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 is limited, so we encourage you to sign up today!

Interested in participating? Once you've reviewed the connected course pairings below, complete the Connected Course Selection Form.

Available Course Pairings

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

A growing body of literature indicates that humans are more alienated from nature than ever before. In the last 20 years the desire to spend time outdoors has diminished despite the reported mental and physical benefits of being in the natural world. Research suggests that this separation has weakened citizen’s ecological literacy and stewardship towards the environment. By exploring and reflecting on Grand Valley State University’s natural surroundings, we will enhance our knowledge of ecosystems, examine controversial topics in nature on a deeper, philosophical level, and gain a greater sense of place. 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

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

This pair of courses will explore common people’s history and current events to understand what is lost in much of our current content. Students will take a bottom to top view of American history and current events, examining a variety of primary and secondary sources from different periods, as well as examining various academic perspectives on the contemporary issues stemming from these histories. Students will learn how to read critically, with deeper comprehension, and more efficiency, as well as write persuasively and clearly to make an argument.

Professors:  Scott Stabler, History 103;  Roy Black, English 100

Satisfies General Education Curriculum Requirements:

  • Foundations: Historical Perspectives
  • Cultures: US Diversity

Important Information

  • Sign up by May 1 for optimal course placement.
     
  • Courses will be assigned to students based on preference and availability. Placement in a particular Connected Course pairing is not guaranteed. 
     
  • 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 [email protected].



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