Learning Communities

As a first-year McAnulty College of Liberal Arts student, you will be a part of a Residential Learning Community. Learning communities foster an environment where new students can successfully transition to college life, both academically and socially. Students benefit from learning and living alongside peers who share their interests and working closely with faculty in small-group settings.

Each Learning Community cohort takes three thematically-related courses together in the fall semester. On campus students also live together on Learning Community-designated residence hall floors. Explore each of our learning communities to determine which is the best fit for you.

Learning Community Goals

  • Help students learn to make connections between fields of study
  • Promote the development of skills and habits that will 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

With a focus on small groups of students, communities quickly form their own identity. Each community has a Latin name that captures its emphasis and focus. Every community class satisfies either a McAnulty College of Liberal Arts or University Core requirement. 

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

AFST 150C-01 - Intro to African Studies
THEO/AFST 281C-01 - African Religions 
UCOR 101C-09 - Thinking & Writing 

Artes Learning Community IconARTES
Creativity, passion, and beauty

ENGL 204C-01 - Theatrical Portraits
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 105C-01 - American National Government
COMM 102C-01 - Public Speaking
UCOR 101C-11 - Thinking & Writing 

Trust, Confidence, Belief, Faith

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum
UCOR 132C - Basic Philosophical Questions
COMM 103C, Exploring Interpersonal Communication

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

Exploring Theories and Meditative Practices from Psychology & Spirituality

PSYC 260C - Psychology, Religion & Spirituality
THEO 210C - Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
UCOR 101C - 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
Study other lands, cultures, and states.

WDLI 103C - New Voices, Questions, Realities
COMM 114C - Exploring Intercultural Comm
UCOR 101C-04 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 

Exploring past, present, and future extinctions through the lens of sustainability

ENGL 201C-01 - Confronting the Eco-Apocalypse 
SOCI 124C - Global Sociology 
UCOR 101C-01 - Thinking & Writing