Descriptions of Intermediate Learning Communities

Students may fulfill the Intermediate Learning Community requirement through successfully completing a two-unit ILC, a one-unit (team-taught) ILC, or a semester or summer session abroad in a Wagner-approved program in which a grade of C or higher is earned in two concurrent courses.

Students should plan ahead with their advisor to fulfill the ILC requirement before the fall semester of their junior year. There are generally more options of ILCs in spring semesters. Students are welcome to take multiple ILCs.

Students are required to take both courses in an two-unit ILC, during the same semester. Additionally, students should select ILCs that do not include any courses they have already taken. For example, a student who has previously taken SPC 103 should not try to register for an ILC combining a unit of SPC 103 with a unit of FI 201.

A one-unit (team-taught) ILC is a cross-listed course that fulfills the ILC requirement. Students who enroll in a one-unit ILC must choose to earn credit for one of the two courses. For example, a one-unit ILC incorporating SPC 252 and SO 300 allows the student to earn one unit of Speech or one unit of Sociology, not both. Students may not earn a unit for a course that is cross-listed with a course they have already taken. This applies whether or not the previous course was a stand-alone course or was cross-listed in a one-unit ILC.

As with all other cross-listed courses, a one-unit ILC has a shared maximum enrollment. If one of the disciplines appears to be full, a student may enroll as long as there are open spots in another discipline for that cross-listed course. For example, HI 239 is offered as a team-taught ILC with PS 239. If HI 239 is listed on myWagner as having an enrollment of 16 out of 16 while PS 239 is listed as having an enrollment of 12 out of 14, a student could register for HI 239. After the student registers, HI 239 would be listed as having an enrollment of 17 out of 17, and PS 239 as 12 out of 13.

Winter & Spring 2023 ILCs

This ILC examines ways in which power dynamics affect BIPOC representation in leadership within sports and arts. Areas covered include: Overview of historical barriers to leadership, case studies of BIPOC sports and arts leaders, techniques for building personal and organizational leadership capacity, and other topics. 

MTW 9:30am-12:30pm

AA291IL Special Topics: Power and Leadership Dynamics in Arts  – Hope

(Key Skills: UU, O, C)


SA291IL Special Topics: Power and Leadership Dynamics in Sports  – Wilkins

(Key Skills: UU, O)

Two-Unit ILC: Washington, DC Internship — GOV 395IL & GOV 396IL
This learning community exposes students to the workings of the governmental and political processes in Washington, DC. Through internship assignments, classroom instruction, and directed readings and research, students will develop a greater appreciation of the policy-making process. The courses are offered in Washington, DC (each course is a 2-unit course), and registration is by permission of the

GOV 395-IL Washington Internship — Kraus


GOV 396-IL Dynamics of American Government — Kraus

This learning community, intended for nursing majors, looks at the cellular nutrition of eukaryotes (humans) vs. the nutrition of prokaryotes (bacteria). It also covers the similarities and differences in the structure, function and role of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins and trace elements in humans and bacteria. Finally, it looks at the immunological aspects of nutrition across the human life span compared to the immunological aspects in disease prevention.

NR 224-IL Nutrition & Health — Walley — M/W 8:00 – 9:30 am

(Key Skills: L)


MI 200 (any section) Microbiology


MI 200L (any section) Microbiology Lab

In addition to addressing the apprehension of public speaking, this ILC is an ideal addition for the business student. Utilizing principles of finance concepts, participants will learn how to effectively present financial information about their company to various stakeholder groups. Students learn skills that allow them to speak informatively, persuasively, and in groups. Through these techniques, students cultivate personal style that results in more powerful presentations, which is a skill that is important to one’s academic and professional advancement. Prerequisites: EC101 or EC102, AC101 

FI201IL Principles of Finance — Tully — M/W 11:20am-12:50pm

(Key Skills: T, WC)


SPC 103IL Public Speaking — Donnelly — M/W 1:00-2:30pm

(Key Skills: OO)



This Two-Course ILC will explore the impact of various religious beliefs and cultures on perceptions of individual differences (physical and mental) and aspects of grief and loss. It will emphasize the unique experiences of individuals across a wide range of disability and loss scenarios as well as stress the need for sensitivity in understanding the perspective on and impact of these experiences.

SW291IL: Special Topics in Social Work: Disability and World Religions – Bonner – M/W 11:20am-12:50pm

 (Key Skills: UU, WC, R)


PS214IL Death and Dying – Taverner – T/R 11:20-12:50pm

(Key Skills: L, R)

This ILC is designed to allow students to delve into the topic of human migration that deals with the population of the U.S., predominantly focusing on the 20th and 21st centuries. We will cover crucial issues such as the migration origins, modes of incorporation, racism, gender, the political-economic relationship between countries of origin and the U.S., as well as issues related to acculturation which encompasses for most immigrants and refugees acquiring a new language and new cultural norms. This is where students make conscious connections about what they are learning in their language classes and how this is similar to but also different from what (forced) migrants experience. In short, through critical reading, class discussion, and writing students will gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of (im)migration while also reflecting on the own histories, identities, and positions in the world/U.S. Several assignments in SO306 will require for students to make active connect between the materials covered in SO306 and the modern language class in which they are enrolled. 

SO306-IL Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Identities — Ludwig —R 1:00-4pm

(Key Skills: L, UU, WW)


Any section of the following modern language courses:
FR 107, 112
GE 107, 111, 232
IT 107, 112
SP 107, 112, 245

Key Skills for Modern Language Classes

Intercultural Understanding (U) – FR107, GE107, GE232, IT107, SP107
Intercultural Understanding (UU) – FR112, GE111, GE232, SP112, SP245
Oral Communication (O) – FR 112, GE111, IT111, SP112

Critical Reading and Analysis (R) – GE232

This two-course Expanding your Horizon Intermediate Learning Community combines the study of theatre and art history with a travel component to southern Spain (Andalusia) as we interrogate intersections of identity and culture through an exploration of interconnected visual and performance texts.  Travel to Andalusia will occur over spring break as well as include outings to performance spaces in New York.  We will explore the theatrical texts and

legacies of plays such as Fernando de Rojas’ Tragicomedia de Calixto y Melibea, Tirso de Molina, The Trickster of Seville, Alberti, A Night of War in the Prado Museum, and Fornes, Letters from Cuba.  The art and architecture of the Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Alcazar of Seville, and the Alhambra will serve as case studies in the material culture of Islamic Spain.  After we travel to Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Madrid, students will return to campus to examine the legacies and intersections of these cultural communities in the modern Americas.

T 1:00-2:30pm

AH291-EL: Art and Architecture in Southern Spain: Andalusia, Identity, and Material Culture – Scott

(Key Skills: UU, RR, C)


TH291-EL: Theatre at a Crossroads: Plays of Andalusia – Ruff 

(Key Skills: RR)

This ILC explores the concepts of gender and identity in the Middle East from Antiquity to Modernity. Students will be introduced to concepts of marriage, kinship, race, and sexuality through historical, archaeological, and art historical methods to develop a framework of understanding of how notions of gender and identity emerged and were negotiated. Texts, works of art, archaeological and architectural studies and anthropological evidence will be utilized to explore how gendered concepts emerged in the ancient and modern Middle East. Our own understanding of gender and identity, informed by modern and contemporary scholarship, will be brought to bear in analyzing this evidence. For example, did sex work play a part in the Mesopotamian cult of Inanna? What important roles did eunuchs play in the performance of kingship in the Assyrian court? How did the Egyptian independence movement in the twentieth century negotiate women’s right to work and sex workers? Did the shift to factory work result in a new form of masculinity in the Middle East? And did the Iraq War of 2003 shape a certain type of masculinity in the Middle East? 

W 9:40am-12:50pm

AH 291HL Gender and Identity in the Middle East: From Antiquity to Modernity – Scott

(Key Skills: WC, UU, RR)


HI291HL Gender and Identity in the Middle East: From Antiquity to Modernity – Malak

(Key Skills: WC, UU, RR)

This collaborative history and theatre ILC will examine the modern Civil Rights Movement and create theatre performance pieces appropriate to ideas associated with the national fight for racial equality in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The course will run as a colloquium and acting workshop in which historic texts and artistic works are read, shown, discussed and dismantled. We will discover truths about American history, the individual creative process in relation to the evolution of student ideas. Students will be asked to risk not knowing in order to discover. The course texts will include historic research materials related to students’ projects as well as selected readings, speeches, and archival films. Course
materials will include—but not be limited to—props, costumes, and set pieces necessary for works. Non-honors students with permission of instructors

TR 11:20am-12:50pm

HI236-HL The Civil Rights Movement — Reynolds

(Key Skills: UU, LL, WC)


TH229-HL Devised Theatre — McCarthy

(Key Skills: CC, O)


Through a series of feminist essays, short novels and films, we will discuss topics such as girlhood and coming of age, sexual initiation, motherhood, reproductive rights, compulsory heterosexuality, and female liberation. Authors include Simone de Beauvoir, Hélène Cixous, Françoise Sagan, Marguerite Duras, and Annie Ernaux. 

M 1:00-4:00pm

GOV375-HL/IL Feminist Film- Moynagh

(Key Skills: UU, RR, WC)


EN351HL/IL French Women Writers – Urbanc

(Key Skills: RR, WW, U)


FR351-HL/IL French Women Writers in Translation – Urbanc

(Key Skills: RR, WW, U)

This course is designed for intermediate-level students of acting and filmmaking. Actors will learn the fundamentals of acting for the screen: how film acting differs from the stage, how the camera and editing shape performances, how the practicalities of film production affect the actor’s work. Filmmakers will learn the process of acting from the inside, by performing in scenes with actors, and will develop their ability to communicate with actors. Actors will guide filmmakers through the demands of performance, and filmmakers will lead actors through the process of shooting and editing a scene. By studying the other’s craft, actors and filmmakers will come to a deeper understanding of their own. Prerequisites: TH106, TH117, FM101, or FM210.

T 1:00-4:00pm

TH255IL Acting for the Camera – McCarthy

(Key Skills: CC)


FM255IL Directing Actors for Film – Kim 

(Key Skills: CC)


This ILC combines the Government and Politics class “Riots, Rebellions and Revolutionaries” with the History class “Riots and Rebellions in Early America.” The Government class explores and criticizes various perspectives on riots, specifically how they are often seen as apolitical and senseless; rebellions, on the other hand, are seen as the expressions of a legitimate political grievance. The History class highlights various kinds of resistance and disharmony in early American society, in contrast to the consensus story about early American history; it will include a Reacting to the Past game that will last for several weeks. 

TR 11:20am-12:50pm

GOV235-IL Riots, Rebellions and Revolutionaries – Snow

(Key Skills: WW, U)


HI323-IL Riots and Rebellions in Early America – Palfreyman

(Key Skills: WW, U, RR)


This ILC will focus on the interplay between music and culture globally, with an emphasis on non-European musical traditions. Students will gain basic knowledge about specific music traditions and how these traditions relate to other cultural values including religion, language, gender, race, economic status, and politics.

TR 9:40-11:10am

AN201-IL Comparative Cultures – Mullenite

(Key Skills: UU)


MU205-IL Music Cultures of the World – Campinho

(Key Skills: C, U)


This ILC focuses on combining the art of persuasion with the world of philanthropy, particularly in the nonprofit sector. A vast majority of the resources needed to operate a nonprofit comes from donors and this course teaches the art of persuading a donor to donate to your particular cause. Students will learn a broad spectrum of public speaking skills; from large group presentations to one-on-one meetings with a high value donor.

M/W 4:20-5:50pm

SA204-IL Philanthropy – Martin

(Key Skills: -)


SPC103-IL Public Speaking – Pinto

(Key Skills: OO)


This ILC will introduce students to basic concepts, methods, and theories within both geographic information systems (computer mapping) and the digital humanities. Students will learn how to use the digital mapping platforms ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online to illustrate humanistic works including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and historical texts. Essential topics in theory, methods, and applications of digital humanities will be covered.

M/W 11:20am-12:50pm

AN291-IL Humanities GIS – Mullenite

(Key Skills: TT, UU, L)


EN270-IL Digital Humanities – Barth

(Key Skills: WC, TT, C)


This combines the skills of creating online media with the critical reflection on the legal issues that affect, and are affected by, the rapidly changing media landscape on the internet. Students will learn about techniques of producing digital content, including podcasts and media law.

T 6:00-9:00pm

SO291-IL Special Topics: Media Law – Casas


JR291-IL Special Topics: Digital Journalism and Social Media – Terzuoli

(Key Skills: C, T, LL)

This ILC examines the political themes in films and some works of fiction, and explores evolving techniques of filmmaking in response to political conditions. Organized historically, class sessions will discuss the origins of cinema and film’s attempts to represent everyday life; the inscription of white supremacy on early films; moments of political possibility and repression; the cinematic and literary clash between capitalism and communism; and the uses of cinema and media in the last fifty years to critique contemporary society and provide alternative visions. Political themes will include racial segregation and oppression; the promises and betrayals of revolutionary movements; the industrial production system; and totalitarianism.

M 1:00-4:00pm

GOV236-IL Politics in Literature and Film – Snow

(Key Skills: WW, RR)


FM291IL Politics on Screen – Cartelli

(Key Skills: WW, RR, U)

Previous Semesters

Winter & Spring 2022 Intermediate Learning Communities

Summer & Fall 2021 Intermediate Learning Communities

Winter 2020 & Spring 2021 Intermediate Learning Communities

Summer & Fall 2020 Intermediate Learning Commuities

Spring 2020 Intermediate Learning Communities

Fall 2019 Intermediate Learning Communities

Spring 2019 Intermediate Learning Communities

Fall 2018 Intermediate Learning Communities

Spring 2018 Intermediate Learning Communities

Fall 2017 Intermediate Learning Communities

Spring 2017 Intermediate Learning Communities


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