The Wellness Learning Community offers students the opportunity to engage in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the whole person). Students build community based on their shared interest in the dynamic process of becoming aware of, taking responsibility for, and making choices that contribute to their personal well being and the well being of the communities they engage in. Members of the learning community will develop an understanding for the integration of body, mind and spirit through exploration of cultural, emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and vocational wellness.
In 2014-2015, the Wellness Learning Community will be home to 110 first-year students who live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
Students in the Wellness Learning Community engage in activities and events that explore the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Students have enjoyed taking a wellness tour of Chicago, exploring the YOU! The Experience exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, and participating in the AIDs walk/run. Students explore the countless fitness opportunities offered through the Halas Recreation Center and become involved in the health promotion initiatives through the Wellness Center.
In fall 2014students in the Wellness Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following three courses:
PHIL 181 Ethics OR
SOCL 101 Society in a Global Age OR
UCWR 110 Writing Responsibility (for nursing students only)
PHIL 181 provides an introduction to ethics or moral philosophy, with a special emphasis on questions of health and wellbeing. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life. Core Ethics.
SOCL 101 explores how we understand humans in their social and global world. As part of the Wellness Learning Community, there is an extra focus throughout the semester (but especially in the final third of the class) on issues of health, medicine and global society. Social and Cultural Knowledge Core Tier I.
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. This section will focus on how critical thinking can enhance our own sense of a healthy and fulfilled self as well as our capacity to accept and support others. Writing Core (nursing students in the Wellness Learning Community must take this course.)
In spring 2015, students will take a core philosophy course, GNUR 102, or a course exploring health care professions.