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Learning Communities

 

Our Mission

The First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) at TAMUCC empowers students to develop the habits of mind necessary to succeed as university students and as productive members of a global community by providing opportunities for meaningful connections with students, faculty, and staff.

 

Learning Community Structure

By definition, learning communities involve the linking of "two or more courses, often around an interdisciplinary theme or problem, and enroll a common cohort of students” (Smith, MacGregor, Matthews, & Gabelnick, 2004, p. 67). All full-time first-year students are required to take a learning community during their first two semesters to ease the transition to the university.

Each learning community at TAMUCC has at its core a small First-Year Seminar (UCCP 1101 or 1102) class and at least one other course that typically is a large lecture course, but the structure and courses can vary widely due to students' needs. Classes in the community are restricted to first-year students and are made co-requisites, so all students in the learning community are at the same place in their college experience. The smaller courses are limited to 20-25 students, and the same 20-25 students attend all these classes together, forming a social and intellectual learning community. These cohorts form close relationships that frequently last far beyond the first year of college.

Example learning communities:

  • Dyad P (PHIL 1301 + UCCP 1101)
  • Triad E (HIST 1301 + ENGL 1302 + UCCP 1101)
  • Tetrad V (BIOL 1406 + CHEM 1411 + COMM 1311 + UCCP 1101)

 

Learning Community Goals

As members of the FYLCP, first-year students will:

  • Explore the connections among academic courses and disciplines in a global context;
  • Develop their critical thinking, communication, research, and information literacy skills;
  • Enhance their ability to learn through reading, writing, discussion, and collaboration; and
  • Reflect on their personal values, goals, and strategies for success.

For a listing of the current learning community offerings, view our online learning community catalog here.

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