• Liberal Arts Learning Communities

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Learning Communities are strongly recommended for first-year Liberal Arts students.

    The clusters and pairs are listed below. To help you determine which themes and courses interest you most and which schedule works best for you, each includes a full description and schedule with CUNYFirst registration section codes.


  • Fall 2018 Learning Communities for New Students


    Composition I (ENG101.32381)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.58113)
    Introduction to Language (ELL101.60564)
    Public Speaking (HUC106.32398)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101.31584)

    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 PM - 10:15 PM  ELL101  ENG101  ELL101  ENG101  ENG103 
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    ENG101 ELL101 ENG101 ENG103
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  LIF101 LIF101 LIF101 LIF101 ENG103
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  HUC106 HUC106
    HUC106
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM 


     

    In this Cluster, you will:
    • Examine language attitudes and stereotypes, and their power over us
    • Visit the United Nations and analyze how politicians speak and sway public opinion
    • Learn about the history of free speech and whether we need to curtail it to protect our political systems from hatred, bigotry and violence
    • Discover the languages of Queens and how they connect us to the global community


    Composition I (ENG101.31571)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.31572)
    Philosophy of Art (HUP107.59893)
    Art and Society (HUN192.31556)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM HUP107 HUP107 HUP107
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  ENG101 ENG103 HUN192 ENG101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  ENG101 ENG103 HUN192 ENG101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  ENG103 HUN192
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM 

    In this Cluster, you will:
    • Explore creative works, such as literature, visual art, performance, and music, from different perspectives
    • Make meaningful connections between human creativity and society
    • Make meaningful connections between creative expression and theories across disciplines
    • Engage in creative writing and performance activities


    Composition I (ENG101.32000)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.32005)
    Mass Media and Their Evolution (HUC120.31575)
    American Film (HUC270.31576)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101.31926)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM HUC120 ENG101 ENG101
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  HUC120 ENG101 ENG103 ENG101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  HUC120 HUC270 ENG103 HUC270
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  LIF101 HUC270 ENG103 HUC270
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  LIF101 LIF101 LIF101

    In this Cluster, you will:
    • Examine the role of movies and mass media technologies in our daily lives
    • Trace the evolution of radio, TV, mobile media, and the Internet
    • Investigate the changing demographics of audiences
    • Visit the Museum of the Moving Image and create your own film review videos for the campus WebTV channel


    Composition I (ENG101.31569)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.31570)
    The Art of Theatre (HUT101.31573)
    Reading the Biography (CSE120.32292)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101.32071)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM CSE120 CSE120
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  ENG101 CSE120 ENG101 ENG103
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  ENG101 ENG103 ENG101 ENG103
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  HUT101 LIF101 HUT101 LIF101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  HUT101 LIF101 LIF101

    In this Cluster, you will:
    • Examine how we enter and navigate new worlds
    • Explore how we are shaped by the cultures of New York City
    • Question how our identities are shaped by immigration, migration, and what are the hurdles and obstacles we face when crossing borders between world
    • Investigate how race, gender and culture figure in our journeys



  • Fall 2018 Learning Communities for New and Continuing Students


    Recommended for Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Liberal Arts: Math & Sciences
    Critical Thinking (HUP102)
    Composition I (ENG101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM HUP102
    10:30 AM - 11:30 PM  ENG101 HUP102 ENG101 HUP102
    11:45 PM - 12:45 PM  ENG101 ENG101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Investigate the roles of truth, logic, and rhetoric in argumentation
    • Explore the relationships between knowledge and belief in writing, thinking, and speaking
    • Develop a clearer sense of your own beliefs and how to express and support them
    • Discover and employ various models of argumentation and explore their interconnections

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your ENG101 requirement (Required Core)
    • HUP102 fulfills your Flexible Core requirement (“Individual and Society”) or your Program Core requirement
    • CUNYFirst codes: 60595 and 32379


    Recommended for all majors
    Composition I (ENG101)
    Introduction to Music (HUM101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  ENG101 ENG101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  ENG101 ENG101
    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM  HUM101 HUM101

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Develop an understanding and appreciation of various forms of music
    • Gain understanding by listening to and discussing significant features of musical compositions, focusing on elements of musical organization, expression and style
    • Enhance critical and analytical skills through reading and listening
    • Learn to communicate persuasively across contexts, purposes, and media

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your ENG101 requirement (Required Core)
    • HUM101 fullfils your Flexible Core requirement (“Creative Expression”) or your Program Core requirement
    • CUNYFirst codes: 32002 and 32400


    Recommended for Health Sciences students, Biology majors, Psychology majors and all Liberal Arts majors
    Composition I (ENG101)
    General Psychology (SSY101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM ENG101   ENG101  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG101   ENG101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  SSY101 SSY101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  SSY101

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Examine various theories of mind, behavior, personality, and identity through readings, discussions, and writing assignments
    • Explore how personal identity is shaped by and shapes perception, learning, memory, the environment, and communication
    • Consider how psychological practices and representations of mental health alter the ways in which people come to know themselves and their world
    • Develop research and critical thinking skills by collecting and analyzing data

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your ENG101 requirement (Required Core)
    • SSY101 fulfills your Flexible Core requirement (“Individual and Society”) or a Program Core requirement for Liberal Arts or Psychology majors
    • Contains 2 of the 4 “key” courses for Nursing, OTA, PTA, and LPN majors
    • CUNYFirst codes: 32386 and 31911


    Recommended for: Business, Computer Science, Humanities majors, Liberal Arts: Social Sciences & Humanities
    Topics in Physical Sciences (SCP101)
    Writing Through Literature (ENG102)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG102 
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  SCP101 ENG102
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  SCP101 ENG102
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  SCP101

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Be introduced to major topics in Physics and see various ways Literature has interpreted and incorporated scientific ideas
    • Reinforce their composition skills using scientific and critical terminology
    • Become familiar with some literary concepts as well as some history of science

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your ENG102 requirement (Required Core)
    • Fulfills your Life and Physical Sciences requirement (SCP101)
    • CUNYFirst codes: 61239 and 58148


    Recommended for: Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice
    The Research Paper (ENG103)
    InfoCities (LBN105)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG103 ENG103
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  ENG103 LBN105
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  LBN105 LBN105
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM 

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Discuss what it means to be an informed citizen in the information age, and learn how new technologies change our relationship to privacy, activism, and freedom
    • Visit local government offices and public institutions, such as a branch of the New York Public Library
    • Practice first-hand field research, using information databases, and critical thinking skills

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your ENG103 requirement (Program Core)
    • LBN105 fulfills your Flexible Core requirement (“Individual and Society”)
    • Fulfills your Urban Studies requirement (LBN105 is an Urban Studies course)
    • CUNYFirst codes: 58117 and 60597


    Recommended for: Liberal Arts: Social Sciences and Humanities (including all options), Philosophy majors, and all Humanities majors
    Life in the Universe (SCP105)
    Philosophy of Religion (HUP105)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  SCP105 SCP105
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  HUP105 SCP105
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM  HUP105 HUP105

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Discuss the origin of life by questioning how the Earth transitioned from chemical to biological, what caused the beginning of the universe, and is a god necessary to explain it?
    • Question how cosmology impacts the way we understand the meaning of life
    • Address questions such as “What is the purpose of life?” and “Why do we suffer” through examining Buddist art on a field trip to the Rubin Museum of Art

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your Required Core science (SCP105)
    • Fulfills your Flexible Core requirement (HUP105 is in “World Cultures”) or a Program Core requirement for Liberal Arts
    • CUNYFirst codes: 60599 and 59891


    Recommended for: Fine Arts, Commercial Photography, Liberal Arts: Social Sciences & Humanities
    Beginning Photography (HUA130)
    Chemistry of Photography (SCC102)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM HUA130 HUA130  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HUA130 HUA130
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  SCC102 SCC102
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  SCC102 SCC102

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Consider the creative use of photographic techniques as they relate to creative expression
    • Be introduced to the chemical structure and properties of photographic film
    • Learn about lighting, exposure, processing, film scanning, and Photoshop
    • Be introduced to the chemical basis for photographic development process
    • Learn how light interacts with lm and dyes to produce an image

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your Required Core sciences requirement (SCC102)
    • Fulfills your Program Core requirement (HUA130) for the majors listed above
    • CUNYFirst codes: 32058 and 32059


    Recommended for: All majors, Business, Liberal Arts: Social Sciences & Humanities (including the options)
    College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115)
    Microeconomics (SSE103)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM MAT115 MAT115
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  MAT115 MAT115
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  SSE103 SSE103

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Learn about price determination, goods distribution, and market efficiency to answer such questions as “who determines the price of my iPhone?” and “Why don’t we like a monopoly?”
    • Measure the effect of government regulations on welfare through examining how rent control effects tenants, and how minimum wages impact workers, for example.
    • Learn about cost minimization, revenue and profit maximization of firms to solve such problems as how much a firm should sell to maximize profit.

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits—add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your Required Core math requirement (MAT115)
    • Fulfills your Flexible Core requirement (SSE103 is in “Individual and Society”)
    • CUNYFirst codes: 58923 and 60601


    Recommended for: Biology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts: Math & Sciences
    General Chemistry (SCC201A)
    General Chemistry Lab (SCC201B)
    College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
    MAT115 
    MAT115   
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    MAT115 
    MAT115 
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
    SCC201A 
    SCC201A 
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM 
    SCC201A 
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM 
    SCC201B 
    4:35 PM - 5:35 PM 
    SCC201B 
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM 
    SCC201B 

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Understand the quantitative nature of chemistry while reinforcing algebra skills
    • Learn the concept of a function and its role in mathematical modeling of chemical processes
    • Understand the fundamental chemical concepts of matter and energy in various aspects of life
    • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills through analyzing and representing experimental data

    This pair:
    • Contains 7 equated credits—add at least 5 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your Required Core science course (SCC201)
    • Fulfills your Required Core math course (MAT115)
    • CUNYFirst codes: 60469 and 30723


    Recommended for: Computer Science, Engineering
    College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115)
    First Year Seminar (ECF090)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    8:00 AM - 10:15 AM  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  ECF090
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  MAT115 MAT115 ECF090
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  MAT115 MAT115

    In this Pair, students will:
    • Use college algebra to solve real-world problems in engineering and computer science
    • Understand the concept of function in a mathematical sense to address problems relevant to computer science
    • Use trigonometry in engineering and computer science applications
    • Learn how to write code and computer programs

    This pair:
    • Contains 4.5 equated credits—add at least 7.5 additional credits session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills your Required Core math course (MAT115)
    • Fulfills your New Student Seminar requirement (ECF090)
    • Can be combined with PR01 for ENG101-ready students
    • CUNYFirst codes: 31349 and 31209