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 New Student Programs. 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

2017-2018 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 New Student Programs at 678-839-4966.

  • African-American Male Initiative Learning Community 

    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.

    Art ACCESS Flyer (PDF)

    Block Coordinator:
    Kevin Shunn
    kshunn@westga.edu

  • Art and Humanities Access – Block Schedule 

    This accelerated Arts and Humanities schedule is appropriate for undeclared students who commit to a predetermined schedule of courses including several accelerated courses taken for 8 weeks instead of 16.  However, students will not take more than 12 credit hours at any point. Successful completion of all courses in this schedule will result in students completing many of their Core requirements by the end of the Spring semester. In the Fall, students will engage in an interdisciplinary study of the Unites States of America, and then move their attention to international affairs in the Spring.  This cohort is limited to 20 students.

    Art and Humanities ACCESS Flyer (PDF)

    Block Coordinator:
    Stacy Boyd
    sboyd@westga.edu

     

     

  • Creative Writing Learning Community 

    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

  • Film Learning Community

     Love Film? Join our learning community devoted to the study of cinema.  Our students learn to analyze, interpret, and write about all genres of movies.  We attend screenings of films and meet directors and screenwriters through the Film Studies program.  Students create written and visual work that foregrounds cinematic technique and collaborate with colleges and professors who love talking about film as much as you do.  Let’s go to the movies!

    LC Coordinator:
    Dr. Angela Insenga
    ainsenga@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 High School GPA

    ·         35 RSAT Reading (650 Old SAT Critical Reading) or 28 ACT English,

    ·         670 RSAT Math (650 Old SAT Math) or 28 ACT Math

    ·         33 RSAT Writing & Language (670 Old SAT Writing or 26 ACT Writing Subject

    ·         1250 RSAT Composite (1750 Old SAT Composite) or 26 ACT Composite

    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 Coordinator:
    Patrick Hadley
    phadley@westga.edu

  • Music Learning Community

    This Learning Community is for full time music majors only.

     

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

  • Undecided Health - Nursing Interest

    The Undecided Health - Nursing Interest 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 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 Coordinator:
    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

  • Science of Sustainability Learning Community

    This is a Learning Community for science and mathematics majors that gives students an opportunity to make lasting friendships with like-minded, focused students.  Students will take a group of core courses together during their first year and will attend a series of lectures given by experts in fiends related to the content of their common courses.

    LC Coordinator:
    Dr. Scott Gordon
    sgordon@westga.edu

  • Student Athlete Learning Community

    The Wolves Opportunity to learn through Values, Education, and Service Learning Community for Student Athletes is for first year, first semester student athletes of all backgrounds.  Emphasis on the transition into higher education and the college experience while incorporating service learning experiences.

    LC Coordinator:
    David Haase
    dhaase@westga.edu

  • The Politics of Identity Learning Community

    This Learning Community combines a series of Core courses to engage students in an interdisciplinary exploration of a common theme.  Faculty from English and Political Science will guide students through an interdisciplinary exploration of “The Politics of Identity.”  Through this approach, this Learning Community will provide students a strong academic focus, and will aim to enhance their critical thinking and writing skills in a supporting and interactive environment. 

    LC Coordinators:
    Dr. Sal Peralta
    jperalta@westga.edu
    Dr. Meg Pearson
    megp@westga.edu

  • Theatre Access – Block Schedule

    The Theatre ACCESS block is for students majoring in Theatre. Its purpose is to develop a strong ensemble within the cohort as a way to strengthen retention and progression within the major. The schedule allows for students to take core courses, including the foreign language requirement, while also taking courses within the theatre major. This means that incoming freshman theatre majors will be involved with our productions in their first semester of college. At the end of their first year at UWG, students in the Theatre ACCESS block will have 32 credit hours under their belts, ahead by two credit hours on their graduation timetable.

    Theatre ACCESS Flyer (PDF)

    Block Coordinator:
    Shelly Elman
    selman@westga.edu