Learning Communities are about living, learning, and having fun together!

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 and beyond. 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 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?

Learning Communities are an excellent way to make new friends with similar interests.

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.

See all our Learning Communities  

Why Participate?

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

  • Connection. A learning community allows you to build close relationships with your professors and make new friends with similar interests right from the first day. You'll participate in academic as well as social activities, such as trips to museums, concerts, and live shows. Faculty mentors help you connect what you learn in class with what you experience outside of it, and finding a study partner has never been so easy.
  • Coordination. While each course is different, professors coordinate activities and assignments. Sometimes, topics will run parallel in courses. At other times, the skills learned in one course will come in handy in another. This curricular integration will help you develop a deeper understanding of coursework and succeed in your studies.
  • Collaboration. Cooperation and teamwork are hallmarks of the learning community experience. You and your community members will work together to address meaningful issues and see how what you are learning works both on and off campus. The opportunity to work collaboratively will help you form support networks and build essential teamwork skills for success at FSC and beyond.

Living-Learning Communities

Florida Southern offers the following residential-based Living-Learning Communities. 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 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 1115 Introduction to American Political Science
POS 2900 Introduction to International Relations

Spring courses:
POS 2400 National and International Political Economy
POS 2500 Law and the 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

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 1151-02 Aural Skills I

Spring courses:
MUS 1152-02 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 1105 Nursing Foundations I
BIO 2215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Spring courses:
WST 2200 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
NUR 3530 Obstetric and Newborn Nursing Care

Outside the classroom:
Weekly meetings, out of class activities and trips to healthcare related facilities.

HOW TO REGISTER

If you are interested in participating in one of these communities, you must opt-in when completing your New Student Enrollment forms  

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

 

Learning Communities

Florida Southern also offers Learning Communities that allow you to connect with other students who have similar academic interests without the residential component. These Learning Communities link together introductory courses giving you a chance to explore specific areas of interest much earlier in your FSC experience.

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

Academic Major Communities

All Majors

These communities bring together students pursuing a common professional field. First-year students who select these majors will be enrolled in the following two first-year courses:

Communication
COM 1101 Media Foundations
COM 2100 Mass Media and Society

Music
MUS 1151 Aural Skills I
MUS 1197 Student Recital

Nursing
NUR 1105 Nursing Foundations I
BIO 2215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Political Science
POS 1115 Introduction to American Political Science
POS 2900 Introduction to International Relations

Psychology
PSY 1997 01 Psychological Investigation of the Social World
PSY 1997 02 Psychological Investigation of the Natural World

Education
EDU 2240 Teaching Language Arts Level I
EDU 2997 Clinical Literacy Experience

Exploratory Learning Communities

All Majors

These communities explore issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and share co-curricular experiences.  They are open to students of any academic major.

UPNEXT
FSC 1997 Up Next in Southern Tradition
HIS 1115 The West and the World to the Early Modern Era
ENG 1005 Writing about Topics

BUSINESS
BUS 1115 Business and Society
BUS 2100 Introduction to the Philosophy of Business

 

If you have any questions about any of these communities, please contact Student Solutions.