The International Learning Community brings together students with interest and passion international issues and experiences and fosters critical understanding of international concerns and dynamics in the contemporary world. The curricular and co-curricular offerings associated with the ILC serve to enhance global awareness, including understanding of and appreciation for cultural and religious diversity, international political structures and trends, global economic issues, and transnational environmental and social challenges. The Community also serves to connect international and U.S. students in a celebration of diverse cultures. International students who choose to reside in the community are always placed with roommates from the United States.
In 2014-2015, the International Learning Community will be home to 100 first-year students who live together in one of our five first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
Students in the International LC have participated in retreats and conferences on global citizenship, attended the Chicago International Film Festival, visited the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, taken a tour of the Baha'i in Wilmette, IL, and explored cultural neighborhoods around Chicago. They often enjoy cooking meals and sharing their native cultures with one another.
Students in the International Learning Community choose to participate in the activities and programs that are of interest to them. The students who participate in the largest number of programs and activities also enjoy the greatest benefits from the community.
In fall 2014, students in the International Learning Community will take UNIV 101 together, and each student will choose one of the following three courses:
PLSC 102 International Relations OR
THEO 107 Introduction to Religion OR
UCLE 100 Interpreting Literature
PLSC 102 presents the main approaches to the study of international politics, and considers competing perspectives on global issues such as North-South relations, human rights, war and peace, population growth, and environmentalism. This course is required for International Studies majors, and is open to non-majors. Core Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I.
THEO 107 analyzes religious belief and practice within various religious traditions and areas of the world to contribute to a richer understanding and appreciation of the diversity of religious and religion-like activities throughout the world. It does this both by choosing multiple examples for investigations from various religious traditions (for example, rites of passage in multiple religious traditions or in various geographical areas) and by using and testing various theoretical approaches to better understand practices that may be quite different from one’s own. Core Theological-Religious Studies Tier I
UCWR 100 requires students to read closely and analyze carefully a representative variety of prose, poetry, and drama, master key literary and critical term, and explore a variety of critical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of literature. This section will focus on non-western voices in literature. Core Core Literary Knowledge Tier I
In spring 2015 students will take a core course in anthropology, ethics, or a second tier course in theology.