A big part of college success is making connections — with other students and with your professors. And as a first-year student at Johnson State, there’s no better way to build connections than joining a Learning Community, or LC.
LCs are small groups of students who take two classes together and participate in a variety of activities all organized around a common theme that matches your interests — so from day one you’re making friends with people who share those interests. And because LCs are small, you’re building close-knit relationships with your professors as well.
LCs build bridges — between the academic and co-curricular parts of your education and between learning on campus and off, whether that means a field trip to Boston or dinner at a faculty member’s home. A retreat within the first three weeks of classes, monthly shared meals, and other activities round out the experience and help you form close relationships with your professors and peers.
Students in LCs tend to make smoother transitions to college life, do well academically and succeed through graduation.
2015-16 Learning Community Options
Art & Human Dignity: A Learning Community for Art Majors
Art is a reflection of the human experience, shaped by the social, cultural and political environment in place at any given time. Throughout history, art has played a profound role in social and political movements. This LC explores art as a force for positive change. Among other things, we’ll examine how wars have influenced artists and art, how artmaking has played a role in promoting human rights, and ethical issues in the art world. As a member of this LC, you will take Drawing I with Ken Leslie and Art & Ethics with Mary Martin. You’ll also go on at least two field trips. We’ll visit the current home of the Bread & Puppet Theater — founded in New York City in 1963, initially to shed light on neighborhood problems and later to protest the Vietnam War — and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. LCs connect you with people who share your interests and help you build a strong foundation JSC art students on tour in Istanbul, Turkey, in spring 2015 for success at JSC!
Go Globull! A Learning Community for Business Majors
As a member of our LC, you’ll take meet new people who share your interests and have extra support making the adjustment to college both socially and academically. You’ll also have direct access to the two faculty members who teach the educational component of the LC. And you’ll join your fellow LC members in several special activities. We’ll begin by taking a close look at ourselves. Each of us will ask: “Who am I? What is my passion? How can I use my individual skills and talents to make a difference? You will be part of two very special classes: the introductory business class Social Entrepreneurship (taught by Jim Black) and the first-year seminar Globalize It? (taught by Henrique Cezar), which examines the pros and cons of our increasingly interconnected world. You’ll experience globalization “up close and personal” during a trip to Montreal in October.* And you’ll learn methods that can be applied to address global and local problems while participating in a supportive, dynamic group that will help you find your path and make new friends during your college years at JSC. Go Globull is about you and your future — succeeding in college, finding your passion, and boldly pursuing your path with the help of a strong, supportive community. * You must have a valid passport or enhanced driver’s license in order to take this trip.
Self-ology: The Examined Life — A Living & Learning Community for Psychology Majors
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mind. In this Living & Learning Community, you will use journaling to explore your own unique psychology. You will use psychological principles and theories to discover your own behaviors, beliefs, thoughts and emotions using the rich, self-reflective tool of writing. You will explore what makes you “tick” and why. What has influenced your attitudes, beliefs and habits? Have your memories influenced your sense of identity, or is it possible that your identity has shaped your memories? Does your DNA have any say, or is your personality mostly a product of your environment? As a member of this LLC, you will enroll in Introduction to Psychology with Gina Mireault and Journaling with Jensen Beach, live with fellow LLC members on the same floors in the Senators residence hall, and maximize your academic and social experiences by thinking, studying, living and learning with students who share your interests. Together we will embark on at least one field trip to Boston to consider the psychologies of iconic American writers. Join us on a journey of self-discovery through psychology and the art of journaling!