The International Learning Community (ILC) brings together students with interest and passion international issues and experiences and fosters critical understanding of international concerns and dynamics in the contemporary world. The curricular and co-curricular offerings associated with the ILC serve to enhance global awareness, including understanding of and appreciation for cultural and religious diversity, international political structures and trends, global economic issues, and transnational environmental and social challenges. The International LC provides a great mix of domestic and international students, allowing for cross-cultural conversations and sharing of experiences.
In 2015–2016, the International Learning Community will be home to 100 first-year students who live together in one of our five first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
Students in the International LC have participated in retreats and conferences on global citizenship, attended the Chicago International Film Festival, visited the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, taken a tour of the Baha'i in Wilmette, IL, and explored cultural neighborhoods around Chicago. They often enjoy cooking meals and sharing their native cultures with one another.
Students in the International Learning Community choose to participate in the activities and programs that are of interest to them. The students who participate in the largest number of programs and activities also enjoy the greatest benefits from the community.
In fall 2015, students in the International Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following three courses:
- PLSC 102: International Relations OR
- THEO 107: Introduction to Religion OR
- UCWR 110: Writing Responsibly
PLSC 102 presents the main theoretical approaches to the study of international politics, and considers competing perspectives on issues such as international law, conflict and war, international organizations, the global economy, human-rights, North-South relations, globalization, population growth, and environmental issues. This course is required for International Studies majors, and is open to non-majors. Core Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I. Dr. Chris Hasselmann, MWF 2:45–3:35; Sect 007 Class 3369.
THEO 107 analyzes religious belief and practice within various religious traditions and areas of the world to contribute to a richer understanding and appreciation of the diversity of religious and religion-like activities throughout the world. It does this both by choosing multiple examples for investigations from various religious traditions (for example, rites of passage in multiple religious traditions or in various geographical areas) and by using and testing various theoretical approaches to better understand practices that may be quite different from one’s own. Core Theological-Religious Studies Tier I. Dr. John McCarthy, MWF 11:30–12:20; Sect 2 Class 5393.
UCWR 110 instructs students in the conventions of academic writing. Students will develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing their writing and will receive instruction in how to write clear, error free prose. Students will learn responsibility to their readers, to their sources, and to themselves as writers. This class will include writing about international issues for a broad public. Core Writing Seminar. Dr. Melissa Bradshaw, MWF 10:25–11:15; Sect 16 Class 2014.