Living and Learning

Learning Communities

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.

Feeding a Hungry World in Oneida Hall

The College-in-the-Woods Feeding a Hungry World learning community will bring together first-year students who are interested in learning about issues in food production and distribution, good nutrition, and sustainability. It will feature the 2-credit service learning course for Spring 2017, "Feeding a Hungry World." Coordinated by Prof. Stephen Ortiz, students learn about these food-related issues and get involved in the local community. The learning community will also include special freshmen-level Fall 2016 courses just for community members in philosophy, political science, history, and writing.

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.

Politics, Law and Society

The new CIW Politics, Law, and Society learning community will bring together first year students who are interested in electoral politics, public policy, public administration, and the legal professions in a shared residential setting. It will feature courses just for community members in philosophy, political science, history, and many other disciplines as it develops going forward. Moreover, special classes will be offered every year that accentuate new key themes or involve current events. The Fall, 2016, special class will be “American Presidential Elections” taught by Professor Stephen Ortiz, incoming CIW
tenured faculty member and Associate Professor of History.

By melding academic preparation and residential life, the new CIW Politics, Law, and Society learning community will promote interaction among students who have overlapping academic interests, but divergent career goals. Please note: it is not solely a pre-law community.

For more information, email Stephen Ortiz, at Applications are available through our on-line housing application.

Required Classes:

Students enrolled in a learning community are required to take at least two courses in the fall semester along with the associated learning community course for the enrolled learning community (Fall, 2016: US Presidential Elections for the Politics, Law, and Society learning community; Spring 2017: Feeding a Hungry World).

  • 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.
  • HARP 180 - Presidential Elections
  • HIST 104A- Modern American Civilization (US History since 1877): a 4 credit course and carries a P gen-ed credit (Pluralism in the United States). One discussion section 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.
  • 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 section 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.

Signing Up for a Learning Community

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  on your BINGHAMTON.EDU account regarding the learning community.

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.

Last Updated: 6/3/16