Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Wellness LC


"Being in a Learning Community has helped me make TONS of new friends and has made class a lot less daunting. Having classes with your neighbors not only strengthens friendships, but also allows for group study and higher scores." —Anukool, Wellness LC

The Wellness Learning Community offers students the opportunity to engage in the Jesuit tradition of Cura Personalis (care for the whole person). As a member of the Wellness LC, you will develop an understanding of mind, body, and spirit through exploration of cultural, emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational wellness.
Staff Partner 
Natasha Mmeje, Assistant Director - Wellness Center
Activities and Programs
Explore Take a wellness tour of Chicago, visit YOU! The Experience exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, and more.
Engage Participate in the AIDS Walk/Run, discover fitness opportunities in the Halas Recreation Center, and take part in promoting health initiatives with the Wellness Center.
Required Courses Fall 2016 (UNIV101 + SOCL101/UCWR110)
First Year Seminar - Section 71 - Class 2781
Thursday 8:30AM-9:20AM (Ms. Brianne Lauka)
First Year Seminar - Section 111 - Class 3705
Friday 2:45PM-3:45PM (Ms. Brianne Lauka)
First Year Seminar - Section 108 - Class 4984
Friday 1:40PM-2:30PM (Ms. Brianne Lauka)
SOCL101 Society in a Global Age - Section 5 - Class 5480
T/TH 11:30AM-12:45PM (Dr. Dana Garbarski)
UCWR110 Writing Responsibly - Section 10 - Class 1950
MWF 9:20AM-10:10AM (Ms. Laura Goldstein)
Required Courses for Spring 2017 (THEO185 or UNIV102)
Intro to Christian Ethics - Section5 - Class 3994
T/Th 11:30AM-12:45PM (Dr. Aana Vigen)
Exploring Health Care Professions - Section 43 - Class 4312
T 5:00PM-5:50PM (Dr. James Johnson)

Course Descriptions

SOCL101 is a foundational course in the social science core, explores how we understand humans in their social and global world.  As part of the Wellness Learning Community, there is an extra focus throughout the semester (especially in final 1/3 of the semester) on issues of health, medicine and global society. Dr. Garbarski researches health disparities in the United States. CORE Social and Cultural Knowledge Tier I
UCWR110 instructs students in the conventions of academic writing. Students will develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing their writing and will receive instruction in how to write clear, error free prose. This section will focus on how critical thinking can enhance our own sense of a healthy and fulfilled self as well as our capacity to accept and support others. CORE Writing Seminar
THEO185 Students of all backgrounds are welcome to this course, which introduces students to some of the central theological themes and affirmations of the Christian tradition, such as understandings of the God-human relationship, the nature of the human person, creation, sin, and salvation. Students will learn basic ethical concepts and theories, such as deontological and teleological approaches, natural law, virtue, and liberation/social justice theories, and apply them to current issues such as climate change; socio-economic & racial-ethnic realities; U.S. health & healthcare inequalities; and consumerism. Dr. Vigen authored a book on listening to Black and Latina women with breast cancer. 
CORE Ethics   
UNIV102 is a one-credit hour seminar and is an opportunity to explore and think more deeply about health care professions. Course materials, class discussions, guest speakers, and on-site activities will offer a foundation for students to engage with and analyze various issues facing health care professionals today. On a few days with guest speakers, this section will meet with another section from 6:00-6:50, and the talk will be recorded for students who cannot attend at that time. Dr. Johnson is the Associate Director of the Pre-Health Advising Office. Non-core elective