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Living Learning Communities

A Living Learning Community (LLC) allows students to immerse themselves in a topic across multiple courses, both inside and outside of the classroom. For the Fall 2017 semester, incoming students may apply to participate in one of six LLCs that focus on a wide array of topics. The students in each of these communities will all share at least two classes and live in close proximity in Greene residence hall.

The communities will allow for integrative learning, rich relationships with instructors and fellow students, and an opportunity to become more deeply involved in the Wofford and Spartanburg communities.

20% of the first-year students entering in Fall 2016 participated in a living learning community.  Wofford is offering more spaces this year to allow more students to participate.

Benefits

  • Intentional relationships with professors and other students
  • Experiential learning opportunities on campus and in the Spartanburg community
  • Early registration for LLC courses
  • Preferred placement in Greene residence hall
  • LLC participants in the fall 2016 semester had higher first-semester GPA's than non-participants
       

Application Process for Incoming Students

  • Applications are due by July 7 (priority deadline is June 30)
  • Click the Living Learning Community (LLC) checklist item in the FYI tab of myWofford
  • Indicate your interest in participating in an LLC
  • Select any of the LLCs that you would like to take, and then rank those selections in order of preference
  • Write a brief statement (one or two paragraphs) as to why you are interested in participating
       

If I have a roommate in mind, does s/he need to apply to the same LLC?  

  • Preference will be given to applicants whose roommate also applies to any of the LLCs. However, roommates do NOT need to apply to the same LLC.
  • Students selected to participate in an LLC without a roommate choice will be assigned a roommate who is also in one of the communities.
       

What if I apply and I decide that I do not want to participate?
Because housing assignments are based on the application, please do not apply if you are not committed to participating in an LLC.  Students placed in an LLC are expected to remain in the community.

How will this work with registration?
All students selected for participation will be enrolled in the appropriate LLC sections before regular registration opens.

 

Fall 2017 Living Learning Communities

 1.
  
Theatre House
 
HUM 101A: Theatre of Justice (CRN 9418)
Dr. Mark Ferguson
Tuesday/Thursday 13:00-14:20

THEA 212A: Art of Acting (CRN 9402)
Prof. Dan Day
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:50
Theatre House is a Living-Learning Community intended for students interested in art, music, dramatic literature, and performance; prior experience in or with theatre is certainly welcome but absolutely not required. The LLC combines the Humanities 101 class called Theatre of Justice with the introductory course called Art of Acting.  Both courses fulfill general education requirements for graduation; additionally, Art of Acting is pre-requisite for a Theatre major or minor.  

Good drama—like all good art—poses, and sometimes even attempts to answer, questions about the nature and purpose of human existence and how we might proceed towards a more just and free society.  It does so by exposing injustice, interrogating human frailties and motivations, and shining uncomfortably revealing light on our assumptions and prejudices.   In the Humanities 101 half of this theatre-based Living/Learning Community, we will wrestle with questions about sex, gender, science, power, politics, family, economics, and creativity.  The course will include travel to nearby cities (details TBA) to see professional productions of plays we have studied in class. Along the way we will explore the mechanics of successful (i.e. entertaining) political/politicized theatre, the value of well-informed criticism, the pitfalls of bad art, and the elusive magic that occurs when form and content converge.

Art of Acting is a class intended for beginners, but it will be engaging for experienced actors as well.  Acting is an indispensable art form because of its life-altering potential to inspire empathy, self-examination, and compassion in both practitioners and audience members. Actors and audience participate in an increasingly rare communal ritual in which living, breathing people meet in the same space to explore and celebrate what it means to be human. Acting in the live theatre is a glorious alternative to electronic media and a reminder that human beings are more complicated, complex, and interesting than any of our technologies. The Art of Acting is challenging and profoundly fun process that explores the joys and difficulties of collaboration, self-discipline, risk-taking, perseverance, and generosity of heart. 
 
 2. Cultural Crossings: Explorations in Intercultural Learning in the 21st Century   REL 241A: Newer Religions of the World (CRN 9278)
Dr. Dan Mathewson
MWF 13:00-13:50

SPAN 201B: Intermediate Active Spanish (CRN 9385)
Dr. Britton Newman
MWF 10:30-11:20

Every day we connect with strangers we will never meet, encounter new ideas and share our own to a degree unseen at any other point in history. Whether through interactions on social media, purchases in our grocery stores, sports we practice or videos we post, our web of connections to other humans extends outward from our immediate cultural contexts to those all around the globe. How can we navigate this interconnected world of the 21st century? “Cultural Crossings” is both an inquiry into cultural differences and a space for practical application of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to engage with and thrive in a new culture. In this LLC, we will explore cultural differences through the lenses of religious practice, language, and identity formation, and we will develop our intercultural competence as we explore new cultural settings in the Spartanburg area.

 
 3.  Sustainability

ENVS 150A/AL: Earth Systems Science (CRNs 9091, 9092)
Dr. Amy Telligman
MWF 9:30-10:20 (class)
T 14:30-17:30 (lab)

FYI 101B: First Year Interaction Seminar (CRN 9522)
Dean Brian Lemere
TBD

Developing a sustainable lifestyle begins were you live. In this LLC we will focus on ways that you can make a positive impact on the Earth’s environment by modifying your daily habits. We will explore best campus sustainability practices for waste and recycling, energy use, water conservation, transportation, and food. As a class, we will track how small changes in your daily behavior add up to a positive impact over the course of the semester. Along with a trip to visit an ecovillage, we will also develop a campaign to promote sustainable lifestyles to your friends and others in your dorm community. 

 
 4. The Power of the Image: Design and Visual Culture   
 
ARTS 250A: Two-Dimensional Design (CRN 9131)
Prof. Jessica Scott-Felder
TR 15:00-16:50

FYI 101C: First Year Interaction Seminar (CRN 9523)
Dean Boyce Lawton
TR 9:30-10:50

HUM 101B: Visual Culture (CRN 9419)
Dr. Cate Blouke
TR 13:00-14:20

Design saturates our lives, often without our even noticing. On Facebook, Instagram, and every website we visit, we are bombarded with an interplay of text and images, carefully crafted to inspire a particular effect or response. Advertising and marketing professionals have long understood the power of the image, and we must filter through it all in order to make sense of the world.

 

Understanding the principles of design is a vital 21st century literacy – a skill set that enhances your ability to communicate effectively in any situation. Effective design inspires not only new ideas and creative approaches but also enhances social engagement and enriches communities. Understanding visual culture – the social and ethical implications of representation, consumer choices, and media – prepares you to be a critically aware consumer and citizen.

 

Pairing HUM 101: Visual Culture with ARTS 250: 2D Design, this LLC is designed to aid students in becoming intentional and critically savvy in the creation and consumption of art, design, and visual culture. Through studio work, movie nights, gallery visits, community-based art projects, group discussions, and shared field experiences, we will experiment with various materials, modes, and ideas to develop our skills at 2-D design and consider how images can be read, analyzed, constructed, and manipulated.

 
 5.
 
Building a Better You: Skills for the 21st Century
 
FYI 101D: First Year Interaction Seminar (CRN 9524)
Mr. Curt McPhail
MWF 13:00-13:50

HUM 101C: Digital Storytelling (CRN 9420)
Dr. Kimberly Hall
MWF 11:30-12:20

SPAN 201A: Intermediate Active Spanish (CRN 9317)
Dr. Begoña Caballero-García
MWF 9:30-10:20

 In a world of rapid and constant change, it is more important than ever to understand how we are all connected. Navigating our complex networks of language, culture, narrative, and media, requires us to be conscious, socially aware, and open minded. By exploring who we are, we learn to think critically about how our identities shape our world perspective. This in turn helps us develop empathy for others, and raises our awareness about the challenges facing our communities so that we can find ways to get involved and make a difference, and ultimately develops the skill sets to be successful after Wofford.

Students in this LLC will learn intercultural communicative competency, media literacy, personal responsibility, empathy, and collaboration. Through the lens of social justice we will learn to critically analyze ourselves, our communities, our digital environment, and other cultures and peoples in order to become extraordinary citizens and lifelong learners.
 
6. Your World, Your Life, In Context
 
HUM 101D: Hard Times: Nineteenth Century Social Justice Writing and Civic Engagement (CRN 9465)
Dr. Anne Rodrick
MWF 13:00-13:50

SPAN 303A: Advanced Spanish (CRN 9389)
Dr. Laura Barbas-Rhoden
MWF 8:30-9:20
 
Want your learning inside the classroom to connect to the “real world” but don’t know how to start? Do you want to use your education to make the world a better place, in your own college town and everywhere else you visit or live? If so, this living learning community is for you: it will get you out learning in our diverse community with citizen leaders; ground your learning about civic engagement in two relevant academic disciplines; and teach you how to problem-solve and collaborate with others. Students must register for both HUM 101 and SPAN 303 to participate in this living-learning community. HUM 101 satisfies the HUM general education requirement; SPAN 303 satisfies the general education modern languages requirement. SPAN 303 is recommended for students with 4 or more years of high school Spanish, including those who did not take language in their senior year of high school. If you are interested in the LLC and are uncertain about your level of Spanish proficiency, please contact Dr. Barbas Rhoden.