Living and Learning Community

Moravian College is excited to offer opportunities for select students to take part in an intentionally designed Living and Learning Community that combines residential life with academic and social pursuits. A Living & Learning Community offers students the chance to live with others who share common interests and to interact with Moravian College faculty in our newest residence hall known as the HILL (Hurd Integrated Living & Learning).

The HILL is the most advanced residence facility at Moravian College. The facility includes student suites, fitness center, technology resource center, café, dining room, and classrooms. There will be two Living and Learning Communities housed in The HILL where freshman will have the opportunity to live with other freshman who are interested in studying a specific topic of interest. Each individual will be granted his or her own single room in a 16 person suite.

Each of the two Living and Learning Communities will be centered on a precise topic. Once you confirm your enrollment at Moravian College, you may rank your preferences for Living and Learning Topics using the First Year Housing Questionnaire.

Possible Moravian College Living & Learning Community Topics

Interested students will rank their favorite topics in the First Year Housing Questionnaire which is available to all deposited students. The two most popular options will be chosen as 2015-2016 Living & Learning Communities.

FYS Section C: Where do ideas come from? The nature of creativity - Little kids often draw or paint quite happily, build structures with Lego, blocks, or cardboard boxes, and tell magical stories (both real and imaginary) about their experiences. Why do most of us stop making things once we become teenagers and adults? What if we could start making things and telling and writing stories again with that same freedom and joy? This course will examine the origin of ideas and consider the nature of the creative process. - Instructor: Dr. Kristin Baxter

FYS Section I: The History of Disease - The definition of “disease” has been revised multiple times over the ages. Early ideas ranged from a belief that disease was a punishment from the gods for alleged wrong-doings to it being caused by an imbalance amongst the four humours. Today, we have an advanced scientific understanding of the molecular basis for many types of disease, yet we still struggle with classifying mental health disorders, obesity, or addictions as diseases. And as we witness new diseases emerge (e.g. AIDS, SARs, Ebola), the fears that have long accompanied illness persist, and society doesn't necessarily act any more rationally than it did at the time of the Great Plague! In this course, we will examine the myths, metaphors, and science associated with illness and how these influence perceptions of diseases and our treatment of individuals who suffer from them.  - Instructor(s): Dr. Diane Husic and Dr. Bryon Grigsby