Similar to Living-Learning Communities, two or more courses are intentionally paired for the purposes of student success and aligned with the CI Mission Pillars. For Learning Communities, UNIV seminars are linked to English Composition or another GE course. Some cohorts take ENGL 102 Stretch Composition I in the Fall and continue with English 103 Stretch Composition II in the Spring. Once registered, students are in fixed cohorts in specific sections of the courses, which are linked as “co-requisites” in the system. Students enroll themselves in most co-requisite courses. Students in STEM Success Integrated Learning Communities have to apply by completing the Intent to Participate Form.
* Campus housing is not required *

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Multicultural Learning Community

Description

In this community, students in UNIV 150 First Year Seminar engage with topics such as intercultural communication, social justice or identity formation. Students register in 7-unit course blocks in Fall, including an English composition class. A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in each First Year Seminar, and meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week. DIGs continue on a monthly basis into the Spring semester.

Eligibility/Condition

All incoming freshmen.

Linked Classes and General Education Credits

  • UNIV 150 First Year Seminar (GE: Area A3 Critical Thinking or E Lifelong Learning)
  • ENGL 102 Stretch Composition I (continuing with English 103 in the spring, GE A-2 Written Communication)

OR

  • ENGL 105 Composition and Rhetoric I (GE: A-2 Written Communication)

International Learning Community

Description

In this community, students in UNIV 150 First Year Seminar engage with topics such as international relations or immigration. Students register in 6-unit course blocks in Fall, including an English composition class. A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in each First Year Seminar, and meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week. DIGs continue on a monthly basis into the Spring semester.

Eligibility/Condition

All incoming freshmen.

Linked Classes and General Education Credits

  • UNIV 150 First Year Seminar (GE: Area A3 Critical Thinking or E Lifelong Learning)
  • ENGL 102 Stretch Composition I (continuing with English 103 in the spring, GE A-2 Written Communication)

OR

  • ENGL 105 Composition and Rhetoric I (GE: A-2 Written Communication)

Integrative Learning Community

Description

In this community, students in UNIV 150 First Year Seminar engage with topics such as sustainability or the psychology of learning. Students register in 6-unit course blocks in Fall, including an English composition class. A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in each First Year Seminar, and meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week. DIGs continue on a monthly basis into the Spring semester.

Eligibility/Condition

All incoming freshmen.

Linked Classes and General Education Credits

  • UNIV 150 First Year Seminar (GE: Area A3 Critical Thinking or E Lifelong Learning)
  • ENGL 102 Stretch Composition I (continuing with English 103 in the spring, GE A-2 Written Communication)

OR

  • ENGL 105 Composition and Rhetoric I (GE: A-2 Written Communication)

STEM Success Integrative Learning Community

Description

This community engages freshmen interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students register in a 4-unit block in the Fall, and continue with 3 units in the Spring. Each community includes a Peer Academic Success Coach.

Eligibility/Condition

All incoming freshmen majoring in, or considering majoring in, a STEM field.

Linked Classes and General Education Credits

Fall 2018:

  • UNIV 100 University Life and College Success (GE: E Lifelong Learning)
  • ENGL 102 Stretch Composition I (Counts as electives)

Spring 2019:

  • ENGL 103 Stretch Composition II (GE A-2 Written Communication)

Community Engagement Learning Community

Description

In this community, students engage with the environment and learning through community service. Students register in 6-unit course blocks in fall and 3 units in the spring. ESRM and SOC courses involve off-campus community service and field trips. A University Experience Associate (UEA) peer mentor is embedded in the First Year Seminar, and meets with students outside of class in small Dolphin Interest Groups (DIGs) every other week. DIGs continue on a monthly basis in the Spring semester.

Eligibility/Condition

All incoming freshmen.

Linked Classes and General Education Credits

Fall 2018:

  • ESRM 100 Introduction to Environmental Science and Resource Management (GE: B2 Life Sciences or D Social Perspectives)
  • UNIV 150 First Year Seminar (GE: Area A3 Critical Thinking, C3b Multicultural, or E Lifelong Learning)

Spring 2019:

  • SOC 201 Social Problems (GE: D Social Perspectives)