Fall 2014 Thematic Learning Community Offerings

What is a thematic learning community?  A thematic learning community is a Freshman Seminar course (COL 105) that engages you by emphasizing a specific topic or theme embedded in the course.  The theme or specific topic of the course is emphasized while you learn about and practice the behaviors of successful college students.  The thematic learning communities being offered in Fall 2014 are listed below. 


Improving America
COL 105-013 (CRN: 72026), TR 9:35-11 a.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Do you feel like a little fish in a big sea?  Do you believe you have little or no influence for making a difference?  The COL 105 Improving America course will empower you to create change not only within yourself but in the communities you belong to.  We will examine the world around us with perspectives ranging from the campus community to a global one.  You will leave this course understanding the importance of community involvement in any context and at any level. So if you are interested in becoming a model citizen, making a positive change in your community, and impacting the lives of others, then this course is for you.


Math CPR: Can Produce Results
COL 105-010 (CRN: 71429), MWF 12:20-1:15 p.m., PENDLETON CAMPUS

Tired of working the same math problem and getting a different result every time?  Math CPR can produce the results you are looking for!  In Math CPR, students will improve their study skills to develop ways to be successful in a college math class.  Incorporating past experiences with new-found knowledge, students will find a technique (or line of attack method) that best fits their learning style.  Students that suffer from math anxiety and need some study skills and habits to help them deal with the anxiety would benefit greatly from this course.


TransferMation: Clemson Bridge
COL 105-001 (CRN: 70633), MW 4:05-5:30 p.m., OFF-CAMPUS
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COL 105-011 (CRN:70636), TR 8:30-9:55 a.m., OFF-CAMPUS

This course is designed to help new students learn about being successful during their first year in college.  Through class activities and outside assignments, students will be provided opportunities that will facilitate the process of clarifying their educational goals and plans.  Students will be exposed to the skills, behaviors, and attitudes required for academic success at the college level.  During the semester-long course, students will practice concrete learning strategies designed to enhance their learning and academic outcomes.  For students to successfully transfer to Clemson, they will need to be able to discern the expectations and requirements for the transition process.  Learning about the transfer process will be an important element of the course, and students will become familiar with the Clemson and Tri-County campus resources that can assist them with their academic development and engagement in campus activities.  This community is currently limited to Bridge to Clemson students.


Vocabulary: There's a Word for That!
COL 105-015 (CRN: 72100), MW 2:30-3:55 p.m., EASLEY CAMPUS

In this themed community, we will look at the vocabulary of the college world, including words to help you successfully navigate your college career, as well as discipline-focused vocabulary to help you in your various studies.  This class will also explore the ways our vocabulary changes and expands to reflect our cultures, historical events, and even pop culture, including the ever-changing world of slang.  If you love language and you expect to write a plethora of papers this semester, come join us!


Cross-Cultural Awareness and Comparisons
COL 105-018 (CRN: 71420), TR 11:10 a.m.-12:35 p.m., ANDERSON CAMPUS 

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do?  The answer: Culture. In this COL 105 themed community, Cross-Cultural Awareness and Comparisons, you will learn about other cultures through looking at your own world.  Students who are open to broadening their perception about the norms of other people, their cultures and communities, have a respect for difference, and maintain a tolerance for stepping away from their everyday comfort zone will most benefit from this type of study.