• Liberal Arts Learning Communities

  • WHAT ARE 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 Liberal Arts 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.

  • Available to all Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities majors, including all Liberal Arts Options


    LC10 - Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity

    Composition I (ENG101.36943)
    Critical Thinking (HUP102.37622)
    Public Speaking (HUC106.37616)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101.37888)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM HUC106 HUC106   HUC106  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HUP102 HUP102 HUP102
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  ENG101 ENG101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  LIF101 ENG101 ENG101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  LIF101 LIF101 LIF101  

    In this Cluster, you will:

    • Explore liberty and control in our app-centric and digitally-connected lives
    • Reflect on how technology has shaped our identities and ideas about personal freedom
    • Read about the intersection of mass media, social movements, and invisible labor in digital communities
    • Go on field trips to the Museum of the Moving Image and the Met

    LC20 - Truth, Lies and Video

    Composition I (ENG101.36943)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.37805)
    Mass Media and Their Evolution (HUC120.23786)
    American Film (HUC270.37032)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101.57772)


    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

    PR01 - Believe it or Not: Knowledge and Reason
    Recommended for all Liberal Arts students

    Composition I (ENG101, L. Richards) Required Core
    Critical Thinking (HUP102, S. Proctor) Flexible Core (Ind. And Soc)


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

    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 fulfils your Flexible Core requirement (“Individual and Society”) or your Program Core requirement
    • CUNYFirst codes: 58683 and 58677

    PR02 - Home and Beyond
    Recommended for all Liberal Arts students

    InfoCity (LBN105)
    Composition I (ENG101)


    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  ENG101 ENG101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  LBN105 LBN105
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  LBN105

    In this Pair, students will:

    • Critically interrogate, introspect, and reflect on the theme of crossing borders from a global perspective
    • Visit museums, watch movies, and connect them to themes of borders and crossings
    • Analyze socioeconomic and political aspects of life in New York City
    • Explore how information is produced, organized, and distributed in the United States

    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)
    • LBN105 fulfils your Flexible Core requirement (“Individual and Society”) or your Program Core requirement
    • Fulfills your Urban Studies requirement (LBN105 is an Urban Studies course)
    • CUNYFirst codes: 58682 and 58678

    PR03 – Compositions of the Self
    Recommended for Health Sciences students, Biology majors, Psychology majors and all Liberal Arts majors

    English 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, and identity through readings, discussions, and writing assignments
    • Explore how personal identity is shaped through 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 Spring I and/or II to be full time
    • Fulfills your ENG101 requirement (Required Core)
    • Fulfils your Flexible Core requirement (SSY101 is in 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: 58679 and 35567

    PR04 - American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    Recommended for: Liberal Arts (especially Music Option)

    Writing Through Literature (ENG102, A. Baksh) Required Core
    American Music (HUM210, W. Fulton) Flexible Core (US Experience) or Program Core


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM ENG102  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG102 ENG102
    11:45 AM - 1:15 PM  HUM210 HUM210

    In this Pair, students will:

    • Explore connections between literature, music, and American cultural identity
    • Learn about the history of Hip Hop, Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Blues in the United States
    • Examine drama, poetry, fiction and film that focus on musical themes
    • Participate in field trips to museums and plays

    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)
    • HUM210 fulfils your Flexible Core requirement (“Creative Expression”) or your Program Core requirement
    • CUNYFirst codes: 37291 and 37771

    PR05 - Alienation and Inquiry
    Recommended for: All majors

    Writing Through Literature (ENG102, L. Richards) Required Core
    Introduction to Philosophy (HUP101, S. Proctor) Flexible Core (Ind. And Soc) or Program Core


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM ENG102  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HUP101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  HUP101 HUP101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  ENG102 ENG102
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  ENG102

    In this Pair, students will:

    • Learn about alienation, isolation, oppression, freedom, and the absurdity of existence
    • Develop an understanding of social alienation via critical inquiry
    • Discover and apply different modes of inquiry and explore their interrelations
    • Read and write critically about literature and philosophy independently and in relation to each other

    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)
    • HUP101 fulfils your Flexible Core requirement (“Individual and Society”) or your Program Core requirement
    • CUNYFirst codes: 58680 and 58681

    PR06 - The Cosmic Past
    Recommended for: Liberal Arts: Social Sciences and Humanities (including all options), and all Humanities majors

    Topics in Astronomy (SCP140, A. Sheffield) Required Core
    World History 2 (SSH106, R. Tally) Flexible Core (World Cultures) or Program Core


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SSH106 SCP140
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  SSH106 SCP140
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  SSH106 SCP140

    In this Pair, students will:

    • Examine the social context of the scientific revolutions in history and the social forces that surround them, beginning with the Copernican Revolution
    • Explore how scientific paradigms emerge
    • Link astronomy and history through exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History and The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

    This pair:

    • Contains 6 credits -- add at least 6 additional credits in Spring I and/or Spring II to be full time
    • Fulfills your Required Core science (SCP140)
    • Fulfils your Flexible Core requirement (SSH106 is in “World Cultures”) or a Program Core requirement for Liberal Arts (and others)
    • CUNYFirst codes: 37800 and 37442

    PR07 - Consumers, Market Efficiency, Welfare, and Profit Maximization
    Recommended for: All majors, particularly Business majors

    College Algebra and Trig (MAT115, T. Chen) Required Core
    Microeconomics (SSE103, C. Lai) Flexible Core (Ind. & Soc.) or Program Core


    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 the price determination, goods distribution and market efficiency under alternative market structures
    • Measure the effect of government regulations on welfare
    • Learn about cost minimization, revenue and profit maximization of firms

    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 course (MAT115)
    • Fulfils your Flexible Core requirement (SSE103 is in “Individual and Soci¬ety”)
    • CUNYFirst codes: 36161 and 52790

    If you have questions, please contact:

    Naomi Stubbs
    Learning Communities Coordinator
    nstubbs@lagcc.cuny.edu
    (718) 482-5680