Learning Communities

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An exciting way to learn

Research shows that students who participate in a learning community earn higher grades, make friends faster and graduate at higher and faster rates than students who don't participate.*

* The National Resource Center for Learning Communities

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What is a Learning Community?

Watch a short video about Learning Community to learn more.

  • A common group of students is enrolled in the same classes.
  • Students and faculty build connections between subject matter, disciplines and ideas.
  • The community focuses on a central theme common to the disciplines.
  • Courses are collaboratively taught by faculty from two or more content areas.
  • Collaborative and experiential learning are central to learning communities.
  • Multicultural thinking is encouraged to promote the understanding of diverse perspectives.

Benefits of Learning Communities

  • Learning Communities classes emphasize that faculty and students alike are embarked on a journey of discovery.
  • Faculty and students are able to work together more closely and develop successful learning strategies collaboratively.
  • Students are able to become better acquainted with faculty and tend to be more comfortable asking questions.
  • Students have the opportunity to develop stronger skills, the confidence to explore issues in depth, and the ability to question and think rigorously.

Fall 2022 Learning Community Course List:

Theme-Based Learning Communities:

“Forgiving an Unlikely Bond: Chemistry and English for STEM Majors”

CHM121-0L1 CRN 34143 Karen Dailey Koczaja

ENG101-0L1, CRN 34489 Meg King

“Intercultural Dialog and Exchange”

ENG101-LB1, CRN 34484 Richard Johnson

FYS101-LB1, CRN 34485 Kimberly Jaeger Nichols

First Year Seminar and English Courses:

First Year Seminar Learning Community is a partially integrated Learning Community that pairs an FYS class and ENG class. The same group of students are taking the same FYS and ENG back-to-back. The class is taught by two teachers who know each other, plan assignments together, and have your best interests in mind. Students who are part of a learning community at Harper feel more supported, have a greater sense of community and do better in their classes.

Launch Learning Community

ENG094-L09, CRN 34496 TBD

FYS101-L09,  CRN 34497 TBD

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-L01, CRN 34397 Theodore Brady

FYS101-L01,  CRN 34399 Megan Dallianis

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-L06, CRN 34482 Fonda Ginsburg

FYS101-L06,  CRN 34483 Anne Liotine

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-LB2, CRN 30394 Stephanie Whalen

FYS101-LB2,  CRN 34479 Andre Berchiolly

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-LB3, CRN 34480 Marianne Fontes

FYS101-LB3,  CRN 34481 Katherine Speer

Launch Learning Community

ENG100-LW5, CRN 30429 Jason Nado

FYS101-LW5,  CRN 34400 Katherine Speer

Launch Learning Community

ENG101-LB4, CRN 34492 Ana Maria Charmelo Contreras 

FYS101-LB4,  CRN 34493 Stephanie Whalen

First Year Seminar and Math:

FYS101-L02,  CRN 34506 John Notini

MTH065-L02, CRN 34508 Lucy Marotti


ENG094-L08, CRN 34494 Paul Peterson

FYS101-L08,  CRN 34495 William Clark

MTH065-L08, CRN 34588 Lucy Marotti

To learn more about Learning Communities, speak to your academic advisor or contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.


"It's a lot different than just your standard classroom. There's a respect between the teacher and the students."
—Learning Community Student
Last Updated: 7/13/22