Lourdes Hall (507-457-2500)
Ronald Elcombe, Director
Linda D'Amico, Associate Professor; B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University; 2000 –
Daniel Eastman, Professor; B.A., Western Washington University; M.F.A., Wayne State University; M.F.A., Bard College; 1989 –
Ronald Elcombe, Professor; B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; M.M., Mankato State University; Ph.D., The Union Institute; 1991 –
The mission of the Residential College is to provide an enhanced learning environment for highly motivated students to promote excellence in the achievement of their undergraduate education within a living and learning community.
The Residential College offers students a unique educational opportunity in a residential setting. Students are encouraged to discover the love of learning, tolerance for individual differences, and benefits of a liberal arts education by developing their talents through participation in a topical interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes in-class and extracurricular learning. The relaxed residential environment of the Residential College creates an atmosphere of collaborative learning. In addition to living and learning communities, Residential College students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities. The Residential College is located in Lourdes, Maria, and the Tau Center residence halls.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (RESC)
140 - Topics in the Humanities (3. S.H.)
This course is designed to explore the nature and scope of the human experience. It will explore the search for meaning and value in human life by examining its expression in cultural forms and texts, literature, and the arts. The topics will vary and will often take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. RESC 140 is in the University Studies Arts and Sciences Core Humanities category.
143 - Experience and Expression (3. S.H.)
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for creative expression through a significant experiential/studio component. It will introduce the student to the creative process and develop basic skills and aesthetic awareness. The topics will vary and will often take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. RESC 143 is in the University Studies Arts and Sciences Core Fine and Performing Arts category.
150 - Insights and Implications (3 S.H.)
In this course, students will have an opportunity to integrate the perspectives and information offered in interdisciplinary clusters of courses. Students will also apply those perspectives and information in discussions and a term project focused on a contemporary issue related to the cluster theme. Course topics will vary. RESC 150 is in the University Studies Unity and Diversity Contemporary Citizenship category.
151 - Concepts and Context (3 S.H.)
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for developing skill in the critical analysis of concepts and issues facing us in today’s world. It will introduce the student to a systematic approach to the analysis of current issues. The topics will vary and will often take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. Depending upon the topic, this course may be used to satisfy the University Studies Unity and Diversity Critical Analysis category.
301 – Resident Assistant Development (2 S.H.) (Repeatable as
This course will offer students in leadership positions an opportunity to expand their leadership skills through a series of classroom experiences. The seminar-style course will have three distinct phases. The first phase will focus on the development of the individual. The second phase centers on group development. The final phase will have the student look at community development, not only in the college setting, but also in non-academic settings. May be repeated for credit using the course number RESC 302 (Resident Assistant Development).