Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Wellness LC


A trip to the YOU! The Experience exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry

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 2015–2016, the Wellness Learning Community will be home to about 60 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.

Curricular Requirements

In spring 2016 students in the Wellness Learning Community each student will choose one of the following two courses:

  • SOCL 101  Society in a Global Age OR
  • UNIV 102  Exploring Health Care Professions

SOCL 101  Society in a Global Age   Dana Garbarski  Section 4  Class 1572 TTh 11:30-12:45

As a foundational course in the social science core, students will explore 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 about health, medicine and global society.  The instructor researches health disparities in the U.S.. Core Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I. 

UNIV 102  Exploring Health Care Professions       James Johnson       Tues  5:30-6:20  

This one-credit hour seminar is an opportunity to explore and think more deeply about health care professions. Course materials, class discussions, guest speakers, and on-site activities will offer a foundation for students to engage with and analyze various issues facing health care professionals today.   On a few days with guest speakers, this section will meet from 6:30-7:20, and the talk will be recorded for students who cannot attend at that time. Non-core elective.