A Learning Community is a small group of students who take their classes together during their first year. Learning communities offer a “small college” environment within the larger campus. Some of your classes consist only of your fellow Learning Community students. These courses center on a common theme, such as film, creative writing, the environment, or science-based careers in either the health professions or engineering.

For more information about each community, contact First-Year Experience. Depending on the Learning Community some or all of your classes may be pre-set. Your class schedule may include a thematic Learning Community courses, English Composition, and other Core courses needed for graduation.

ADVANTAGES TO JOINING A LEARNING COMMUNITY:

  • Exploring your academic and career options
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Connecting with a faculty or staff member in your area of interest
  • Finding your passion in life
  • Off-campus experiences related to your Learning Community theme
  • Building friendships that will last a lifetime

2016-2017 LEARNING COMMUNITIES

If you have any question regarding the specific Learning Communities please contact the Learning Community Coordinator.  If you have questions about signing up for your first-year program please contact First-Year Experience at 678-839-4966.

  • African-American Male Initiative

    The African-American Male Initiative First-Year Program (AAMI-FYP) helps African-American male students adjust academically, personally and socially to college.  Merging educational and social activities which allows students to make friends easily, establish study partners, and develop positive connections with faculty. For more information, see www.westga.edu/aami.

    LC Coordinator:
    Cheryl Thomas Hill
    cthill@westga.edu

  • Art Access – Block Schedule for Bachelor of Fine Arts

    The accelerated schedule is appropriate for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Students commit to 18 credit hours for the fall semester and another 18 in the spring, but due to the block scheduling, they will not take more than 12 credit hours at any point.  Successful completion of all courses in this schedule will result in students completing Area F and art secondary core set of classes, preparing them for applications into their BFA programs by the end of the spring semester.

    Block Coordinator:
    Kevin Shunn
    kshunn@westga.edu

  • Theatre Access – Block Schedule

    This accelerated schedule is appropriate for students pursuing a major in Theatre.  Students commit to taking 32 credit hours for the entire academic year, but due to the block scheduling they carry no more than 13 credit hours at any point.  Successful completion of all courses in this schedule will result in students attaining almost half their core curriculum credit hours by the end of the spring semester, completing gateway courses in the theatre major (including hours for semester productions), and being ahead of their graduation timetable.

    Block Coordinator:
    Shelly Elman
    selman@westga.edu

  • Creative Writing

    Do you have stories to tell? Do you scribble poems on napkins? Take notes on the back of your hand? Blog late into the night?  The Creative Writing Community is the right place for you.  You will receive hands-on experience with writing, revising and workshopping in a supportive environment.

    LC Coordinator:
    Dr. Katherine Chaple
    kchaple@westga.edu

  • Early Childhood Education

    This Learning Community connects freshman interested in majoring in Early Childhood Education to the College of Education early in their program.  The XIDS 2002 course included in the community allows students to explore teaching in grades Pre-K through 5 as a career option through field trips, observations, and class activities.

    LC Coordinator:
    Beth Freeman
    efreeman@westga.edu

  • Honors

    The Honors Learning Community is open to first-year students who are admitted to the Honors College.  Honors Eligibility Requirements (Must meet 2 out of 5): 3.5 HS GPA; 650 SAT Critical Reading (or 28 ACTE); 650 SAT Math (or 28 ACTM); 600 SAT Writing (or 26 ACT Combined English/Writing); 1750 SAT Composite (or 26 ACTC). Students will be enrolled in common sections of an Honors interdisciplinary studies course.

    LC Coordinaor:
    Stacey Rowland
    srowland@westga.edu

  • Mass Communications

    The Mass Communication Living Learning Community is a dynamic group of students with a passion for the communications field and the diversity of career opportunities in journalism, public relations, film, television, broadcasting, and other media-related areas.  Through special events and ongoing communication, the students can begin to explore the many options in the field of communications and engage in extra-curricular activities in the various fields.

    LC Coordinators:
    T. Randahl Morris
    trmorris@westga.edu

    Patrick Hadley
    phadley@westga.edu

  • Music

    For music majors.

    LC Coordinator:
    Dr. Kevin Hibbard
    khibbard@westga.edu

  • Pre-Nursing

    The Pre-Nursing Learning Community is designed to provide an inclusive first-year experience for students interested in a career in nursing that will foster success in a challenging major.  Participants will take common courses in English, First-Year Experience (UWG 1101) and an interdisciplinary elective (XIDS 2002) taught by nursing faculty that focuses on healthcare and nursing practice.  Participants are provided with additional support in academic advising and career exploration.  

    LC Coordinators:
    Laura Edmonds
    ledmonds@westga.edu

    LaDonia Patterson
    lpatters@westga.edu

  • Pre-Engineering

    The Pre-Engineering Learning Community will provide students an overview of a career in engineering and the necessary academic curriculum to earn an engineering degree.

    LC Coordinator:
    Sharmistha Basu-Dutt
    sbdutt@westga.edu

  • Theatre Learning Community

    The Theatre Learning Community is for undeclared freshman with an interest in theatre, the courses in the LC will focus on the arts and creative ways of communicating.  

    LC Coordinator:
    Amy Cuomo
    acuomo@westga.edu