Fall 2013 First-Year Seminars

Fall 2013 First-Year Seminars Brochure

We believe every MSU student should take one course just for the fun of it: a small class with an excellent teacher to teach you something really interesting in his or her field: from writing iPhone programs to Chef Bully cooking, real world CSI to nature photography, human and veterinary medicine to nanotechnology, NASCAR racing and hunting dogs to SEC football - plus many more great choices. Just keep reading . . . .

Our special First-Year Seminars carry one hour of course credit toward graduation and can be used in almost any major. Each seminar is on a different, interesting topic. You can take one that relates to your major, or you can take one on an interesting topic outside your major that you might otherwise never get to explore. Research shows that students who connect to the University in this way are more likely to enjoy college and succeed at it.

Register for these seminars the same way you register for your other courses. The one restriction is: Only entering freshmen and transfer students may enroll in these seminars, and no one may take more than one. Choose the one that will be great for you!


iProgram: Programming for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Course Number: BIS 1001

CRN: 30539

Monday
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Instructor: Rodney Pearson

Description: This course introduces programming for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices, using the official Apple-supplied iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK). As members of the MSU iPhone Development Team, students will be able to develop third party iPhone applications (apps), and install them on their own iPhone and/or iPod Touch devices. As part of the MSU iPhone Development Team, each student will also be able to install apps developed by other students on his or her device. (Note: Uploading a developed app to the App Store requires a paid membership, which is not a required part of this class. This will all be explained in class.)


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Cooking Basics: Iron Chef Bully

Course Number: FNH 1001

CRN: 34732

Monday
12:00 - 12:50 pm

Instructor: Sylvia H. Byrd

Description: Healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult or cost a fortune. Students will have fun learning basic cooking fundamentals and techniques through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice. These skills will help students be more versatile, creative, and experienced with food as well as developing skills that can be used every day.


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Coaching/Sport Expertise: Learning From the Best

Course Number: PE 1191

CRN: 34806

Wednesday
1:00 - 1:50 pm

Instructor: Brad Vickers

Description: This course will provide students with an in-depth analysis of the growth and development of coaches (both novice and seasoned professionals). The course will provide valuable information about what it takes to become an expert coach.


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Sporting Dogs: The Role of Canines in the Pursuit of Wild Game

Course Number: WFA 1001

CRN: 33535

Thursday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructors: James A. Martin and Mark McConnell

Description: Game hunters have used dogs for centuries to assist in finding and retrieving food for survival. However, the philosophy of our use of canines is rarely explored. This course will discuss the philosophy and history of domestication of canines for use by hunters. We will explore the evolution of multiple dog breeds and dog training for the pursuit of various species of wild game. The objective of this course is to equip those who use dogs for hunting and those who do not, with a basic understanding of why, how, and when we use dogs to hunt wild game.


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It's All Greek to Me

Course Number: FL 1001

CRN: 31830

Tuesday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructor: Mark Clark

Description: This seminar will look in a comprehensive way at the ancient Greeks and evaluate their contributions to modern America.


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SEC Football: Beyond the Field

Course Number: SLCE 1001 Section F01

CRN: 33368

Tuesday
12:30 - 1:20 pm

Instructor: Steven Turner

Description: College football is an integral part of higher education. Now a multi-billion dollar industry followed by millions, the importance it plays in higher education cannot be downplayed. This seminar will focus on the issues of college football in today's universities. The dynamics between fielding a winning football team and fulfilling the central mission of academics will provide a framework for discussions regarding such issues as coaches' pay, the bowl system, and paying of student athletes. The fall 2013 college football season will provide current topics relevant to these issues.


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Psychology of Motorsports

Course Number: PSY 1001

CRN: 34867

Wednesday
1:00 - 1:50 pm

Instructor: Teena Garrison & Heather Webb

Description: When most people think of “motorsports,” they think of two things: fast cars and crashes. This seminar goes beyond the activities on the track to the broader implications of motorsports with regard to human performance, safety, and business. Several types of motorsports, such as stock car racing, drag racing, rallying, etc., will be introduced and discussed based on their general format, competition goals and objectives, and specific challenges faced by competitors, teams, and officials.


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Recreational Drum Circles

Course Number: MU 1001 Section F01

CRN: 34266

Monday
9:00 - 9:50 am

Instructor: Robert Damm

Description: Drums and other percussion instruments provide an exhilarating and engaging experience in rhythm, ensemble, and improvisation. Class members will experience the unique enjoyment of in-the-moment music and the many extra-musical outcomes emphasized in recreational drum circles. No prior drumming experience is required!


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MSU 2 MD: Applying to Medical or Pharmacy School

Course Number: CH 1001

CRN: 30649

Tuesday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructors: Deb Mlsna and Joe Emerson

Description: This course is designed to help future applicants to medical or pharmacy school. Topics will include study skills and time management, course requirements and recommendations, GPA expectations and extracurricular activities, how to prepare for the standardized tests (MCAT/PCAT), and other topics related to professional school admission. Guest speakers may include: local physicians/pharmacists who can discuss career tracks; current medical school students (study habits and time management in professional school); and directors/ admission personnel at local professional schools (admission requirements and interviews). This course will fulfill the Paths seminar course (CH 1141) in the Pre-Med/Pre-Pharm Chemistry degree plans for students who need to meet this requirement, but other students are welcome, as well.


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Veterinary Medicine: Beyond Shots and De-worming

Course Number: CVM 1001

CRN: 31103

Tuesday
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Instructor: Patty Lathan

Description: This seminar will discuss various aspects of and approaches to veterinary medicine. Each seminar will be delivered by a specialist in a specific discipline (i.e., small animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, reproductive medicine, etc.). Seminar topics will be diverse and include discussions about specific diseases, the importance of veterinary medicine in controlling human disease, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in veterinary medicine. As part of the course requirement, students will be assigned to "shadow" a veterinary clinician for at least 6 hours in MSU’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.


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Extreme Medicine: Understanding the Medical Cases on House, M.D.

Course Number: KI 1001

CRN: 32395

Monday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Adam Knight

Description: House, M.D. is a popular television show in which many strange and bizarre medical cases are presented. Questions often arise about the validity and probability of the illnesses and diseases presented on the show. This class will examine some of the medical cases presented on the show, discuss the probability and validity of each case, and examine how the doctors were able to reach the correct diagnosis. This course is primarily designed for students intending to pursue a career in any health-related field, but all students are welcome.


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People, Parasites, and Pestilence

Course Number: EPP 1001 Section F02

CRN: 34784

Wednesday
1:00 -1:50 pm

Instructor: Kristine Edwards

Description: The concept of “One Health” will be introduced, and the relationship between animal health, human health, and ecosystem health will be discussed. We will consider ways students can become well informed and roles they can play in the community concerning public health issues and the inter-related roles of veterinarians, physicians, and researchers. We will discuss well known arthropod-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever from a global and historical perspective, as well as what individuals and communities can do to prevent outbreaks.


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Can 2 + 2 = 5? The Math of an Accounting Fraud

Course Number: ACC 1001

CRN: 30047 Section F01, 30048 Section F02

Monday
2:00 - 3:15 pm Section F01
Wednesday
2:00 - 3:15 pm Section F02

Instructor: Mark Lehman

Description: The accounting frauds of the 21st century, from Enron and WorldCom to Bernard Madoff, have dramatically changed the accounting profession. Fun interactive activities allow students to explore how and why individuals commit fraud and what accountants can do to catch them.


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Nature Photography

Course Number: BIO 1011

CRN: 30422

Monday
4:00 - 4:50 pm

Instructor: Walter Diehl

Description: An introduction to digital photography of animals, plants, fungi, and landscapes. Students will learn the basics of composition, light, and exposure and how to improve their photographs artistically. Post-processing will be covered in brief. Students will have the opportunity to take photographs in a variety of environments on and off campus and to submit them to the class for critique. Students must provide their own photographic equipment and know the basics of its use, but any digital camera (e.g. digital SLR, point & shoot, tablet, cell phone) will be acceptable.


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Take Charge of Your Financial Future While Building Your Financial Intelligence

Course Number: SLCE 1001 Section F02

CRN: 34858

Wednesday
3:30 - 4:40 pm

Instructor: Paul McKinney

Description: Wise money management while in college increases the likelihood of graduation and financial success early in your career. Learn about budgeting your money, saving and investing, credit cards, credit scores, scholarship application writing, debt management, and other related concepts. Discover how to make great money management decisions while in college that can positively impact the rest of your life. Aim to become a millionaire!


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The Life of Pleasure: For and Against

Course Number: PHI 1001

CRN: 33062

Tuesday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Joseph Trullinger

Description: Everyone wants to be happy—but not everyone agrees about what makes for a truly joyful life. Neither endorsing nor condemning, this course explores the timeless idea that nothing in life is more valuable than pleasure—the philosophy known as hedonism. Epicurean, Judeo-Christian Biblical, and other philosophical approaches will be considered. Is hedonism a life-affirming alternative to today's dead end consumerist culture? Think, learn, and make up your own mind!


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Stepping Into the World of Fashion

Course Number: HS 1001

CRN: 32283

Tuesday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Phyllis Miller

Description: Introduction to the many exciting careers in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM), including fun experiences with fashion illustration and design, textiles, historic costume, cross-cultural design and merchandising, the social/psychological aspects of dress, product quality analysis, visual merchandising, retailing, merchandising, and research. Students get hands-on experience with various aspects of the field as they learn from ATM faculty and professionals. They also complete a career exploration that helps them to identify careers that suit their personalities and lifestyles.


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Visual Arts: Why We Make

Course Number: ART 1001 Section F01

CRN: 34235

Tuesday
10:00 - 10:50 am

Instructor: Lydia Thompson

Description: This course introduces various career paths in the visual arts, such as graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, illustration, concept art, studio management, exhibition design, photography, and mixed media. Learn how successful practicing artists have used their degrees in Fine Art and Design. Focus will be on artists of the 21st century and the concepts and techniques employed to construct their work. Lectures will consist of videos, visiting artists speakers, slide presentations, field trips, and in-class participatory activities, all answering the question of "why we make!"


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Living With Flowers

Course Number: PSS 1001 Section F02

CRN: 33177

Monday
4:00 - 4:50 pm

Instructors: James M. DelPrince and Lynette McDougald

Description: Men, women, and children are attracted to the colors and fragrances of flowers because the plant kingdom has evolved to appeal to humans. In this seminar, we will take quick peeks into the world of floral management, learning how professionals make rewarding careers from wholesaling and distribution of flowers all the way through retail management. Floral designs will be created in class to make learning and appreciation fun. Students will be able to keep all designs they have created. This is a wonderful opportunity to fully experience flowers and related floristry materials, learning how flowers enhance lives and build careers.


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The Photogram: Art in the Dark

Course Number: ART 1001 Section F02

CRN: 34745

Friday
10:00 - 11:50 am

Instructor: Marita Gootee

Description: Students will enter into the uniquely stimulating world of the photographic darkroom as they create artwork with light. Following in the steps of great photographers such as Man Ray and William Henry Fox Talbot, students will learn how to compose with light while learning how to print in the darkroom. Students will explore the history of the process and be exposed to various methods for creating photograms. By the end of the term, students will have created Art in the Dark!


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Nano Exposed!

Course Number: CHE 1001

CRN: 30790

Tuesday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Priscilla Hill

Description: "Size does matter." "Small is the new big." Studying nanotechnology offers an adventure into exploring the smallest of materials (1 billionth of a meter) to improve the largest of structures. Nanomaterials allow chameleons to change color, and nanotechnology allows development of smaller electronic components and more effective sunscreens for personal use. This seminar explores fundamental concepts, various applications, design and fabrication, and ethics in nanoscience. Since nanoscience is interdisciplinary in nature, it will be co-taught by faculty from several departments: Chemical Engineering, Biology, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students in those departments may register for this seminar as CHE 1001 or BIO 1011 or ME 1001 or ECE 1001, respectively. Other students should register for it as CHE 1001.


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The Hungry Planet: Plant Disease Stories

Course Number: EPP 1001

CRN: 34744

Tuesday
1:00 - 1:50 pm

Instructor: Shien Lu

Description: This seminar will tell the stories of plant diseases and their impacts on human civilization. Students will be challenged to think beyond the plant disease outbreaks, to consider the impacts these biological events have on our society and personal lives. Classes will introduce ongoing research and service activities relating to plant health management and professional development.


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CSI: MSU - Forensic Sciences Across Campus

Course Number: AN 1001

CRN: 30178

Wednesday
3:00 - 3:50 pm

Instructor: Nicholas Paul Herrmann

Description: This course will introduce the student to the diverse faculty and staff at the MSU campus who are assisting in criminal investigations here in Mississippi, the United States, and across the globe. We examine forensic sciences from multiple perspectives including computer forensics, biochemistry, DNA analysis, forensic psychology, and forensic anthropology. The course will highlight the realities and the fallacies between television crime docudramas and laboratory science.


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Making Politicians Eat Dirt

Course Number: PSS 1001 Section F01

CRN: 33176

Wednesday
12:00 - 12:50 pm

Instructor: William Kingery

Description: "What happened to the sunlight?" "When people along the eastern seaboard began to taste fresh soil from the plains two thousand miles away, many of them realized for the first time that somewhere, something had gone wrong with the land." Timothy Egan (2006). Beginning with the widely acknowledged worst hard time of the Great American Dust Bowl, this course will explore the natural resources and events surrounding this environmental catastrophe. Students will develop their own critical thinking about natural resource use and conservation. The course will include a major field trip to see first-hand a number of current large-scale conservation efforts in Mississippi aimed at protecting some of the nation's most precious resources.


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Viva Latino America: An Uncensored Sampling of the World's Most Vibrant Culture

Course Number: FLS 1001

CRN: 31877

Tuesday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Rosa Vozzo

Description: Students will embark on a virtual trip to several regions of Hispano-America. Students will be presented with cultural information, ideas, and events that have influenced the region, specifically those that provide a basis for comparisons of Hispanic and U.S. culture. Students will be encouraged to explore cross-cultural comparisons, and to identify cultural patterns that could cause cultural misunderstanding.


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"Like" This Course on Facebook

Course Number: CO 1001

CRN: 30809

Friday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructor: Cheryl Chambers

Description: Social media are everywhere! Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have drastically altered the way we communicate with the world around us. This course will investigate the use, prevalence, and effects of social media sites on career building, establishing good relationships, learning and spreading news, and enhancing your education. After this course, you will have a better understanding of this emerging technology and have more awareness of how it can affect your life, for better and for worse. We will discuss these concepts in class and through the web. Facebook profile required!


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First-Year Learning Communities

Mississippi State University is proud to present 7 special First-Year Learning Communities available to entering freshmen. In Learning Communities, small groups of students take courses together that will apply to University Core Curriculum requirements—in other words, regular courses that you would have to take anyway, but with outstanding teachers specially selected for this program, and a small group of fellow students you can quickly become friends with and study with together. Connections between the subject areas of the different Learning Community courses are made, and the teachers of these courses work together to bring you an especially enjoyable experience as you begin your university career. Most of the First-Year Learning Communities are open to any interested students who can take them. Some are specially designed for students in specific majors, such as Engineering, Communication, and Psychology. For all students, you should check with your academic advisor from your major department at Orientation to be sure that the courses in your desired Learning Community can be used in your major. Usually, this will not be a problem. Some Learning Communities require that you apply for them ahead of time and get permission to register. For most Learning Communities, though, you enroll in them simply by registering for the courses—first come, first served. A couple of Learning Communities are residential—in other words, everyone in the Learning Community lives in the same residence hall. Most Learning Communities, however, place no restrictions on where you may live, and students participate from all over the campus. It is possible to participate in both a Learning Community described here and also participate in one of the First-Year Seminars described in this same brochure—no problem. However, you may participate in only one Learning Community. When registering for a Learning Community, it is essential that you register for the exact course sections indicated in the descriptions. If you do not do this, you will not be in the Learning Community. Please be very careful about this.


The PSY-CO Psychology-Communication Learning Community #1

Courses and Teachers (must take both):
CO 1013 Section 06, Introduction to Communication, MWF 9:00-9:50, Cheryl Chambers
PSY 1013 Section 07, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: All freshmen

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, tomcar@ra.msstate.edu, 662-325-7655.

Description: Introduction to Communication is a small, enjoyable course that teaches highly useful skills. Special topics and assignments will link this course to your Psychology course.


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The PSY-CO Psychology-Communication Learning Community for Communication Majors

Courses and Teachers (must take both):
CO 1003 Section 03, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, TR 9:30-10:45, Khristi Edmonds
PSY 1013 Section 09, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: Freshman Communication majors

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Khristi Edmonds, kedmonds@comm.msstate.edu, 662-325-8956.

Description: Communication majors will get to know each other in their own section of Public Speaking and will be introduced to special resources, issues, and career paths relevant to their major. Links to the Psychology course will also be emphasized.


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The PSY-CO Psychology-Communication Learning Community #2

Courses and Teachers (must take both):
CO 1013 Section 13, Introduction to Communication, MW 12:30 – 1:45, Amy Knight
PSY 1013 Section 08, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: All freshmen

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, tomcar@ra.msstate.edu, 662-325-7655.

Description: Introduction to Communication is a small, enjoyable course that teaches highly useful skills. Special topics and assignments will link this course to your Psychology course.


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The Engineering Living and Learning Community

Courses and Teachers (must take both):
CH 1213 Section 02, Chemistry I, MWF 11:00 - 11:50, Instructor TBA
GE 1021 Section 01, Engineering Success, T 3:30-4:20, Angela Clinkscales-Verdell

Open to: All freshman Engineering students qualified to take General Chemistry I (Math ACT 24 or higher)

How to enroll: An application form must be completed in advance at www.bagley.msstate.edu/specialhousing

Residence Hall: Participants in this Learning Community will be placed in Hull Hall.

Contact for questions: Royce Bowden, Bowden@bagley.msstate.edu, 662-325-2270.

Description: A group of freshmen majoring in any field of Engineering will live in Hull Hall and take General Chemistry and Engineering Success together. Hull is ideally located at the center of campus and provides an excellent place for true community to develop. There will be special academic and social activities, and available mentors and tutors will work closely with students outside of class to ensure their success in careers involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


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The PSYCH-E Learning Community for Psychology Majors

Courses and Teachers (must take both):
EN 1103 Section 20, English Composition I, MWF 11:00 – 11:50, Becky Whitten
PSY 1013 Section 10, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: Freshman Psychology majors

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, ttomcar@ra.msstate.edu 662-325-7655.

Description: A group of 24 Psychology majors in Dr. C.’s General Psych class will also take English Composition together with a fine instructor with interests in the links between English and Psychology, a field requiring excellent writing skills.


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College of Forest Resources Living-Learning Community

Courses (take one or the other):
FO 1101, Section 01, Forest Resources Survey, M 12-12:50
or WFA 1102, Section 01, Wildlife and Fisheries Profession, W 11:00-12:50

Learning Community Teaching Team: Ian Munn, Sam Riffell, Steve Grado

Residence: Cresswell Hall strongly recommended, Griffis Hall for Honors students, but others possible.

Open to: Forestry or Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture majors only

How to enroll or learn more: Prospective students not on campus, contact Greg Bentley or Dees Murphy, 662-325-7873. Once arrived on campus, contact the Office of Student Services, 662-325-9376, or Ian Munn, 662-325-1379.

Availability: Initially ample but filling rapidly; act ASAP.

Description: This Living-Learning Community is for natural resource majors and is housed primarily in Cresswell Hall. Students can attend the same classes, establish study groups, and network and live with like-minded students. The College of Forest Resources is a small college with career paths that provide students continuous interaction with classmates from the first day of college throughout their careers. Students in the Living-Learning Community will find a valuable opportunity to ease the transition to college life and to build relationships within the natural resource field.


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The Griffis Learning Community

Courses and Teachers (must take both):
CO 1003 Section H03, (Honors) Fundamentals of Public Speaking, TR 11:00-12:15, Khristi Edmonds
PSY 1013 Section H01, (Honors) General Psychology, MWF 11:00-11:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: Freshman Honors students who will commit to living in Griffis Hall.

How to enroll: Contact Dr. Carskadon very soon because this Learning Community fills very early, and space is strictly limited; you must have special permission to enroll.

Residence Hall: Griffis Hall

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, tomcar@ra.msstate.edu 662-325-7655.

Description: This is one of the oldest and most popular Learning Communities. Approximately 20 participants live in Griffis Hall and take Honors General Psychology together on MWF and Honors Public Speaking together on TR, thus interacting with each other on a daily basis. The instructors coordinate assignments in the courses to enhance learning and help introduce students to the diverse resources of the university.

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