Learning Communities


Learning Communities (LCs) are small, diverse groups of first-year students and faculty who share common intellectual and professional interests.  Each Learning Community at UNA is focused on a theme or interest area and consists of a group of three courses: two General Education courses and one First Year Experience (FYE) course.  A small group of students take these courses together, providing a supportive learning environment for students to cultivate lasting relationships with each other and their professors. Additionally, each Learning Community will complete an experiential learning project that could consist of field trips, service projects, or research to get students more deeply engaged in their interest areas.

For Students:

Studies have shown that students who participate in Learning Communities have higher GPAs and retention rates than students who do not.  There are many other benefits as well, including:

  • Meeting other like-minded students with similar interests
  • Taking all face-to-face classes with full-time faculty
  • Getting to know your professors better
  • Participating in an experiential learning project
  • Scoring reserved seats in desirable sections of general education courses

To participate in a Learning Community, tell your Academic Advisor at Orientation.  This is the LC being offered for Fall 2021:


Learning Community #4 Leadership and Service: Open to all majors.  Through a focus on leadership and service, the goals of this LC are to help students understand diversity, develop empathy, and become familiar with important social issues facing communities.