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                                            DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC LEARNING COMMUNITIES
#17 Speak Up and Branch Out  (11 Seats Available)
(Recommended for Communication Disorders majors)
Just as a tree has many branches, communication disorders, too, has many branches. Which branch will you choose? Are you out on a limb? Afraid to speak up? Explore the various branches of communication disorders, discover the opportunities to merge public speaking skills with community outreach, and prepare to plant your future on solid ground.
UNIV 110: (2 cr.) MW 2 - 2:50 Harmon
CD 150: (2 cr.) TR 2 - 2:50 Holt

#18 Minutia: Scope it out! (FULL - No Seats Available)
Does the five second rule really apply to dropped food? Should you wear flip-flops in the shower?  This course will address microbiology concepts as they relate to health science in a fun and informative way. Explore strategies for successful transition to the university community as you embark on your educational journey.
UNIV 110: (2 cr.) W 10 - 11:50 Pannu
BIOL 142: (4 cr.) MWF 12:00 - 12:50 Lepp
BIOL 142 Lab: R 10:00 - 11:50 Lepp

#19 Urban Legends (FULL - No Seats Available)
Urban legends have a way of getting into our heads, and often change our behavior. How many of them have a basis in fact? What are the origins of urban legends and why are they so compelling? This FYE looks at urban legends by first learning about cultures through Geography 161: World Regional Geography and Communications 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking—thereby providing us with the tools to search for truth. Through the INT we will call into question what we have traditionally learned, analyzing these fascinating legends using an academic folklore approach. In this class, you will be expected to question preconceived notions at every turn.

UNIV110: (2 cr.) TR 1:00 - 1:50 Sund
GEOG 161: (3 cr.) TR 11:00 - 12:15 Sowers
COMM 110: (3 cr.) MWF 10:00 – 10:50 Gilseth

#20  Will Spanish Rule the World? (4 Seats Available)
Enriching your understanding of the Spanish speaking world will be very valuable as you embark on your studies.  This course will enhance students understanding of culture, history, and language of the Spanish speaking world.  Attention will focus on historical events, contemporary geopolitical issues, and the humanities as it relates to Europe and the Americas.
UNIV110: (2 cr.)  M 2:00 – 3:50 Mondon
SPAN 120: (3 cr.) MWF 11:00 – 11:50 Cristofaro
HIST 212: (3 cr.)  MWF 12:00 - 12:50 Pijning                    

#21 Stop Wondering and Start Making! (FULL - No Seats Available)
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein.  Explore creativity, imagination, and artistic expression without judgment. Write poetry, stories, a screenplay, or music. Make art of any kind. Invent a new gadget. Perform stand-up or give a theatrical performance. Throw out preconceived notions about research papers and explore the intersections between creativity and academic writing. Also explore the creative work of others—musicians, artists, writers, singers, funny people, innovators, inventors, and more. Textbooks include anything from comics to YouTube videos, and field trips will be considered. The class will culminate with a celebration of its creativity.
UNIV 110: (3 cr.) MWF  1:00 - 1:50 Geller and Watson
ENGL 120: (3 cr.) MWF 11:00 - 11:50 Aleshire

#22  Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They? (FULL - No Seats Available)
(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.
UNIV 110: (2 cr.) T 1:00 - 2:50 Hintz
ED 260: (2 cr.) R 1:00 - 2:50 Hintz
PSY 111: (3 cr.) MWF 11:00 – 11:50 Olson

#23 Balancing Instinct (1 Seat Available)

For many the habits and professional skills developed in college will set the tone for life after college. Therein lies the quandary of figuring out how to juggle, communicate and set positive life practices. Are you looking to start your college experience off on a positive note? Then, join us as we practice learning to ask the right questions, develop healthy habits and communicate outside our boundaries.
UNIV 110: (2 cr.) MW 10 - 10:50 Stander
HPER 101: (1 cr.) TuTh 10 - 10:50 Eckmann