Learning Communities

The Best Way to Start College

Participating in common learning experiences helps you connect with classmates and form relationships with faculty. 

Students who participate in learning communities at SAU are more likely to stay in college, participate in service activities in the first semester, and connect to important campus resources.

All communities include two courses that fulfill major or general education requirements.

Some learning communities provide:

  • an introduction to a major while others are built around an area of interest or current issue.
  • a component called New Student Seminar, a one-credit, extended orientation to college that includes college skill development, a chosen piece of text that everyone reads, and an introduction to the liberal arts. The New Student Seminar is very popular.
  • an Information Literacy course, which is a graduation requirement that helps you develop solid research and inquiry skills for your college career.

Fall 2021 Learning Communities

Introduction to the Majors

FYLC 101 A - Business Thinking & Speaking (Business)
What is one thing you must be able to do in the business world? Communicate your ideas and knowledge! Join us for a unique opportunity to learn to think and speak like a polished and professional business person. Accounting Principles offers an introduction to the basics of financial accounting and ways of organizing information with the purpose of communication while Principles of Public speaking teaches students to organize, verbalize ideas, and effectively communicate in teams. ACCT 201, COMM 129, NSS 101.

FYLC 101 B - Business Analytics (Business)
Using data to drive measurable business outcomes and preparing the workforce to be important participants in driving the strategy and sustainability of an organization are the keys to ongoing success. This Learning Community pairs the problem-solving aspects of management with analytics to help students learn the latest methods and thinking in the field of business. MGMT 210, NSS 101, STBE 137.

FYLC 101 C - Communicating Science (Science/Pre-Professional Health Career)
The Communicating Science learning community is designed for students who wish to receive strong scientific training and communications experiences to prepare for careers in health and human services. Students in this learning community will develop critical-thinking skills in biology complemented by focused areas of study in oral communication and information literacy. The overall goal of the learning community is to develop science-minded students who understand that communication skills are essential for future careers in health care. BIOL 199, BIOL 199 Lab, COMM 203, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101 F/G - Growing Up Then and Now (Education)
Are you the same person as your great-grandfather or great-grandmother? Were you raised any differently? From generation to generation, there are slight and sometimes huge changes in psychological development of children and adolescents. This theme has two communities: EDUC 284, PHIL 102, NSS 101, IL 101 OR EDUC 284, PSCI 101, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101 H - Engineering Academic Foundations (Engineering)
Dive into Engineering! In this learning community, students will develop confidence and strengthen their study skills in a supportive environment. You will learn the value of study groups as you tackle mathematical concepts and arrive at engineering solutions to problems. ENGR 106, ENGR 106 lab, MATH 171, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101 I - Psychology in Health Science Careers (Pre-Professional Health Career)
Love psychology? So do we! We hope you are interested in psychology because you are curious about human behavior, emotions and mental processes. However, at some point, you will have to get a job! There are so many things you can do with a psychology degree; it can be hard to figure out what is best for you. Many psychology majors choose a health-related career. This Learning Community will allow you explore how psychology is used in a variety of health careers including counseling, social work, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and more! PSYC 105, ENGL 101. HS 100, IL 101, NSS 101.

FYLC 101 O/P - Skills Building for Successful Nursing (Pre-Nursing)
Nursing is one of the fastest growing careers in the world! But to get there, students must develop strong skills in science and math. This learning community will help pre-nursing students build these skills, network with faculty mentors from the Nursing department, and form fast friendships and study groups that will help them throughout their careers. BIOL 101, BIOL 101 Lab, MATH 171, NSS 101.

Open Interest

FYLC 101 J - The Ethics of Forgiveness
This learning community explores the meaning of conflict resolution, reconciliation and forgiveness, through the development of the conflict management skill of mediation and then volunteering as mediators in local middle schools. Students will see how ethical obligations impact our understanding of forgiveness and how integrating the notions of justice and reconciliation can alter our approach to conflict resolution. PHIL 207, THEO 265, NSS 101.

FYLC 101 K - Faces of Globalization - Global Issues and Communication
Faces of Globalization seeks not only to explore various aspects of globalization on a wide range of current global issues including international conflicts/terrorism, climate change, human rights, population and immigration, poverty, trade, labor and social justice, energy, but also to evaluate their implications. PSCI 130 provides Gen Ed credits for social science and COMM 132 satisfies a Gen Ed COMM requirement, and NSS 101 counts toward graduation. PSCI 130, COMM 132, NSS 101.

FYLC 101 M - The Hero's / Heroine's Path
Artists, storytellers, and filmmakers repeatedly revisit themes, depicting and recreating symbols, archetypes, and characters from myths, legends, folklore, and fairy tales. In The Hero's / Heroine's Path, students will investigate and compare characters' complex artistic and literary portrayals, covering a broad range of civilizations, time periods, and forms, from Luke Skywalker to Mulan, and Harry Potter to Little Red Riding Hood. AH 120, ENGL 120, NSS 101.

FYLC 101 N - Intro to University Research & Writing
This Learning Community will introduce students to university research and writing. Students will choose their own topics, conduct guided research with an experienced librarian, and draft and revise papers in a computer lab with individualized instruction and feedback from a professional writer and editor. Fulfills two University requirements: ENGL 101, IL 101.

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