The International Learning Community (ILC) 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 International LC provides a great mix of domestic and international students, allowing for cross-cultural conversations and sharing of experiences.
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 2016, students in the International Learning Community will take a section of UNIV 101 with their advisor Mr. Brian Keiller or Dr. Marilyn Krogh, and each student will choose one of two core courses.
UNIV 101 First Year Seminar – Section 100 Class 3374
Friday 11:30-12:20 OR
UNIV 101 First Year Seminar – Section 113 Class 3706
ANTH 100 Globalization and Local Cultures OR
THEO 107 Introduction to Religion
ANTH 100 explores a wide range of human cultural phenomena and their changes through time, both short- and long-term. We will study a variety of local and transnational communities around the world in order to better understand the cultural consequences and complexities of globalization and related processes, including colonialism, trade, migration, and development. This course is required for International Studies majors, and is open to non-majors. Core Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I. Dr. Thea Strand, TTh 10-11:15; Sect 6 Class 4275.
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. Dr. Yarina Liston, MWF 12:35-1:25; Sect 9 Class 4373.
Avoid taking PLSC 102 “International Relations” or PHIL 182 “Social Ethics,” as these are likely to be International LC classes in the spring semester.