Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of belonging to a learning community?

As a member of a learning community you have the opportunity to study, room, and take part in activities with students who have similar interests. All students in learning communities are Liberal Arts students like yourself. Professors have spent hours planning so that students will be able to make connections between the different courses.

Why do the College's learning communities have Latin names?

The Latin names recall the classical education out of which the liberal arts were born. They stand as a reminder that many questions we ask today follow from long-standing traditions of thoughtful inquiry. The learning communities continue these traditions through engaged, collaborative learning.

What is my role as a student in a College learning community?

Your role is to contribute actively to the understanding, friendship, and involvement that will make your learning community succeed and to help others in your community succeed with you. Another role is to find connections among the different fields, courses, and activities that are part of your learning community to enhance your learning and that of others.

How can I be part of a residential learning community if I'm a commuter?

You will have the same courses as all other members of the learning community. In addition, as a member of the community you will have access to the living-learning center where members of your community live on campus, to participate in discussions and activities that take place there.

Do I get to choose which learning community I join?

Yes, as long as space is available. Because no learning community can be larger than 22, if your first choice of a learning community is full you can make another choice.

How do I enroll in a learning community?

In April we will begin sending registration information to those students who have made their enrollment deposit.  You will let your academic advisor know your preferences for courses for the fall as well rank your interest in each of the learning communities. 

Are some learning communities intended for particular majors?

No. All learning communities are designed to appeal to and support students in any major in the College. Check out the courses and activities in each community, and choose the one that looks like it will interest you the most.

What will happen if I choose the wrong learning community?

You really can't choose the wrong learning community because all the learning communities include courses that will give you a good grounding in the liberal arts and help you earn a degree from the College, no matter what major you choose. As long as you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts, all the learning communities are equally instructive.

Do I have to be in a learning community?

If you choose to come to the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, you are choosing to be a member of a first-year learning community. Our experience dating back to 2000 shows that being a member of a learning community will help you succeed. The learning communities will give you a tremendous advantage as you begin your college studies.

How do the learning communities work with the Honors College?

Essentially, the Honors College is a residential learning community of its own, with its own Living Learning Center, Assumption Hall. It offers many of the same advantages of the College's learning communities.

What happens if I want to room with a friend who is not in my learning community?

No problem. The College and Residence Life will work with you on special rooming requests. If your friend is a first-year student in another school at Duquesne, your friend may still room with you on the learning community floor and take part with you in the community's co-curricular activities.

Do students in other schools at Duquesne have residential learning communities?

No. The residential learning communities are a unique opportunity for Liberal Arts students. Only Liberal Arts students have the opportunity to study together, live together on the same floor, and participate in common activities that the learning communities afford.