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Learning Communities

As a COB student, you’ll participate in a learning community (LC). Learning communities offer students (who take a common set of courses together) a chance to develop a deeper understanding of course subject matter, build relationships, and engage in meaningful, creative dialog outside of the classroom.

Learning Communities are designed with learning, academic success, and life outside the classroom in mind. All students want to feel at home, get to know people easily, and do well academically. Ohio University's Learning Communities can help bring it all together, and provide a few nice extras, too. This approach, along with the Copeland Core, will allow you to be immediately successful within Copeland Hall.

Available LCs focus on accounting, finance, management information systems, management, marketing, and sports — and all courses count toward your degree requirements. (Jump to the bottom of page for LCs by COB major.)

The college also has LCs for transfer students, Honors Program participants, and students who are still undecided on what they want to study in business.

Learning communities at Ohio University are a collaborative effort between University College, the Office of Admissions, Institutional Research, the Office of Information Technology, the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Business, and several others. LCs help new students get connected and support them during their transition from home and high school to Ohio University and Athens.

Learn More about the University's LCs


Benefits of Learning Communities

  • LCs are an excellent way to meet new friends
  • You and the members of your LC are enrolled in courses in together. These courses form the basis of your semester schedule. Now you will know a few friendly faces in those larger classes.
  • Close interaction with College of Business faculty who teach your linked courses.
  • With your community members, peer mentor (LCL), LC instructor, and the faculty, you will make connections throughout the university.
  • When you enroll in an LC you begin to complete your General Education Requirements and progress toward your degree immediately.
  • Participating in an LC will give you the opportunity to join in academic and social activities with the members of your community.

Learning Community Components

Your learning community is composed of the four Copeland Core classes — and may also include a major-focused linked course. (If you’re in a management LC, you may have an ECON, MATH, or COMS linked course in your "cluster" of classes.)

Copeland Core: 4 Courses

The Copeland Core is a seminar class and three entry-level business courses. The Copeland Core will be part of your College of Business learning community. (Some students will enroll only in the Core classes and have no linked courses).

Copeland Core

Linked Course

If a linked course is in your community, it will vary by the LC's major focus (or theme).

During your first year in the COB, you’ll be introduced to like-minded students and take introduction courses together through a learning community. The goal is to expose you to the different facets of business and set you up for a successful four years.

Available LCs by COB Major

  • COB Major = LC Theme
  • Accounting = Accounting
  • Business Analytics = Management Information Systems
  • Business Economics = Management
  • Business Pre-Law = Management
  • Entrepreneurship = Management
  • Finance = Finance
  • International Business = Management
  • Management & Strategic Leadership = Management
  • Marketing = Marketing
  • Management Information Systems = Management Information Systems
  • Sport Management = Sport Management*
  • Undecided = Undecided*

*Students who are not directly admitted into their selective COB major can enroll in a University College undecided business or pre-sport management learning community. The goals of these are LCs are to help students meet the requirements for gaining admission into the major of their choice.