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International Adventure

The International Adventure learning community provides a 100% virtual experience in which first-year international students can take courses in common, connect with one another, receive support from upper-division peer mentors, and explore career options from anywhere around the world.

Four options are available for this virtual experience:

  1. Business: course options for Pre-Business majors
  2. Computer Science: course options for computer science majors
  3. Engineering: course options for Engineering majors
  4. General: course options for all majors
     

Contact:

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Suzanne Härle at sharle@iastate.edu

 

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.

 

 

Data Science

 

Majors eligible to join

First-Year Data Science majors and students in Open Option are eligible to join.

 

Program description

The Data Science Learning Community is designed to assist first-year Data Science majors in their transition to Iowa State University by providing a support framework of knowledge, resources, and people. All freshman Data Science majors will enroll in the same DS 110 orientation course and will have other clustered courses with members of the learning community. Students have close connections with a Data Science peer mentor in the orientation course and other meetings designed to assist in learning about data science, group interaction skills and academic problem solving in order to increase success and retention.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during the class registration portion of summer orientation.

 

Contact

Heike Hofmann
515-294-8948
hofmann@iastate.edu

 

 

Advertising and Public Relations

Majors eligible to join

First-year students majoring in Advertising or Public Relations, and Open Option students

 

Program description

This learning community serves first-year students who plan to major in advertising or public relations. It will help them become better consumers, creators, and brand storytellers, and it will promote connections with other students in the major, as well as with faculty and staff in the Greenlee School. A second learning community in the Greenlee School serves students planning to major in journalism, and the two Greenlee learning communities will have opportunities to interact, especially through social events.

All students will be enrolled in one of two sections of JL MC 110 set aside for the learning community. Most will also find themselves in class together in JL MC 101 and ADVRT 230 or PR 220.

This learning community will also introduce participants to opportunities for working with student media, clubs, and other organizations that will foster and showcase their skills during their four years in the Greenlee School.
 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Students will sign up during Orientation.
 

Contact

Joanna Schroeder, APR
204E Hamilton Hall
515-294-1351
jschroeder@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://greenlee.iastate.edu/undergraduate/greenlee-learning-communities/

 

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

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The Criminal Justice League

Majors eligible to join

First-year Criminal Justice Studies (CJ ST) majors.

 

Program description

If you are pursuing a major in Criminal Justice Studies, consider joining the Criminal Justice League Learning Community! You will join a group of about 35 first-year students in two shared classes and a seminar where will learn about your major, crime and the societal and criminal justice response to it, on-campus resources and activities, and future careers. You will connect with faculty and students both in and outside the classroom through activities like lively in-class discussions and fascinating field trips to local criminal justice agencies. You will imagine your future career and the steps necessary to achieve your goals by visiting Iowa State’s career fairs and discovering possible internship and job opportunities. You will collaborate with an academically successful peer mentor, who is a junior or senior in the Criminal Justice Studies major. 

 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

Register for this learning community during summer orientation and class registration.

 

Contact

Jenny Macken
515-294-1906
jennym@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/

 

HOME (Open Option in Liberal Arts & Sciences)

 

 

Majors Eligible to Join: All Open Option, Pre-Health, Pre-Med, and Pre-Law students are eligible to join.

 

Program Description:

The HOME Learning Community is a first-semester program designed to support exploring students.  The program provides a structured process for students to explore majors and careers while creating a home at Iowa State.  Students receive support from connections with peer mentors, academic advisers, and faculty.

Benefits of HOME include:

  • Provide you with a structured framework through which you can successfully explore three majors or careers.
  • Connect you with information, resources, and people that can support you through the exploration process.
  • Give you opportunities to practice and therefore develop confidence in your ability to make decisions.

 

Living Options

No residential options are affiliated with the program


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

 

Contacts:

Autumn Cartagena
515-294-4831
openadv@iastate.ed

Taylor Stoeckler
515-294-3067

Steven Waddell
 515-294-4833

Megan Ameh
515-294-3515

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