Directions Learning Community

Program description

The Directions Learning Community consists of first-year students enrolled in the undergraduate majors of event management and hospitality management.  Through common classes, social opportunities, field trips, community service work, and more students are able to meet others in their major and feel connected to their major early on at Iowa State. 

To stay up to date on what the Directions Learning Community is up to, follow their blog (active only during the fall semester).

Majors eligible to join

All first-year students in event management and hospitality management


This is a non-residential learning community.  (This means, students can live anywhere and participate!)


Students in the Directions Learning Community have the option of taking common classes together.  These courses included:

  • AESHM 113. Professional Development in AESHM.  Sections reserved specifically for first-year students in Hospitality Management and Event Management.  Course is taught by advisers within the majors.  Peer Mentors attend class as well.  (REQUIRED)
  • AESHM 112. Orientation for AESHM  (REQUIRED)
  • ENGL 150. This is a special section of the course specifically for Event and Hospitality majors.  Some assignments will be integrated with topics learned in the event and hospitality industry.
  • HSP M 101. Hospitality Management.  (REQUIRED)
  • FS HN 167. Human Nutrition.
  • HD FS 102. Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-Being

How to sign up

To get the most from your experience, join the learning community during your first-year orientation

Peer mentors

Each year the learning community has 2-3 peer mentors who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors in event management and/or hospitality management.  Peer mentors come to AESHM 113 regularly and participate in and even lead class discussion.  They act as another resource on campus for students—giving advice, suggestions, and support.  In addition to this, peer mentors also plan social opportunities, educational events, and study sessions for the learning community participants.

Coming soon: Fall 2018 Peer Mentors!