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Wellness LC

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. 

In 2012-2013, the Wellness Learning Community will be home to 150 first-year students and 50 second-year students.  The first-year students live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls while the second-year 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.  Planned courses for 2012-2013 include:


Fall SemesterSpring Semester

PHIL 130: Philosophy and Persons (3cr)


PHIL 181: Ethics (3cr)


SOCL 101: Society in a Global Age

 All non-nursing studnets should choose one of the following:

Phil 181 Ethics  

Professor Hugh Miller 

MWF 11:30-12:20

This course is a general introduction to ethics or moral philosophy. Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of criteria for chosing 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.  Ethics Core


Psyc 101 General Psychology 

Professor - Richard Bowen

TR 10:00-11:15 

This course explores the scientific study of the brain, mental events, and behavior.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the foundation, methodology, theory, and phenomena of the fields of physiological, perceptual, cognitive, social, clinical and developmental psychology.  Second tier Social-Cultural Core.  Pre-requisite foundational social-cultural core.


Socl 101  Society in a Global Age 

Professor - Anne Figert

TR 1:00-2:15

This course is an introduction to the distinctively sociological perspective of analyzing people, societies and their structures and cultures. Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of themselves as human beings and how different forces and ideas affect their own society and culture. Social-Cultural Core


Univ 102 Exploration of Health Care Professions (1 credit hr) 

Professor - James Johnson

Tues  6:30-7:20

This class 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.  Elective

UNIV 101: Loyola First Year Seminar (1cr)


Nursing Course Cluster

(courses specifically for nursing students)

BIOL 109: Biology for Nursing Students (3cr)


Gnur 102 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (1 credit hr) 

Professor Ann Solari-Twadell  section TBD

Tues 11:30-12:20

This course introduces the mission of the MNSON and the foundations of nursing practice. Nursing is presented as a scientific profession with a heritage of strong values-based leadership based on critical thinking and evidence based practice.
Outcome: Describe the mission of the MNSON and discuss the ANA Scope of Standards of Nursing Practice.  Nursing Program Requirement.

UNIV 101: Loyola First Year Seminar (1cr)  

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 during Fall semester.

Sophomore Students

Sophomore 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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