Learning Communities

Students in Class

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?

    1. Courses attached to the learning community often work towards the completion of one’s major

    2. Students within the same community take the same course(s) and can work together

    3. Build academic and personal connections with peers, faculty, and staff at Albany State University

    4. Explore and define personal values and identity within a community

    5. 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 Nursing Program.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
English Composition I

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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
English Composition I

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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
English Composition I
Quantitative Reasoning

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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Public Speaking

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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
Music Appreciation
World History

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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
General Psychology
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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
Principles of Biology I
Public Speaking

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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
Art Appreciation
Political Science

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.

Courses:
ASU 1101, First Year Experience
Introduction to Business
Management Information Systems Technology