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Learning Communities

Get off to a great start by being part of a Residential Learning Community! Learning communities create an environment for success for first-year students in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts.

Each community shares:

  • Two integrated courses of study in the fall semester.
  • A theme.
  • A floor in a residence hall (if you live on campus).

Community members:

  • Get to know faculty members on a personal basis
  • Discover friends and study companions with similar interests
  • Organize study groups quickly and easily
  • Benefit from being taught by a faculty team who connect their courses
  • Take part whether you live on campus or commute

Choose Your Community

With no more than 30 student members, communities quickly form their own identity. Each community has a Latin name that captures its emphasis and focus. You can choose the community you prefer, as space allows:



CIVITAS IconAMOR (AH'-MORE) love, passion, fondness, desire

Explore love, desire, and violence in literature and culture.


ARTES (AR'-TAYS) creativity, passion, beauty


CIVITAS IconCIVITAS (KEE'-WEE-TOSS) state, citizenship, city-state

Creating Engaged Citizens in Their Communities, Their Nations, and the World.



JUSTITIA (YOU-STEE'-TEE-AH) justice, equity, rightness

Search for truth and justice through evidence in the public sphere.


NARRATIO logoNARRATIO (NAH-RAH'-TEE-OH) Narrative, story, telling, relating

Interpret, analyze, and respond to narratives in a variety of forms, including literature, film, and other media.


NATURA (NAH-TOOR'-AH) Earth-Spirit-Psyche


ORBIS IconORBIS (OR'-BIS) circle, the world, the earth

Study other lands, cultures and states.


RATIO IconRATIO (RAH'-TEE-OH) reckoning, reason, judgment, method

Ask better questions; work toward more satisfying answers.


TERRA IconTERRA (TER'-RAH) earth, land, ground

Cultivate compassion for the earth and those that inhabit it.


For more details:

Read the College's Goals for Learning Communities, Testimonials and Reports from past learning communities members.

Browse our Frequently Asked Questions.