• 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 2019 Learning Communities


    Composition I (ENG101.44988)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.45021)
    French Literature in Translation (ELF250.54472)
    Public Speaking (HUC106.32398)
    First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts (LIF101.44525)

    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    9:15 PM - 10:15 PM ELF250 ELF250
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ELF250 ENG103
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM ENG101 ENG103 ENG101 ENG103
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ENG101 LIF101 ENG101 LIF101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM LIF101 LIF101

    In this Cluster, students will:
    • Reflect on how you cross borders, enter and navigate new worlds
    • Research how identities are formed (and challenged) through migration, immigration
    • Write about your own multiple, intersectional, changing identities
    • Explore NYC as laboratory and museum revealing and shaping diverse identities


    Composition I (ENG101.44514)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.44515)
    Philosophy of Art (HUP107.45057)
    Art and Society (HUN192.44506)


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

    In this Cluster, students 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 (ENG101.44781)
    The Research Paper (ENG103.44785)
    Introduction to Language (ELL101.45095)
    Public Speaking (HUC106.44991)
    First Year Seminar (LIF101.44732)


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

    In this Cluster, students will:
    • Examine language attitudes and stereotypes and their power over us
    • 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 how many languages there are in the world, the number in Queens, and how the languages of Queens connect us to the global community
    • Discuss endangered languages and what is lost when a language is lost


    Composition I (ENG101.54448)
    College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115.54473)
    First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts: Math & Science (LMF101.54474)


    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 LMF101 ENG101 LMF101 ENG101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM LMF101 ENG101 LMF101 ENG101

    In this Cluster, students will:
    • Explore issues of gender and equity within the liberal arts
    • Examine a variety of texts that offer clear models for persuasive and expository writing
    • Use textual and analytical data to communicate an informed understanding of socioeconomic realities for underrepresented groups
    • Develop a customized career plan in STEM that makes use of critical inquiry


    Composition I (ENG101.44987)
    Critical Thinking (HUP102.45096)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HUP102 ENG101 HUP102 ENG101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM HUP102 ENG101 ENG101

    In this pair you 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, and
    • Discover and employ various models of argumentation and explore their interconnections


    Composition I (ENG101.44783)
    Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History (SSH232.54450)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG101 SSH232 ENG101 SSH232
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM ENG101 ENG101 SSH232

    In this pair you will:
    • Explore and evaluate a range of arguments about how gender identities are formed in various Latin American and Latino/a cultural contexts
    • Learn about the ways that gender influences and is influenced by politics, economics, immigration, revolution, urbanization, and populist movements in the history of Latino/Latin America
    • Examine and integrate cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of gender in Latino/Latin American Studies
    • Design and complete a research project to investigate your own interests relating to the themes of the pair


    Composition I (ENG101.44989)
    World Music (HUM109.54451)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG101 ENG101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM ENG101 ENG101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM HUM109 HUM109
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM HUM109

    In this pair you will:
    • Use the lens of social justice to understand, develop, and appreciate various forms of music and literature performed and written across the world
    • Gain understanding of world music by listening to and discussing significant features of musical compositions, focusing on elements of musical organization, expression and style
    • Develop your writing skills through a critical reflection of your culture and its relationship with cultures from other parts of the world
    • Engage in enhancing writing and analytical skills through reading, listening, and persuasive communication across contexts, purposes, and media


    The Research Paper (ENG103.45022)
    InfoCities (LBN105.45097)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    4:35 PM - 5:35 PM ENG103 ENG103
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM ENG103 LBN105
    6:55 PM - 7:55 PM LBN105 LBN105

    In this pair you 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 and speak with journalists who cover crime and politics
    • Practice first-hand field research, using information databases and critical thinking skills


    Beginning Photography (HUA130.44815)
    Chemistry of Photography (SCC102.44816)


    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 you 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


    Life in the Universe (SCP105.54452)
    Philosophy of Religion (HUP105.54453)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    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 you will:
    • Question the origin of life by examining how the Earth transitioned from chemical to biological? What caused the beginning of the universe, and is a god necessary to explain it? If the universe has a beginning, does it also have an end?
    • Explore the Big Bang Theory in the context of various religious doctrines and arguments
    • Discuss the atomist view of life, which stands in contrast to the Aristotelian cosmology
    • Embark on a field trip to the Rubin Museum of Art to see address questions like, “What is the purpose of life? Is human life special? Why do we suffer? What happens when we die?”


    College Algebra & Trigonometry (MAT115.45030)
    Microeconomics (SSE103.45099) Hybrid


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    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 you 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


    College Algebra & Trigonometry (MAT115.43912)
    General Chemistry (SCC201.45091)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM SCC201 SCC201
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM SCC201 SCC201
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SCC201
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM SCC201
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM



    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM MAT115 MAT115
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM MAT115 MAT115

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


    General Biology (SCB201.54465)
    General Chemistry (SCC201.54459)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM SCB201
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM SCB201
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SCB201
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM SCB201 SCB201
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM SCB201 SCC201
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM SCB201 SCC201
    4:35 PM - 5:35 PM SCC201
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM SCC201
    6:55 PM - 7:55 PM SCC201

    In this pair you will:
    • Improve unit conversions and dimensional analysis for measurements
    • Learn about organic molecules and its application to biological systems
    • Learn about photosynthesis process and the energy transfers involved


    Object-Oriented Programming (MAC190.57961)
    Discrete Mathematics (MAT231.44745)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    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


    First Year Seminar for Criminal Justice (CJF101.44174)
    Public Speaking (HUC106.54476)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    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 you 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 social change


    First Year Seminar for Criminal Justice (CJF101.44974)
    Public Speaking (HUC106.54477)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM HUC106
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM HUC106 HUC106
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CJF101 CJF101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM CJF101 CJF101

    In this pair you 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 social change