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2014-15 Living Learning Community Themes

Aligning with USD's core values, there are nine living learning community themes for

Change | Faith and Reason | Globalization | Honors | Intersections | The Natural World | Social Justice | Space, Place, Sound | Sustainability |

The Change Community

Change is the only constant; it is our perpetual companion. How do changes in genes and the environment drive biological evolution? How does history mark the passage of human change? What role does mathematics play in the notion of change? How do we create communication technologies, and how do these technologies change us? How does a rapidly changing world understood by such technologies manifest itself in new ways of artistic expression? How do we judge the costs and benefits of new alternatives in a constantly changing global economy? Search for answers to these questions and develop and explore your own questions about change in this LLC.

Preceptorials Linked to the Change LLC:
Photography (Artv 160) Introduction to Evolution (Biol 190)
Introduction to Media Studies (Comm 130) Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 101)
Calculus I (Math 150)  


The Faith and Reason CommunityBack to Top

What is the relationship between faith and reason? Science and religion? How is it possible to experience the presence of the Sacred in the ordinary experience of everyday life? Sometimes people who take pride in the power of human intellect look down on religion as a crutch for those who rely on the wisdom that comes from a "higher power". Religious communities sometimes assume that if a scientific theory contradicts their faith, it must be an error. This LLC is for students who see faith and reason as complementary ways of human nature, and are curious about the world and our place in it. Everyone is welcome to participate in this dynamic community: Catholic students, students from other Christian denominations and faith traditions, as well as those who are searching for religious identity.

Preceptorials Linked to the Faith and Reason LLC:
Introduction to Evolution (Biol 190) Faith and Reason in World Religions (Thrs 112)
Introduction to Media Studies (Comm 130) Biblical Studies: From Adam to Armageddon (Thrs 116)
Introduction to Logic (Phil 101)  


The Globalization CommunityBack to Top

What does it mean to live in an increasingly global society?  How do we participate in experiences outside of our national borders and comfort zones?  Does the possibility of enriching life through increasing integration outweigh the potential new problems created?  Are our cultural commonalities stronger than our cultural differences?  The culture of any particular place is under the profound influence of past and present cultures around the world. How does the rise of technology shape our economic, political, social, and cultural identities?  Will increased globalization cause a greater depletion of our natural resources? Can globalization and sustainable development coexist?  Together students and faculty will explore the interconnectedness of our ever-shrinking world in the Globalization community.

Preceptorials Linked to the Globalization LLC:
General Chemistry (Chem 151) Food: National Cultures, Global Contexts (Lang 194)
Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 101) Cryptography: The Mathematics of Making and Breaking Codes (Math 112)
Becoming Diverse: The Stories of the Transformation of France (Fren 294) International Relations (Pols 175)


The Honors Community Back to Top

This LLC is a community of first-year honors students dedicated to academic excellence. It will serve as your connection to a challenging and rewarding liberal arts education as you join the vibrant company of scholars to explore the universe of human knowledge. You will learn to make your own connections among a vast range of classes, disciplines and ideas, and turn old knowledge into new insights. The honors LLC is no ordinary first-year program; it marks the beginning of a lifelong quest for knowledge, enlightenment, self-improvement and social progress.

Preceptorials Linked to the Honors LLC:
Introduction to Evolution (Biol 190H) War and Peace in the Modern World (Hist 116H)
General Chemistry (Chem 151H) The Vietnam War (Hist 116H)
Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 101H) Introduction to Political Science (Pols 100H)
Introduction to Engineering (Engr 101H) Introductory Psychology (Psyc 101H)


The Intersections CommunityBack to Top

This LLC explores the physical and human elements that form community. How do people build and maintain communities? What roles do physical proximity, technology, and diversity play in the development of urban communities? What happens when cultures clash, coexist, and come together? How does difference intersect in complex economic and political systems shaped by the contours of power and privilege? San Diego’s location on the border with Mexico provides an interesting and nternational lens through which we can view these questions. Discover first-hand these intersections in the urban classroom that is America’s eighth largest city.

Preceptorials Linked to the Intersections LLC:
Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 101) Italian Style, American Streets: The Italian American Experience (Ital 194D)
Studies in U.S. Literature: Crimes and Punishments (Engl 225D) Fundamentals of Music Theory(Musc 120)
Introduction to Engineering (Engr 101) Narratives of the Mexic-US Border (Span 194D)


The Natural World CommunityBack to Top

Are you interested in all dimensions of scientific thinking? Have you ever wondered about the responsibilities scientists have to the local, national and global community? Is science and discovery displayed in the visions of artists and actors? Can a biologist, philosopher, anthropologist and economist contribute equally to the advancement of science? If you are interested in all aspects of human discovery, this LLC will explore common questions bout scientific discovery, ethical and responsible science, and the consequences of scientific knowledge. Throughout your first year you will explore fundamental questions about the sciences through multiple lenses.

Preceptorials Linked to the Natural World LLC:
Introduction to Sculpture (Artv 105) Computer Programming (Comp 150)
Introduction to Microbiology for Non-Majors (Biol 104) Introduction to Engineering (Engr 101)
Introduction to Evolution (Biol 190) American Politics (Pols 125)
General Chemistry (Chem 151) Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 101)

The Social Justice Community Back to Top

What is activism? Is it human nature to value social justice? Are we naturally inclined to think about justice? How can you link your academic experience to justice issues? Analyze these questions with your peers in both contemporary and historical issues of peace and justice in local, national and global contexts. Together, you will live, learn and investigate social activism, social change and the philosophical foundations of justice. Through service, immersion and relationship-building opportunities, you will be encouraged to make more just and sustainable lifestyle choices that promote the common good.

Preceptorials Linked to the Social Justice LLC:
Introduction to Evolution (Biol 190) Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Ethn 101D))
Poetic Justice (Engl 224) Introduction to Comparative Politics (Pols 150)
Introduction to Engineering (Engr 101) Introduction to Sociology (Soci 101)
Natural Disasters (Envi 104) Theatre and Society (Thtr 111)

The Space, Place, Sound Community Back to Top

Have you ever wondered about the variety of spaces humans construct? Have you pondered your place in the universe? How have ideas about space and place changed over time? How can art, performance or music transform a contemporary space into a sacred space or a magnificent space? How does technology shape our relationship to space, place, and sound? What turns a space into a place of belonging, a home? Explore these questions through the context of history, art, architecture, music, the cosmos and especially the imagination.

Preceptorials Linked to the Space, Place, Sound LLC:
Introduction to Architecture Studio (Arch 101) Music in World Cultures (Musc 140)
The Buddhist Temple (Arth 140) International Politics (Pols 175)
Introduction to Human Communication (Comm 101) Introduction to Sociology (Soci 101)
Introduction to Shakespeare (Engl 280) Sacred Space and Sound in World Religion (Thrs 112D)
Understanding East Asia (Hist 110)  

The Sustainability Community Back to Top

Do you think USD can become a carbon neutral campus? Can environmental awareness be expressed in art or poetry? What is ecological stewardship? How can the sciences, social sciences and humanities collaborate to create an environmentally sustainable world? Explore these questions with your peers in the context of positive environmental change and practice "green living." Whether you are interested in sustainable fisheries, cultures of environmentalism or graphic depictions of environmental living, this LLC invites all who are interested in sustaining our environment.

Preceptorials Linked to the Sustainability LLC:
The House of the Future (Arch 121) Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 101)
Introduction to Evolution (Biol 190) Visions of the Wild (Engl 224)
General Chemistry (Chem 151) Life in the Ocean (Envi 121)
Introduction to Media Studies (Comm 130) History of Food (Hist 260)