Learning Communities

Learning Communities are designed for incoming freshmen in their first or second semesters. Students in any major--along with undecided students--are welcome to participate in a Learning Community.

What Learning Communities are available?

(Information as of spring 2013)

Adult Focus

The Adult Focus Learning Community is offered specifically for nontraditional students new to the University. The Student Success Seminar course highlights success strategies, identification of individual learning styles, awareness of academic resources, and the necessary skills to make educational and career decisions.

Day
1100:101 Student Success Seminar

Evening
1100:101 Student Success Seminar

African-American Male

The African American Male LC provides incoming first-year students a year-long focus on leadership, civic engagement, and academic and social integration through collaborative and active learning.

The African American Male I
1100:101 Student Success Seminar
2020:121 English
7600:106 Effective Oral Communication

The African American Male II
1100:101 Student Success Seminar
2020:121 English
7600:106 Effective Oral Communication

Allied Health

Students pursuing an allied health career should participate in this learning community, which integrates the language of medicine, the structure and function of the human body, medical research and controversial health-related topics such as stem cell research.

2740:120 Medical Terminology
2780:106 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health I
2020:121 English

Business *

No matter what you do with your career, you are in business. This learning community will give you an introduction to the far ranging world of business and allow you to explore the academic opportunities within the College of Business Administration. Students will experience a variety of classroom activities, including guest speakers from various businesses who will share their views and expertise.

Students in the Business learning community can also be part of the Business Leadership Connection Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar
6100:101 Business Issues in a Connected World

Communications

This year-long learning community for communication majors focuses on the field of contemporary American mass communication, speaker-audience communication principles, and group dynamics, and examines diversified communication careers.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar
7600:102 Survey of Mass Communication
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:106 Effective Oral Communication

Engineering/Pre-Calc I

The year-long Engineering/Pre-Calculus Learning Community provides freshmen engineering students a supportive environment to aid in success as they begin their majors. The program emphasizes a strong theoretical foundation through practical applications in math and science. The LC is led by Engineering faculty and academic advisers. Students participate in facilitated study groups, tutoring, academic support services, local company tours, and social events.

3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I (Lecture)
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I (Rect.)
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I (Lab)
3450:149 PreCalculus

Exploring Fine Arts

Are you exploring careers in Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre? Through the Fine Arts Learning Community, you will learn about the predicted demand for these careers, skills you need to succeed, and how to prepare for and find meaningful and relevant learning experiences in the Fine Arts.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:105 Intro to Public Speaking
1100:117 Career Planning

Exploring the Natural Sciences

Are you exploring careers in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology and Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics? Through the Natural Sciences Learning Community, you will learn about the predicted demand for these careers, skills you need to succeed, and how to prepare for and find meaningful and relevant learning experiences in the Natural Sciences.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:105 Intro to Public Speaking
1100:117 Career Planning

Exploring the Social Sciences

Are you exploring careers in Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology? Through the Social Sciences Learning Community, you will learn about the predicted demand for these careers, skills you need to succeed, and how to prepare for and find meaningful and relevant learning experiences in the Social Sciences.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:105 Intro to Public Speaking
1100:117 Career Planning

Exploring Health Professions

Are you exploring careers in Child Life, Nursing, Nutrition, Social Work, Speech Language Pathology & Audiology? Through the Health Professions Learning Community, you will learn about the predicted demand for these careers, skills you need to succeed, and how to prepare for and find meaningful and relevant learning experiences in the Health Professions.

3300:111 English Composition I
1100:117 Career Planning

Exploring the Humanities

Are you exploring careers in English, the Classics & Philosophy, History, or Literature? Through the Humanities Learning Community, you will learn about the predicted demand for these careers, skills you need to succeed, and how to prepare for and find meaningful and relevant learning experiences in the Humanities.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:105 Intro to Public Speaking
1100:117 Career Planning

First Scholars

Are you the first in your family to go to college? This is an exciting time for both you and your family, and this community provides the tools you need to be successful. Student is in this community will take a fall semester Student Success Seminar, be provided with individualized mentoring, be offered an opportunity for paid employment to assist with finances, and families will be connected to the community through a monthly e-newsletter.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar

Honors Emerging Leaders *

Be part of an exciting program that has won regional and national recognition. Emerging Leaders either reside in Ritchie Hall, Sisler-McFawn, or the fifth floor of the Honors Complex. Participants are a part of the Major Events Committee of the Residence Hall Program Board. There is a different application process and selection for the Emerging Leaders Program.

Students in the Honors Emerging Leaders Learning Community can also be part of the Emerging Leaders Program Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

1100:101-031 Student Success Seminar

International

The International Learning Community introduces students from cultures outside the U.S. to various services and opportunities available to them at The University of Akron. The LC is comprised of both International and American students, providing interactive, meaningful discussions. The LC is led by instructors possessing cross-cultural experiences and awareness of unique adjustment issues related to studying in a foreign country. 

1100:101 Student Success Seminar
7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking - ESL
3300:111 English Composition I - ESL

Nursing

The School of Nursing’s year-long Learning Communities provide freshmen the opportunity to network with other freshmen interested in nursing careers while developing the academic skills necessary to succeed in the challenging Nursing Program curricula. Students meet nursing faculty, receive advice from current nursing students, and experience many opportunities to become familiar with the School of Nursing and nursing career expectations.

Students in the Essentials for PreNursing Learning Communities can also be part of the Nursing Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

Essentials for PreNursing (A)
3150:110 Intro. to Gen., Org. & Biochem I (Lecture)
3150:111 Intro. to Gen., Org. & Biochem I (Lab)
3100:200 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture)
3100:201 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab)
8200:100 Introduction to Nursing
1100:191 ST: Transitional Study Skills
3300:111 English Composition I

Essentials for PreNursing (B)
3150:110 Intro. to Gen., Org. & Biochem I (Lecture)
3150:111 Intro. to Gen., Org. & Biochem I (Lab)
3100:200 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture)
3100:201 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab)
8200:100 Introduction to Nursing
1100:191 ST: Transitional Study Skills
3300:111 English Composition I

Essentials for PreNursing (C)
3150:110 Intro. to Gen., Org. & Biochem I (Lecture)
3150:111 Intro. to Gen., Org. & Biochem I (Lab)
8200:100 Introduction to Nursing
1100:191 ST: Transitional Study Skills
3300:111 English Composition I

Essentials for PreNursing (D)
3100:200 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture)
3100:201 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab)
8200:100 Introduction to Nursing
1100:191 ST: Transitional Study Skills
3300:111 English Composition I

Off-Campus Learning Community

Living at home? Looking to make friendships with other students? Want to increase your leadership skills and get connected with programs and services that will make you more successful? This learning community is designed to provide first year students, who are not living in a residence hall, the tools to be a successful student leader at The University of Akron, while taking advantage of all the programs and services that will enhance your Akron experience.

Enroll in the following two classes Fall Semester 2014:

  • Effective Oral Communication (7600:106) – Students will work in groups and develop presentations about current leadership issues using their personal experience, the Akron experience and assigned service opportunities as topics.
  • The Akron Experience: University 101 (1100:101) – Topics will be specific to commuter student issues and students will attend the leadership speaker series during normal class time.

Other Requirements for this learning community:

  • Participate in New Roo Weekend
  • Participate in Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
  • Minimum 2.2 cumulative high school GPA

For more information, contact Off-Campus Student Services at 330-972-5500 or e-mail ocss@uakron.edu.

PASSAGE

Preparing Akron Students for Success And Great Expectations - PASSAGE is a structured Learning Community promoting the academic and social integration of students of color into The University of Akron. Through PASSAGE, UA helps students develop a strong affiliation with the University’s academic culture by promoting student learning and retention through collaborative and cooperative learning and the use of learning technology.

PASSAGE I
1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:106 Effective Oral Communication

PASSAGE II
1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I

Pre-Education *

These Learning Communities provide an introduction to the field of education, aiding in a student’s decision to become a future educator. Students gain hands-on experience through a service-learning project involving tutoring local elementary school children. This tutoring experience provides the foundation for writing assignments and critical reflection in English Composition, speeches in Introduction to Public Speaking, and a final project portfolio in the Student Success Seminar.

Students in the Pre-Education Learning Community can also be part of the Pre-Education Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

Pre-Education I
1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking

Pre-Education II
1100:101 Student Success Seminar
3300:111 English Composition I
7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking

Ritchie Emerging Leaders *

Be part of an exciting program that has won regional and national recognition. Emerging Leaders either reside in Ritchie Hall, Sisler-McFawn, or the fifth floor of the Honors Complex. Participants are a part of the Major Events Committee of the Residence Hall Program Board. There is a different application process and selection for the Emerging Leaders Program.

Students in the Ritchie Emerging Leaders Learning Community can also be part of the Emerging Leaders Program Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

Ritchie Emerging Leaders I
1100:101 Student Success Seminar

Ritchie Emerging Leaders II
1100:101 Student Success Seminar

Service and Civic Engagement *

Lead through the service to others. This community is a great home for students with a passion for making a difference, desire to build leadership skills, and a want to be active citizens in the community. Students in this community will take a fall semester Student Success Seminar and a Spring leadership course focused on becoming a Servant Leader. The ability to change this world begins with you! Join us in our mission to lead through service.

Students in the Service Learning Community can also be part of the Services and Civic Engagement Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar

Sisler-McFawn Emerging Leaders *

Be part of an exciting program that has won regional and national recognition. Emerging Leaders either reside in Ritchie Hall, Sisler-McFawn, or the fifth floor of the Honors Complex. Participants are a part of the Major Events Committee of the Residence Hall Program Board. There is a different application process and selection for the Emerging Leaders Program.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar

Sports Science and Wellness *

The Sports Science & Wellness Learning Community is designed for students majoring in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. Coursework centers on introductory core courses. This focus allows students to engage in skill acquisition, mentoring, and laboratory activities which introduce and reinforce anatomical knowledge, critical laboratory skills, and leadership principles in the associated allied health careers.

Students in the Sports Science and Wellness Learning Community can also be part of the Athletic Training Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

3100:200 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture)
3100:201 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab)
5550:150 Concepts in Health & Fitness

Statistics

Want to take a chance? Through the Statistics for Everyday Life course and Student Success Seminar, students receive the fundamental ideas of statistics and probability through real-world problems that affect students’ everyday lives. The LC is organized around case studies drawn from current events collected from daily newspapers and other news media, and real-world applications.

* The Statistics for Everyday Life course is applicable to Nursing, Secondary Education, History, Liberal Arts, Sociology, and Psychology majors contingent upon appropriate Math Placement scores. 

Statistics I
3470:250 Statistics for Everyday Life (Lecture)
1100:101 Student Success Seminar
*Stats Lab is student choice

Veterans

Join with your fellow military veterans as you begin your college career. This Learning Community comprised of a Student Success Seminar (freshman orientation course) will focus on the interests and needs of incoming military veteran students.

1100:101 Student Success Seminar

Women in Engineering *

The Women in Engineering Program and the Women in Engineering Living-Learning Community prepare engineering majors to graduate and enter the workforce as qualified professionals. Courses and activities include the Women in Engineering Seminar and Peer Group Discussion, presentations by engineers from local companies, the Engineering Career Fair, peer mentoring, study groups, and more.

Students in the Women in Engineering Learning Community can also be part of the Women in Engineering Living-Learning Community and live on the same residence hall floor.

4100:110 Women in Engineering Seminar & Peer Group
4100:110 Women in Engineering Seminar & Peer Group (Discussion)

 

* indicates this is a Learning Community (for commuters or non-LLC students) or you could apply to be considered for the Living/Learning Community. With the Living-Learning Community, you must live on-campus.

Join a Learning Community

To join a Learning Community, talk to your adviser when you come to New Student Orientation, or call 330-972-7066.