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FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE

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                  FALL 2016 LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTIONS & CONNECTED COURSES
                                            DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC LEARNING COMMUNITIES
                                 LEARNING COMMUNITIES OPEN TO ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

#1 Minutia: Scope it out! (6 Cr.)                   FULL - CLOSED
(Nursing Majors)
Explore strategies for successful transition to the university community as you embark on your educational journey. How do you balance all the little things to stay healthy, happy, fit, and safe?

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) W 10 - 11:50 am TBD
BIOL 142:  Microbiology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6) MWF 1:00 – 1:50 pm Paul Lepp
BIOL 142: (lab) TH 1-2:50  pm   

#2 Music Student Survival Guide (4 Cr.)
(Recommended for Music majors)
The aim of this learning community is to address topics pertinent to music students in their first year of study. Through reading, discussion, and projects targeted on the following topics, students will learn not only to survive the pressures of being a music student, but to thrive in the music school environment, incubating the skills needed for a successful life in music.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) WF 10-10:50 am Dianna Anderson
MUSC 123: Aural Skills (1 cr.) MWF 9-9:50 am Erik Anderson
Orchestra/Band/Choir: (1 cr.) (need to register independently for this course) Amaya/Rolandson/Bowles

#3 So You Want to Be a Techie? (6 Cr.)
In this first-year learning community, you will explore what it means and takes to be a cyber (computer) professional in the 21st Century. Through hands-on experiences, you will explore and learn foundational concepts and skills regarding hardware and software (applications and operating systems) which are needed to succeeded in the profession. You will learn how to write code which is the foundation of getting cyber technology hardware to work. Also learn about careers and other skills needed to be a successful techie in today's world.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 10:00-10:50 am  Paul Loree
CSCI 111: Intro to Web Languages (4 cr.)   MTWTH 11:00-12:00 pm Paul Loree
Or
CSCI 160: Computer Science (4 cr.) ( CCS1) MTWTH 1:00-1:50 pm Paul Loree

#4 Explore, Expand, Express Yourself (8 Cr.)
(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.
The combination of COMM110, ART110, and INT110 is a perfect way to find your VOICE at Minot State University. COMM110 will help you communicate your ideas through written and verbal communication, ART110 will help you find avenues to express your ideas through artistic exploration, and INT110 will allow you to discover support services and campus life, as well as share some of your own cultural background with the MSU community.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 1:00 - 1:50 pm Libby Claerbout
Art 110: Intro to Visual Arts (3 cr.)  (FC) TTH 2:00- 3:15 pm Andrea Donovan
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TTH 11- 12:15 pm Nancy Pearson

Great Minds Think Alike, Or Do They? (7 Cr.)            FULL - CLOSED
(Recommended for students in Teacher Education or 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.

LC5
                 FULL - CLOSED
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.) (CCS1, CCS6) TH 1:00 - 2:50 pm Deb Jensen
ED 260L: (0 cr.) time arranged Kathy Hintz
PSY 111: Intro to Psychology (3 cr.) (FC, PSR2) MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am Deborah Olson

LC6                    FULL - CLOSED
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 1:00 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.) (CCS1, CCS6) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm Deb Jensen
ED 260L: (0 cr.) time arranged Kathy Hintz
PSY 111: Intro to Psychology (3 cr.) (FC, PSR2) MWF 9:00 – 9:50 am Deborah Olson

CLOSED #7 No Justice, No Peace: Know Justice, Know Peace (8 Cr.) CLOSED
The Pledge of Allegiance speaks of “liberty and justice for all.” Yet what this simple phrase entails has been bitterly contested throughout America’s history and remains contested today. From the marches in Selma to the streets of Ferguson, from Stonewall to #LoveWins, from the policies of the New Deal to the occupation Wall Street, people in the United States have experimented, argued, protested, and rallied their way through history in its pursuit. Explore the concept of social justice as we grapple with the on-going struggle to ensure and expand social, political, and economic rights and opportunities–in other words, “liberty and justice for all.”​

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 11:00-11:50 am Sarah Aleshire
ENGL 120: Composition II (3 cr.) (CCS2, CCS5) MWF 1:00-1:50 pm ShaunAnne Tangney
HIST 104: US History from 1877 (3 cr.) ( FC, CCS2, CCS3) MWF 2:00-2:50 pm Joseph Jastrzembski

#8 To Play or Not To Play (7 Cr.)                     FULL - CLOSED
(AT, Nursing, BIOL, PE, Corporate Fitness would benefit)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.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MWF 12:00-12:50 pm Beth Odahlen
BIOL 220: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.) MWF 3:00-3:50 pm (lecture); Shkelzen Shabani
BIOL 220: Lab M 4-6:50 pm Lori Ihli

#9 Spiritual Quest and Social Reality (8 Cr.)
The Intro to Sociology course helps students develop the concepts needed to understand a society by analyzing its political structures, economic pursuits, social codes, and religious traditions. Bible as Literature examines the relationship of the Bible to Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures by analyzing how those cultures encodes their social, religious, political, and economic structures in these stories. The UNIV course brings the two together in terms of how Biblical stories have shaped its current culture or how these stories are used or reshaped by current culture.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 11:00-11:50 Rick Watson
SOC 110: Intro to Sociology (3 cr.) (FC) MWF 11:00-11:50 Harry Hoffman                  
ENGL 231: Bible as Lit (3 cr.) (FC, IP1) MWF 12:00-12:50 Ron Fischer

#10 Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Sport, Society, and Culture in America (9 Cr.)
Sport has always been a vital part of the human experience. Yet only in relatively recent times has it developed into a massive commercial enterprise that inspires loyalties not only within a region, but at a national and international level. While sports are, at their core, games, they are also much more. Sports meet certain needs of modern society and are inextricably tied into the behavior, values, and culture of the people who support them. Looking through the prisms of history, sociology, and statistical analysis, we will examine the interactions between modern sports and issues including politics, race, gender, and social class in the American experience from the late nineteenth century to the present.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 9:00-9:50 Bethany Andreasen
SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) (FC) MWF 10:00-10:50 Christina Borden-King Jones
MATH 210: Elementary Statistics (4 cr.) (RC, CCS4) MTWTH 11:00-11:50  Timothy Morris

#11 Balancing Instinct (3 Cr.)       FULL - CLOSED
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: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 9:00-9:50 am Karina Stander
HPER 126: Group Fitness/Aerobic/Yoga (1 cr.) (PSR3) M/W 2:00-2:50 pm Terry Eckmann

#12 Robots and Makers: Creative Technologies and the Human Experience (5 Cr.) 
Explore creative technologies with robotics and Maker activities while learning where in history people have used technology, industry, and machinery to change the human experience.  Develop scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical concepts through project-based learning designed to engage you in critical thinking and scientific problem solving.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 9:30 - 11:15am Warren Gamas
HIST 212: World Civilizations since 1500 (3 cr.) (FC, CCS2, IP1) MWF 9:00-9:50am Dan Ringrose

#13 Cycling Through Geology and Chemistry (11 Cr.)
This course will apply basic principles of geology and chemistry while exploring interactions of these two disciplines through the study of select geochemical (or biogeochemical) cycles. We will study geochemical cycles such as the carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, and water cycle. The cycles will also be related to topics of environmental interest, such as acid rain, ozone depletion, soil nutrients, and climate change.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 10:00 – 10:50 John Webster
GEOL 105: Physical Geology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MF 9:00 - 10:15 Joseph Collette
GEOL 105 Lab: W 9 -10:50 Joseph Collette
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2:00 - 2:50 Robert Crackel
CHEM 121 Recitation: T 1:00 - 1:50 Robert Crackel
CHEM 121 LAB: TH 2:00 - 4:50 Naomi Winburn

#14 Get Out YOUR Vote! (8 Cr.)
Learn about and participate in the democratic process this election year. Investigate, compare, and contrast the key issues and candidates in both parties at the local, state, and national level. Visit the local campaign headquarters to find out what happens behind the scenes. Witness the principles of economics in action, while you use your communication skills to share and debate the issues. Get yourself and others involved and make sure you Get Out YOUR Vote! this semester.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) First-Year Seminar TTH 2:00-2:50 p.m. Elizabeth Sund
ECON 201: Principles of Microeconomics I (3 cr.) TTH 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Daniel Ngugi
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TTH  9:30-10:45 a.m. Christina Paxman

#15 Style, Substance, and Impact: The Makings of a Great Speech…and Leader (5 Cr.)
A great leader, just like a great speech, must be distinctive; inspire, motivate, and encourage hearts and minds to imagine possibilities and act on new ideas to create positive change. In addition to refining skills for oratorical eloquence, participants in this learning community will explore their potential for leadership, gain a better understanding of the context of practicing it, and plan for how they can make a difference in a rapidly changing world.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 1:00pm – 1:50pm Jessica Smestad
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC)  Online   Aili Smith

#16 Making a Murder (8 Cr.)      FULL - CLOSED

The crime of homicide, the development of punishments, and the history of murder around the world before 1500. These courses examine the United States criminal justice system in the context of the global history of law and punishment from the earliest civilizations through the European discovery of the Americas, with a particular focus on how different societies' definitions and measurement of crimes such as murder have changed over time. Students will explore how the different perspectives of killers, their victims, police officers and investigators, courts, and reporters all work together to make our understanding of the act of murder.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Cari Olson
CJ 201: Intro to Criminal Justice (3 cr.) (CCS2) TTH 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Melissa Spelchen
HIST 211: World Civilizations to 1500 (3cr.) (FC, CCS2, IP1) MWF 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.  Mark Singer

#17 Do You Know What You Don't Know? (8 Cr.)     FULL - CLOSED
Collaboration of these courses incorporate projects involving “concepts of ideas you may not know.” Have you ever considered what you don’t know?  You will find the answer to this question by taking these inspiring classes.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3cr.) (RC, PSR2) MWF 11:00 – 11:50 Sharon Reynolds
BADM 120: Fundamentals of Business (3 cr.) MWF 10 – 10:50 Megan Fixen
BIT 123: Technology - Personal Development (2 cr.) (PSR3) MW 8 – 8:50 Jan Repnow

LC18 Do you &!*%$#@ love science? (6 or 11 Cr.)           FULL - CLOSED
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' (Isaac Asimov) How do scientists really know what they know? Why are scientific theories not just a theory? Why do scientists claim that constantly updating ideas is a good thing? What are the ethical and philosophical implications of science? Explore these questions and more. Discover the opportunities to practice real science with biology faculty members, get to know your fellow biology majors, and explore strategies for successful transition to the university community as you embark on your educational journey.

A.
Zoology Option (Recommended for Biology Majors)         FULL - CLOSED
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW  12:00-12:50pm Super, Heidi       
BIOL 151: General Biology II (4 cr.) (FC) MWF 11:00-11:50am  Deufel, Alexandra       
BIOL 151 L: T 1:00-2:50pm
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2 – 2:50  Robert Crackel                If Applicable
CHEM 121 L: TH 8 – 10:50                                                                                   
CHEM 121 R: T 10 – 10:50   

B.
Botany Option (Recommended for Biology Majors)           FULL - CLOSED
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW  12:00-12:50pm    Super, Heidi    
BIOL 154: Intro to Botany (4cr.) (FC ) MWF 10:00-10:50am Shipunov, Alexey                           
BIOL 154 L: M 3:00-4:50pm                                                                            
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2 – 2:50  Robert Crackel                If Applicable         CHEM 121 L: TH 8 – 10:50                                                                                   
CHEM 121 R: T 10 – 10:50

C. Microbiology Option (Recommended for Biology Majors)
        FULL - CLOSED
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2)  MW 12:00-12:50pm   Super, Heidi     
BIOL 142: General Microbiology (4cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6)  MWF 1:00-1:50pm  Lepp, Paul   
BIOL 142 L: T 1:00-2:50pm (Moore 316)
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2 – 2:50  Robert Crackel               If Applicable 
CHEM 121 L: TH 8 - 10:50                                                                                   
CHEM 121 R: T 10 – 10:50   

GEN ED KEY
RC – Required Core
FC – Foundational Content
CCS1 – Problem Solving
CCS2 – Information Literacy
CCS3 – Critical Reading
CCS4 – Quantitative Literacy
CCS5 – Oral/Written Communications
CCS6 – Collaboration
PSR1 – Relationships and Value Systems
PSR2 – Responding to Community Needs
PSR3 – Individual Well – Being
IP1 – Knowledge
IP2 - Experience