Living and Learning

Learning Community

Dear Students (and prospective students):

Welcome to College-in-the-Woods, a Living-Learning Community for nearly 40 years! Our guiding theme is "Feeding a Hungry World;" our Living-Learning Community will have opportunities for participating in that theme. For Fall 2015 we are planning Learning Community opportunities in both Oneida and Mohawk Halls. A Learning Community is a great way to learn right in your own residence hall, with the people you live with.
We have, limited to CIW students, and early availability for those who enroll in the Oneida or Mohawk Learning Community:

  • CDCI 395 – Feeding a Hungry World: a 2-credit service-learning course, taught in a CIW classroom, limited to 18 students. It carries Harpur W credit, and is a great way to get involved in the local community, and help to feed a hungry world.
  • Univ 101 – How to Be a Professional: team-taught with Pete Nardone, professional in Student Services. This is a 2-credit course designed to help students adjust to the university environment and to learn something about professional ethics. Harpur W credit, taught in a CIW classroom.
  • WRIT 111 (2 sections): a course strongly recommended for all first-year students, a 4-credit course carrying "J" credit (writing and oral communication), again, taught in a CIW classroom.
  • UNIV 101 – Freshman Year Experience: taught by a CIW Fellow in a CIW classroom, a 2-credit with "Oral Communication" credit. Helps students adjust to the university environment.
  • Philosophy 146 – Law and Justice: (4 credits) One discussion sections is reserved for CIW students and may be the only way that a first-year student will get into this course. Held in a CIW classroom.
  • Political Science 113 – Comparative Politics: (4 credits) One section is reserved for CIW students, and held in a CIW Classroom.

Students in the Mohawk or Oneida Learning Community are required to take two courses: we recommend one of CDCI 395, Philo 146, and Poli Sci 113, and one of the WRIT111 sections or Univ 101 or Univ 180.

For more information (and for more explanation about all these confusing academic abbreviations), please contact You will be able to enroll in the Mohawk or Oneida Learning Community when you have paid your housing deposit and request housing online. If you choose learning community and put CIW number one on your preferences, you should expect an email from me on your BINGHAMTON.EDU account.

Our community partners include (but are not limited to) VINES Urban Farm, SUNY VINES, CHOW, Food and Health Network of the Southern Tier, Meals on Wheels, Food Not Bombs, Catholic Charities Food Pantry, Rescue Mission, Sodexo, Corazon de Dahlia, Lone Maple, Lost Dog, Challah for Hunger, Binghamton Farm Share, Bloodnik Farms, and others. You will need to do your online "health form" pretty quickly also, since we can't put you into courses until you have done that.

Note that Mohawk Hall is "break housing" and Oneida Hall is not. If you need break housing, you should request the Mohawk Learning Community, and if you don't, the Oneida Learning Community.

Other Living-Learning Opportunities in CIW:

There may be spaces available in some of these courses when you come for July registration; if you are housed in CIW, be sure to look for those sections.

For students in Chemistry 107 and Biology 117 (the normal first-semester courses for pre-health students) we have special study group opportunities, available to all CIW residents.

College-in-the-Woods has a Faculty Fellows program which connects University faculty and staff that are eager to work with students and participate in the academic life of CIW. We have events throughout the year that provide an opportunity for CIW students to meet with Faculty Fellows including the Fresh Start program during opening weekend and Student-Faculty Dinners during course registration.

The CIW RA's sponsor programs to enhance residents' learning experiences; programs often focus on areas that have immediate relevance for student interest and life.

The Assistant Director, the Resident Directors, and the Resident Assistants are all deeply involved in the living-learning concept. We all agree that "learning" is not limited to the classroom or to work for courses - learning is something that happens throughout a student's life and often the most important learning occurs where the student lives. That's what our Living-Learning Community is all about. I look forward to working with you!

Your Faculty Master,
Tony Preus

Last Updated: 8/21/15