WFU Living Learning Communities

At Wake Forest, we believe learning takes place beyond the four walls of a classroom and are eager to provide opportunities to enhance your intellectual, cultural, and social development. One of the many ways our faculty members support this idea is through unique learning communities called Living Learning Communities.

Living Learning Communities give you the opportunity to engage with your classes in new and exciting ways. Students in Living Learning Communities build connections with their classmates while fulfilling degree requirements (such as First Year Seminars, Writing Seminars, or Divisional Courses).

In a Living Learning Community you live in the same residence hall as your classmates and engage in class and residential events designed to deepen your learning and foster community.  You also connect with your course instructor in a manner that is uniquely Wake Forest. While your Living Learning Community course instructor does not live in the residence hall with you, he/she will serve as a teacher, mentor, and event facilitator for you and your classmates. Often, but not always, Living Learning Community course instructors also serve as your adviser, providing additional aid in the advising and registration process.

Fall 2017 Living Learning Communities

We are offering the following Living Learning Communities in Fall 2017:

FYS 100: Beware the Ides, Beware the Hemlock: Role-playing Crisis in Ancient Greece and Rome (CRN:  89458)
Professor Theodore Gellar-Goad, Department of Classical Languages
MWF 2:00 – 2:50 pm

The Thirty Tyrants have at long last been expelled from Athens, and now it is up to you and your closest friends and enemies to determine the future of the greatest city-state in the Mediterranean – and the future of the gadfly philosopher Socrates. The conspiracy of Catiline has been uncovered, and the fate of the conspirators and of Rome rests in your hands. Two decades later, the dictator Julius Caesar has been assassinated, and it falls upon you to maneuver through the wrangling in the Senate to decide what the People of Rome should do. You will play in three “Reacting to the Past” scenarios set in ancient Greece and Rome: you will become a stakeholder in these world-changing crises and you will fight, speak, study, sweet-talk, and coerce your way to power over your classmates, be they allies or adversaries. This course is suitable for all students of all kinds, interests, and backgrounds, and will offer fun, low-pressure opportunities to develop writing, public-speaking, critical thinking, and persuasion skills.

FYS 100: Doing Well by Doing Good: Nonprofit and Social Enterprise for Entrepreneurs (CRN:  86863)
Professor Barbara Lentz, School of Law
TR 11:00 – 12:15 pm

In this course, students will discuss the intersection of philanthropy, non-profit and social entrepreneurship in working for the common good. Drawing on diverse materials from business, art, law, anthropology and other disciplines, we will review American voluntarism and associations and the role of nonprofits, venture philanthropy, foundations and corporations in solving social problems. The underlying tension between “doing good” for society and “doing well” for yourself and your family will be a continuing theme.

FYS 100: Interpersonal Communication, Stress, and Health (CRN:  90735)
Professor Jennifer Priem, Department of Communication
MW 2:00 – 3:15 pm

The course will focus on understanding the effects of stress and how interpersonal communication functions to enhance or reduce stress. In this seminar, we will discuss the physiological stress response and how stress influences health. We will also examine how communication in close relationships impacts stress and how individuals can use communication to manage stress. As part of the course, students will engage a debate on the ethics of research on personal relationships and stress and create a stress management program based on current empirical research on stress. Notions of love are found everywhere. We use “love” to describe our relationship with people, animals, objects, art, knowledge, activities, self, and the divine. And yet in each case, the meanings of “love” and its associations vary. This First Year Seminar engages the idea of “love” from a rhetorical and philosophical perspective to uncover love’s various shades of meaning including romantic love, divine love, self-love, unrequited love, among others. To that end, we will read selections and essays from prodigious figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and de Beauvoir among many other poets and artists. This class is run seminar style, so students are expected to reflect upon the readings and concepts through communal conversations.

FYS 100: China and the West or Encountering the Other: Cultural Contact, Conflict, and Confluence between China and the West (CRN: 90736)
Professor Yaohua Shi, East Asian Languages and Cultures
TR 2:00 – 3:15 pm
The professor for this class will also serve as lower-division adviser for students enrolled.

This is an interdisciplinary course drawing on history, literature, film, and art in order to examine the cultural contact, conflict, and confluence between China and the West. We will focus on key moments in the often troubled relations between the Celestial Kingdom and the West and explore the imaginings and misapprehensions of the Other in philosophical treatises, travel diaries, and pseudo-scientific articles and recent cross-cultural theoretical works by Chinese and Western writers. We will investigate the possibility of cultural confluence in the age of globalization through a reassessment of the career of Giuseppe Castiglione, who served under Qianlong Emperor in the 18th century.

FYS 100: Graphic Storytelling: Historical Perspectives and the Mythology of the American Superhero in the 20th and 21st Century (CRN: 93152)
Professor Kevin Frazer and Professor Nina Lucas, Department of Theatre and Dance
MWF 11:00 – 11:50 am

Using graphic novels from The Dark Knight Returns to Fun Home, the course will examine both the function of the superhero in American mythology, as well as the diverse perspectives and historical contexts explored by the modern graphic novel, highlighting the medium as a vibrant and dynamic art form.

FYS 100: Government in the Time of Gridlock (CRN:  90782)
Professor Sidney Shapiro, School of Law
MW 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Students will explore the conflict between capitalism (markets) and democracy (government) that has gridlocked government, think critically about what mixture of markets and government best secures the country’s political values, and consider how law legitimizes these compromises.

FYS 100: Live and in ‘Color’: The Integration of Asian and Hispanic Cultures in American Society through Theatre (CRN: 95004)
Professor Teresa Sanhueza, Department of Romance Languages & Professor John Friedenberg, Department of Theatre
TR 12:30 – 1:45 pm

In the immediate future, while still the dominant culture, white Americans will be a minority in the US. How are different minority cultures, specifically ‘hyphenated’ cultures, viewed within this ‘dominant minority’ culture? This class seeks to explore the specific circumstances of Asian and Hispanic students, international or domestic, within this context. Drawing on their experiences, and from essays, plays, discussions with guests from various academic perspectives, and interviews conducted on campus, students will work collaboratively to create and perform a dramatic work for the campus community. No experience in theatre necessary.