The foundation of University College is based on the learning community model and
includes themed and collaborative instruction from University College Teaching Fellows.
Students are in three courses that are integrated around a theme.
In addition to the courses described below, all Learning Community students will also
enroll in ASU 1101.
Let's face it; college takes getting used to:
The campus is huge.
The faces are new.
The pace is fast.
The courses are demanding.
Learning communities help you:
Build friendships with other students.
Work closely with faculty.
Learn how to connect ideas across different courses.
Broaden your learning experience.
Boost your chances of academic succes.
What is a Learning Community?
A Learning Community is an exciting and creative educational experience in college in which a cohort of students enroll in two or
more linked or clustered courses, often around a central theme or special interest.
These courses are not an extra requirement, but are required core courses or pre-requisites
for a major. The instructors of these courses work together to create activities such
as professional networking, fieldtrips, and service learning that take place both
inside and outside of the classroom and promote active engagement.
How do students benefit from Learning Communities?
Courses attached to the learning community often work towards the completion of one’s
Students within the same community take the same course(s) and can work together
Build academic and personal connections with peers, faculty, and staff at Albany State
Explore and define personal values and identity within a community
Make new friends, have fun and learn at the same time
FALL 2022 LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Health Professions (BSN Majors)
Pre-Nursing majors are invited to participate in a learning community that pairs Anatomy
& Physiology I and English Composition I. The integration of the two courses’ content
will enhance the students’ knowledge of the human body and English skills usage. This
will support preparation for the TEAS examination required for admission into the
Future Nurses (ASN Majors)
Health Science and health and human performance majors can choose to participate in
a learning community that pairs Anatomy & Physiology I and English Composition I.
The course pairing will enhance the students’ knowledge of the human body and English
skills usage. The integration of these two courses will develop deep learning and
prepare students for admission into their chosen health career programs.
Education as a Civil Right (Education Majors)
Education majors will be invited to participate in a learning community that pairs
English 1101 and EDUC 2110. The course pairing will enhance the students quantitative
reasoning and writing skills. The integration of Educational history and English allows
for critical thinking in all areas of problem solving. The main focus of this learning
community is to develop the knowledge and skills that would allow the students to
be better prepared for program admission.
Speaking the Language of Criminal Justice
(Criminal Justice Majors)
Criminal justice majors will be invited to participate in a learning community that
focuses on developing presentation skills. The course pairing will include the Introduction
to Criminal Justice course and a Public Speaking course. The selected presentations
in the communications courses will focus on material addressed in the introduction
to criminal justice course. The integration of the two courses will support deeper
learning and reinforcement of covered topics. This preparation will support development
in all careers in criminal justice including legal areas and law enforcement.
Songs in the Key of American History
(All Majors, Summer Success Academy)
Summer Success Academy II is a learning community serving as a continuation of the
Summer Success Academy. Combining Music Appreciation and American History, this learning
community will serve to increase awareness of the importance of music throughout history.
Music can serve as a communication mechanism or as the medium of change. From the
drum beat in Africa to the horns during the roaring 1920s or beat-box in the 1980s,
integrating music and history would be a new and exciting way to address the learning
objectives in both courses.
The Real Me Through Metaverse Achieving Purpose (Men of Distinction) (All Majors)
African American males are invited participate in a learning community that focuses
on identity in a technological world. Activities will include structured learning
experiences and the promotion of healthy academic, social, physical, and psychological
integration of male students into the university space. The two courses paired will
be General Psychology and Introduction to Computer Science.
ASU’s Same Song (STEM Majors)
Biology majors will be invited to participate in a learning community that focuses
on developing presentation skills. The course pairing will include the initial Principles
of Biology I course and a Public Speaking course. The selected presentations in the
communications course will focus on material addressed in the biology course. The
integration of the two courses will support deeper learning and reinforcement of covered
topics. This preparation will support development in all careers in biology.
The American Dream (Social Science Majors)
The American Dream is a learning community serving freshmen who are interested in
pairing art appreciation with political science. This combination will delve into
the background of American politics and the history of the arts. Politics have shaped
the existence of America, and the study of arts has a strong presence in how American
is seen. Thus, the integration of the objectives of the two areas provides an excellent
platform for both discussions and presentations.
Local Goes Global: Business Around the Corner and Around the Globe (Business Majors)
Business and entrepreneurship are global enterprises in the 21st century! Students
in this community will explore issues such as supply chain logistics, international
trade, and eCommerce.