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Learning Communities

​​​​​What is a Learning Community?

A Learning Community is two or more classes offered together in the same semester.  Professors from different departments plan the classes together, so the different classes relate to each other.  Students who are members of a Learning Community take the courses as a group, so they become a community of learners. 

What Learning Communities Can I Join?

In Spring 2022, you can become part of one of the following Learning Communities:

1) Would you be interested in learning about the history of rock and roll?  Did you know that is a subject that has a lot to do with African American culture?  SCC has an Umoja Learning Community called The Black Roots of Rock and Roll which links African American Studies (ETHN 120) to Rock Music, History and Appreciation (MUS 104). To learn more, visit our website.

2) Are you interested in becoming a statistician? Joining the SCC Statistics Modeling Learning Community is a great first step which links your Statistics class (MATH 219) with a Reading class (READ 136) to learn models for solving statistical problems.

3) Do you care about the environment? Environmental Investigations: Earth, Wind, and Fire​ is a Learning Community in which three classes are linked by the theme of environmental activism. Students will explore how human beings interact with and impact the natural world and learn about earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, and climate change in Environmental Geology (ERTH 130: Online Virtual Hybrid T 12:00-1:25 p.m.), Public Speaking (COMM 110: Online Live Remote TTh 10:15-11:40 a.m.), and Critical Thinking and Writing (ENGL 103: Online Live Remote TTh 8:00-10:15 a.m.) courses.

You may join any SCC Learning Community simply by enrolling in the Learning Community of your choice.

If you want to learn more about the kind of work students do in Learning Communities, visit our Umoja Learning Community website and preview the book Learning Community students wrote about their experiences with the Coronavirus.

Why Should I Join a Learning Community?

  • Students in Learning Communities get the support of a team of professors and a community of their fellow students in their Learning Community courses.
  • Students in Learning Communities are more likely to fulfill their academic goals of transferring from a community college to a four-year university and of graduating from the university than traditional students.
  • Students in a Learning Community get better grades in their courses--even in their courses which aren't part of the Learning Community--than traditional students.
  • Students in a Learning Community are more involved in campus life and activities than traditional students and report that they enjoy their college experience more and feel they get more out of it than traditional students.

For more information, contact:

Kathy Silvey, Assistant Professor of English