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Wellness Learning Community

Community Description

New for 2012-2013, The Wellness Learning Community will offer students the opportunity to engage in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the whole person).  Students will build a 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 their community.  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. 

The Wellness Learning Community will offer four course clusters: the Psychology & Wellness Course Cluster for students most interested in exploring the connections between mind, body, and spirit, the Health and Wellness Course Cluster for students most interested in exploring physical health and health care, and the Nursing Course Cluster designed specifically for students pursuing a degree in Nursing.

In 2012-2013, the Wellness Learning Community will be home to 150 first-year students, 40 second-year students, and 20 incoming sophomore transfer students.  The first-year students live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls while the second-year (including transfer) students will live together in Bellarmine Hall.  Bellarmine Hall will open in the Fall of 2012!

Activities and Programs

Student in the Wellness Learning Community will engage in activities and events that explore the integration of body, mind, and spirit.  Students might take a wellness tour of Chicago, explore the YOU! The Experience exhibit at the Museum of Science and industry, or participate in the AIDs walk/run.  Students will be encouraged to explore the countless fitness opportunities offered through the Department of Campus Recreation and to become involved in the health promotion initiatives through the Wellness Center.  

Students will participate in a lot of programs and activities designed for the community as a whole as well as programs and activities specific to their course cluster.  For example, students in the Psychology & Wellness Course Cluster might explore the psychology of art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Health & Wellness Course Cluster students may enjoy a trip to Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, and the Nursing Course Cluster may develop a mentor program with upper-class nursing students.

Curricular Requirements

The curricular requirements provide wonderful opportunities to connect through coursework with peers in the community but also ample opportunity to meet friends from outside the community.  Faculty members who teach in the Wellness LC also participate with students in activities and events outside the classroom, allowing students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members from their first day on campus.  

First-Year Students

First-year students in the Wellness Learning Community take 4 credit hours together in the Fall semester and 3 credit hours together in the Spring semester.  All courses required for the Wellness LC meet requirements for all degree programs at Loyola.  Examples of courses taken by first-year students in the Wellness Learning Community include:

  

Fall Semester (examples only)*Spring Semester (examples only)*
Psychology & Wellness Course Cluster

PSYC 101: General Psychology (3cr)

 UNIV 190: Civic Engagement (3cr)

OR

 THEO 192: Moral Prob. Social Ethics of Food Systems (3cr)

UNIV 101: Loyola First Year Seminar (1cr)

 
Health & Wellness Course Cluster

 

PHIL 184: Healthcare Ethics

OR

 

THEO 182: Moral Problems: Health Care

 UNIV 190: Civic Engagement (3cr)

 OR

 THEO 192: Moral Prob. Social Ethics of Food Systems (3cr)

UNIV 101: Loyola First Year Seminar (1cr) 

 
Nursing Course Cluster

BIOL 109: Biology for Nursing Students (3cr)

 GNUR 102: Seminar for Nursing (1cr)

UNIV 101: Loyola First Year Seminar (1cr)  

 
  * These are only examples of courses.  Specific courses for 2012-2013 will be posted soon.
 
Additional Curricular Option

Wellness Learning Community students who are interested in taking BIO 101 together in the Fall semester and BIO 102 together in the spring semester may do so in addition to the regular Wellness LC requirements.  Spaces will be reserved for Wellness LC students in specific sections of BIO 101 and BIO 102.

Sophomore and Transfer Students

Sophomore and transfer students in the Wellness Learning Community will take 3 credit hours together in the Fall semester only.  All courses required for the Wellness LC fulfill requirements of the CORE Curriculum, which is required for all degrees and majors at Loyola. 

 

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