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.

E-LLC (Explorers LLC)

FSEM 055: I’m New Here: Russians Discover America
Faculty Member: Kristen Welsh

This LLC explores American culture and identity by proposing and testing definitions for these terms. Our raw material includes words, sounds, and images created by Russian and Soviet artists and travelers. Most of our texts can be described as arrival narratives: works that capture the artist’s first encounter with their new environment. Our LLC focuses on asking questions, using imagination and analytical skills to make sense of the unknown, and using points of encounter between strangers (people, languages, nations) to enhance how we understand life in the United States.

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

This LLC encourages students 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 explicitedly. 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?"

STEM LLC (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics LLC)

FSEM 041: Playground Physics
Faculty Member(s): Leslie Hebb

FSEM 106: The Secret Science of Learning
Faculty Member(s): Kristin Slade

FSEM 098: Fictional Facts: The Chemistry of Science Fiction
Faculty Member(s): Elana Stennett

This LLC consists of three STEM-based FSems united through experiencing science in an interactive manner. While the courses will vary, you will live on floors with students interested in chemistry or physics and enrolled in introductory science and math courses. The central goals of this group are hands-on activities to explore fundamental scientific ideas and building a community based on similar interests in science. Field trips, demos, and off-campus learning experiences will complement this unique opportunity.

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.

CONTACT

Office of Residential Education
101 St. Clair Street,
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3880
Fax: (315) 781-4026
Email: resed@hws.edu



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