Living/Learning

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

New for fall 2020 – CP Steve Ortiz will be offering a new learning community, Environmental Action and Studies. Check back here for more information coming soon.

International Relations and Cultural Exchange

The CIW International Relations and Cultural Exchange (IRCE) learning community will bring together in a shared residential setting first and second-year students who are interested in international relations — both diplomatic relations featuring state actors and formal international organizations such as the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 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. The 2019–2020 special class will be "Baseball, Jazz, Modern Dance and Ping Pong: Sports, Culture and International Relations" taught in the fall semester by Prof. Stephen Ortiz, CIW Collegiate Professor and Associate Professor of History.

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 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, see the CIW Website or 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 in a shared residential setting. 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. Moreover, special classes will be offered every year that accentuate new key themes or involve current events. The 2019–2020 special class will be "The Third-Term, An Outsider Candidate and Foreign Collusion: The Presidential Election of 1940" taught in the spring
semester by Prof. Stephen Ortiz, CIW Collegiate Professor and Associate
Professor of History.

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 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, see the CIW Website or email the 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. 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. Returning or second year students — contact Collegiate Professor, Stephen Ortiz, to express your interest.

First Year Required Classes

Students enrolled in a learning community are required to take two area-based courses in the fall semester and one area-based course in the spring semester, along with the associated learning community course for the enrolled learning community.

Area-based Classes

Area-based classes are special courses taught within the CIW community, only available for residents and will vary by semester. They are typically courses in History, Philosophy, Political Science, Geography and Writing. There may be spaces available in some of these courses when you come for July registration — 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.

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.