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University Transition Program Learning Communities

A Learning Community (LC) is a small group of first-year students who take classes together and share some common interests. Arts and Science Learning Communities are designed to ease the transition into university by providing our first-year students with extra opportunities to make friends, study and explore ideas together, and work together to develop the academic and personal skills to succeed.

Learning Communities are what a university education is all about, students and faculty from many different backgrounds come together to explore big ideas and a wide range of perspectives on the world; to be creative and to grow personally as they advance intellectually; and to make lifelong friendships.

Transition students gather in a weekly UTRAN Hour led by two senior student Peer Mentors who facilitate sessions on study skills, goal setting and stress management; help students access academic, health, and other support services; and organize information sessions and social events. Today's Peer Mentors and many campus student leaders started university in a Learning Community, where they developed the friendships, confidence and skills that set them apart.

University Transition Program (UTRAN)

Term 1 - Course Offerings for 2015 - 2016

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LC-UTRN01: Transition LC #1
Psychology 121 – English 113 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

The courses in this Learning Community are well-rounded and offer introductions to some of the most popular majors in the college of Arts and Science. Students wanting to pursue a degree in Psychology or English will find this LC a great fit. However, it is also a good choice for any student who is unsure of what they want to major in. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

LC UTRN 01 Schedule

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LC-UTRN02: Transition LC #2
Sociology 111 – Anthropology 111 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree; however, this LC is particularly well suited to students interested in Social Sciences such as Political Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, or Sociology (among others). Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. Sociology 111, “Society Structure Process,” and Anthropology 111, “One World Many Peoples,” are introductory courses in the Social Sciences that will give students a strong base in university level reading, writing, and basic research.

LC UTRN 02 Schedule

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LC-UTRN03: Transition LC #3
Economics 111 – Political Studies 112 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

This Learning Community is a good choice for students interested in politics and business. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. Students interested in majors such as Economics, Business Economics, Political Studies, and International Studies will find that this LC fits their program well. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. This LC would also be a good choice for any student who wishes to apply to the Edwards School of Business in the future. Any student who is considering applying to another college in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor.

LC UTRN 03 Schedule

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LC-UTRN04: Transition LC #4
Music 111 – History 145 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This LC is an excellent choice for students who are interested in Fine Arts such as Music, Drama, Studio Art, and Art History, or Humanities such as History, English, or Philosophy. Music 111, “History of Popular Music,” looks at historical trends in popular music in Canada and the US. History 145 “Dirty Little Wars,” will give students an introduction to the discipline of history by looking at British colonial wars of the past. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success.

LC UTRN 04 Schedule * revised on Apr 30/15

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LC-UTRN05: Transition LC #5
Kinesiology 121 – English 113 – Interdisciplinary Studies 100

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This learning community is a good choice for student athletes or any student who wants to study physical activity and human movement. Kinesiology 121 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs, but can be applied to any degree. English 111 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through poetry analysis. Interdisciplinary Studies 100, “Strategies for Academic Success,” provides students with a solid academic foundation, whether they are adjusting to university learning or want to give themselves additional resources to achieve maximum success. Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor.

LC UTRN 05 Schedule

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TERM 2 - Course Offerings for 2015 - 2016

 

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LC-UTRN06: Transition LC #6
Psychology 120 – English 114 – Geology 109

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree. This Learning Community is a good choice for students who want to experience a variety of courses. Psychology, English, and Geology expose students to introductory material in Social Sciences, Humanities and Science. This can be a great way for students to determine what discipline(s) are best suited to their learning style. This LC pairs well with UTRN01, particularly for students interested in majoring in Psychology or English.

LC UTRN 06 Schedule

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LC-UTRN07: Transition LC#7
Sociology 112 – English 114 – Indigenous Studies 107

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science degree; however, they are particularly well suited to Sociology or related fields. This LC pairs well with UTRN02, especially for students who wish to pursue Social Work, a minor in Crime Law and Justice Studies, or a Certificate in Criminology and Addictions. This LC is also a good choice for students who may wish to apply to Nursing or Education in the future. Students wishing to apply to another college in future years should consult with an academic advisor.

LC UTRN 07 Schedule

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LC-UTRN08: Transition LC #8
Economics 114 – Computer Science 120 – Psychology 120

This Learning Community is perfect for students who are interested in Psychology, Economics, or Business Economics. It is also a great choice for students who wish to apply to the Edwards School of Business in the future. Students who enrolled in UTRN03 may consider this LC to deepen their knowledge of Economics while sharpening their digital document processing skills in Computer Science 120. This LC would also pair well with UTRAN01 for students interested in Psychology. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree.

LC UTRN 08 Schedule

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LC-UTRN09: Transition LC #9
Philosophy 133 – Geography 125 – Women’s and Gender Studies 112

This Learning Community offers a perfect combination of courses for students who want to explore a variety of different subjects. Philosophy 133 provides and introduction to ethics and values, including big questions about the nature of right and wrong. Geography 125 looks at the interaction between the environment and human society through a scientific lens. Women’s and Gender Studies introduces students to the diversity of debates within the field. The courses in this LC can be used toward any Arts and Science degree, and are particularly good at filling the variety of “distribution” requirements that are a part of all degrees in the college. This LC is a perfect fit for someone who likes trying new things, but is unsure of what they want to major in.

LC UTRN 09 Schedule

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LC-UTRN10: Transition LC #10
Kinesiology 122 – English 114 – Sociology 112

The courses in this Learning Community can be used toward any Arts and Science Degree. This LC pairs well with UTRN05, but can be combined with any of the other first term UTRAN LC’s. Kinesiology 122 is used only as an elective for Arts and Science programs, but can be applied to any degree. English 114 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the analysis of culturally rich texts. Sociology 112 offers students an introduction to the “Social Construction of Everyday Life.” Students interested in transferring to the College of Kinesiology in future years should consult with an Academic Advisor.

LC UTRN 10 Schedule

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