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Course Offerings

At Bergen, we offer several pathways through Learning Communities. Each of these educational pathways is designed to meet the unique and varying needs of different student populations.

Current Gen Ed Learning Communities for Spring 2017 include:

HIS-111-011P & PSY-123-011P:

This paired course examines the formation of individual as well as collective identity in American society from the arrival of European settlers in the early part of 1600 to 1870s, when the United States sought to “reconstruct” itself after the Civil War. It will emphasize the cultural and psychological aspects of American experiences in this time period. It also compares identity formation in different cultures. This course will enable students to better understand the historical and psychological consequences of America’s individual as well as collective identity. Students must register for both courses (6 credits).

Contemporary Moral Issues & Composition 1 for international students: PHR-102N & WRT-101N:

This section of Composition I, WRT-101-001N, for non-native speakers of English, pairs with PHR-102, Contemporary Moral Issues course, to provide students with an opportunity to digest the material presented in PHR-102 through the intensive practice of writing. The courses introduce students to fundamentals of college-level writing while emphasizing critical thinking and academic skills. Students in both courses will be exposed to the readings and discussions of primary source materials by philosophers and other writers on moral issues. They will complete a substantial amount of expository and critical writing in response to the material.  Students must register for both courses (6 credits).

LIT-204 & HIS-102 (Meadowlands):

This learning community will deepen student’s appreciation for the historical context of 18th-20th c. literature while also heightening students’ emotional engagement in the historical narrative of Western Europe discussed in HIS102 through the use of period literature.

Skills to be emphasized include the recognition that literature and other cultural works are primary sources for historians that provide insight into the past, “close reading” and analysis of these primary sources especially works of literature from the time period, ability to contextualize literature with knowledge of the history of the time period, written and oral communication skills, research skills in both historical and literary scholarship and use of appropriate citation methods, ability to construct/defend/and revise a thesis and support it with adequate argument and textual evidence. Students must register for both (6 credits).

ESL/ALP-LCs:  Current ESL/ALP Learning Communities for Spring 2017 include:

Intro to Psychology PSY 101P & ESL Writing ALP 063P:

This learning community provides a transition to college-level writing while emphasizing critical thinking and academic skills. Class topics include mental health, behavior, memory, learning, intelligence, and personality (3 college credits).

Intro to Sociology SOC 101P & Reading ALP 064P

This learning community emphasizes reading for content, making inferences, distinguishing main and subordinate points, and evaluating ideas. Students will discuss and present reading material on topics related to social processes, problems, and phenomena (3 college credits).

Cross-Cultural Healthcare HSC 100-NP & ALP 064P

This learning community explores issues in cross-cultural healthcare through readings and discussions (3 college credits).


For more information on Learning Communities, please contact Professor Eileen Fitzgerald at [email protected] or Professor Maria Kasparova at [email protected]