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Collin College Offers Two Unique Learning Communities Classes

May 9, 2009 - Explore the possibility of extraterrestrial life or learn about American pop culture this summer in two unique Learning Communities classes at Collin College.

Learning Community courses unify two classes, from different disciplines, around a central theme and allow students to take multiple classes simultaneously. Students also have the opportunity to see the connections between courses and experience a collaborative learning environment. After completion of the Learning Community, students receive six credit hours.

“Astrobiology: Life in the Universe” merges biology and physics and addresses the question, “Is alien life a possibility?” Students will take an interactive, scientific approach in their search for water and organic materials outside of earth and learn about radio astronomy at a national observatory and molecular synthesis in a biochemistry lab. This Learning Community is offered during the Summer III semester.

From Mickey Mouse to Star Wars, “America: Under the Influence of Pop Culture” explores U.S. history from the latter part of the 19th century through the present day via the lens of popular culture. Students will have the opportunity to merge English and history as they discover their biases and analyze the issues, conflicts and social and literary movements depicted through pop culture’s changing trends and movements. This Learning Community is offered during the Summer I semester.

Summer I and III registration ends on the first day of class, Monday, June 8.

To register for summer classes, visit the website at For more information about Learning Communities, visit the website at

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