Connected Course Pairings

First-Year Learning Community students will participate in one of the following Connected Course pairings.

Each pairing is designed to meet General Education Curriculum Requirements, allowing students to work towards degree completion while simultaneously gaining the benefits of the First-Year Learning Community. More information regarding General Education Requirements can be found on our General Education Program webpage.

Space in each pairing is limited, so we encourage you to sign up today!

Once you review the courses below, complete the Next Steps outlined at the bottom of the page.

Available Course Pairings

Offered: Fall 2021

This pair of courses explores the life of the mind while encouraging students to exercise their own voices and play proactive roles in their education. In addition to reflection, the readings and course content inspire engagement through co-curricular experiences. We will tackle the “big questions” that surround education: Why should anyone go to college? What should students learn? How do they learn? As we grapple with these questions, we will apply this theory to practice. In other words, we will “think about our thinking” while we engage in discussion as well as writing processes that happen on and off the page. Students should expect to extend concepts from INT 100 and WRT 150 to all other college experiences and beyond.

Professors: Aiman Mueller , Writing 150;  Justin Pettibone, Integrative Studies 100

Satisfies General Education Curriculum Requirements:

  • Writing
  • Foundations: Philosophy & Literature

Offered: Fall 2021

Why do students often struggle in school? Because school is about conforming to what someone else wants you to do. What if "education" was something that resisted this form of "schooling" and instead focused on empowering students to grow in self-directed ways? What if education could give students the tools to live the lives of the critic - following in the example of Socrates - criticizing both the self and the world for the purpose of improving both, of living well? How can skills that we learn in college - like writing - help us to both know ourselves better, and to make the world better? These ideas will span both INT 100 and WRT 120 and far beyond.

Professors:  Darien RippleIntegrative Studies 100;  Dauvan Mulally, Writing 120

Satisfies General Education Curriculum Requirements:

  • Writing
  • Foundations: Philosophy & Literature

Offered: Fall 2021

Explore sociology and political science from the unique perspective of course pairing! During this experience, we will examine the fundamentals of American Government within the context of modern societal inequities including race, gender and class. Through discussions of topics ranging from criminal justice, the education system to war and terror, we will examine critical contemporary issues and how they are and could be addressed within the political system.

Professors: Laura Schneider , Political Science 102; Rachel Campbell , Sociology 105

Satisfies General Education Curriculum Requirements:

  • Foundations: Social & Behavioral Sciences 
  • Cultures: US Diversity

Important Information

  • If you are bringing credits to GVSU through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, Early/Middle College or Transfer courses, please select a course pairing that does not duplicate those credits.
    Equivalencies are available for review at the following sites:
  • If you are participating in the Frederik Meijers Honors College, you will be unable to participate in the First Year Learning Community. Connected Courses are not designed to fulfill the curriculum requirements for the Frederik Meijers Honors College. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Brian Hatzel at hatzelb@gvsu.edu.


Next Steps

In order to participate in the First-Year Learning Community, you will need to complete the following simple steps: