By taking courses in general education area, such as English, Math, Science, Humanities and others, students are able to gain a broad and unique perspective of complex relevant issues, and how they cross traditional disciplinary lines. Students proceed through the classes as a cohort, seeing the same classmates in each class, and take part in projects that spread out over classes. The courses below are Wright College's learning communities for the Fall 2013 Semester.
10LC:"Identity Theft: Writing Who We Are"
English 101 (D) T/Th 9:30-10:50 (Janet Knapp-Caporale)
English 100 (F) T/Th 11:00-12:20 (Lizz Gardner)
In this community, the focus will be how authors represent shifting cultural identities through various narrative modes. Using classroom activities, and through reading, writing, and film, we'll explore historical and post-colonial perspectives on issues of identity such as language, race, culture, and gender.
Students who demonstrate high levels of critical thinking but need further development in grammar and the mechanics of writing will receive accelerated English placement in this English 100/English 101 course. Special Co-Req Eligibility: Must be recommended by English Department faculty and complete a Student Co-Requisite Agreement.
20LC: "Introduction to Business and Microcomputers"
CIS 120 (A) 8:00-9:20 am M/W (James Papademas)
Business 111 (B) 8:00-9:20 am T/R (James Papademas)
This Learning Community will introduce you to fundamental concepts of both business and computer information systems applied to real-world problem solving using Windows, Internet, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and MS Access.
Poly Sci 204 (F)--T/Th 11:00 (Merry Mayer)
English101 (H)--T/Th 12:30 (Kathy Calabrese)
How far should a nation go to maintain an advantage? Through fun exercises using game theory and moral dilemmas, students in this learning community are exposed to the fundamental questions involving war and peace, competition over resources, and ideological battles. Students will explore how effective writing can positively affect the world, by exploring written essays in various genres. Both fulfill the Global Studies requirement.
5LC: “Chemistry of Life”
Biology 121 (AC) 8:00 - 10:50 M/W (Mila Simeonovska)
Chemistry 121 (IK) 2:00-4:50 M/W (Doris Espiritu)
Explore cells at the molecular level by enrolling in Biology 121 linked with Chemistry 121. Both classes are IAI approved. Taking the two classes together will provide students the opportunity to understand the underlying chemical principles behind cell functions. Knowledge in chemistry will enhance in-depth understanding of biology.
6LC: "Lost and Found: Language and Identity in Foreign Cultures"
ESL Reading 100 (F) T/Th 11:00 - 12:20 (Christopher Leonard)
English 101 (H) T/Th 12:30-1:50 (Cydney Topping)
This LC is for English Language Learners and will focus on the issues of language and identity when interacting in foreign communities. Through reading, writing, film, and exploration we will discuss complex issues of race, class, gender, and language and how these cultural forces intersect in the shaping of our identity. We will focus on themes of isolation, happiness, and power, analyzing text that illuminates the immigrant experience, and the quest for identity and voice. Special Co-Req Eligibility: Must be recommended by English Department faculty and complete a Student Co-Requisite Agreement.
89LC: “The Cult of Consumption”
English 102 (J2) T/Th 2:00-3:20 (Jessi Choe)
Humanities 212 (L hybrid) Th only 3:30-4:50 (Jessi Choe)
We compare the world views and rituals of major non-Western religions according to the following questions: Do religious narratives shape our relationship to the natural environment? Are unquenchable consumption habits and the sustainability of a humane planet cultural problems? How do we envision the next step in human evolution in the postmodern era? The composition course is designed to support the building of a research paper which focuses on a common consumption habit chosen by each student—it will involve database research, graphics, and personal experiences from assignments designed to raise self-awareness. Both courses fulfill the Global Studies requirement and Great Books certification.
9LC: "Literature in Theatre and Film"
Reading 125 (E) M/W 11:00-12:20 (Christopher Leonard)
English 101 (G) M/W 12:30-1:50 (Tara Whitehair)
For students who demonstrate strong writing proficiency, but require further development of reading skills, this Learning Community will explore some of literature's greatest works with emphasis on how these works have been adapted for theatre and film. Noted authors we may explore include Shakespeare, Dickens, Conrad, Melville and Carroll; material and authors covered in class will be in part determined by the Great Books theme for the upcoming academic year. Students taking this Learning Community will write about the literature covered in the course, as well as relevant issues raised by these works. Students enrolling in this Learning Community will earn six credits toward the twelve required for the Great Books Curriculum. Special Co-Req Eligibility: Must be recommended by English Department faculty and complete a Student Co-Requisite Agreement.
79LC / 78LC: “100 Years of Solitude? 20th Century Latin American History & Culture”
Humanities 205 (H) T/R 12:30-1:50 (Anna Proffit)
History 215 (J) T/R 2:00-3:20 (Victor Padilla)
Contrary to the title of the famous novel, during the 20th century, Latin Americans experienced much meddling from outside the region that profoundly transformed their histories and cultures. These courses aim for a comprehensive examination of this fascinating region through the study of literature, art, music and history. Among the topics to be examined are the Mexican Revolution of 1910, Castro and the Cuban Revolution, the Dirty Wars in Chile, Argentina and Central America, Cold War politics, Spanish exiles and their influence, the Drug Wars, the recent “pink tide” and the environment. In particular, students will gain an appreciation for the diversity of views Latin Americans have about their region, and the ways in which artistic and historical presentations do not always agree about the meaning of the same event. Humanities 205 is a Great Books course. Both courses include a Service Learning component and fulfill Global Studies and Latin American/Latino Studies certification.