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First Year Communities and Freshman Learning Communities

Listed below are sets of courses that we recommend you select from as the first step in fall enrollment. There are many advantages to doing so:

  • You are giving yourself a head start in garnering credits that count toward your degree. 
  • These are COMMUNITIES – you will start to form bonds with other people in the same “block” of courses you choose. 
  • You can select a community that reflects your major area of interest.

Explore the list of Communities

  • Students tell us that these communities help them both socially and academically as they transition to college.

What Are the Differences Between First Year Communities and Freshman Learning Communities?

  • Freshman Learning Communities are blocked together—if you enroll in one of the courses, you must also enroll in the others.  First Year Communities are set up so that we hope you will enroll in all courses, but if you and your advisor agree that you need a different set of courses, you can adjust them.
  • Freshman Learning Communities are taught by faculty who coordinate their material together.  This allows you to compare and contrast the fields more actively, and the exam/paper schedules of the two classes will usually not conflict much.  First Year Communities don’t do this – they are just logically-scheduled sets of courses that you’d need your first semester anyway, with the advantage of having many students enroll in all of them together.
  • Freshman Learning Communities provide you an extended Orientation experience within those subject area courses—you’ll build on the knowledge you gain at Orientation, while taking your first semester of classes.  First Year Communities also provide this, but it’s often in a focused course such as A101 Student Success Seminar typically taught by an Academic Advisor.  

The Bottom Line: You can enroll in any of these Communities as long as you need the credits.  However, we don’t want you repeating any credit from previous institutions, and we don’t want you to enroll in courses that won’t help you move towards graduation.

First Year Communities in Humanities and Social Sciences
FYC 1:  History of Western Civilization/Writing/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)
  • HIST-H113 class 28839 - M,W 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 28823 - M,W 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • HSS-A101 class 32406 - M only 1 p.m. -2:15 p.m.

FYC 2:  Intro to American Politics/Writing/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • POLS-Y103 class 29349 - M,W 10 a.m. -11:15 a.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 28824 - M,W 11:30 a.m.-12:45 pm.
  • HSS-A101 class 32407 - W only 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

FYC 3: Sociology/Public Speaking/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • HSS-A101 class 32408 - R only 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • SPCH-S121 class 29176 - TR 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • SOC-S100 class 31800 - TR 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

FYC 4: American Criminal Justice/Writing/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • ENG-W131 class 29023 - TR 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • CJHS-J101 class 29334 - TR 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • HSS-A101 class 29847 - T only 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

FYC 5:  Ancient and Medieval World Literature/Writing/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • ENG-L101 class 31815 - M,W 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 29020 - M,W 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – laptop required
  • HSS-A101 class 32411 - W only 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

FYC 6: Modern World Literature/Writing/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • HSS-A101 class 32410  - R only 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 29675 - TR 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • ENG-L102 class 31816  - TR 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Freshman Learning Communities in Humanities and Social Sciences

Introduction to the Performing Arts

This FLC will introduce you to human expression through the performing arts with two courses: Music for the Listener (MUS M174) and Introduction to Theatre (THTR T100).  In the music course, you will be listening to music from all around the world, some old, some new. Each week will be a different list. In the theatre course, we will investigate the dynamics and creativity of live theatre productions and how theatre is a collaborative art form. You will have the opportunity to attend live performances on campus and in the surrounding area of Kokomo. Through class discussions and assignments, on campus and off campus opportunities, we will explore these avenues of human expression, all while helping you navigate through your first semester of college.

HSS-FLC1, block number 33143: Music/Theater/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • HSS-A101 class 33099 - M only 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • MUS-M174 class 29382 - M,W 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • THTR-T100 class 33144 - M,W 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

“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.

HSSFLC2, block number 29525: General Psychology/Literature/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • HSS-A101 class 29846 - T only 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. 
  • ENG-L100 class 29426 - TR 11:30 a.m.-12:45 a.m.
  • PSY-P103 class 29043 - TR 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. 

Law and Order: Ethical Intent

What moral principles should provide the foundation for our criminal justice system? This FLC will introduce you to the modern criminal justice system with two courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice CRIM - J101 and Introduction to Ethics PHIL - P140. In the criminal justice course, we will look at the three components of criminal justice: police, courts, and corrections. In the ethics course, we will focus on issues including police and prosecutorial discretion, capital punishment, trying juveniles as adults, false confessions, racial profiling, and the issue of safety versus security. In class, you’ll use storytelling through pieces of fiction and film paired with news sources and personal accounts and engage in a mock trial. Outside of class, we will visit community resources such as local jails, courtrooms, and police departments. 

HSSFLC3, block number 33293: Philosophy/Criminal Justice/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • PHIL-P140 class 28924 - TR 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • HSS-A101 class 32409 - T only 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.       
  • CJHS-J101 class 29333 - TR 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Philosophy and Political Science

In Philosophy the big questions will be posed: does God exist? Can we really know anything? Do you have a soul? What is the mind? Do you have free will, or is everything predetermined? What is the right thing to do? You will tackle every one of these questions by looking at clear arguments for and against each position that you could take on these positions. In Political Science you will be asked to consider the following: Democracy how, democracy when, democracy now! "We the People," what does that concept mean, who are the people, where are the people, and how has the concept changed over time? You too, can become part of the concept, "We the People," but only if you are civically-engaged. 

HSSFLC4, block number 33490: Political Science/Philosophy/Student Success Seminar (7 cr.)

  • POLS-Y103 class 29349 - M, W 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • PHIL-P100 class 29872 - M,W 1 p.m.-2:15 a.m.
  • HSS-A101 class 33400 - W only 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
First Year Communities in Sciences

FYC 8: Chemistry/Writing/Informatics Seminar (9 cr.)

  • CHEM-C105 Lecture 28801 - TRF 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • CHEM-C125 Lab 28805 - T only 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 29290 - TR 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. – laptop required
  • SSCI-S105 class 31781 - T only 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

FYC 9: Chemistry/Writing/Science Seminar (9 cr.)

  • CHEM-C125 Lab 28806 - R only 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 29522 - TR 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • SSCI-S105 class 29279 - R only 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • CHEM-C105 Lecture 31792 - TR 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m., F 8:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.

FYC 10: Chemistry/Public Speaking/Science Seminar (9 cr.)

  • CHEM-C125 Lecture 28801 (TRF 8:30-9:45)
  • SPCH-S121 class 29400 (TR 10:00-11:15)
  • SSCI-S105 class 29278 (T only, 2:30-3:45)
  • CHEM-C125 Lab 28807 (F only, 10:00-12:30)

FYC 11: Chemistry/Public Speaking/Science Seminar (9 cr.)

  • SPCH-S121 class 29081 - TR 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • SSCI-S105 class 29279 - R only 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • CHEM-C125 Lecture 31792 - TR 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m., F 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • CHEM-C125 Lab 29140 - F only 1 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

FYC 12: Biology/Writing/Science Seminar (9 cr.)

  • BIOL-L105 Lab 28775 or 31787 - M only 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 29687 - M,W 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • Either T or R SSCI-S105 - class 29278 or 29279 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

FYC 13: Biology/Writing/Informatics Seminar (9 cr.)

  • ENG-W131 class 28914 - M, W 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. – (laptop required)
  • BIOL-L105 Lab 28776 or 31788 - W only 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • SSCI-S105 class 31781 - T only 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

FYC 14: Biology/Public Speaking/Science Seminar (9 cr.)

  • SPCH-S121 class 29082 - TR 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
  • SSCI-S105 class 29522 - R only 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • BIOL-L105 Lab 29340 or 31789 - F 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Freshman Learning Community in Sciences

Physical Systems of the Environment

We are increasingly concerned about issues like climate change, human population size, resource use, and water quality. In this course you’ll learn about the foundations physical environment as the home of humans, emphasizing the distribution and interaction of environmental variables such as landforms, vegetation, soils, and climate.  We’ll also explore issues such as population growth, climate change, water quality, and the way that technology is changing humans and our world. 

GENEDSCI1: (6 cr.)

  • GEOG-G107 class 32095 - M,W 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • HSS-A101 class 33150 - M only 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
First Year Communities in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing

FYC 15: Intro to Health Seminar/Writing (6 cr.)

  • HPER-P120 class 29383 - MW 8:30 a.m.-9:45a.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 29298 - MW 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

FYC 16: Intro to Health Seminar/Writing (6 cr.)

  • ENG-W131 class 29024 - MW 4 p.m.-5:15 a.m.
  • HPER-P120 class 29384 - M only 5:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

FYC 17: Intro to Health Seminar/Public Speaking (6 cr.)

  • HPER-P120 class 29659 - TR 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • SPCH-S121 class 29523 - TR 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

FYC 18: Intro to Health Seminar/Writing (6 cr.)

  • HPER-P120 class 29385 - T only 1 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • ENG-W131 class 29291 - TR 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

FYC 19: Intro to Health Seminar/Public Speaking (6 cr.)

  • SPCH-S121 class 28988 - TR 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • HPER-P120 class 29399 - R only 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
First Year Communities in Business

FYC 20:  Business Seminar/Psychology (6 cr.)

  • PSY-P103 class 29935 - TR 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. (for HTM students)
  • BUS-X 107 class 32145 - TR 10 a.m. –11:15 a.m.
  • PSY-P103 class 29936 - TR 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (for non-HTM students)

FYC 21:  Business Seminar/Public Speaking (6 cr.)

  • SPCH-S121 class 29524 - TR 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
  • BUS-X 107 class 32146 - TR 4 p.m. –5:15 p.m.

FYC 22:  Business Seminar/Psychology/Public Speaking (9 cr.)

  • PSY-P103 class 29935 - TR 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
  • SPCH-S121 class 28903 - TR 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • BUS-X 107 class 32437 - TR 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Freshman Learning Communities in Education

Transition to Teaching

These courses are linked via hands-on projects, encouraging students to view teaching from a broad perspective. In E103 you will explore how teachers are perceived by examining their presentation through media, movies, music, art, and literature. W200 is designed to provide you with the basic technology integration skills, pedagogical knowledge, and critical thinking required to appropriately use the power of technology to enhance classroom teaching and learning.

EDFLC1 (6 cr.)

  • EDUC-W200 class 29142 - T only 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • HSS-E103 class 29254 - T only 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m. (hybrid course)

OR

EDFLC2 (6 cr.)

  • HSS-E103 class 29254 - T only 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • EDUC-W200 class 29143 - R only 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (hybrid course)

Questions About the FLC's?

Questions About the Freshman Learning Communities (FLC's)?
Contact FLC Director Kristen L. Snoddy at ksnoddy@iuk.edu or 765-455-9263

Questions about the First Year Communities (FYC’s)?
Contact Dr. Christina Downey at downeyca@iuk.edu or 765-455-9385

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: 04/06/2017