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Themed Learning Communities

Pre-enrollment will begin in February 2018. To pre-enroll in one of these Themed Learning Communities, please use our online pre-enrollment form and we will enroll you in your courses before you come to orientation if you meet all of the requisites of the learning community and the courses in it.

Please note that all courses are subject to change until January 31, 2018.

For more information about the available TLC bundles, please email

Fall 2018

Open to all Freshmen

Psychology: Growing a Mindset for Success

What motivates you? How can we motivate others? Why do some people say motivated when faced with challenges and others do not? These questions are at the heart of being successful students, leaders, teammates, parents, and employees. This Themed Learning Community engages you in critical thinking about fixed and growth mindset research and considers ways to apply these concepts.


  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology (Section T207, Class number 4939)
  • ENGL 103 Rhetoric and Composition (Section TLC4, Class number 2984)
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T206, Class number 2681)

Psychology: Explorations of Perception

Consider for a moment what you believe. How did you come to shape your beliefs? This TLC will challenge you to think critically about what you believe and discover principles of human behavior that contribute to perception. You will have an opportunity to engage in reflective writing and discussions that will challenge you to make meaning of and integrate your experience into your identity.


  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology (Section T204, Class number 5978)
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T209, Class number 2683)

Hip Hop, Writing and Research

Do you love music? Interested in learning more about research? This TLC will provide opportunities  to learn about research through writing and rapping. You will explore different methods for researching information and will complete a final assignment that merges your perspective of hip hop, Black English and their future goals.


  • BKST 200 Racism in American Culture and Society (Section T120, Class number 6070)
  • BKST 302 Topics in Black Studies (Section T121, Class number 4803)
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T122, Class number 2679)

Open to Undecided Majors

Career and Major Exploration

An exciting opportunity if you are undecided-any college to explore specific majors throughout the various colleges here at NIU that might lead to the career of your choice. The TLC provides you with the opportunity to use course work to assist in your major exploration process by helping identify an appropriate major and/or college that fits your future goals!


  • SOCI 170 Introduction to Sociology (Section T804, Class number 4198)
  • COMS 100 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Section T805, Class number 4623)
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T806, Class number 2707)

Open to College of Health and Human Sciences Freshmen

Exploring Health Majors

If you are beginning your journey toward coming health and human service professional in the areas of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physical Therapy, Public Health or Pre-Medical Laboratory Sciences, this TLC is for you. Blending listening and public speaking strategies (COMS 100), fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry (CHEM 110) and an introduction to the NIU community taught by a HHS Academic Advisor (UNIV 101). You will get to know fellow health and human sciences students and discover all the wonderful opportunities a major in the College of Health and Human Sciences has to offer!


  • CHEM 110 Chemistry (Section T401, Class number 4603)
  • CHEM 111 Chemistry Laboratory (Section T402, Class number 3708)
  • COMS 100 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Section T403, Class number 2797)
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T404, Class number 2686)

Preparing for Health Careers

If you are starting your journey toward becoming a health and human service professional in the College of Health and Human Sciences, this is the TLC for you. Blending listening and public speaking strategies with in-class assignments, promote a stronger understanding of basic statistics and how they can be applied to health fields.


  • STAT 208 Basic Statistics (Section T405, Class number 4784)
  • STAT 208R Basic Statistics Recitation (Section T4R5, Class number 4785)
  • COMS 100 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Section T406, Class number 2795)
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T407, Class number 2689)

Biology for Health and Human Science Majors

This TLC is specifically designed to merge courses in biology with UNIV 101, an introduction to the NIU community. You will have an opportunity to complete a pre-requisite course while also connecting with other NIU students pursuing a similar career path.


  • BIOS 103 General Biology (Section T425, Class number 7679)
  • BIOS 105 General Biology Laboratory (Section T426, Class number 7680)
  • UNIV 101 University Experience (Section T422, Class number 2692)

Open to Majors in Health-Related Fields

Open to Freshman Engineering Majors

Calculus I and Physics I for Engineers

If you an engineering  major and taking Physics I with Calculus I, this is for you! This paired set of courses will allow you to explore the concepts of calculus while learning to apply them in physics.


  • MATH 229 Calculus I (Section T303, Class number 3254)
  • PHYS 253 Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics (Section T301, Class number 3994)
  • PHYS 253L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics Laboratory (Section T302, Class number 3630)

Open to CHANCE Students

Exploring Identity through Paired Reading and Writing

Refine your literacy and communication skills. This TLC allows you to develop your writing and reading, thus helping you to succeed in classes, daily life and beyond.


  • LTRE 100P Communication Skills (Reading) (Section T116, Class number 1182)
  • ENGL 103P Rhetoric and Composition (Section TLC3, Class number 4857)

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