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Freshman Learning Communities

Start Your Freshman Year Off Right!

What is a Freshman Learning Community (FLC)? FLC's are designed to help you get off to the best start in college. They introduce you to our campus services and activities, other students, and exciting areas of study. These courses also meet important requirements toward graduation. In addition to being taught by dedicated faculty, many of whom are world-class scholars and award winning teachers, you will have regular contact with advisors who play a key role in these communities by helping you register for classes, informing you of important deadlines, and making sure you are aware of campus policies. Make sure you get the most of your first year and enroll in a learning community!

Explore the list of FLC's

Why Join an FLC?

We surveyed students in the learning communities and this is what we learned:

  • Being in an FLC helped them make connections between classes.
  • Being in an FLC increased their involvement on campus.
  • They saw improvement in time management, test taking ability, and/or study skills.

How Do I Choose a Learning Community?

Choose an FLC in your major if one exists, and if not, simply consider what topic might interest or appeal to you. Remember, you can't go wrong. All FLC's are designed to meet the general education requirements.

Below you will find more detailed information about FLC's geared toward specific majors and additional FLC's not specific to any major.

Allied Health Sciences and Nursing

Explore a variety of topics related to basic personal health and fitness. Learn about nutrition, substances, stress management, the five components of fitness, and self-assessments.

Allied Health and Nursing

Are you interested in majoring in Allied Health Sciences or Nursing? In this course you explore a variety of topics related to basic personal health and fitness. By learning the consequences of your health and fitness decisions, you are empowered to make informed choices. You learn about nutrition, substances, stress management, the five components of fitness, and self-assessments. You also will have opportunities to create relationships with other freshmen who plan to pursue careers in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing.

Courses

  • HPER-P 120 Introduction to Health and Fitness (3 cr.)
    • Section 1:  M,W    8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
    • Section 2:  M    5:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
    • Section 3:  T    1 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
    • Section 4:  H    10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
    • Section 5:  T,R    8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Business

As a business major, take Introduction to Business or Computers in Business in the fall, and then in the spring take the other course. The first introduces you to business administration from the standpoint of a manager of a business firm operating in today's economic, political, and social environment. The second course introduces you to computers and their uses in business, exploring the impact of computers upon business management and organization.

Introduction to Business Administration

This course introduces you to business administration from the standpoint of a manager of a business firm operating in today’s economic, political, and social environment. This course is paired with an introductory speech course.

Courses

  • BUS-W 100 Business Administration: Introduction (3 cr.)
    • T,R    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
    • T,R    10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • SPCH-S 121 component of the communication skills and information literacy requirements

It also counts toward a business degree.

Note: In spring 2017 these students should enroll in the FLC of BUS-K 201 and SPCH-S 223.


Computers in Business

This course introduces you to computers and their uses in business, exploring the impact of computers upon business management and organization. You will learn stored program concepts and types of languages and also receive instruction in a special language and the utilization of the Business Computing Center. This course is paired with an introductory speech course.

Courses

  • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business (3 cr.)
    • T,R    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
    • T,R    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • SPCH-S 121 component of the communication skills and information literacy requirements

It also counts toward a business degree.

Note: In spring 2017 these students should enroll in the FLC of BUS-W 100 and SPCH-S 223.

Education

In Transition to Teaching, learn how teachers are perceived in the media, movies, art, and literature. This course is paired with a technology course designed to help you appropriately use the power of technology to enhance the classroom. There is another FLC offered in the spring specifically for education majors.

Transition to Teaching

Are you an education major? If so, this learning community contains two classes you need. E 103 is the first class in the Education sequence leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Education. This class is paired with W 200 Computers in Education. In E 103 you explore how teachers are perceived by examining their presentation through the humanities in areas including the media, movies, music, art and literature, and the fundamental humanitarian aspect of being an educator. W 200 is designed to provide you with basic technology integration skills, pedagogical knowledge, and critical thinking required to appropriately use the power of technology to enhance classroom teaching and learning. You gain experience with educational technology hardware and software. These courses are linked via hands-on projects, encouraging students to view teaching from a broad perspective. Projects created with technology in W 200 receive their topics from E 103. Projects are examined and assessed with different perspectives in both courses. Thus the pairing of these courses provides you with a broader perspective of teaching than only one of them would provide.

Courses

  • HSS-E 103 Topics in Arts and Humanities (3 cr.)
    • T,R    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • EDUC-W 200 Computers in Education: An Introduction (3 cr.)
    • T   10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
    • or
    • R   10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • HSS-E 103 component of the Humanities and Arts: Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts requirement

Note: Students continuing in education should enroll in the FLC of EDUC-F 205 and EDUC-Q 200 in spring 2017.

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Introduction to Tourism Studies

This course introduces you to the tourism industry by focusing on tourism destinations, domestic and international travel, tourism marketing and promotion, tourism planning and development and the impact of tourism on local economies. We will also look at current events affecting tourism and how these events affect the way people travel. This course will be paired with an introductory speech course.

Courses

  • HTM-T 100 Introduction to Tourism Studies (3 cr.)
    • M,W    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
    • M,W    2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • SPCH-S 121 component of the communication skills and information literacy requirements

HTM-T 100 is required for the Hospitality and Tourism Management major and minor.

Sciences

Those pursuing a major in the School of Sciences will engage in the scientific method, critical thinking in the sciences, and ethical issues relevant to the sciences.

Introduction to the Sciences

Are you majoring in the sciences? This seminar is designed for students pursuing a major in the School of Sciences. You will engage in activities that introduce the scientific method, critical thinking in the sciences, and ethical issues relevant to the sciences. Preparing yourself for a career in the sciences, you will learn to write and communicate in a scientific context and explore topics to help you succeed at college and after you graduate.

Courses

  • SSCI-S 105 Freshman Seminar in Natural and Mathematical Sciences (1 cr.)
    • Section 1:  T    2:30 p.m.- 3:45 p.m.
    • Section 2:  T    4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

This seminar meets the SSCI-S 105 requirement of School of Sciences majors.

Additional Learning Communities

There are more seminars that are not specific to any major. Check them out and see if they interest you!

You and the Environment

You exist as one part of the system that makes up our environment. In this FLC you will learn how physical geographers study how we make up part of the systems that make up our Earth. You’ll explore connections between the humanities and sciences, both the advantages as well as the challenges to the Earth’s human inhabitants, through hands-on investigations and service activities.

Courses

  • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment (3 cr.)
    • M,W    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, Inquiry 1 (3 cr.)
    • M,W    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • ENG-W 131 component of communication skills and information literacy requirements
  • One course fulfilling the physical and life sciences requirements

Succeeding in College

This learning community will focus on self-exploration as you journey from who you are today to whom you can be tomorrow. You will develop your study skills, learn how to manage your time, and discover how to organize your homework. You will also learn useful skills such as interviewing for a job, making a speech, researching a topic, and outlining your thoughts. As part of the class, you will work on a team to research, present, and implement a campus wide service project that makes an impact on our community. This section is reserved for students selected by their advisor and is a two-semester experience where a different focus will be explored during the second semester.

Courses

  • HSS-S 200 Introduction to Leadership Studies (3 cr.)
    • M,W    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
    • M,W    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • SPCH-S 121 component of the communication skills and information literacy general requirements

Note: In spring 2017 these students should enroll in the FLC of HSS-E 103 and ENG-W 131.


"Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who are you after all?” Exploring Identity through Contemporary Literature and Psychology

What makes people who they are? Learn how we develop our identities by studying stories and psychology. You’ll use pieces of fiction, personal accounts, and film to explore the concept of “identity.” You’ll see how identity is shaped by things such as race, religion, age, class, abilities/disabilities, and region. You’ll also look at issues including psychological and developmental disorders, brain behavior, personality, Social Psychology, and strategies for learning and enhancing memory.

Courses

  • ENG-L 100 Freshman Literature 1 (3 cr.)
    • T,R    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • PSY-P 103 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.)
    • T,R    10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • One course of the social and behavioral science requirements
  • Humanities and arts/literature and philosophy requirements

The Human Condition: Seeing the World through Words of the Masters

Literature reveals what makes us human: our fears, our joys, our sorrows, and our delights. Examining the world through the writings of masters in the human condition—such as Jonathan Swift, Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Anna Akhmatova, Gustave Flaubert, Emily Dickinson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Voltaire, and Toni Morrison among others—will inspire us to study and discuss issues of faith, family, love, sacrifice, and self. We will discover where our views fit into the realm of human existence and share those perspectives in writings of our own.

Courses

  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, Inquiry 1 (3 cr.)
    • M,W    2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • ENG-L 102 Western World Masterpieces II (3 cr.)
    • M,W    4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • ENG-W 131 component of the communication skills and information literacy requirements
  • Humanities and arts/literature and philosophy requirements

Express Yourself in Words and Music

Do you love music? This learning community will increase your appreciation of music and improve your communication skills. You will develop an understanding and vocabulary for better comprehending and appreciating music. You also will improve your college communication skills.

Courses

  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)
    • M,W    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • MUS-M 174 Appreciation of Music (3 cr.)
    • M,W    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • SPCH-S 121 component of the communication skills and information literacy requirements
  • Humanities and arts/fine, performing, and communication arts requirements

Diversity, Leadership, Social Justice. . .Oh My!

You may see these words thrown around as buzz words but does focusing on these issues really mean anything? Join this class as we focus on hot topics in the world today relating to, but not limited to, conversations and research on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and more. Discover how #BlackLivesMatter, #CallMeCaitlyn, #LoveWins, and #JeSuisCharlie are not just trending on social media but also affecting the world you live in today through critically examining historical moments, theories and research, and personal biases.

Courses

  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, Inquiry 1 (3 cr.)
    • T,R    2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • EDUC-M 210 Leadership, Diversity, and Social Justice (3 cr.)
    • T,R    4 p.m.–5:15 p.m.

General Education Requirements Met

  • ENG-W 131 component of communication skills and information literacy
  • EDUC-M 210 component of cultural diversity and ethics and civic engagement

What’s Your Major? (Seminars 17 and 18)

“What’s your major?” is often the question posed by friends and family upon learning someone has enrolled in his or her freshman year. That question can be a source of frustration when you’re overwhelmed by potential career choices. In this one-semester program, we’ll help you get started in college with an array of courses that have been chosen to help any student get off to a great start in college. You will also learn more about each of the majors available to you through presentations by staff from Career Services. Most importantly, by showing us how you choose your major, you can help us better aid future students in choosing their majors. You’ll also get a chance to make many new friends on our campus.

Seminar 17 Courses

  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I (3 cr.)
    • M,W    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • PHIL-P 100 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.)
    • T,R    10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • PSY-P 103 General Psychology (3 cr.)
    • M,W    8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • HIST-H 105 American History I (3 cr.)
    • M,W    10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • HSS-A 101 (2 cr.)
    • T    1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Students take one additional course of their choosing.

Seminar 18 Courses

  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I (3 cr.)
    • M,W    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • THTR-T 120 Acting I (3 cr.)
    • T,R    2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.)
    • T,R    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • HIST-H 113 History of Western Civilization I (3 cr.)
    • M,W    10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • HSS-A 101 (2 cr.)
    • T    9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Students take one additional course of their choosing.

HSS First-Year Initiative

This new seminar is designed to give a group of incoming students majoring in the Humanities and Social Sciences a fantastic first year experience. These courses and instructors have been chosen and designed to get you off to a great start in college. IU Kokomo is one of a few campuses chosen to be leaders in a national effort to make the first year of college as great as it can be. Students in this learning community will be among the first students on our campus to benefit from this program.

Courses

  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I (3 cr.)
    • T,R    10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.)
    • M,W    10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • PHIL-P 100 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.)
    • M,W    1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • HSS-A 101 (2 cr.)
    • T    1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Students take two additional courses of their choosing.

Questions About the FLC's?

Contact FLC Director Kristen L. Snoddy at ksnoddy@iuk.edu or 765-455-9263

The foundation you need to succeed

Creating bonds through digital storytelling
When Alex Prouse created a digital story, she wasn’t just learning how to use another technology tool in her future classroom — she was building a bond with members of her freshman learning community. Prouse, from Logansport, told the story of her daughter Serenna’s perilous first days of life at Riley Hospital for Children IU Health, for her Indiana University Kokomo class, Using Computers in Education.
Learning empathy from a different perspective
“My purposes for the blind walk were to help students understand and appreciate individual differences, and to encourage them to think about the concepts they are learning from the perspective of those around them,” he said. “My personal belief is that everyone is struggling with something. If students can appreciate that the viewpoints of others are just as relevant or important as their own, I will feel successful as their teacher.” - Jeffrey Batis
Taking lessons of giving outside the classroom
Tymon Hall now has a new perspective on giving after “Operation Jackson Street.” “I have a whole different view on the importance of helping those in need,” said Hall, 18. “Operation Jackson Street” is an initiative by one of the Freshman Learning Community groups at Indiana University Kokomo – helping local veterans at Jackson Street Commons, a housing facility for homeless veterans.
Leadership and The Hunger Games trilogy
As part of her Indiana University Kokomo freshman learning community, Steward, from Delphi, spent an afternoon painting an office with her classmates at Bona Vista. “What better way to learn to work together, than to volunteer?” she said, wielding a roller to paint sage green paint on a wall. “Working together also helps me get to know my classmates, and we’re giving back to the community at the same time.”
Last updated: 04/26/2016