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    WHAT'S A LEARNING CLUSTER? Liberal Arts Learning

    Communities -or "clusters" -consist of four or five courses linked by a common theme. Learning clusters are a requirement for Liberal Arts day students.

    When you take a Liberal Arts Cluster, you:

    • Earn 12 - 15 credits that count towards your Associates Degree
    • All 12 - 15 credits apply to Pathways Common or Program Core
    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a cluster with your classmates
    • Work closely with all of your faculty
    • Are more successful in your courses
    • Are more likely to stay in college and gradate

    The learning clusters are listed below. To help you determine which themes and courses interest you most and which schedule works best for you, each cluster includes a full description and schedule, with CUNYfirst registration Section codes.

    If you have questions, please contact:

    Naomi Stubbs  
    Learning Cluster Coordinator
    nstubbs@lagcc.cuny.edu
     
    (718) 482-5680

     

    Liberal Arts Clusters - Classes List


  •  CLUSTER LC10 - Communication in a Global Age

    Composition I (ENG101) 49060; The Research Paper (ENG103) 49090; Intro to Language (ELL101) 85205; 
    Public Speaking (HUC106) 85206; New Student Seminar (LIF101) 85207 & 85208


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday
    9:15-10:15 ELL101 ENG101 ELL101 ENG101  
    10:30-11:30   ENG101 ELL101 ENG101 ENG103
    11:45-12:45 LIF101 LIF101 LIF101 LIF101 ENG103
    1:00-2:00 HUC106   HUC106 HUC106 ENG103
    2:15-3:15          

    Does language determine who we are or how we see the world? Why do we speak and write the languages that we do? What gets lost in translation? Would the world be better or worse off if we all spoke one language? Combining five courses—Freshman Seminar, Introduction to Language, Public Speaking, Introduction to Expository Writing I and The Research Paper—this cluster will offer students a stimulating and broad introduction to the fundamental connection between languages, culture, and identity. Through readings, visits, and performance, students will break down the parts of language, examine their own language history, assumptions, and skills, and research language diversity on campus and in the world.


    In this cluster students will explore:

    • How does your language history impact the way you speak and write?
    • How many languages are spoken in the world and here at LaGuardia?
    • What is lost when a language is lost?
    • Do you have a monolingual or a multilingual practice of language?
    • Should language be a human right?

     CLUSTER LC20 - Reacting to the Past: Race, Violence, & US History

    Composition I (ENG101); The Research Paper (ENG103) 49063; Public Speaking (HUC106) 85210;
    Themes in American History 1 (SSH101) 85209;
     New Student Seminar (LIF101) 85211 & 85212


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    9:15-10:15          
    10:30-11:30 SSH101 SSH101 LIF101 SSH101  
    11:45-12:45 ENG101   ENG101 HUC106  
    1:00-2:00 ENG101 ENG103 ENG101 HUC106  
    2:15-3:15 LIF101 ENG103   HUC106  
    3:25-4:25 LIF101 ENG103   LIF101  

    Do you like games? Do you believe you could plot against others, and make secret deals to advance your cause? Students in this cluster will play a historical game set in antebellum America. You will debate, create plots, and compete to win the “Reacting to the Past” game, Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845. The history class will give students a broader understanding of the history of race and slavery in the US, while the public speaking will allow you to hone your presentation skills. In the Research Paper class (ENG 103), we will explore recent representations of racial violence in Kyle Baker’s graphic novelNat Turner, and in films like 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained. Throughout, we will make connections to race relations and violence in our country’s history and today.

     CLUSTER LC30 - Fighting for Our Rights!

    Composition I (ENG101) 49066; The Research Paper (ENG103) 49096; Themes in American History 2 (SSH102) 49135;
    Power and Politics(SSp101)49138; New Student Seminar (LIF) 85213 & 85214
     


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday
    9:15-10:15 LIF101 LIF101 SSP101 LIF101  
    10:30-11:30 SSP101 SSH102 SSP101 SSH102  
    11:45-12:45 ENG103 SSH102 LIF101    
    1:00-2:00 ENG103 ENG101   ENG101  
    2:15-3:15 ENG103 ENG101   ENG101  

    What are your rights? Where do they come from? And, most importantly, how do you use them to transform your political desires into a better world for you, your family, and your community? This course explores the history of rights-based protest movements, both local and global, with a focus on state power, the individual’s role in society, and the ways in which political and social change occurs. We will examine your rights both at the level of ideas and how they function within institutions. And, most of all, we will explore ways for you as students at LaGuardia to demand your rights!

     CLUSTER LC40 - Creativity

    Composition I (ENG101) 49069; The Research Paper (ENG103); Philosophy of Art (HUP107) 48817;
    Art & Society (HUN192) 49120;New Student Seminar (LIF101) 85215 & 85216
     


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday
    9:15-10:15   HUP107 HUP107 HUP107  
    10:30-11:30   ENG101 HUN192 ENG101  
    11:45-12:45   ENG101 HUN192 ENG101  
    1:00-2:00   ENG103 HUN192 ENG103  
    2:15-3:15       ENG103  
    3:25-4:25   LIF101   LIF101  
    4:35-5:35   LIF101   LIF101  

    What is creativity? Who is creative? Why do we create? What do we create? Why is creativity important in our lives? Field trips to New York City’s museums, creative projects, and discussions of art, music, poems, stories, and other sources will help us to explore these questions.


     CLUSTER LC50 - The Immigrant Experience

    Composition I (ENG101) 49072; The Research Paper (ENG103) 49102; Public Speaking (HUC106) 48757;
    Film & NYC (HUN196) 49117;New Student Seminar (LIF 101) 85219 & 85221


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday
    9:15-10:15 ENG101 HUN196 ENG101 HUC106  
    10:30-11:30 ENG101 HUN196 ENG101 HUC106  
    11:45-12:45 ENG103 HUN196 ENG103 HUC106  
    1:00-2:00 LIF101 HUN196 ENG103 LIF101  
    2:15-3:15 LIF101     LIF101  

    New York City is the gateway to the American Dream. From the tenement slums of the Lower Eastside to the glamorous success stories of the 'robber barons', American immigrants reinvented their identities. How have the social and cultural aspirations of immigrants been reflected in the film industry, television, mass media and journalistic accounts over the past century?  How have mass media production and consumption influenced the image of America as a "melting pot" and land of opportunity? This cluster examines these issues through the lens of class, race and gender in urban culture, focusing on New York City, the launching pad of the entertainment industry since the turn of the 19th century.

     CLUSTER LC60 - From Movies to the Internet: Media for the Masses

    Composition I (ENG101) 49081; The Research Paper (ENG103) 49111; Public Speaking (HUC106) 85235;
    Urban Black Psychology (SSN280) 85236; New Student Seminar (LIF101) 85237 & 85238

    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    9:15-10:15 ENG101   ENG101 ENG103  
    10:30-11:30 ENG101   ENG101 ENG103  
    11:45-12:45 SSN280   HUC106 ENG103  
    1:00-2:00 SSN280   SSN280 HUC106  
    2:15-3:15 LIF101   LIF101 HUC106  
    3:25-4:25 LIF101     LIF101  

    This cluster explores and analyzes current social, historical, economic, political and psychological experience of Blacks in urban areas. Students will examine the dualities experienced by Blacks in America, irrespective of social class, keeping in mind what these issues can teach us about democracy in our diversifying nation. We shall explore such themes as success and struggle, restriction and resistance, and artistic expression and policing, using texts and multimedia. 
     

     CLUSTER LC70 - From Street to Stage: Latino Art, Theatre, and Politics

    Composition I (ENG101) 49078; The Research Paper (ENG103) 49108; Art of Theatre (HUT101) 85232; Power & Politics (SSP101) 85231; New Student Seminar (LIF101) 85233 & 85234


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    9:15-10:15 LIF101   LIF101    
    10:30-11:30 LIF101 ENG101 LIF101 ENG101  
    11:45-12:45 SSP101 ENG101 SSP101 ENG101  
    1:00-2:00 HUT101 ENG103 SSP101 ENG103  
    2:15-3:15 HUT101 ENG103 HUT101    

    Through historical and contemporary U.S. Latino culture and politics we will consider how performers have engaged in cultural, social, and political transformation of their collective identities, communities, and the U.S. in general. As part of your theater course, political science course, writing courses, you will study and research how Latina/os have used protests, political writing, plays, street performance, fiction, and film to creatively challenge racism, sexism, and social inequality. This cluster will also include off-campus field trips.

       CLUSTER LC80 - #BlackLivesMatter: The Urban Black Experience

      Composition I (ENG101) 49081; The Research Paper (ENG103) 49111; Public Speaking (HUC106) 85235;
      Urban Black Psychology (SSN280) 85236; New Student Seminar (LIF101) 85237 & 85238


      Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday
      9:15-10:15 ENG101   ENG101 ENG103  
      10:30-11:30 ENG101   ENG101 ENG103  
      11:45-12:45 SSN280   HUC106 ENG103  
      1:00-2:00 SSN280   SSN280 HUC106  
      2:15-3:15 LIF101   LIF101 HUC106  
      3:25-4:25 LIF101     LIF101  

      This cluster explores and analyzes current social, historical, economic, political and psychological experience of Blacks in urban areas. Students will examine the dualities experienced by Blacks in America, irrespective of social class, keeping in mind what these issues can teach us about democracy in our diversifying nation. We shall explore such themes as success and struggle, restriction and resistance, and artistic expression and policing, using texts and multimedia.


       CLUSTER LC90 - Worlds of Passion: Love and Rationality in Art, Literature, and Psychology

      Composition I (ENG101) 49084;The Research Paper (ENG103)49114; Intro to Art (HUA101) 48826;
      General Psychology (SSY101)49132; New Student Seminar (LIF101)85239 & 85240

       
      Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
      9:15-10:15          
      10:30-11:30   SSY101 ENG103 SSY101  
      11:45-12:45 ENG101 SSY101 ENG103 ENG101  
      1:00-2:00 ENG101 HUA101 ENG103 ENG101  
      2:15-3:15 LIF101 HUA101   LIF101  
      3:25-4:25 LIF101 HUA101   LIF101  
      Long before psychology developed as the scientific study of human mind and behavior, art, literature, religion, and philosophy have examined how human communities have tried to reconcile desires, yearnings, and cravings with duty, obligations, andpurpose. Suggestively called passions, these forces of the mind have become a way in which human beings assume both their creative and destructive roles, and appear to motivate and shape our actions and attitudes in the world.
       

      This cluster will explore the cross-cultural dynamics of passion and rationality and how, and to what degree, human beings can achieve control of their lives and can build meaningful relationships based on social affectivity and erotic love. We will read classic texts of literature and look at art from ancient Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India as well as modern works by Freud and the surrealists. In addition to class activities, the students will benefit from field trips to museums and art galleries.

       CLUSTER LC11 - Brains, Minds, and Consciousness

      Composition II (ENG102) 85199; The Research Paper (ENG103)85200; Intro to Philosophy (HUP101)85201;
      General Psychology (SSY101)85202;New Student Seminar (LIF101)85203 & 85204

       
      Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
      9:15-10:15 HUP101 HUP101   HUP101  
      10:30-11:30   SSY101 ENG103 SSY101  
      11:45-12:45 ENG102 SSY101 ENG103 ENG102  
      1:00-2:00 ENG102   ENG103    
      2:15-3:15 LIF101 LIF101 LIF101 LIF101  
      What is the nature of mind? Is it part of physical reality—the brain—or somehow distinct from it? Can science reveal that nature of conscious experience? What are “thinking” and “perception,” and how do we use them to learn and interact with the environment? How do conscious and unconscious mind relate to eachother? What are dreams and mental illness, and what can they reveal about the mind? This cluster will explore different ways of answering these and related questions from the perspectives of cognitive science, fiction, philosophy, and psychology.
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