Residential Learning Community Program
The Learning Community gave me an opportunity to start college living with other people with similar interests and a sense of empowerment to get involved with campus activities.
The Learning Community provides a [place] for students to exchange their interests in a relaxed setting ... This in turn lets them find what they do best, how they can help, what they want to help with, and who they can turn to when they themselves need help.
Several First-Year Seminars are part of the Residential Learning Community Program. Learning Communities are two or more seminars linked around a theme. The students in these multiple seminars live together in a dedicated residential hall, providing opportunities to take learning outside the classroom. Learning Communities allow first-year students to participate in a community with other students who want a variety of opportunities to explore this academic theme with faculty and other students.
- create opportunities for intellectual and social interaction with peers and faculty around shared interests
- build a supportive social network among first-year students transitioning into college life
- promote strong student-faculty connections
- help students realize the broadest range of educational opportunities that Dickinson’s campus offers
- emphasize interdisciplinary perspectives
- connect classroom discussion to applications in the broader world.
Each Learning Community member can expect to participate in a variety of activities on and off campus that deepen the learning experience, including such activities as small group interaction with speakers on campus, field trips, service-learning projects and dinner and film discussions with faculty.
Each Learning Community is assigned an upper-level student coordinator (LCC) who works with students and faculty in support of Learning Community goals. Working with their LCC and faculty members, participants in Learning Communities will be able to plan and implement activities that help meet the goals of their particular community.
Joining a Learning Community
In the full list of seminar descriptions, they are identified with an asterisk (*). If you choose and are selected for one of those seminars you will be automatically placed in the Learning Community residence hall.
The fall 2013 Learning Communities are: