CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College students can learn two subjects in one time slot and earn twice the credits with Learning Communities classes being offered in the fall.
Also known as a "Twofer," the classes are available in a variety of subjects and co-taught by two instructors.
Course material is designed to encourage students to examine ideas from different perspectives and learn the value of team interaction and critical thinking – skills that are highly valued by today’s employers. A student’s transcript will show two separate classes and grades.
Learning Communities for fall 2013 semester feature:
• "Exprésate – With Feeling!” where students can polish their presentation skills while improving Spanish proficiency. The class combines Intermediate Spanish (SPA 251) and Introduction to Speech (SPE 151).
• “Talking Dirty” is a study of ethics as it relates to the many forms and facets of human sexuality. The class combines Introduction to Philosophy (PHI 251) and Human Sexuality (PSY 175).
• “Religion: Who Needs It?” examines the role of religion in the human experience and how religious beliefs have affected cultures around the world for centuries. The class combines World Religions (PHI 261) and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 170).
• “You Will Be Assimilated: Resistance is Futile” explores the social, moral, scientific and creative facets of a world that relies on robots – and then students write about them. Class combines Introduction to Robotics (ROB 110) and Composition I (ENG 151) and includes hands-on robotics instruction along with English composition.
• “Crunching the Numbers” blends the hardness of statistics with the soft sociological principles and case studies to create a whole new appreciation of the two subjects. Class combines General Education Statistics (MAT 120) and Introduction to Sociology (SOC 151).
• “Striking a Cord” encourages participants to “tune into the social world around them” and learn about the meaning and use of music from a sociological perspective – whether it’s art, rebellion, a mirror of culture or something entirely different. The class combines Introduction to Sociology (SOC 151) and Music Appreciation (MUS 151).
• “Banned Burned and Offensive” takes a look at censorship in America by examining controversial films, music, fiction, poetry, drama and more – all of which someone at one time or another tried to ban. Find out why and how they did or didn’t succeed. This class combines Introduction to Literature (ENG 251) and Composition I (ENG 152).
• “The Hunger Games” examines “morality in an immoral world” by exploring good and evil through the popular novel by Suzanne Collins. This class combines Introduction to Ethics (PHI 251) and Composition II (ENG 152).
Those interested in enrolling in these classes are encouraged to speak with an adviser and register early, as classes fill quickly. General fall registration is underway through the first week of classes. Weekday credit classes begin Aug. 19.
Visit www.mchenry.edu/learningcommunities to learn more about course structure and credits. For information, call Kate Midday at 815-455-8735 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.