections 1-3 will be participating in the learning community.
 

Contact

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 Open Option

Majors eligible to join 

Open Option students - First year and transfer students
 

Program description 

Do you want to:

  • Find new friends on campus in a small classroom setting (40 students or less) while exploring majors and careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics?
  • Make connections with previous Open Option students who are now sophomores, juniors, and seniors?
  • Participate in small team activities that involve meeting with students and professionals who are already pursuing majors and careers that interest you?

We 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 you, and don't worry - if your interest change as the semester progresses, you can get help switching to the section that best suits you!


Here are the options:

  1. Save Planet Earth. An environmentally-themed learning team where students connect via a hands-on Monarch butterfly conservation service-learning project.
  2. Helping People: The Health Care Career Spectrum. Students will learn about a multitude of healthcare-related career options and have the opportunity to take a tour of a cadaver lab and meet with practicing professionals including a physician and a pharmacist.
  3. Calculators, Keyboards, and Information Systems. This section explores career paths that involve mathematics, statistics, computer science, and software engineering. Activities include meeting with a forensic scientist and representatives from local companies such as Siemens and Workiva to explore internship and career opportunities.
  4. Striding Through STEM. This section is a great way to find study buddies for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, develop good study habits, and meet with upperclass students who have successfully passed STEM courses. This section also provides the opportunity to explore potential career paths that can combine passions and bridge interests through interactions with upperclass students, faculty, and leaders outside of academia.

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.
 

Contacts

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

Web Site

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

Science of the Environment and Sustainable Systems

Majors eligible to join

Freshmen and transfer students in Environmental Science

 

Program description 

Science of the Environment and Sustainable Systems (SoESS) Learning Community is a two-semester, academically-linked residential learning team oriented toward meeting the scholastic and social needs of entering and continuing Environmental Science freshmen and sophomore students. The SoESS learning community aims to provide an engaging environment designed to foster student-to-peer, and student-to-community interactions by involving students in well-designed academic, community volunteer, and social activities pertinent to the fields of environmental science and environmental sustainability.

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing up

Students will sign up during Orientation.

 

Contact

Richard Williams
103 Bessey Hall
515-294-1070
dickwms@iastate.edu

 

Psychology Freshmen

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

 

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 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.
 

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.  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.

 

Signing up

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 psychadv@iastate.edu.

 

Contact

Karen Scheel
515-294-4083
krscheel@iastate.edu
 

Web Site

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

 

 

Physics + Astronomy

 

Majors eligible to join

Incoming students majoring in Physics and Astronomy.

 

Program description

Studying physics is both exciting and intellectually challenging. The Physics and Astronomy Department is at the forefront of figuring out how the universe works, with faculty and students engaged in revealing the core mechanisms of biological systems, to the understanding the most explosive events in the life and death of stars. Our goals for physics undergraduates is that they develop a firm understanding of physics through their course-work, student research, field trips, and meeting with visiting scientists. To ensure students are welcomed into the department’s intellectual life, we have created a Physics + Astronomy Learning Community. The Learning Community is a place where beginning students can discuss physics, both current research topics as well as their coursework, interact socially with faculty, partner with peer mentors who can lend advice, and form strong bonds of friendship with like-minded physics students on field trips to regional national labs. The Learning Community is centered around Phys 199 “An Introduction to Physics” and members of the LC will be in the same section of their calculus course so they can build strong connections between their mathematical skills and physics.

 

Living Options

None.

 

Signing up

Students can register during orientation.

 

Contact

Kerry Whisnant
A507 Physics
515-294-3735
whisnant@iastate.edu
 

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