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Learning Community Courses ("links" or LCC)



It is critical to integrate what you learn in one class with what you learn in another, no matter how different their disciplines may appear. In your first year at Belmont, you will take two courses linked by the same topic or issue. For example, classes in art and religion that examine the iconography of Biblical studies; classes in physical science and literature that explore the "reality" of science fiction; classes in music and sociology that assess the role of music in social movements; or classes in biology and political science that look at the relation between politics and the environment.

The primary purpose of the LCC is to build on the understanding of “ways of knowing” developed in the First-Year Seminar. The experience of “crossing borders,” which is central to the FYS, will be a regular practice as you move across the borders between two disciplines by completing common assignments, readings, and/or projects.

In order to receive credit for the LCC requirement, you must pass both of the courses. If you fail one or both of the courses, you will not receive credit for the “link” requirement and will have to pass both courses of another LCC. The new LCC may include the failed course(s) or may be comprised of two entirely different BELL Core courses.

After successfully completing an LCC, you should be able to:

1. Distinguish between the kinds of knowledge and the types of thinking and learning processes that are represented in the two disciplines.

2. Recognize the interconnectedness of knowledge through examination of an area of overlap between two courses.

3. Integrate learning from each of the disciplines into the other and provide a specific example of how something learned in one class contributed to your understanding of the other.

4. Evaluate various information and experiences from the perspective of each of the disciplines.

As you continue to move through the BELL Core Curriculum, you should be better able to see and develop connections among the various classes you are taking. When you get to the Junior Cornerstone Seminar in your third year, you will have developed the ability to activate prior knowledge as well as to construct new knowledge in collaboration with other learners.

 

When you have successfully completed the First-Year Seminar (FYS), you will then take one set of LCCs.

If you fail the FYS, you must drop the LCCs and re-take the FYS instead. (You may not take these simultaneously.)

All LCCs are listed at the LCC link in ClassFinder. Click on the BELLCore/Alternate Locations tab, choose the semester, then click on "Learning Community Courses."  Only the courses and sections listed here will count for LCC credit.

Please note the two LCCs that include MTH 1020 are reserved for students whose skills are not strong in Mathematics. NOTE: If your Math ACT score was 28+, your Math SAT score was 630+, or your Math Placement Test score was 28+, you may not enroll in this LCC—and if you do, you will be asked and expected to drop this LCC. If your scores were (ACT) 25+, (SAT) 570+, or (Placement) 24+, the Math Department recommends strongly that you avoid this LCC, as well, and instead take MTH 1080 (which is not offered as an LCC) to meet your Gen. Ed. requirement in Math.

The exact same set of students must be enrolled in both halves of the LCC; you must co-enroll in both courses. BannerWeb will allow you to register for one of these LCC courses only if you are simultaneously registering for the other one.

Once you are enrolled in an LCC, you may not drop one of the linked courses without dropping the other. You must communicate with your LCC faculty members if you are faltering in their courses; they may initiate contact with you as well. The goal is to ensure that you successfully complete the LCC experience.

In order to receive credit for the LCC requirement, you must pass both of the courses. If you fail one or both of the courses, you will not receive credit for the “link” requirement and will have to pass both courses of another LCC. The new LCC may include the failed course(s) or may be comprised of two entirely different BELL Core courses.




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