Living/Learning Communities (LLCs)

Why Choose a Learning Community?

Participants in Living/Learning Communities tend to achieve higher grade point averages, make friends quickly, and transition into college life smoothly. The Colleges’ have a long history of promoting active engagement with Learning Communities, which have been linked to positive student engagement, overall satisfaction with college, increased interpersonal skills, and a greater understanding of diversity. In short, students who take part in a Learning Community leave their first year with the tools and resources necessary to be highly successful in college and beyond.

What is the difference between a Living/Learning Community (LLC) and a Learning Community?

LLCs bridge the academic world and residential world, as nearly all LLCs are taught in a hybrid classroom within the residence hall, known as a Residential Learning Lab. These labs are classrooms during the academic day, located right on your residence hall floor, and then a social/study space in the evening. They come equipped with standard smart classroom technology and have flexible seating arrangements to maximize use of the room. In addition, to being taught on your floor, faculty members work closely with residential education staff to create co-curricular programs that align with what you’re learning in class and help students connect to their faculty member and each other in more intentional ways. As a team, the residential education staff, faculty, and writing/teaching colleagues meet monthly to update each other on the community and plan programs to continually engage students.

First-Year Seminar LLCs

For a full guide to first-year seminar descriptions, click here. If assigned to a LLC, you will reside on the same floor as all other students in the LLC.

SLLC (Sustainable LLC)
FSEM: 078: Sustainable Living and Learning
Faculty Member(s): Beth Kinne and Kristen Brubaker

The Sustainable Living and Learning Community is open to all incoming first-year students. There are no prerequisites for enrollment, nor is it necessary to have a history of work in sustainability initiatives. Instead, we’re looking for students who have a curiosity about the world around them, who want to learn more about the environment, and who enjoy classroom experiences that are active and varied. Click here for more information.

FLLC (Foodie LLC)
FSEM: 186: Eat Like a Slav
Faculty Member(s): David Galloway

What does a country’s cuisine tell us about the people who developed it? FLLC tackles this question by learning about culture and food, fully incorporating cooking into your seminar.

Our work will find its practical application in a weekly kitchen laboratory session where we will construct these dishes as we discuss the nature of food in Russian culture of the last several hundred years.

SJLLC (Social Justice LLC)
FSEM: 141: The Lens of Stand Up Comedy
Faculty Member(s): Jim MaKinster

FSEM: 042: Interrogating Race in the US and South Africa
Faculty Member(s): James McCorkle

This LLC is made up of two similarly themed first-year seminars. While the courses may be different, you’ll live on a floor with students taking a similar FSEM and engage with both faculty members in residence hall programs.

Both courses encourage us to look at our lives, our communities, and society in ways that we may not yet have considered. Issues that relate to the dimensions of social class, racism, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural reproduction, and the very nature of human existence are explored both implicitly and explicitly in The Lens of Stand Up Comedy, while Interrogating Race tackles questions like "do we live in a post-racial world or a new Jim Crow society" and "what is meant by white privilege?"

First-Year Interest LLCs

First-Year Interest LLCs have a residential and academic component, but are not tied to a first-year seminar. As most rooming assignments are determined by first-year seminar assignment, acceptance into this community is dependent upon your interest in the community as well as your first-year seminar assignment.

L3C (Leadership LLC)
Students residing in L3C are also registered for a Reader’s College course as a first-year student, getting a head-start on the well-known HWS Leads program.
Partner Office: The Centennial Center for Leadership

The Leadership LLC will challenge you to integrate leadership, knowledge, theory and experience to increase your understanding of leadership. L3C empowers your involvement in connecting to the campus community, and understanding yourself as a leader. The Leadership LLC (L3C) is designed to purposefully develop students’ leadership style and evaluate examples of leadership.

Upperclassmen LLCs

PEERS (Personal Empowerment & Engagement Residential Seminar)
RCOL: 109: Personal Empowerment
Instructor: Brandon Barile

PEERS (Personal Empowerment & Engagement Residential Seminar) is a class and a living environment. Students who live in PEERS take a class together during Fall 2017 (the half-credit course, RCOL 109, Personal Empowerment) and live on a floor in a suite-style building, Emerson Hall. The course is taught in the residential learning lab and small group activities occur within the suite’s living room.


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