The Wellness Learning Community offers students the opportunity to engage in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the whole person). Students build community based on their shared interest in the dynamic process of becoming aware of, taking responsibility for, and making choices that contribute to their personal well being and the well being of the communities they engage in. Members of the learning community will develop an understanding for the integration of body, mind and spirit through exploration of cultural, emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and vocational wellness.
In 2013-2014, the Wellness Learning Community will be home to 110 first-year students who live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls.
Activities and Programs
Students in the Wellness Learning Community engage in activities and events that explore the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Students have enjoyed taking a wellness tour of Chicago, exploring the YOU! The Experience exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, and participating in the AIDs walk/run. Students explore the countless fitness opportunities offered through the Halas Recreation Center and become involved in the health promotion initiatives through the Wellness Center.
The curricular requirements provide wonderful opportunities to connect through coursework with peers in the community but also ample opportunity to meet friends from outside the community. Faculty members who teach in the Wellness LC also participate with students in activities and events outside the classroom, allowing students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members from their first day on campus.
First-year students in the Wellness Learning Community take 4 credit hours together in the Fall semester and 3 credit hours together in the Spring semester. All courses required for the Wellness LC meet requirements for all degree programs at Loyola, so students from all majors are encouraged to participate. Special classes are offered in the Wellness LC for Nursing students, as other LC classes do not always fit into their curriculum.
2013-2014 Wellness LC Classes
- Sophomore & Transfer Classes
The Wellness LC will not be offered for Sophomores in the 2013-2014 academic year. However, first-year students participating in the LC in 2013-2014 will have the opportunity to continue with the LC as sophomores in 2014-2015.
- First-Year Classes
In the Fall 2013 Semester, first-year students in the Wellness LC will all take UNIV 101: First Year Seminar together. They will also choose one of the following classes:
Philosophy 181: Ethics (3 credits) - fulfills Ethics requirement of the CORE
UCWR 110: Writing Responsibly (3 credits) - fulfills the College Writing Seminar requirement of the CORE
- UCWR 110 will be taken by all Nursing students in the Wellness LC and will be offered as an option for others. Nursing students will not need to choose one of the other courses, but will also take UNIV 101 with the LC
Sociology 101: Sociology in a Global Age (3 credits) - fulfills the Tier 1 Societal and Cultural Knowledge requirement of the CORE