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Linked-Course Learning Communities

Linked-Course Learning Communities

Capitalizing on faculty and staff expertise, Linked-Course Learning Communities are open to all freshmen and provide opportunities for deep exploration of an exciting and important topic through linked courses. Being part of a Linked-Course Learning Community means that students will:

  • Enroll in 2 linked courses
  • Fulfill KU Core Goal requirements
  • Hone skills and receive support in the course linked to UNIV 101, a 2-credit hour small course enrolling about 19 students 
  • Have memorable experiences, plan for academic and personal wellness, and develop strategies to be successful at KU

The full list of Fall 2020 courses are seen below. We will continue to update these as we receive more information.

University and BIOL 100

UNIV 101 linked to BIOL 100

UNIV 101: Section 12686, TR 1:00-1:50pm, WES 4047

BIOL 100: Section 10339, TR 11:00-12:15pm

Cells, communities, and ecosystems! Oh, my! In University and BIO 100, students will develop a strong foundation for success at KU and beyond, while learning how to sort out valid scientific information from all the information available and use that information to inform decisions, a skill important to all of us as global citizens. In Biology 100 students will learn the basic concepts of biology at the cellular, organismal, and population levels of organization and their applications to humans and modern society. The linked section of UNIV 101 provides students with behind-the-scenes lab and museum visits that enhance their understanding of biology, while introducing skills that will help them be successful not only in Biology 100, but in all of their courses.  

Biology (BIOL) 100-Principles of Biology/Biology 102 

Goal 3 Natural Sciences (GE3N), 3 Credit Hours, 1 credit: Intended for non-science majors

The basic concepts of biology at the cellular, organismal, and population levels of organization and their applications to humans and modern society. An honors section, BIOL 101, is offered for students with superior academic records. BIOL 100 and BIOL 102 (or BIOL 101 and BIOL 103, honors) satisfy the College natural science with laboratory requirement. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 102 is recommended.

Tara Marriage & Kristina Holder

Bio coming soon.

Kati Rochmond, International Support Services 

UNIV 101 Instructor 

Professional Photo of Kati Richmond

Kati is a Lawrence native and has always considered herself a Jayhawk. As the daughter of a non-traditional student at KU, some of her favorite childhood memories include “helping” her mom study in Anschutz library on Saturdays and watching KU basketball games with her family.

Kati came to KU in 2012 to study the Persian language Farsi, and to pursue a degree in Global & International Studies. Kati unexpectedly discovered a passion for student support services working as a peer advisor in the financial aid & scholarships office.  After completing her undergraduate program, Kati worked for KU as a student services representative where she helped students navigate admissions and registrar processes. Before transitioning into her current role in ISS, Kati worked as a financial aid counselor where she served as a primary resource for undergraduate students with the last names P-Z.

When Kati is not advising international students or helping to coordinate the “YOU at KU - International” Orientation she enjoys spending time with and getting to know her Persian grandparents who recently moved to Kansas from Iran, and playing golf with friends when the weather allows. Kati has always loved learning about different countries and cultures, and looks forward to meeting, learning from, and connecting with all of the “awesome” international students at KU.

University and COMS 130

UNIV 101 linked to COMS 130

UNIV 101: Section 18165, MW 11:00-11:50am, BL 108

COMS 130: Section 15121, TR 11:00-12:15pm

Civil and effective discourse is essential to personal development and success, as well as to social and political progress. What are the ethics of listening and speech making?  How do these skills contribute to a free society? In University and COMS 130 students will investigate these questions and practice these skills in Communication Studies 130. The linked section of UNIV 101 provides students with experiences that enhance their understanding of communication studies, while also introducing skills that will help them be successful not only in Communication Studies 130, but in all of their courses.

Communications Studies (COMS) 130- Speaker-Audience Communication

Goal 2 Outcome 2 (GE22), 3 credit hours:

Study of rhetorical theory and its application to the preparation, presentation, and criticism of oral discourse in audience situations. Special consideration of listening behavior and of the ethical conduct of speech in a free society. This course fulfills the College argument and reason requirement.

Meggie Mapes, Course Director

Meggie Mapes (Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) is the Introductory Course Director in the Department of Communication Studies. As a teacher, Meggie values critical thinking and facilitating student advocacy skills. As a researcher, she studies communication through pedagogy, feminist theory, and rhetoric. Meggie lives in the Kansas City Waldo neighborhood with her partner and 2 dogs where she enjoys the local community vibe. When she isn’t writing or working, she weightlifts (#profswholift) and serves on the Kansas City’s Environmental Management Commission.

Kate Nygren, First-Year Experience

UNIV 101 Instructor 

Professional Photo of Kate NygrenKate Nygren is an Assistant Director for Academic Programs in the Office of First-Year Experience where she oversees UNIV 101 and assists with KU Common Book programs. For UNIV 101, Kate collaborates with staff, graduate students, and instructors to continually improve the program. She recruits new instructors and offers them a range of training and professional development opportunities. She also teaches, which she loves most of all.

Kate originally joined KU in 2013 as a graduate student and instructor in the English department studying contemporary theater. She loves to read and see plays that explore national identity and activism in the United States. Any time she travels, she can be found at a local theater taking in something new.


University and C&T 100

UNIV 101 linked to C&T 100

Section 26789, MW 11:00-11:50am, JRP 147

C&T 100: Section 13111, MW 4:00-5:15pm

Education is a pillar of our society and plays an important role in helping young people become engaged citizens. In University and C&T 100, students will be introduced to the profession of education and characteristics of effective teaching in Curriculum and Teaching 100. Students will have the opportunity to observe teachers in public school classrooms and work with pupils during the semester. The linked section of UNIV 101 provides students with experiences that enhance their understanding of education and teaching, while also introducing skills that will help them be successful not only in Curriculum & Teaching 100, but in all of their courses.

Curriculum & Teaching (C&T) 100 – Introduction to Education Profession

Fulfills Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11), 3 credit hours:

This course is designed to acquaint students with the profession of education by helping to increase an awareness of the role and characteristics of an effective teacher. Large and small group activities and assignments are dispersed throughout the semester to facilitate these outcomes. Students will be involved in observation of and participation with teachers and pupils in public school classrooms, which complement course activities and assignments. Students will work with a mentor pre-service teacher from the KU School of Education to provide discussions about each of the course objectives. C&T 100 is a pre-professional course. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee eventual admission to the School of Education's Teacher Education Program.

Reva Friedman, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching 

Reva Friedman, Professor

Reva C. Friedman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas, where she was responsible for degree and graduate certificate programs in gifted/talented/creative child education for 35 years. A former high school teacher and teacher of gifted students (elementary and secondary), she continues to educate general education and gifted education teachers about the learning and personal needs of gifted and talented students, to counsel bright youngsters and their families, and to collaborate with teachers K-12. Her writings focus on the psychological factors that impact the development of gifted young people and on using models that develop students' talents and strengths. She has served on the boards of the National Association for Gifted Children and The Association for the Gifted. Currently she serves on NAGC's Professional Standards Committee. On the state level, she is a board member of the Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative.

Michele Casavant, Education Administration

University 101 Instructor

Michele CasavantMichele Casavant is originally from a small college town in Washington State. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Star Trek and she continues to be a fan of the show. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Kansas in 2003 and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Advising for the School of Education. Her research interests began as a focus on representations of underrepresented identities in science fiction, which she continues to explore and teach. Her interests now also include how current educational systems enhance certain inequalities in the U.S. and the ways in which the same systems have the power to undo these disparities.

Jerica Burgess, School of Education 

UNIV 101 Instructor 

Professional Photo of Jerica Burgess, Advisor, School of Education

Jerica Burgess is an Academic Advisor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. Jerica advises undergraduate students admitted to the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences. She was a former Graduate Assistant in the Office of First-Year Experience, and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from KU. Prior to becoming a Jayhawk, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communication Studies with a minor in Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, reading, and cheering on the Jayhawks at all sporting events.

University and POLS 110

UNIV 101 linked to POLS 110

Section 28971, TR 10:00-10:50am, FR 118

POLS 110: Section 12636, MW 10-10:50am

Understanding the basic workings of American governmental institutions, political processes, and policy is essential for effective citizenship. The University and POLS 110 learning community will provide students with the tools and knowledge to understand and critically engage with American politics and political systems in Political Science 110. The linked section of UNIV 101 provides students with experiences that enhance their understanding of politics and public service, while introducing skills that will help them be successful not only in Political Science 110, but in all of their courses.

Political Science (POLS) 110-Introduction to U.S. Politics

Fulfills Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S), 3 credit hours: 

An introduction to basic American governmental institutions, political processes, and policy.

Mark Joslyn, Professor of Political Science

Mark JoslynBroadly, I study attitude formation and change. How are political attitudes formed and under what conditions may we expect change? I draw from cognitive and motivational theories, recognizing the value of both to understanding the complexities of the political mind. Recently, I have devoted considerable time to examining the determinants of causal attributions. Specifically, what are the individual and contextual factors that influence the public's causal attributions? Hotly debated attributions such as the causes of mass shootings, obesity, homosexuality, wealth and success are the present focus of my research.

Dan "Petey" Peterson, Undergraduate Advising Center 

UNIV 101 Instructor 

Advisor - Petey Peterson

I’m Dan 'Petey' Peterson (He/Him/His), you can call Petey, and I’m an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center at the University of Kansas. I grew up in South Eastern Wisconsin, making me a Green Bay Packers fan and a cheese lover. I received my B.A. in Agricultural Education from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. After finishing my bachelor's degree I moved to Kansas to work and continue my education at KU. I spend two years at KU, I revived my M.S.E. in Higher Education and became a lifelong Jayhawk! I then spent time at Western Washington University and Arizona State University before returning to KU in the summer of 2018.

Outside of work I love to travel, watch movies, and enjoy a good cup of coffee. I'm also a big sports fan, particularity Pro football, NCAA football, and NCAA men's basketball. My favorite sports moment was getting to be in Allen Fieldhouse for the KU/OU triple overtime game in the 2015/2016 season.

University and PSYC 104

UNIV 101 linked to PSYC 104

Section 12683, MW 9:00-9:50am, WES 4062

PSYC 104, Section 19487, T 9:30-10:45am

The mission of the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas is to further the understanding of the mind, the brain, and human behavior through classes and research. In the University and PSYC 104 learning community, students are introduced to the basic and foundational concepts of the science of psychology through the Psychology 104 course. The linked section of UNIV 101 provides students with experiences that enhance their understanding of psychology, while introducing skills that will help them be successful not only in Psychology 104, but in all of their courses.

Psychology (PSYC) 104-General Psychology

Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S), 3 Credit Hours

A basic introduction to the science of psychology.

Christin Bowman

Bio coming soon.

Taylor Hanna-Peterson, College Advising & Student Services 

UNIV 101 Instructor 

Taylor Hanna-Peterson loves working with students one on one and helping them find success in their Jayhawk Journey! I had such wonderful advisors and mentors as an undergraduate student that I wanted to help a new generation of students find their path to success too.




University and SOC 104

UNIV 101 linked to SOC 104

Section 18059, MW 10:00-10:50am, MS 106

SOC 104: Section 12904, MW 11-11:50am

In University and SOC 104 students study human organizations, institutions, and relationships.  The combination of courses, Sociology 104 and UNIV 101, allows students to consider these topics both globally and locally.  This learning community helps students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the causes and consequences of human behavior and offers opportunities to apply this learning to the transition to college and the exploration of KU’s communities and campus.  The linked section of UNIV 101 provides students with experiences that enhance their understanding of sociology and communities, while introducing skills that will help them be successful not only in Sociology 104, but in all of their courses.  

Sociology (SOC) 104 - Elements of Sociology

Fulfills Goal 4 Outcome 1 (AE41), Goal 1 Outcome 1 (GE11), Goal 3 Social Sciences (GE3S)

The study of social life, including how human groups are organized, how they change, and how they influence individuals. Consideration is given to a variety of human organizations and social institutions and how these groups and institutions both determine, and are determined by, human beings.

Lisa-Marie Wright, Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology

Lisa Marie-Wright's areas of study are gender, globalization, and political-economic sociology.







Jess Hall, First-Year Experience

UNIV 101 Instructor

A Photo of Jess HallJess Hall's position as a Student Systems Coordinator oversees information and communication systems for programs housed in the Office of First-Year Experience. Jessica utilizes our technology systems so that they can be leveraged to enhance the student experience.

Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Statistics with minors in Education and Women and Gender Studies in May 2015 from Michigan State University. Jessica is working towards obtaining a Master's of Public Administration at the University of Kansas. In her undergraduate career, Jessica worked as a Resident Assistant with Residence Education and Housing Services and was the vice president of Amnesty International.

Alex Cruse, First-Year Experience

UNIV 101 Instructor

A Photo of Alex Cruse

Alex Cruse is an Assistant Director for Orientation Programs in the Office of First-Year Experience.  Overseeing our phenomenal team of Orientation Assistants, Alex is present for their hiring, training, and supervision as they welcome new Jayhawks to the University of Kansas.  In addition to her work with our Orientation Assistants, Alex also assists with different facets of orientation programming as well as coordination of Hawk Week events.

Prior to joining the Office of First-Year Experience, Alex worked as an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center here at KU.  Alex received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Iowa with a minor in English.  She is currently working on her Masters in Higher Education Administration.  In her spare time, Alex likes to go to concerts and take pictures of her cat, Bear.






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