Learning communities are a fast track to academic success, bringing students together for shared curriculum and extracurricular activities. Studies show that they help students earn better grades, make friends faster, and graduate at higher rates.


First-Year Learning Communities

“Engaging English”

Our theme-based “Engaging English” learning community introduces students to the field of English Studies, and provides them with foundational liberal arts skills. It teaches, for instance, critical and creative thinking, reading, and writing using a variety of historical and contemporary textual media, from fiction, poetry, and drama, to films, TV shows, comics, and more. Perfect for students of all stripes, this class will delight and instruct at the same time.

CLASSES
Spring 2018
ENGL 202 Engaging English

DESCRIPTION
The study of English fosters adaptive thinking and creativity, curiosity about other times and places, and the ability to imagine alternatives to the status quo—basically, the skills necessary to navigate a complex world.

WHO THIS LC IS FOR
New (first-year and transfer student) English majors, of course, but also Exploratory Studies students or anyone interested in practicing
foundational liberal arts skills.

EXTRA BENEFITS
English 202 fulfills the “Human Cultures – Humanities” University Core category, as well as the gateway requirement for the English major.

"Creativity and Technology"

The “Creativity and Technology” LC is a collaboration between the Department of English and the Department of Computer Graphics Technology.  As Steve Jobs has famously declared: “Technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

CLASSES
Fall 2018
CGT 101/118 Foundations of Computer Graphics and ENGL 108 Writing about Games, Technology, & Society

Spring 2018
CGT 141 Internet Foundations and ENGL 322 Word, Image, Media

DESCRIPTION
This LC helps students develop approaches to critical thinking well-suited to cultural complexities; strengthen written, visual, and technological literacies for working with diverse media; and cultivate creativity through remediation and iteration, while understanding its relationship to professional and digital media production.

WHO THIS LC IS GOOD FOR
English, Communication, Visual and Performing Arts, Computer Graphic, and Exploratory Studies students; and any one interested in media studies or looking to combine foundational technical, critical, and creative skills for a fulfilling 21st-century career.

EXTRA BENEFITS
Fulfills the “Written Communication,” “Information Literacy,” and “Humanities, Human Cultures” categories of the University Core.  It also satisfies requirements for English and CGT majors. 

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Second-Year Learning Community

Second-year learning communities continue the success by helping students transition to more challenging, and satisfying, coursework.

“Science and Society”

An HONORS COLLEGE, RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

The Purdue Department of English and the Honors College bring together humanities and STEM disciplines in exploration of science fact and fiction.  As we prepare future leaders for the challenges of the 21st century, this learning community embodies the Honors College’s commitment to interdisciplinarity and the College of Liberal Arts’ own motto, “At the Intersection of Liberal Arts + STEM.”

This Year’s Theme: Mars!

Classes
FALL
ENGL 37300H “SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY”

SPRING
HONR 39900 “LIFE ON MARS”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

First-Year Learning Communities:   Visit the learning communities website here.

Second-Year Learning Community:  See honors.purdue.edu here.

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