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Learn Strong (LST) and Core (COR)

Learn Strong (LST) and Core (COR)
The Learn Strong courses are designed to foster reflection by the student on their academic career and postgraduation plans, and for the ongoing development of the student’s professional electronic portfolio.  The Core classes are designed to give students the opportunity to challenge themselves in interdisciplinary classes that ask them to analyze and synthesize information and to see the interconnectedness of their world, past, present and future.  As a liberal arts institution preparing students for an interconnected world, it is critical that students are able to see connections and create meaning from them.

Course Descriptions
Learn Strong (LST)

101 Learn Strong I: Discovery of the Self 1 hour F,S
This course is designed to help freshmen adjust to college life and to introduce them to resources and opportunities available to them, as well as the standards and expectations to which they will be held.  Students will also explore their talents, begin their professional electronic portfolios to track their college learning experiences (in and out of the classroom), and reflect on the purpose and meaning of their lives.
Credits earned during high school will not be used to exempt a student from LST 101.
General Education: Learn Strong

199 Selected Topics: College Success Skills 1 hour F,S
This course is designed to provide support for new students so they can achieve academic success.  Students will focus on learning styles, study skills, time management, test-taking skills and other areas shown to help students achieve academic success.

201 Learn Strong II: Discovery of Your World  .5 hour S
This course is designed to build on the self-exploration students completed in LST 101.  Students will expand their global outlook through the understanding of their leadership skills and potential while discovering their place in the world.  Students will explore vocations and continue to build their professional electronic portfolios. 
Transfer students with 30 or more transferable credit hours will be able to move directly into LST 201.
General Education: Learn Strong

299 Selected Topics: Mastery of Academic Skills 1 hour F,S
This course is designed to provide support to students who have had difficulty succeeding academically.  Students will address areas in which they’ve had difficulty, including but not limited to learning styles, study skills, test-taking strategies, time management and managing multiple priorities.

301 Learn Strong III: Discovery of Your Role .5 hour F
This course will prepare juniors to select a career path or begin applying to graduate school.  Students will explore internships, discuss professional culture, practice interviewing skills and prepare graduate school applications.  Students will define how they see their role in the world.  Students will continue development of their professional electronic portfolio.
General Education: Learn Strong

302 Expanding Your Role .5 hour F,S
This course will help working professionals polish their job searching skills, see themselves in new roles in their current professional positions, and help them explore professional development and/or advancement possibilities.  Students will continue development of their personal electronic portfolio.  Students will define how they see their role in the world.
Pre-requisite: Designed for nursing and nontraditional working professionals who are returning to school to complete their degrees. 
General Education: Learn Strong

401 Learn Strong IV: Embracing Your Responsibility 1 hour F,S
This course will help students synthesize their college experiences as they make plans to graduate and enter the workforce or graduate school. Leadership will be explored in terms of teamwork, ethics and values. Students will reflect on the contents of their professional electronic portfolio and determine how best to create meaning in their lives once they leave DWU. Students will develop an appreciation for their gifts and reflect on their responsibility to share those gifts to better their world.
General Education: Learn Strong

402 Expanding Your Responsibility 1 hour F,S
This course will help working professionals examine advancement possibilities, professionalism, ethics and leadership opportunities in their current positions as well as outside of their current jobs.  Students will continue development of their personal electronic portfolio.  Students will explore how they can create social change in the world.
General Education: Learn Strong
Pre-requisite: Designed for nursing and nontraditional working professionals who are returning to school to complete their degrees. 

499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA
This course will cover areas as needed in the student life area including, but not limited to, professional skills training such as resume writing, interview skills and professional ethics and conduct.

Course Descriptions
Core (COR)
101 Interdisciplinary Investigations I 3 hour F,S
The course includes discussion of truth and meaning in a variety of contexts, including scientific truth, philosophical truth, literary truth, religious truth and mathematical truth.  For example, students will explore Greek approaches to seeking truth, as well as how the Greeks approached issues of justice, power and religion.  Students will consider the scientific revolution and how Galileo, who could be considered the first modern scientist, clashed with both the philosophical and the religious truths of his day. This course is open for freshman students only. 
General Education: Core

301 Interdisciplinary Investigations II 3 hour F,S
In this course students investigate what ethical and moral responsibilities educated individuals have to their communities, including the global community.  Students will discuss what constitutes a community on several levels, the role of service in developing community-mindedness, and how communities intersect both our public and private lives. 
General Education: Core

Nursing Bachelor of Science students should consult their adviser regarding COR requirements.
Transfer students should consult their academic adviser about whether previous coursework may meet COR requirements.

 


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