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SPRING 2015 LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTIONS & CONNECTED COURSES

DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC LEARNING COMMUNITIES

LEARNING COMMUNITIES OPEN TO ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

#1   Just for the Health of It
Is giving a speech your worst nightmare? In this learning community, we will work on finding peace
through movement in preparation for speech making. Will you be more anxious for your speech after
you exercise, or will the exercise make you feel more relaxed and calm? In addition to movement and
relaxation, your speeches will focus on: health; what makes us healthy; what keeps us healthy; and what
exercise does when we run into a rough stretch and are not healthy for a time.

INT 110: Just for the Health of It (3 cr.)//10:00-10:50 a.m. MWF//Aili Smith
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//11:00-11:50 a.m. MWF//Kevin Neuharth
#2   I’ve Lost My Mojo! The Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
(Recommended for students in Physical Education and Cooperate Fitness)
Ever wonder why some people love exercise and others hate it? How does one person love to run marathons,
while others would rather rock climb? Why does a kid go from loving a sport to hating it? As we
age, the preference of fitness activities one enjoys changes and so does our mindset. Many individuals lose
interest in physical activities and sports they once loved. How can you make a difference in helping them
to continue to be active, rather than giving up and settling for being a fan? This learning community will
help you understand numerous sporting activities and the psychology which plays into all activities we
participate in or teach others to play! Learn how it really is Mind over Matter! If you plan to work with
clients in a fitness setting or teach kids how to love physical activity, you need this learning community!

INT 110: I’ve Lost My Mojo! The Psychology of Sport and Injury (3 cr.)//12:00-12:50 p.m. MWF// Beth Odahlen
HPER 215: Methods of Teaching Sport Activities (2 cr.)//1-1:50 p.m. TH//Sara Deutsch

#3   The Truth Behind Language
If you’ve ever wondered...Why does Shakespeare sound funny to us today? Why does the phrase
“fan-bloody-tastic” sound fine, but when spoken as “fanta-bloody-stic,” it sounds egregiously wrong? How do
we learn language? Who invented all those grammatical rules? How does American Sign Language compare
to spoken English? Are all signed languages related, or are they just as varied as spoken languages? Do all
languages, spoken or signed, have grammar rules that students need to learn?...then this FYE is for you!

INT 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.)//2:00-2:50 p.m. MW//Jean-François Mondon
SPED 113: American Sign Language 1 (3 cr.)//11:00-11:50 a.m. MWF//Jodi Connell
ENGL 120: College Composition II (3 cr.)//11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. TR//Margaret Sherve


#4  “Technology Today” (previousely I'm Not Invisible)  This will be an online/distance learning community and all classes with be online.  The courses are listed below:

INT 110 –online- 3 credits- Instructor Sharon Reynolds
BOTE 127 – online – 3 credits – Instructor Jan Repnow
BIT 123 – online – 2 credits – Instructor Tom Seymour

#5 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Have you ever thought about the ripple effect that your life will have on the lives of others, or, in turn,
how their lives will affect you? Read the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and consider the
question: what part of you will live on? What will be your legacy to the world? Join us for an artistic,
historical, scientific and ethical exploration of these questions

INT 110: Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2 cr.)//1:00-1:50 p.m. MW// Heidi Super
ENGL 120: College Composition II (3 cr.)//9:30-10:45 a.m. TR//Nicole Thom-Arens
HIST 104: US History from 1877 (3 cr.)//2:00-2:50 MWF// Ernst Pijing

#6 All That Jazz: American Entertainment from the Gilded Age to Today
We all consume cultural entertainment, but sometimes in very different ways. Do you participate, or
are you a spectator? Who owns culture? Who foots the bill? The ways that Americans have taken part in
music, theater, and other cultural activities have changed dramatically over the period from the late nineteenth
century to the present. Join us for investigation of topics including ragtime, popular music on the
radio, the emergence of Broadway, the role of music in the civil rights movement, the explosion of rock
and roll music, and the role of the internet in today’s cultural entertainment.

INT 110: All That Jazz: American Entertainment from the Gilded Age to Today (2 cr.)// 2:00-2:50 p.m. TR//Erik Anderson
MATH 210: Elementary Statistics (4 cr.)//12:00-12:50 p.m. MTWR//Laurie Geller
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//1:00-1:50 p.m. MWF//Rick Watson

#7 I Don’t Know…Therefore ALIENS!
Ancient Aliens, endless works on ancient astronauts and Stonehenge, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of
the Crystal Skull: our society is pretty obsessed with the idea that aliens had some role in our creation and
continuation. How much of this is true? From where did these ideas come? This FYE looks at alien conspiracy
by learning about peoples and places through World Regional Geography and then by speaking
about it in a public forum—this way we can search for truth. Through the INT 110 course we test this
knowledge and call into question what we have traditionally learned, analyzing the data and collecting
information on these fascinating ideas of cultures and peoples...THEREFORE ALIENS!

INT 110: I Don’t Know . . . Therefore ALIENS! (2 cr.)//1:00-1:50 p.m. TR//Lisa Borden-King
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//10:00-10:50 a.m. MWF//Carlen Gilseth
GEOG 161: World Regional Geography (3 cr.)//11:00 -12:15 p.m. TTH//Jacob Sowers

#8 Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They?
(Recommended for students in Teacher Education)

This group of courses will explore the connections between classroom practices and the processes of learning. Why do some students remember pictures and others remember words? Is it useful to label students? Why are some students motivated and others not so much? Does development affect learning? How can educators help students be successful? We will explore these questions through coursework that looks at the complicated decisions that adults and kids in schools make every day and then visit elementary, middle and high schools to apply the information.


INT 110: Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They? (2 cr).//1:00-3:00 p.m. R//Kathy Hintz
ED 250: Foundations of Education (2 cr.)//1:00-2:50 p.m. T//Rosalyn Billy-Mohamed
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.)//2:00-2:50 p.m. MW//Lisa Borden-King

#9 Explore, Expand, and Express Yourself!
(Open only to International Students)

This Learning Community is designed to help International Students have a positive transition to Minot State University. Students will be encouraged to "explore" their new environment and take advantage of being in a new place, to "expand" their perspectives through an introspective awareness of a new culture, and to "express" themselves through art and literature.

INT 110: Explore, Expand, and Express Yourself! (2 cr.) Libby Claerbout
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.TuTh//Nancy Pearson
HUM 253: Humanities (3 cr.)//12:00 -12:50 p.m. MWF// Andrea Donovan