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Learning Communities

As a liberal arts incoming freshman, you will be a part of a Residential Learning Community! Learning communities create an environment for success for first-year students in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts.

Learning Community Goals:

  • Help students learn to make connections between fields of study
  • Promote the development of skills and habits of mind to prepare students for their academic career
  • Encourage collaboration between students and between students and instructors 
  • Help first-year students in the College find friends and study companions
  • Create a sense of identity and unity among students in the College of Liberal Arts

Each community shares:

  • Three integrated courses in the fall semester.
  • A theme/topic.
  • A floor in a residence hall (if you live on campus).

Community members:

  • Benefit from being taught by a faculty team who highlight the connections between their courses
  • Get to know faculty members on a personal basis
  • Discover friends and study companions with similar interests
  • Organize study groups quickly and easily

Choose Your Community

With no more than 22 student members, communities quickly form their own identity. Each community has a Latin name that captures its emphasis and focus.  Every class in each community satisfies either a McAnulty College of Liberal Arts or University Core requirement.  

Africa Learning Community IconAFRICA
Unique people - Diverse places - Enhanced opportunities

HIST/AFST 251C-01 - African History 
THEO/AFST 281C-01 - African Religions 
UCOR 101C-09 - Thinking & Writing 

Artes Learning Community IconARTES
Michelangelo to Tarantino: Thinking and Writing Critically about Visual Culture

ENGL 205C-01 - Intro to Film
ARHY 112C-01- Art History: Renaissance to Modern
UCOR 101C-10 - Thinking & Writing 

Civitas Learning Community IconCIVITAS
Preparing student-citizens to understand, appreciate, and engage with diverse global communities and their unique challenges.

POSC 116C-01 - Current Challenges for Liberal Democracies 
THEO 264C-01 - Religion & Global Conflict 
UCOR 101C-11 - Thinking & Writing 

Justitia Learning Community IconJUSTITIA
Search for truth and justice through evidence in the public sphere.

SOCI 103C-01 - Intro. to Criminal Justice
THEO 211C-01 - Finding Religion in Prison 
UCOR 101C-03 - Thinking & Writing 

Materiae Learning Community IconMATERIAE
Exploring the relationship between things and ourselves by thinking and working with objects where ever they are found

ENGL 204C-01 - Fashion & Literature
HIST 224C-01 - History of Things
UCOR 101C-08 - Thinking & Writing 

Narratio Learning Community IconNARRATIO
Engaging the world through stories in literature, film, and other media  

MDIA 140C-01 - Media Literacy
ENGL 113C-01 - Literature & Diversity
UCOR 101C-12 - Thinking & Writing 

Orbis Learning Community IconORBIS
Explore the world and learn about other cultures while confronting the human rights challenges that we face.

ENGL/WDLI 112C-01 - A World of Stories
COMM 114C - Exploring Intercultural Comm 
UCOR 101C-04 Thinking & Writing 

Potentia Learning Community IconPOTENTIA
The essence of Power is one fundamental building block of humanity, from politics and war to knowledge and personal relationships.

UCOR 132C-21 - Basic Philosophical Questions
HIST 151C-01 - Shaping of the Modern World
UCOR 101C-05 - Thinking & Writing

Ratio Learning Community IconRATIO (NOT open to Math/Comp Sci. majors)
Ask better questions; work toward more satisfying answers.

SOCI 106C-01 - Social Problems
MATH 125C-03 - Fundamentals of Statistics  
UCOR 101C-02 - Thinking & Writing 

Spectaculum Learning Community IconSPECTACULUM
Explore the idea of performance both on stage and in our daily life.

ENGL 203C-01 - Intro to Drama
THEA 151C-01 - Intro to Theater Arts 
UCOR 101C-07 - Thinking & Writing 

Terra Learning Community IconTERRA 
Exploring past, present, and future extinctions through the lens of sustainability

ENGL 201C-01 - Confronting the Eco-Apocalypse 
SOCI 101C-01 - Intro. to Sociology 
UCOR 101C-01 - Thinking & Writing 

Via Learning Community IconVIA
Travels and Encounters Through Cultures Across the Globe.

CLSX/WSGS 123C-01 - Greek & Roman Mythology 
PSYC 203C - Intro. to Psychology as a Human Science
UCOR 101C-06 - Thinking & Writing 

For more details:

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

Browse our Frequently Asked Questions.