Course Offerings

Teaching Math

Teaching Math

So you want to be a teacher but you need to improve your math skills? This Learning Comminity course enables students interested in teaching to explore the field of education and strengthen mathematics skills.

 
Creative Teaching

Creative Teaching

This linked course enables students interested in teaching to explore the field of education and strengthen English skills. Two visits to the Children’s Museum at Holyoke will be included. A creative assignment related to the museum will help students meet the course requirements for both EDU 100 and ENG 095. NOTE: A 10-hour field study in a local classroom is required as part of EDU 100.

 
Just Food

Just Food

This course is an introduction to the science of nutrition in the context of social and environmental justice. While building nutrition literacy, we will examine nutrition through an ecological and economic lens. We will focus on the individual, interpersonal, socioeconomic, and environmental factors that affect food access and public health.

 
FOH First Year

FOH First Year

Interested in a career in the Health Industry? Math and English play a key role in your success. Intro to Health Careers will be partnered with developmental Math and English to stress importance of building foundations of necessary core elements in English and Math.

 
Sustainability

Sustainability

In this course we will explore in expository writing and class discussion the interconnectedness of all lives on Earth in issues particularly related to energy and food production and consumption. We are one community that faces many critical problems. Can we learn how to manage our lifestyle?

 
Monsters and Freaks

Monsters and Freaks

Monsters are everywhere! This course explores the many aspects of this phenomenon, from its origins in the gothic tradition to its recent incarnation as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will look at the monster as rendered through comedy (the films Young Frankenstein and Monsters, Inc) to explore the ways in which the monster has been recast.

 
Philosophy of Biology

Philosophy of Biology

Please join us as we explore the intersections between Biology and Philosophy in order to analyze scientific ideas and their ecological and philosophical consequences. Our investigations will begin with Darwin's Origin of The Species to better understand the evolutionary relationships of organisms.

 
Surviving

Surviving

How do men and women overcome unexpected crises, man-made catastrophes, and natural disasters? In this Learning Community course, we will read memoirs, articles, essays, and short stories, to explore the inner strength that people discover when they experience loss of home, displacement, war, addiction, or other difficult circumstances.

 
Criminality

Criminality

Why do people commit crime? This course uses the acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire”, as a semester-long case study to examine the social, political and economic theoretical foundations and explanations for criminal behavior as well as to critically investigate relevant policy solutions. Note this class contains mature content.

 
Teen Mom

Teen Mom

In this class, we will explore the causes and consequences of teen pregnancy through a sociological and literary lens. What role do institutions, schools, family, gender, and identity play in this issue? Where is there support for teen parents and how are they being let down?

 
Civil War

Civil War

Have an interest in the Civil War? We will explore four broad themes are closely examined from both an historical and a literary perspective: the crisis of union and disunion in the expanding republic; slavery, race, and emancipation as national problem, personal experience, and social process; and the social and political challenges of Reconstruction.

 
Consciousness

Consciousness

Using literature and works of psychology, philosophy, and anthropology, we'll look at consciousness from a wide range of angles. We'll travel with aboriginal people in Australia in "dreamtime," read the stories of those in the throes of mind-altering substances, and examine dreams and hypnotic states, all in order to explore what consciousness is and what it means.

 
Gaia Meets Psyche

Gaia Meets Psyche

This learning community will strive for a clearer understanding and appreciation of our natural environment and its relationship to our human condition through the study of ecopsychology and environmental literature. We will explore the Gaia theory, named after the Greek goddess of the Earth (a daughter of Chaos and the mother of the Sky and Time).

 
Politics of Food

Politics of Food

Do you ever wonder where your food comes from? Or where your garbage ends up? As we face increasing global environmental concerns, people throughout the world are seeking answers that will bring our planet to a healthier, more sustainable condition. We will explore these dilemmas as well as others.

 
Mythmaking

Mythmaking

Fact or fiction? This 200-level Learning Community will use the lens of history and literature to explore historical narratives, while unpacking some of the nation's primary myths in order to reveal their political, social, and cultural functions.

 
Reality

Reality

Interested in new ways of seeing and believing? Lets make a journey to examine the multiple dimensionality of life. In this class we'll discover ambiguity and double meanings everywhere. Oh, we'll also run into some chaos. Join us!

 
 

Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000