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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 2018 semester, incoming students may apply to participate in one of four 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 their 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.

Benefits

  • Intentional relationships with professors and other students
  • Experiential learning opportunities on campus and in the Spartanburg community
  • Early registration for LLC courses

Application Process for Incoming Students

  • Applications are due by July 5 (priority deadline is June 28)
  • 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 2018 Living Learning Communities

  1. Cultural Crossings: Explorations in Intercultural Learning in the 21st Century
  2. Education and Society
  3. Social Problems and 21st Century Skills: Exploring Contemporary Social Issues
  4. Theatre House 


Cultural Crossings: Explorations in Intercultural Learning in the 21st Century

REL 241A - Newer Religions of the World | MWF 11:30-12:20 | Dr. Dan Mathewson
SPAN 201A - Intermediate Active Spanish | MWF 9:30 - 10:20 | Dr. Britton Newman

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.


Education and Society

FYI 101A - First Year Interaction Seminar | TR 8:00-9:20 | Dr. Boyce Lawton
HUM 101A - Education and Society | MWF 10:30 - 11:20 | Dr. John Miles

This living learning community is full.  No more applications will be accepted. 
This learning community is especially appropriate for high-need and first-generation college students, but all students are welcome to participate.

We have all spent a lot of time in a classroom, and we have a variety of experiences that shape the way we think about the terms in the title of this course: education and society. So, we will begin with you as the subject of this course. To do so, we will trace your educational history (both formal and informal) and create a literacy narrative.  Then, we will read texts that test our ideas about education, teaching, and learning from a variety of angles.  Doing so, we will critically engage with popular notions of what it means to be educated, to learn, and to teach. We will investigate the structures that produce our current educational system, and understand the inequalities that system perpetuates—especially in rural and urban areas. All the while, we will take up writing tasks that help us learn about ourselves and some ideas about academic writing.

The FYI 101 curriculum will focus numerous discussions around the college transition process for students from high-need and first-generation students.


Social Problems and 21st Century Skills: Exploring Contemporary Social Issues  

SOC 215A - Social Problems | MWF 11:30-12:20 | Dr. Rhiannon Leebrick
SPAN 201B - Intermediate Active Spanish | MWF 9:30 - 10:20 | Dr. Begoña Caballero-Garcia 

In this LLC, we will explore contemporary social problems in the United States, especially at the structural and institutional level, we will broadly examine theoretical perspectives related to equality, access to resources, marginalization, stigmatization, as well as the various attempts to ameliorate social problems through policy, activism, and other forms of social change.

A sociological perspective equips us with the ability to better understand the social forces all around us. The old, familiar, and even comfortable ways we have for viewing life may change as we find that the society into which we are born shapes our identities, personalities, emotions, thought processes, and opportunities in countless ways.  We will study poverty and class inequality, racism, sexism, healthcare, education, the criminal justice system, and environmental injustice in the United States.  In so doing, we will also learn about the importance of empathy, collaboration, critical thinking, socially and self-awareness, and cultural competency as we work to develop these 21st Century Skills. 

Through the lens of social justice and other theoretical perspectives, we will learn to critically analyze ourselves, our communities, and other cultures and peoples in order to become extraordinary citizens and lifelong learners. 


Theatre House

HUM 101B - Theatre of Justice | TR 13:00-14:20 | Dr. Mark Ferguson
THEA 212A - Art of Acting | TR 9:30-10:50 | Prof. Dan Day

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.