• 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

    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 2021 Learning Communities




    Composition I (ENG101)
    Introduction to Language (ELL101)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101)


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

    In this learning community, students 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



    This learning community:
    • Meets on campus on Tuesdays (online at other times)
    • Contains 9 credits - add at least 3 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Required Core (ENG101) and Program Core (ELL101 and LIF101) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • ENG101: CUNYfirst code 24770, Prof. Lucy McNair
      • ELL101: CUNYfirst code 53033, Prof. Leigh Garrison-Fletcher
      • LIF101: CUNYfirst code 39468, Prof. Poppy Slocum



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Liberal Arts: Social Sciences and Humanities (including the options)


    Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT117)
    Composition I (ENG101)
    First Year Seminar (LMF101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG101 LMF101 ENG101 LMF101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM ENG101 LMF101 ENG101 LMF101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MAT117 MAT117 MAT117
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM MAT117 MAT117 MAT117
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM MAT117

    This learning community:
    • Contains 13 equated credits (full-time schedule)
    • Fulfills Required Core (ENG101 and MAT117) and Program Core (LMF101) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • MAT117: CUNYfirst code 25140, Prof. Bukurie Gjoci
      • ENG101: CUNYfirst code 25089, Prof. Paul Fess
      • LMF101: CUNYfirst code 39761, Prof. Jeanne Funk



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Liberal Arts Math and Sciences


    General Psychology (SSY101)
    Composition I (ENG101)
    First Year Seminar (HSF090)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM SSY101 SSY101 HSF090
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SSY101 HSF090
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM ENG101 ENG101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ENG101 ENG101

    In this learning community, students will:
    • Take required and gateway courses for a variety of health science majors
    • Gain greater knowledge of yourself and your patient/client
    • Develop communication skills, including active listening, interpersonal skils, and how to cross communication barriers
    • Enhance your teamwork and collaboration skills



    This learning community:
    • Meets on campus on Tuesdays (online at other times)
    • Contains 7.5 equated credits - add at least 4.5 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Required Core (ENG101), Flexible or Program Core (SSY101), and Program Core (HSF090) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • SSY101: CUNYfirst code 26648, Prof. Tomo Imamichi
      • ENG101: CUNYfirst code 26576, Prof. Dominique Zino
      • HSF090: CUNYfirst code 26626, Prof. May Tom



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Health Science


    College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115)
    Composition I (ENG101)
    Public Speaking (HUC106)
    First Year Seminar (NSF101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM MAT115 HUC106 MAT115
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM MAT115 HUC106 MAT115 HUC106
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NSF101 ENG101 ENG101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM NSF101 ENG101 ENG101
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM NSF101

    In this learning community, students will:
    • Gain an inter-disciplinary collaborative knowledge on diverse impacts of climate change
    • Be offered community building and collaboration opportunities across courses
    • Network with peers who have similar educational goals
    • Find easiest way to navigate their educational path
    • Have regular meetings with instructors to address their academic needs



    This learning community:
    • Contains 11 credits - students are advised to register for SCC201 in session II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Required Core (ENG101, MAT115), Flexible Core (HUC106), and Program Core (NSF101) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • MAT115: CUNYfirst code 26465, Prof. Tao Chen
      • ENG101: CUNYfirst code 24776, Prof. Tuli Chatterji
      • HUC106: CUNYfirst code 24120, Prof. Rebecca Schwartz
      • NSF101: CUNYfirst code 25544, Prof. Richa Gupta



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Biology majors




    College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115)
    General Chemistry I (SCC201)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM SC201
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SC201 SC201
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM
    4:35 PM - 5:35 PM MAT115 SC201 MAT115
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM MAT115 SC201 MAT115
    6:55 PM - 7:55 PM SC201

    In this pair, students will:
    • Improve unit conversions and dimensional analysis
    • Learn about data interpretation using Excel
    • Learn about isolating variables in an equation



    This pair:
    • Contains 7 credits - add at least 5 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Required Core requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • MAT115: CUNYfirst code 26474, Prof. Hassan El Houari
      • SCC201: CUNYfirst code 26600, Prof. Kevin Mark



    Recommended for majors in:
    • STEM majors
    • Liberal Arts: Math & Sciences majors


    College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115)
    First Year Seminar (LMF101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    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 LMF101 LMF101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM LMF101 LMF101

    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Required Core (ENG101 and MAT115) and Program Core (LMF101) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • MAT115: CUNYfirst code 46471, Prof. Reem Jaafar
      • LMF101: CUNYfirst code 39763, Prof. Tonya Hendrix



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Liberal Arts: Math and Sciences majors


    Composition I (ENG101)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM LIF101 LIF101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM LIF101 LIF101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM ENG101 ENG101
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM ENG101 ENG101

    In this pair, students will:
    • Be introduced to college life and college-level writing through a series of assignments and activities based on contemporary events
    • Develop a plan for graduation, transfer, and possible career paths
    • Examine what it means to study liberal arts and to be an engaged citizen
    • Create a digital presence through their ePortfolio



    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Required Core (ENG101) and Program Core (LIF101) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • ENG101: CUNYfirst code 54933, Prof. Naomi Stubbs
      • LIF101: CUNYfirst code 54927, Prof. Naomi Stubbs



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Liberal Arts: Social Science & Humanities (including the options)
    • New Media Tech
    • Philosophy


    Introduction to Discrete Math (MAT231)
    Object-Oriented Programming (MAC190)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM MAT231 MAT231
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM MAT231
    4:35 PM - 5:35 PM
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM MAC190 MAC190
    6:55 PM - 7:55 PM MAC190 MAC190

    In this pair, students will:
    • Identify connections between mathematics and computer programming
    • Apply mathematical concepts and models when writing computer programs
    • Write computer programs to find solutions to mathematical problems



    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Program Core requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • MAT231: CUNYfirst code 26245, Prof. Steve Cosares
      • MAC190: CUNYfirst code 26322, Prof. Andi Toce



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Computer Science


    Beginning Photography (HUA130)
    Chemistry of Photography (SCC102)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    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
    • Learn about lighting, exposure, processing, film scanning, and Photoshop
    • Learn how light interacts with film and dyes to produce an image
    • Be introduced to the chemical basis of the photographic development process
    • Participate in a field trip to the Princeton University Art Museum



    This pair:
    • Meets on campus for photography lab on select dates
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Required Core (SCC102) and Program Core (HUA130) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • HUA130: CUNYfirst code 25381, Prof. Scott Sternbach
      • SCC102: CUNYfirst code 25382, Prof. Sunaina Singh



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Liberal Arts: Social Sciences & Humanitites
    • Commerical Photography majors
    • Fine Arts


    First Year Seminar (CJF101)
    Public Speaking (HUC106)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HUC106 HUC106
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM HUC106
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CJF101 CJF101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM CJF101
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM CJF101

    In this pair, students will:
    • Be introduced to the American system of criminal justice and its core institutions (police, courts, corrections)
    • Explore contemporary challenges to social justice within the criminal justice system including mass incarceration, racial disparities, human rights violations, and barriers to reentry
    • Examine the role of criminal justice careers and other avenues for promoting social justice
    • Increase skill in formal public speaking with an emphasis on advocacy and enacting



    This pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Flexible Core (HUC106) and Program Core (CJF101) requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • CJF101: CUNYfirst code 24958, Prof. Jill Kehoe
      • HUC106: CUNYfirst code 26652, Prof. Jaime Riccio



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Criminal Justice


    First Year Seminar (CMF090)
    Introduction to Communication Studies (HUC101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HUC101 HUC101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM CMF090 HUC101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CMF090

    In this pair, students will:
    • Learn about the subfields of Communication Studies
    • Explore the opportunities offered by the Communication Studies program at LaGuardia
    • Meet people working in your field of study



    This pair:
    • Contains 4.5 equated credits - add at least 7.5 additional credits in session I and/or II to be full-time
    • Fulfills Program Core requirements
    • Contains these courses:
      • CMF090: CUNYfirst code 26690, Prof. Poppy Slocum
      • HUC101: CUNYfirst code 24700, Prof. Poppy Slocum



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Communication Studies