Choose Your Cardinal Community

Cardinal Communities by Interest

COMMUNITIES BY INTEREST

Living Communities

Health/Fitness: Saying No To The Freshman 15

How to stay healthy with the pressures of your freshman year. Combat the Freshman 15 with fun and easy exercises and healthy eating tips. You will participate in fitness challenges, activities that will increase campus awareness, self-defense training, and safety awareness training as well as stress relief activities.


Course Connections: Music Appreciation +/ Public Speaking

Self-Management/Learning: Success is No Accident!

You will develop your own personalized success plans to achieve your college and lifelong aspirations. Through interactive group activities, discussions, presentations, videos, personal testimonials and research, you will explore concepts of success and develop your own viewpoints about what success means to you and what you can do to achieve it.


Course Connections: General Psychology (Strongly Recommended) +/ Music Appreciation

Get Your RED On!

This community will be about getting involved with campus pride, peer support and interacting with new social groups, allowing your Lamar University passion associate you more deeply with campus connections. You have the ability to go to athletic events for free. You will learn how to get engaged with campus events and be part of a bigger campus picture.


Course Connections: Music Appreciation +/ Public Speaking

Cardinal Movie Club

This community will watch movies from all genres and generations to explore and bridge the cultural and generational differences among students and LU faculty and staff.


Course Connections: Intro to Sociology +/ Composition I

Cardinal Careers

This community will focus on finding the right major by helping you to explore career opportunities within your degree by connecting with LU Alumni, finding potential internship opportunities, meeting LU academic departments to discuss programs and degree requirements.


Course Connections: Business Communication +/ Art Appreciation

Health / Wellness

Survivor on Cardinal Island

This community will focus on health and fitness at a level that is comfortable for you. We will have discussions on healthy eating and living, supplements, different types of exercises. We will also have a fitness challenge!


Course Connections: Composition I +/ Music Appreciation

Living a Healthier Life

Learn how to manage diabetes and high blood pressure.   This community will focus on the good, the bad and the ugly of the two conditions.


Course Connections: Dance Appreciation +/ Music Appreciation

Defense Against Crime

This community will be geared towards various laws that may affect campus life. Local law enforcement officers will be brought in to explain and demonstrate how to be safe on campus, the basics of defending yourself and how to react to situations so you don’t become a statistic.


Course Connections: Intro to Criminal Justice +/ Composition I

Social

Sports and Society

This community will focus on college and professional sports and the numerous issues that include topics of civic and social responsibility, team building, ethics, behavior of fans particularly in campus environments, and multiculturalism.


Course Connections: Intro to Sociology +/ Composition I

Board Games That Are So Much Better Than Monopoly and Risk

Believe it or not we are currently in the Golden Age of board games. Today's games are designed by professional game designers to make us think, interact, imagine, and have fun in so many different ways. This community will explore the world of modern board gaming the best way possible; by playing games! You will be exposed to many different games in which you will do everything from working with the other players to beat the game itself, to getting someone to say a word without saying anything yourself. No board gaming experience is needed to join this community. So even if you have never played a board game in your life, you are welcome to join. Who knows, you may just discover your new favorite hobby.


Course Connections: General Psychology +/ Music Appreciation

Cardinal CON-munity

Comic cons, in recent years, have evolved into more than just comic conventions, but have morphed into all things pop culture and cosplay and are all about welcoming people into one group. You will be exposed to comic con culture by meeting/Skyping with guest speakers. You also will be introduced to a “new wave” of psychologists who use fictional pop culture to explain psychology topics, such as using the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents and PTSD.


Course Connections: General Psychology (strongly recommended) +/ Composition I

Crafty Cardinals

This community will be making gifts & cooking for people in need, ex. nursing homes, homeless shelter, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, etc.


Course Connections: Composition I +/ Art Appreciation

Contemporary Social Issues

Stay informed and intelligent about our fluctuating social behaviors and the various actions we embrace to meet these changes. We will consider our lawmaking process and ask if we do enough or too much when it comes to legislating (or not legislating) cultural mores in American society. Topics include: healthcare, LGBTQ+ legislation, education, and religion and ideology. Students will be encouraged to present their own topics for discussion and examination.


Course Connections: Intro to Sociology +/ Philosophy of Knowledge

Cardinal Comic Book Club

You will examine storytelling and graphic creativity of a medium that is not often thought as intellectual and will discuss their deeper meaning. You will be invited to contribute works that you enjoy.


Course Connections: Composition I +/ Art Appreciation

Networking: Nice To Meet You

By attending on campus events, you will learn the art of networking with simple tools you can use at any social event.


Course Connections: Business Communication +/ Composition I

Happiness 101

You will connect around the common interest of finding happiness through an understanding of positive psychology and existential thought. You will watch and discuss TedTalks videos, as well as will participate in “Think, Pair, Shape” and “Changing Charts” activities.


Course Connections: General Psychology (Strongly Recommended) +/ Dance Appreciation

Get Your READ On!

This community is for students who love to read for fun and want to explore all different genres.


Course Connections: Composition II +/ Philosophy of Knowledge

Technology

Digital Technology

This community will focus on Web 2.0 tools (free online technology), that will assist you in your courses with presentations, projects, and visual aids to make learning fun.


Course Connections: Microcomputer +/ Art Appreciation

Cardinals in the Digital World

Use LU Connect to prepare yourself for today's digital world. The importance of campus connectivity through LU email will be focused on. You will become familiar with LU’s digital platforms: LU Learn aka Blackboard, Microsoft Office 365, and Self Service Banner.


Course Connections: Microcomputer +/ Music Appreciation

Professional

Professional Cardinals

This community introduces you to the soft, but important skills of life after college. Topics such as resume/cover letter writing, interviewing skills, professional dress and etiquette, networking, time/stress management skills, and how to set and achieve are just a few of the topics that will be covered.


Course Connections: Composition I +/ Business Communication

Diversity

LGBTQ Cardinals and Allies

The main goal of this Cardinal Community is for participants to be both self-aware of their own identity-construction and to become active allies/advocates for the LGBTQ community on campus and in the broader community. You will explore the social constructions of gender and sexuality from a critical perspective. The exploration will include self-introspection and group discussion as well as hearing from guest speakers (e.g. a representative from Legacy Health, HRC, PFLAG, etc.). An examination of media representations (examples provided by the community participants) would also occur.


Course Connections: Public Speaking +/ Intro to Sociology

The French Speaking World

This community will focus on promoting global awareness and cultural diversity understanding, focusing particularly on France and other French-speaking cultures. You will be exposed to different aspects of the culture of the target language, while learning communicative strategies. This community will also promote the appreciation of the value of linguistic and ethnic diversity. Documentaries and other authentic materials, as well as presentations, group activities, and follow-up exercises will be part of the program.

Course Connections: French I / French II

The Spanish Speaking World

This community will focus on promoting global awareness and cultural diversity understanding, while covering the four basic components of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will be exposed to different aspects of the culture of the target language, while learning communicative strategies. This Learning Community will also promote the appreciation of the value of linguistic and ethnic diversity. Documentaries and other authentic materials, as well as presentations, group activities, and follow-up exercises will be part of the program.


Course Connections: Spanish I / Spanish II

Think Like a PhD

You will explore what it means to become a PhD. In this case, PhD is an acronym for Prepared, Hardworking, and Determined. You will learn about the benefits of earning degrees beyond your bachelors. You will also be introduced to the possibilities of research and a life in academia in preparation to apply to the McNair program.


Course Connections: Composition II +/ Philosophy of Knowledge

Academic

U.S. History at the Movies

The main goal of this community is for you to explore how American History is reflected in motion pictures. The community will watch and discuss how the films present the events and how movies shape our society by comparing the film interpretation versus the real invents.


Course Connections: American History I (strongly recommended) +/ Composition I

Numbers Rule Your World

In this community you will explore mathematics through fun activities such as jeopardy, debates, TedTalks, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) interactive activities, Math teasers…


Course Connections: Statistics +/ College Algebra

Energy in Our Lives

This community will explore the current and future energy issues of our country and planet. You will take part in open discussions and  hands-on experiences by doing experiments. The community will also tour the labs on campus.


Course Connections: Math Methods in Physics +/ College Physics I

STEM

This community will aid first year STEM students adapting to the university environment. You will gain access to information, as well as, to campus support systems (tutoring, access to clubs, access to faculty mentors, and undergraduate), and assistance with time management.


Course Connections: PreCal I +/ American History

Cardinal Communities by Major

COMMUNITIES BY MAJOR

Arts and Sciences

Biology and Environmental Science

You will explore campus resources geared toward Biology and Environmental Science Students. Tour the Biology Department facilities and connect with faculty, current students and professionals from their major. This will give an edge to a class of freshmen and contribute to your academic success.


Course Connections: General Biology I (Majors)+/ PreCal II

Chemistry

Students will explore on-campus resources directed toward Chemistry. Tour facilities and labs and connect with faculty and advanced students to learn about undergraduate research opportunities. Students will gain knowledge of related career 


Course Connections: General Chemistry +/ PreCal II

The Magic Of Computers And Technology

You will gain an understanding of how computers and technology are being used to solve problems and achieve a better quality of life for everyone on earth. Following career paths available to college graduates, specific topics will highlight areas in high demand including mobile computing, game development, artificial intelligence, machine learning, medical image processing, real-time systems and security.


Course Connections: Programming Fund I +/ Think, Speak, Write +/ Programming Lab

Infinite possibilities and Humanities

You will learn possible career paths with liberal arts degrees. You will be exposed to professionals who have degrees in the liberal arts with diverse professions. You will delve into various media (books, films, television…) that have academic merit.


Course Connections: Composition I +/ French I

Pre-Nursing

The main goals of the pre-nursing community is to reduce stress, provide a nurturing environment, and build relationships among students with a common goal of becoming a nurse. Some of the program activities include stress and time management techniques, organization strategies, relaxation techniques, team building exercises. You will also explore aspects of the nursing profession that you are interested in and will have the opportunity to meet nurses from your chosen field.


Course Connections: Nutrition & Diet +/ College Algebra

Recipe for Pre-Professional Success

You will learn how to become proactive and stay on target with your goal of attending a professional school (Veterinary – Medicine – Dental…). You will be exposed to volunteering, shadowing, possible research opportunities, timelines of pre-professional exams (MCAT – DAT – PCAT) and student organizations.


Course Connections: General Chemistry +/ PreCal II

Criminal Justice

You will explore your major and related career opportunities. You will study together, do community service together, and create friendships that will outlast the bounds of college. Here are some activities that you will participate in: Meet representatives from law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, SWAT, and US marshals, Tour the Beaumont Police Department & Museum, CJSA coordinated events such as going to the shooting. Students will also participate in social events (paintball…)


Course Connections: Intro to Criminal Justice +/ Court System and Practices +/ Composition I

Freshman Psychology

Students will explore their major and related career opportunities. Students will study together, and create friendships that will outlast the bounds of college. Students will network with professors from the department, professionals from the field and more advanced students. Students will participate in hands on activities and also learn about future research opportunities.


Course Connections: General Psychology +/ College Algebra +/ Composition I +/ Music Appreciation

Business

Freshman Business

This CC Freshman introduces Lamar University Freshman Business Majors to the college of business, its faculty, staff, and administrators, and to the world of business, in general. This community gives students a behind-the-scenes look at how the College of Business operates, what its mission and goals are, and how they relate to your opportunities to succeed both at Lamar and in your future careers.


Course Connections: Business Envir & Public Policy +/ Intro Business Technology +/ Business Calculus +/ Music Appreciation

Engineering

Building the Future

Introduction of engineering fields to students so that they can experience the creative and diverse side of engineering and gain more interest in engineering.


Course Connections: PreCal I / PreCal II +/ Composition I +/ American History I

Chemical Engineering Honors

You will explore on-campus resources directed toward Chemistry and Engineering. Tour facilities and labs and connect with faculty to learn about undergraduate research opportunities. This community will also cover the Honors College Handbook to assure you are meeting Honors requirements.


Course Connections: Introduction to Engineering +/General Chemistry I +/ Calculus – Composition I – American History I -

Education and Human Development

Dietetics / Nutrition

This community will provide an edge to major students. You will have the opportunity to explore meet with interns and professors within the department. This community will reduce stress by helping relieve of accomplishing the volunteer hours for their degree plan by providing opportunities to volunteer as a group. You will also familiarize yourself with the process to qualify for internship opportunities.


Course Connections: Nutrition & Diet +/ College Algebra

Education

In this CC students will be able to build friendships and interact with freshmen students who are interested in pursuing a teaching certification at any level (elementary or secondary). Students will explore the possible paths to becoming a teacher, discuss current issues/events in education and teaching, and watch teaching-related documentaries and movies, as well as other activities based on student interest.


Course Connections: Composition I +/ College Algebra +/ Music Appreciation +/ American History I

Fine Arts and Communication

American Sign Language

Incoming Freshmen would join a community of more advanced ASL majors (SO, JR, SR). The community uses a buddy system and pairs incoming freshmen with upper-level students, so you can form relationships with each other and make college more enjoyable. You will also explore career opportunities. In break off sessions, you will explore real life application information relating to the field of deafness and professional organizations that relate to deafness according to their specific track.


Course Connections: ASL I / ASL II +/ Intro to Deaf Studies +/ Art Appreciation

COMMon Connections

This community will provide purposeful support to the freshmen communication students through information discovery sessions, movie nights, study sessions and social gatherings.


Course Connections: Interpersonal Communication +/ Film Appreciation +/ Public Speaking +/ PreCal II

Speech and Hearing

Major students will join the Speech and Hearing community to network with upper undergrad classmen, graduate students and faculty members. You will gain the opportunity to participate in social mixers as well as in Speech and Hearing service activities and gain hands-on experience. The community will also hold sessions on college life skills and transition.


Course Connections: Intro Speech Lang Disorders +/ Theoretical Bases of Language