What Is a Living-Learning Community?
Drury's freshman Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are comprised of 16-20 students interested in a common theme, who reside in the same residential area, interacting together and with faculty and staff through a shared class, CORE 101. Students learn about the power of community when they participate in a Living-Learning Community.
What are the Benefits of Joining a Living-Learning Community?
Living-Learning Communities encourage strong mentoring relationships between faculty and students, as well as the value of developing communities of shared purpose. Nationally, research has consistently shown benefits of the faculty-student interaction in Living-Learning Communities to include:
How to Apply:
The Arts (Dr. Allin Sorenson )
The Arts LLC is designed for those students interested in music, theatre, visual arts and architecture. The course will explore all facets of art in our culture, how we view and respond to art, and the value of art to our society and world. Activities will include trips to art galleries, theater productions, concerts and opportunities to view local architecture. All majors are welcome to apply for this LLC section.
Global Citizenship (Dr. Kris Wiley)
As we use technology to surf an unprecedented flow of information and cultural cross-pollination from around the world, what are the implications for a life well spent? How do we manage the concept of “friendship” when those friends are half a world away? How do we negotiate our own tribal loyalties, from family to nation to globe? And what does it mean to be a first-year college student in an economic and military superpower?
This Living-Learning Community is intended for students who want to explore responsible life in a global society. We will be drawing on readings and resources from multiple domains to feed our discussion of cultural distance, service, identity, and community, and we will draw on international perspectives from several sources to inform our understanding of world events and our own development.
Extracurricular activities will depend on the specific interests of LLC participants, but they will be bent on achieving greater understanding of difference and commonality among people.
Health and Wellness (Professor and Coach Jarrod Smith)
Research shows that 40% of healthcare costs in the US is from preventable chronic illness/disease caused by stress, unhealthy diet, inactivity, and tobacco use. As the cost of medical care increases rapidly, the importance of health and wellness has become amplified. This LLC focuses on the pillars of health and wellness – stress management, sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and risk reduction.
To bridge in-class learning with out-of-class experience, students will be engaged with leaders of wellness in the Springfield community and will be exposed to community service opportunities. In-class speakers will include area wellness promoters and business owners implementing wellness with documented results. Students will also be linked with these professionals in our community. Health and Wellness LLC students will also have the opportunity to enroll in the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Certificate program offered exclusively at Drury University.
Honors LLC – The Politics of Rock n’ Roll (Dr. Charles Taylor)
In order to apply for this Honors Living-Learning Community, students must meet the following qualifications:
- 3.5 or higher high school GPA
- Earned an ACT score of 27 (SAT 1190) or higher
The Honors LLC is the only section with specific GPA/ACT scores required for students who want to apply. Students enrolled in this Living-Learning Community will take their CORE 101 class with the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and the Dean of the College, Dr. Charles Taylor. Students who are enrolled in this section and are admitted into the University Honors Program will receive an honors credit for CORE 101, in addition to the 3 general education credits for the class. Dr. Taylor will work closely with Dr. Bob Robertson, Director of Drury Honor’s Program, to ensure the best experience possible for students interested in maximizing their learning potential at Drury.
The theme Dr. Taylor plans to focus on in Fall 2014 is “The Politics of Rock n’ Roll”. Please see below for his description of the class:
From Little Richard to Lady Gaga, popular culture has simultaneously mirrored and shaped global cultures. At the intersection of social movements and technological innovation, pop culture offers a unique lens through which to read the meaning of being young, alive and relevant in the 21st century. The course is designed to help students develop the fundamental intellectual skills of reading, writing, thinking, arguing and reflecting like a liberally educated person through engaging popular music and its cultural implications.
The course will be discussion based, with analytic, interpretive, persuasive and creative writing projects assigned. Engaged learning activities will include field trips to local (all ages) clubs and, depending on the line up and cost, the O’Reilly Family Event Center for live shows. Guest lecturers will include local musicians, music journalists, and promoters.
On Propaganda and Protest: The Language of Power and Empowerment (Dr. Rick Maxson)
The story of power and empowerment has long occupied the attention of scholars and advocates. This year alone, the “revolutions and struggles in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and elsewhere were carried out by brave people who recognized that by using nonviolent action, rejecting fear, and keeping nonviolent discipline, they could end decades-long oppression.” Additionally at home, the social movements and institutional “crack downs” have raised questions about the rhetoric of propaganda protest and their function in our social and political landscape.
The foci of the course are twofold: explore the rhetoric of power and empowerment and review important principles for how these rhetorics function in particular cases. To this end, we will begin by examining theories of persuasion, influence and dissent. Then through personal testimony, underground publications, journalistic and historical accounts we will discover the extent to which the contemporary cases confirm, disconfirm, and/or extend our understanding of how institutions and their dissenters bring about significant and lasting social, religious and political change.
Instructional methods will include lecture, discussion, film, case studies, classroom exercises, and group work. The emphasis will be both theoretical and applied. The primary LLC theme-related activity would be an overnight field trip to Memphis TN to visit the Civil Rights Museum for tour, lecture and informal discussion.
Pre-Health Sciences (Dr. Mark Wood)
Only those freshmen planning to pursue a career in the health-science field should apply for this Living-Learning Community (LLC) section. Students must major in one of the following areas to apply:
- Environmental Health Science
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Exercise and Sports Science
- Physical Education
The Pre-Health Science LLC offers the members of this cohort the opportunity to develop partnerships with one another, as everyone should enter with similar academic interests and career aspirations. Students enjoy the ease of forming study groups within their cohort and offer assistance and support to one another due to the high demands of the first-year course load.
The Pre-Health Science section may also take part in activities outside the classroom to learn more about the field of health-sciences. Options for out-of-class activities will be discussed once classes begin.
If you have questions, please contact Emily Givens, Director of Transitional Programs, for more information at (417) 873-7419, (800) 922-2274, or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also review our Frequently Asked Questions.