Learning Communities

Our Mission

The First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) at TAMU-CC empowers students to develop the habits of mind necessary to succeed as university students and as productive members of a global community by providing opportunities for meaningful connections with students, faculty, and staff.

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Learning Community Structure

By definition, learning communities involve the linking of "two or more courses, often around an interdisciplinary theme or problem, and enroll a common cohort of students” (Smith, MacGregor, Matthews, & Gabelnick, 2004, p. 67). All full-time first-year students are required to take a learning community during their first two semesters to ease the transition to the university.

Each learning community at TAMU-CC has at its core a small First-Year Seminar (UNIV 1101 or UNIV 1102) class and at least one other course that typically is a large lecture course, but the structure and courses can vary widely due to students' needs. Classes in the community are restricted to first-year students and are made co-requisites, so all students in the learning community are at the same place in their college experience. The smaller courses are limited to 20-25 students, and the same 20-25 students attend all these classes together, forming a social and intellectual learning community. These cohorts form close relationships that frequently last far beyond the first year of college.

Example learning communities:

  • Dyad P (PHIL 1301 + UNIV 1101)
  • Triad E (HIST 1301 + ENGL 1301 + UNIV 1101)
  • Tetrad V (BIOL 1406 + CHEM 1411 + ENGL 1301 + UNIV 1101)

Learning Community Goals

As members of the FYLCP, first-year students will:

  • Explore the connections among academic courses and disciplines in a global context;
  • Develop their critical thinking, communication, research, and information literacy skills;
  • Enhance their ability to learn through reading, writing, discussion, and collaboration; and
  • Reflect on their personal values, goals, and strategies for success.
For a listing of the current learning community offerings, view our online learning community catalog here.

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