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FALL 2013 LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTIONS & CONNECTED COURSES

DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC LEARNING COMMUNITIES

LEARNING COMMUNITIES OPEN TO ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

#1   When Am I Ever Going to Use This?  The Math-Science Connection
(Open to all students, especially recommended for Chemistry, Biology, and Pre-Professional Science majors)


Do you ever ask the question, “When am I ever going to use this?” The Math-Science Connection Learning Community will provide some exciting answers for freshmen majoring in biology, chemistry, geology, pre-med, or similar areas. You will engage with and explore various real-world issues in biology and chemistry, such as disease, while honing math skills that are essential to successful academic experiences in science. Connections between mathematics and science will be explored as you collect and analyze real-life data to study disease, making measurements with the use of basic algebra, statistics, simple mathematical models, and graphs. Class activities will improve your abilities to problem solve, write, speak, use relevant technology, and work with others, enabling your success in future courses. Meet other students who share similar intellectual pursuits, form strong peer support systems, and work closely with faculty and a peer mentor.


INT 110:  When Am I ever Going to Use This?: The Math-Science Connection (2 cr.)//3:00-4:50p.m. W//Narayan Thapa
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.)//2:00-2:50p.m. MWF, 1:00-1:50p.m. T, 2:00-4:50p.m. R//Robert Crackel            BIOL 151: Introduction to Zoology (4 cr.)//11:00-11:50a.m. MWF, 10:00-11:50a.m. T//Alex Deufel

#2  Get the Picture?! -Clix, Pix, Txt
(Open to all, especially recommended for Art majors)


Words and pictures are everywhere, all the time—from the t-shirts we wear, to the company slogans and advertisements we try to ignore, to the icons and messages on our cell phones. Writers use words and artists use images; both are a means of expressing thought. Explore the use of images and words as expressions of identity, value, and power. Examine the communication of ideas through words and images and their influence. Read and interpret comics, poster art, music, and handmade zines as you write and create art to discover how the two collide.


INT 110: Get the Picture?!—Clix, Pix,Txt (2 cr.)//12:00-12:50p.m. MW//Laurie Geller
ART 122: Two-Dimensional Design (3 cr.)//1:00-3:50p.m. MW//Bill Harbort
ENGL 110: College Composition I (3 cr.)//10:00-10:50a.m. MWF//Sarah Aleshire

#3   The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly_Pop Culture, Media and Criminal Justice in America
(Open to all students, especially for Criminal Justice majors
)

“Come gather round” and examine the images of crime and justice that television, pop music, graphic novels and movies create in the imaginary world of Mass Culture. We will reflect on the history of justice and criminal behavior in America and the way modern pop media portray this story, through classroom presentations, field trips, creative presentations and projects.  Join your faculty in the adventure of a lifetime!


INT 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.)//2:00-3:50p.m. T//Kevin Neuharth
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//11:00-11:50a.m. MWF//Rick Watson
CJ 120: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)//11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. TR//Melissa Spelchen



#4  The Truth Behind Language
(Open to all students)

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.)//2:00-2:50p.m. MW//Jean-François Mondon
SPED 113: American Sign Language 1 (3 cr.)//11:00-11:50a.m. MWF//Jodi Connell
ENGL 110: College Composition I (3 cr.)//9:30-10:45a.m. TR//Margaret Sherve


#5   We the Media:  The Rise of Citizen Journalism
(Open to all students, especially recommended for Broadcasting majors)

Professional reporters aren't the only ones who can report news. With the rise of the internet and especially blogging and social media sites, anyone can participate in reporting news and this participation is changing the face of journalism and raising new challenges and questions. This course will introduce students to the history of broadcasting, familiarize them with broadcasting concepts, hone their writing skills and ultimately challenge them to understand the new face of media, citizen journalism.

INT 110: We the Media: The Rise of Citizen Journalism (2 cr.)//2:00-2:50p.m. MW//Patti Kurtz
COMM 120: Introduction to Broadcasting (3 cr.)//1:00-1:50p.m. MWF//Audra Myerchin
ENGL 110: College Composition I (3 cr.)//9:00-9:50a.m. MWF//Patti Kurtz


#6   All That Jazz:  American Entertainment from the Gilded Age to Today
(Open to all students)


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 emergency 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.)//2:00-2:50p.m. MW//Erik Anderson and Bethany Andreasen
HIST 104: United States History since 1877 (3 cr.)//11:00 a.m.-12:15p.m. TR//Bethany Andreasen
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//1:00-1:50p.m. MWF//Carlen Gilseth

#7  To Play or Not to Play?  The Psychology of Injury
(Open to all students, especially recommended for Athletic Training majors)


Broken bones, concussions, sprains, and pulled muscles–commonplace in the sporting realm! Who determines when an athlete can get back on the court or field: coaches, players, or professional athletic trainers? In the wild world of sports, when does “mind over matter” really apply? This learning community will explore the psychology of sport and injury, as well as the ethics of playing when injured. If you like sport and want to know how and why athletes can play with concussions, bruised muscles or injured egos, this is the learning community for you.


INT 110: To Play or Not to Play?  The Psychology of Injury (2 cr.)//12:00-12:50p.m. MW//Beth Odahlen
HPER 128: Introduction to Athletic Training (3 cr.)//11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. TR//Robyn Gust



#8   Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They?
(Open to all students, especially recommended for students in Teacher Education and Communication Disorders)

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)//1:00-2:50p.m. R//Kathy Hintz
ED 250: Foundations of Education (2 cr)//1:00-2:50p.m. T//Vincent Genareo
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr)//2:00-2:50p.m. MW//Lisa Borden-King


SPRING 2014 LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTIONS & CONNECTED COURSES

#9   Speak Up and Branch Out!
(Open to all students, especially 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.

INT 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.)//3:00-3:50p.m. W and 2:00-2:50p.m. F//Melissa Herzig
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//9:30-10:45a.m. TR//Nancy Pearson
CD 150: The Profession of Communication Disorders (2 cr.)//2:00-2:50p.m. MW//Orlene Schroeder


#10   Villains, Heroes, and Heroines:  Life in a Fairy Tale
(Open to all students, especially recommended for Theatre Arts majors)


Once upon a time . . . happily ever after . . . good versus evil. These are essential elements of every great fairy tale. Explore fairy tales in a whole new way in this FYE. We’ll look at the roles of villains, heroes and heroines, how they have changed, and whether they’re still relevant. Participants will investigate the origins of specific tales, explore new tellings on the screen, stage, and page, invent their own fairy tales, and work together on stage or behind the scenes to adapt a tale into a live production.

INT 110: Villains, Heroes, and Heroines:  Life in a Fairy Tale (2 cr.)//1:15-3:00p.m. R//Cheryl Nilsen
THEA 110: Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)//12:00-12:50p.m. MWF//Carlen Gilseth
ENGL 120: College Composition II (3 cr.)//11:00 a.m.-12:15p.m. TR//Nicole Thom-Arens


#11   Controversy, Challenges, and Changes:  The Enduring Promise of Education
(Open to all students, especially recommended for Teacher Education majors)


Walk in the footsteps of Minot’s pioneers in education. Discover the difficulties they encountered and overcame in constructing and managing a campus in what some state leaders considered was a “rowdy” and “immoral” community. Experience history with the five senses as we examine the music, photographs, artifacts, and physical landscape of Minot State University’s past. INT 110 will merge with an a broader examination of the foundations of the American educational system (ED 250) and in concert with a sweeping look at the American experience and understanding of liberty (HIST 104) starting with the end of the American Civil War. Join us as we examine the controversies, challenges, and evolutionary changes of education in our nation.

INT 110: Controversy, Challenges, and Changes:  The Enduring Promise of Education (2 cr.)//1:00-2:50p.m. R//Mark Timbrook
ED 250: Foundations of Educational (2 cr.)//1:00-2:50p.m. T//Kathy Hintz
HIST 104: United States History since 1877 (3 cr.)//1:00-1:50p.m. MWF//Joseph Jastrzembski



#12   I Don’t Know…Therefore ALIENS!
(Open to all students)

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 first by learning about peoples and cultures through World Civilizations and World Regional Geography—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.)//1:00-1:50p.m. TR//Lisa Borden-King
HIST 211: World Civilizations to 1500 (3 cr.)//9:00-9:50a.m. MWF//Tiffany Ziegler
GEOG 161: World Regional Geography (3 cr.)//11:00a.m.-12:15p.m. TR//Jacob Sowers

#13   I’ve Lost My Mojo!  The Psychology of Sport and Injury
(Open to all students, especially recommended for Corporate Fitness and Human Performance majors)


What happens to kids, weekend warriors, and laymen who just want to be active after injury? Many individuals lose interest in the activities and sports they once loved. How can you make a difference in helping them to overcome an injury and continue to be active, rather than giving up to the injury and settling for being a fan? Psychology! 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 (2 cr.)//9:00-9:50a.m. MW//Beth Odahlen
HPER 207: Prevention and Care of Injuries (2 cr.)//11:00-11:50a.m. TR//Robyn Gust