Learning communities are a group of students, who take a common set of courses together. Those common courses include the core course in the learning community (the seminar) as well as courses selected to meet students’ academic requirements in their program of study (clustered courses.)
The core course for nearly all learning communities is a seminar (one or two credit hours) specifically designed for new students to teach skills and knowledge necessary for making a successful transition to Ohio University, both academically and personally. Some specific topics included in the seminars are: academic support resources, time management, study skills, and the importance of engaging in the Ohio University Community.
The courses chosen to be clustered in a learning community are selected specifically to meet the requirements of the university as well as the specific academic major in which the students in the learning community are enrolled. The clustered courses include a seminar. The average number of credit hours a student takes at Ohio University each semester is fifteen, and the learning community cluster averages ten credit hours per community. This allows for students to know others in their classes, but not be in EVERY course together. Students still have the opportunity to complete their schedule with courses that are of specific interest to them outside of their major.