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Learning Communities Offered, Fall 2014

Fall 2014 learning communities are sets of linked courses, usually exploring a common theme. Instructors in learning communities work together to develop the theme and coordinate their course content to support the common theme.

First-year students will participate in one of the following learning communities. Students will enroll in all courses and sections of the learning community.  First-time freshmen will be able to register for a learning community at First Steps.

Descriptions

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Athletes: This learning community addresses issues specific to student-athletes:time management, adjusting to college sports, academic success, etc.                

• Who Should Take This? FSU Bronco student athletes.       
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, PHIL 110                                  
• CHEER Friendly                                           
Bronco Women: The Bronco Women Learning Community provides productive experiences for females to improve their success by integrating social and academic activities, formally and informally. This class will emphasize positive self-images, increase academic success, and encourage social networking. • Who Should Take This? Women with any intended major.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, ENGL 110, PHIL 110
• Do not join this LC if: CHEER.
Business: Economic decision-making demands good critical thinking skills.  To make good decisions in their roles as consumers, savers, investors, voters, and above all, as productive citizens in a global setting, students must critically assess the options available to them. • Who Should Take This? Students planning to major in Business or Accounting.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, PHIL 110, FINC 100, & HIST 110
• Do not join this LC if your intended major is: Education, Biology, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, or Nursing or Football Player.
• CHEER Friendly
CHEER: The CHEER learning community will help students apply the skills learned over the summer to first year success by working with familiar instructors for math, English, and freshman seminar in a supportive environment. • Who Should Take This? CHEER scholars who want to continue the CHEER experience.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, ENGL 120, MATH 123
• Do not join this LC if: football player or intended STEM major.
• CHEER Friendly
Criminal Justice: This learning community introduces students to the institutions and processes of law making and enforcement, the judicial system, corrections and the juvenile justice system.  • Who Should Take This? Students interested in a career in criminal justice.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, ENGL 110, POLI 210
• Do not join this LC if: CHEER, Football Player, or intending to major in Business, Nursing or Education.
Global Scholars: This learning community is available to entering Honors Students, Global Scholars, and other students who want a challenging global-themed learning experience.  • Who Should Take This? Students interested in a challenging global experience.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, ENGL 110, SOCI 150
• Do not join this LC if: CHEER, Football Player, or your intended major is Nursing or Education.
Mental Health Professions: This learning community is for students interested in majoring in Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology.  Focus will be put on the fundamentals, challenges, and goals to enter these fields.

• Who Should Take This? Students interested in Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology as a major.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, ENGL 110, SWRK 220
• Do not join this LC if: CHEER, Football Player, or your intended major is Nursing or Education.

Music: For intended music majors, this learning community combines a section of Freshman Seminar taught by music faculty with MUSI-100, Basic Musicianship, which all Music majors need in their first semester. • Who Should Take This? Students interested in majoring in Music or Music Education, except those intending to major in Music for Birth to Kindergarten & Elementary Education.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, MUSI 225
• Major Requirement Met: MUSI 100
• Do not join this LC if: intending on majoring in Birth to Kindergarten or Elementary Education.
• CHEER Friendly
Pre-Nursing: This learning community explores issues related to Nursing.  It prepares students to make realistic goals about becoming a nursing major. • Who Should Take This? Students interested in majoring in Nursing.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, PHIL 110
• Major Requirement Met: CSC 100
• Do not join this LC if: Football Player
• CHEER Friendly
Pre-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics): This community is designed for students who are interested in majoring in STEM disciplines and have a math placement score for MATH 121. • Who Should Take This? Students with an intended major in Math, Computer Science, Biology, or other science-related discipline.
• Placement: MATH 121
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, PHIL 110
• Elective: MATH 121 (prerequisite to MATH 129)
• Do not join this LC if: CHEER or Athlete.
Seekers: Designed for students who are looking for a major, this two-semester Learning Community helps students explore possible areas of study, discover more about themselves and their relationships with others, and develop multicultural competency. • Who Should Take This? Students who are undecided about their major.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, ENGL 110, PHIL 110
• Do not join this community if: CHEER, Football Player, or intended STEM, Education or Nursing Major.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics):  STEM is designed to show how integrated the STEM disciplines are for students who place in MATH 129 or higher. A feature of this community will be hands-on applications and inquiry-based learning. • Who Should Take This? Students with an intended major in Math, Computer Science, Biology, or other science-related discipline.
• Placement: MATH 123/ MATH 129
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, MATH 129, MATH 130, EDUC 211/ PHIL 110
• CHEER Friendly
Super Teacher: This community is designed to meet the needs of education majors by creatively combining required core courses. Students learn topics and issues that are easily adaptable to the lower grades, and they will be able to begin a collection of topics that will form the basis for the development of their future lessons.  • Who Should Take This? Students intending to major in Teacher Education.
• Core Requirements Met: UNIV 101, HEED 112, HIST 120, PSYC 210
• Do not join this community if: Football Player or have an intended major other than Education.
• CHEER Friendly

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