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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:

AFRICA  (Coming in fall 2016)

love, passion, fondness, desire

Explore the meanings of love in religion, literature and art.

ARTES (Coming in fall 2016)

state, citizenship, city-state

Prepare to make a difference in community and governance.

justice, equity, rightness

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

NATURA (Coming in fall 2016)

telling relating, narrative, story

Read and create stories.

circle, the world, the earth

Study other lands, cultures and states.

reckoning, reason, judgment, method

Ask better questions; work toward more satisfying answers.

earth, land, ground

Cultivate compassion for the earth and those that inhabit it.

For more details:

 Learn about each communities Service-learning project.

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

Browse our Frequently Asked Questions.