College of Arts and Sciences
There are learning communities (LCs) that serve all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences (including undecided students). There are also focused communities for specific majors.
As a LC member, you are guaranteed registration in courses that are required for your degree. And that's just one of the many LC benefits. LC course enrollment is for fall semester only. With assistance from your academic adviser, you will select a new set of courses for winter and spring semesters.
Because enrollment is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, interested students should complete the application process as soon as possible. During Orientation in July and August, your Orientation academic adviser will review your LC assignment with you and assist you in selecting one to two additional courses.
The only requirement for you to be in the Arts and Sciences LC is that you be admitted to Ohio University as an incoming freshman and be accepted in the College of Arts and Sciences. Placement in the specific LCs will be dependent on the academic major into which you have been accepted.
Learning Community Options
Each Biological Sciences LC is small (up to 12 members). The members attend the same BIOS 1700 lecture and lab sections, the same CHEM 1500 or 1510 course (depending on placement results) and a specially designed learning community course, BIOS 1100. In BIOS 1100, members participate in activities that are designed to help them learn the language of biology, master the BIOS 1700 course material and develop their own learning and critical thinking skills. Past BIOS 1100 students have averaged 5-10% better exam grades in BIOS 1700 than students not enrolled in learning communities.
An academically successful upper-class biology major will serve as a mentor to help group members adjust to this very challenging major. In addition, group members will have access to a peer-led tutoring lab (PLTL) with the more difficult science courses, CHEM 1500 and 1510 and BIOS 1700.
Chemistry - Pre-Professional
The Chemistry Pre-Professional learning community includes four academic classes in the fall and the special course totaling 15-17 hours. The classes are CHEM 1510 (dependent on performance on chemistry placement exam taken at Orientation), MATH (based on your placement level), BIOS 1700, an elective and the special one-credit CHEM 1510 Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) course. The PLTL course meets for two hours weekly.
The Forensic Chemistry learning community involves four academic classes in the fall and the special course totaling 15-17 hours. The classes are CHEM 1510 (dependent on performance on chemistry placement exam taken at Orientation), math (based on your placement level), Law Enforcement Technology (LET 105), BIOS 1700 or an elective and the special one-credit CHEM 1510 Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) course.
In both Chemistry LCs, You and seven other chemistry majors in the Learning Community will have a peer mentor. The mentor is a student who has taken the course previously and who has been trained to conduct the sessions, in order to guide your group through a set of challenging problems designed by the professor.
Students who take the Chemistry PLTL course tend to perform better in the course than those students who choose not to enroll in the PLTL course. Your classmates will become your colleagues and study partners as you begin to move through the chemistry curriculum. The learning community experience is an extremely valuable contributor to students’ future success. Statistical studies show that students who participate do better in their classes and are more likely to continue their studies. Even more importantly, students who participate are on their way to developing the professional skills and attitudes that are critical to their success after graduation.
The English learning community is available to interested English students and includes a one-hour seminar course (UC 1900), as well as two required courses (English 1510 and English 2020) for English majors. The seminar course is taught by an experienced faculty member who not only explores with the participants the many career opportunities available to them and introduces other faculty members, but also assists the students in planning their future class schedules.
Foreign Languages and Intercultural Connections
This learning community brings together students who are passionate about languages and exploring the world first-hand. Students in the group are learning different languages at various levels and have a common interest in communicating with people in other countries while preparing for careers that incorporate their linguistic abilities and intercultural skills. The main course of the community is taught by one of our leading foreign language instructors. Students also take a common general education course together.
Students in a History learning community will take their introductory history course with other history majors. In addition, the main course of the community, the learning community seminar (UC 1900) will be instructed by a member in the department to allow for informal discussions about history and other relevant topics. The third course of the cluster will be one that meets the college requirements.
Students in a Political Science learning community will take their introductory political science course, POLS 1010, with other political science majors. In addition, the main course of the community, the learning community seminar (UC 1900) will be instructed by a top faculty member in the department. The third course of the cluster will be one that meets the college requirements.
This learning community is offered to interested psychology students and includes a one-hour seminar course (PSY 1090) instructed by one of the top faculty members in the department. PSY 1090 meets for an hour each week to discuss psychology as a field of study. Topics will include the rich variety of sub-disciplines that make up the field of psychology as well as how to prepare for a career in psychology. Students in this LC will also be guaranteed enrollment in two other courses: Introductory Psychology (PSY 1010) and either Human Biology (BIOS 1030) or Writing and Rhetoric I (ENG 1510). All courses satisfy requirements for the psychology major.
Students in the Sociology Learning Community will take their introductory Sociology course, SOC 1010, with other Sociology majors. The main course in the community, the learning community seminar (UC 1900) will be instructed by the same instructor as SOC 1010. The third course of the cluster will be one that meets requirements of the college.
General A&S Learning communities will be available for interested students and many will be targeted toward specific disciplines. In all of these options, a learning community seminar course, a major-specific course, and one (and in some cases, two) college requirements will be linked.
Undecided Student LCs
Consisting of a learning community seminar as well as two college-required courses, all of the undecided students in Arts and Sciences will participate in a LC where you will explore the career development process and the many majors available at Ohio University. This will provide you with an opportunity to make an informed decision about your major!