Living/Learning

CIW currently has three learning communities, area-based courses, a faculty fellows program and RA sponsored programs.

Environmental Action and Studies — new for Fall 2020!

Are you an incoming first-year student who is passionate about the environment? The new CIW Environmental Action and Studies (EAS) learning community will house students together on one floor of Onondaga Hall who are committed to learning about and acting on the pressing environmental issues of our day. Students in this program have the opportunity to live alongside others who share an interest in exploring sustainable solutions for local, national and global issues, and in promoting positive environmental community awareness and change. The EAS learning community will take advantage of CIW’s space in the woods and at the Nature Preserve's edge, its continued commitment to civic engagement and the community's foundational history as a space of environmental activism.

All intended majors welcome. But, as part of this community, you'll take two shared environmentally focused courses in the fall semester. You will take an introductory academic course in the Environmental Studies Program (ENVI 101, 105, or 201, depending on individual circumstances). In addition, every member will be enrolled in a 2-credit cornerstone seminar taught by a member of the Environmental Studies program that explores a special environmental topic, introduces students to Binghamton's vast array of environmental and sustainability initiatives and groups, and connects you to faculty exploring these issues across many fields. The spring semester will feature a 1-credit community service project that will be collectively decided upon in the fall.

If you select interest in this learning community, you can expect to receive an email from Stephen Ortiz with application instructions for CIW’s learning communities in your binghamton.edu email address. For more information, email CIW's Collegiate Professor, Stephen Ortiz, at sortiz@binghamton.edu.

International Relations and Cultural Exchange

The CIW International Relations and Cultural Exchange (IRCE) learning community will bring together first- and second-year students who are interested in international relations. It will cover both diplomatic relations and non-governmental organizations focusing on critical global issues, such as human rights, humanitarian efforts for refugees and other displaced peoples, the environment and world health. It will also serve as a vibrant community for those interested in cultural exchange for themselves (ie. study abroad) or as a means toward peaceful dialogue and mutual cultural understanding (ie. Fulbright and Carnegie programs). The IRCE learning community will feature courses just for community members in philosophy, political science, history, geography and writing. All first-year students will be assigned a returning student member as a peer mentor. Moreover, special classes will be offered every year that accentuate new key themes or involve current events.

By melding academic preparation and residential life, the CIW International Relations and Cultural Exchange learning community promotes interaction among students who have overlapping academic interests, but divergent career goals.

If you select this learning community, you will receive an email with instructions from Stephen Ortiz to your binghamton.edu email address. For more information, email CIW's Collegiate Professor, Stephen Ortiz, at sortiz@binghamton.edu.

Politics, Law and Society

The CIW Politics, Law and Society learning community brings together first- and second-year students who are interested in electoral politics, public policy, public administration and the legal professions. All first-year students will be assigned a returning student member as a peer mentor. It will feature courses just for community members in philosophy, political science, history and writing. Special classes will be offered every year that accentuate new key themes or involve current events.

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

If you select this learning community, you will receive an email with instructions from Stephen Ortiz to your binghamton.edu email address. For more information, email CIW's Collegiate Professor, Stephen Ortiz, at sortiz@binghamton.edu.

Signing up for a Learning Community

First-year students: you will be able to enroll in the Learning Communities when you have paid your housing deposit and request housing online. Returning or second-year students — contact Collegiate Professor, Stephen Ortiz, to express your interest.

Faculty Fellows

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.

RA Programs

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.