Learning Communities

Learning Communities

Learning Communities are designed to help you transition into college life and provide you with the skills you need to succeed throughout your academic career. When you arrive on campus in August you’ll want to feel at home, get to know people easily, and do well academically.

Learning Communities (LCs) are designed for exactly that. By bringing first-year students and faculty members together to form tight-knit, cohesive units, Learning Communities facilitate a smooth transition to college life and provide a few nice extras, too.

What is a Learning Community?

A Learning Community is a group of students who take a common set of courses together and participate in common experiences around their academics.

When you choose to participate in a Learning Community, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the courses’ subject matter while building relationships with faculty and fellow students inside and outside of the classroom.

Some of our Learning Communities are residentially-based, which means that participating students not only take courses in common but also live in either the same residence hall or the same residential area of campus.

Learning Communities are an excellent way to make new friends with similar interests.Learning Communities are about living, learning, and having fun together!

Why Participate?

Taking part in a learning community will provide you with all of these benefits:

  • Attend two classes with the same group of students
  • Live in the same residence hall as your community members (if you live on campus and a residence option is available)
  • Get involved, meet people, and make friends

The Benefits of a Learning Community

enrolled in two courses together

You and the other students in your LC are enrolled in two courses together. These linked courses form the basis of your fall semester schedule. Finding a study partner has never been so easy!

Friends with similar interests

LCs are an excellent way to make new friends with similar interests. As part of a community of no more than 20 students, you and your community members will share not only learning experiences and out-of-class activities, but support one another's academic success.

Faculty Mentor

Faculty mentors will be there to guide you. They will help you make connections between what you learn in the classroom and what you experience outside the classroom.

Engage in academic as well as social activities

Engage in academic as well as social activities such as trips to agencies and museums, concerts, lectures, dinners, informal gatherings, and service projects with faculty and students from your linked courses.

Living-Learning Communities

Florida Southern offers the following residential-based Living & Learning Communities (LLCs). If you are interested in participating in any of these communities, opt-in online when completing your New Student Enrollment forms »

Law & Politics Learning Communities

Law & Politics

All Majors

This learning community is currently full.

This community is designed for students with an interest in law and legal studies, policy and policymaking, and the broader arena of the study of politics and government, including international politics. The focus will be on the human creation of government and governmental frameworks, with an emphasis on rule making (law), how rules are made, and who makes them.

Housing: Joseph-Reynolds & Spivey Hall

Fall courses:
POS 1125 American Political System
POS 2900 Introduction to International Relations

Spring courses:
POS 2500 Law and the Courts
POS 3600 International Courts

Outside the classroom: Weekly meetings with dinner guests (people from the judiciary, local law firms, and/or political organizers). Help plan all-campus events such as Constitution Day and Inauguration Watch.

Musician's World Communities

Musician's World

All Music Majors

This learning community is currently full.

What is it that determines successful outcomes for musicians? How is excellence in the concert hall, classroom, theatre, or recording studio achieved? Studies suggest that talent in any enterprise is developed through focused attention drawn from the desire to practice inherent skills. Experts are not born experts. They progress by cultivating habits and routines that lead to increasing levels of accomplishment and maturity. This community will help aspiring musicians acquire the skills needed for success.

Housing: Joseph-Reynolds & Spivey Hall

Fall courses:
MUS 1197 Student Recital
MUS 1151 Aural Skills I

Spring courses:
MUS 1198 Student Recital
MUS 1152 Aural Skills

Outside the classroom:
Master class events, trips to concerts and art museums, lunches with faculty, and mixers.

Nursing Communities

Nursing

Nursing Majors Only

Designed to support first year (BSN) students, you’ll have the opportunity to build your team, leadership, and nursing skills by engaging in nursing related service-learning activities in underserved populations. Faculty and peer mentors will provide assistance as you transition into college life and advance through this very demanding program.

Housing: Dell Hall

Fall courses:
NUR Freshman Seminar
BIO 2215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 2215L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

Spring courses:
NUR 1100 Principles of Health Care

Outside the classroom:
Bi-weekly around the table discussions of current health events in the news, visits to Children’s Medical Services, Talbot House, and perhaps helping to build a Habitat for Humanity House.

Remember: Learning Communities are offered to first-year students only and residential communities will be limited to approximately 20 participants.


Learning Communities

Florida Southern offers the following Learning Communities (LC). These communities do not have a residential component. If you are interested in participating in a learning community, opt-in online when completing your Course Preference form.

Athletic Training

Athletic Training

Athletic Training Majors Only

This community will introduce you to the knowledge base required of a certified athletic trainer. Students will be paired with upper-class mentors who will take mentees to their own off-campus clinical sites. Students will also work with the staff of FSC Athletic Training assigned to Intercollegiate Athletics.

Fall courses:
ATP 1277 Perspectives in Athletic Training
ATP 1305 Clinical Experience Practicum
BIO 2215 Anatomy & Physiology I
ATP 1234 Medical Terminology

Spring courses: TBD

Outside the classroom:
Mentorships with upper class students is a hallmark of the athletic training department as well as social events for students.

How Biology Changes the World learning community

How Biology Changes the World

Biology Majors Only

The “How Biology Changes the World” learning community will introduce students to the major concepts in biology as they learn about cultural impacts. Students will engage in collaborative learning, complete assignments that integrate material from Biology and English courses taking their first steps into college level writing in a small community with dedicated faculty members. Students will gain a deeper understanding of biological subject matter from different perspectives and we will challenge them to become scientists who will solve the challenges of the future. As students receive instruction and practice in writing short informative and persuasive essays about biology; they will develop the writing skills necessary for success not only in their biology classes but also throughout their college and professional careers.

Fall courses:
ENG 1005
BIO 1500

Spring courses:
TBA

Outside the classroom:
Dinner discussions, field trips to local nature preserves

Musician's World

Musician's World

All Music Majors

This learning community is currently full.

What is it that determines successful outcomes for musicians? How is excellence in the concert hall, classroom, theatre, or recording studio achieved? Studies suggest that talent in any enterprise is developed through focused attention drawn from the desire to practice inherent skills. Experts are not born experts. They progress by cultivating habits and routines that lead to increasing levels of accomplishment and maturity. This community will help aspiring musicians acquire the skills needed for success.

Fall courses:
MUS 1197 Student Recital
MUS 1151 Aural Skills I

Spring courses:
MUS 1198 Student Recital
MUS 1152 Aural Skills

Outside the classroom:
Master class events, trips to concerts and art museums, lunches with faculty, and mixers.

PR & Advertsing

PR & Advertising

Advertising and Public Relations Majors Only

This community provides an integrative curriculum for PR and Advertising majors blending public address skills with industry standard technology.

Fall courses:
COM 2500 Desktop Publishing
SPC 1500 Fundamentals of Speech

Spring courses:
COM 2600 Principles of Advertising and PR

Outside the classroom:
Meals with guest speakers, field trips to local PR and advertising agencies.

“Learning communities are great! You always have someone to help you.”- Clara Morose

PR & Advertsing

Reporting Politics: Political Media and Communication

All Majors

The Learning Community in Political Communication brings together a disparate group of courses that work to one end: "how do we talk politics"? Included are a core course in Media and Society, and course in political advertising, and a course in politics as represented in film, fiction and television. As we approach the field from three different aspects of understanding, we hope to begin a meaningful conversation—literally—about modern politics.

Fall courses:
POS 1997A Political Films and Other Media
COM 1997B Political Advertising
COM 2100 Media and Society

Spring courses:
TBD

Outside the classroom:
Watching movies, election night results as well as discussions with local politicians about how they hone their communication strategies.

Law & Politics Learning Communities

Law & Politics

All Majors

This learning community is currently full.

This community is designed for students with an interest in law and legal studies, policy and policymaking, and the broader arena of the study of politics and government, including international politics. The focus will be on the human creation of government and governmental frameworks, with an emphasis on rule making (law), how rules are made, and who makes them.

Fall courses:
POS 1125 American Political System
POS 2900 Introduction to International Relations

Spring courses:
POS 2500 Law and the Courts
POS 3600 International Courts

Outside the classroom: Weekly meetings with dinner guests (people from the judiciary, local law firms, and/or political organizers). Help plan all-campus events such as Constitution Day and Inauguration Watch.