First-Year Residential Learning Communities
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The Office of Residence Life offers seven optional and exciting experiences for our first-year students, called Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). RLCs at The University of Scranton provide students with a distinctive experience that allows them to live, learn, and belong in and to a community of diverse peers with common interests and goals. RLCs are classified as either Living Learning Communities (LLCs) or Themed Communities (TCs); all First-Year RLCs are LLCs, while upperclass RLCs are TCs.
The University also offers RLCs for sophomores, juniors, and seniors; for information on these communities, please click here.
Living Learning Communities (LLCs)
Living learning communities (LLCs) bring together students who share a common interest (listed below) and give them the unique opportunity to take a course together, live together, and engage in special events and opportunities. These programs are driven by participants, and allow them to propose, plan, and participate in activities they find interesting. In addition, first-year students in LLCs will have the opportunity to be matched with a sophomore mentor who participated in the LLC their first year, and likely has continued their experience in their sophomore year.
You may opt in to an LLC by noting your interest on your housing questionnaire AND selecting the corresponding First-Year Seminar when choosing courses in your "Forms, Forms, Forms" packets.
Students who opt in to an LLC will be expected to take the linked First-Year Seminar course, provided there are no schedule conflicts and space in the course remains. If conflicts exist or the course fills, students will still be able to live in the community until all spaces are filled.
For the 2017-2018 year, there will be seven first-year LLCs: AMDG: Citizenship for the Greater Glory of God, Celebrate the Arts, Cura Personalis, FIRE, "Helping Professions" in the Jesuit Context, SITE: Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship, and Wellness.
Themed Communities (TCs)
Themed Communities (TCs) have similar goals, but they do not have a course component. Students take courses of their choice, and still live with students who share a common interest and engage in special events and opportunities. These programs are also driven by participants, and allow them to propose, plan, and participate in them. Faculty will be involved in events as well, though a specific course is not linked.
For the 2017-2018 year, there are 5 TCs offered to sophomore, junior, and senior students. More information can be found here.
All RLCs are offered at no additional cost, do not have specific sets of rules, and are optional.
AMDG: Citizenship for the Greater Glory of God LLC
The AMDG: Engaged and Global Citizenship community is brand new for 2017-2018! This community seeks to help students grow in their knowledge and appreciation for Ignatian ideals to become active and engaged citizens of the local, national, and global community. In other words, students will learn what it means to be committed to working for the greatest civic good in the Jesuit tradition, always pursuing the greater glory of god—Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
It is geared toward students interested in becoming active members of contemporary society. With faculty and staff, students will explore current political issues and events around the world, as well as engage with one another about cultural issues and affairs. This community is aptly linked with the Ignatian Citizenship and Contemporary Political Issues and Events First-Year Seminar.
Celebrate the Arts LLC
Celebrate the Arts (CTA) creates a space and home for students interested in pursuing and discussing their artistic interests in a variety of formats, such as film, photography, drama, music, visual art, etc.
CTA encourages personal artistic expression, while also highlighting opportunities in the arts on campus, within the local Scranton community, and beyond. Whether inviting in an artist to lead students through a guided painting on campus, or enrolling in a photography class downtown at New Visions Studio, Celebrate the Arts will provide an artistic outlet during your first year of college!
The community is also linked with 2 different First Year Seminars, from which students are able to choose one: “Shakespeare- One Play,” which explores a single play from a variety of different perspectives throughout the semester, and "Latest and Greatest," which focuses on prize-winning literature from the past decade. These courses are also designated as Humanities/Culture: Literature as part of General Education requirements.
Cura Personalis LLC
Rooted in Jesuit teachings, the core of Cura Personalis (CP) stands upon three pillars: justice, service, and faith.
Offering service projects, reflection and retreats, CP strives to create a culture of “men and women for others” by volunteering in the local community, welcoming conversations about faith, and engaging in justice issues on a local and global scale. CP also develops your knowledge in these three areas by having you take your required Theology II course with other CP students. This course is exclusively offered as a First-Year Seminar to CP students, and will fulfill one of your The Human Person and God General Education courses, required of all students.
The founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola, challenged individuals to “Go forth and set the world on fire.”
The FIRE program at The University of Scranton challenges participants to develop their leadership potential, focus on academic success, and achieve personal excellence. This is promoted through various in-hall programs, enrollment in the Scranton Emerging Leaders 8-week course through the Center for Student Engagement, and involvement in the community.
The FIRE program is linked with the “Living Magnificently” course, which complements these endeavors. This course is also designated as Humanities/Culture: Literature as part of General Education requirements.
"Helping Professions" in the Jesuit Context LLC
While students of all majors are welcome, the "Helping Professions" community is geared toward those who plan to pursue a career in the helping professions, including Nursing, Community Health Education, Counseling, Education, Health Administration, Exercise Science, Human Resources, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and others, along with those planning to pursue medical school. This community allows students who live together to easily and conveniently discuss their potential career paths, ethical guidelines, necessary coursework, and internship opportunities through informal conversations and more formal programs and events. It has a primary focus on how to engage in “helping professions” through the lens of the Jesuit tradition, namely viewing these careers as a means to further faith and justice in our world. Alongside resources such as Career Services, representatives from the Panuska College of Professional Studies and the Panuska College of Professional Studies Board of Visitors, student organizations, and local partners, students engage with one another and in the community to set themselves up for success!
This community is linked with the Imagine: Helping Professions first-year seminar, which helps students explore their calling and discover what it truly means to seek a vocation in the "helping professions."
SITE: Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship LLC
The SITE Residential Learning Community is brand new for 2017-2018! It is open to students of all majors and minors who are interested in developing the skills, attitudes, behaviors, and vision necessary to be a successful innovator in all facets of life. Students will live together in a community that helps them foster their creativity and creative mindset, bringing them together to share their interests, ideas, and goals and encouraging one another to pursue opportunities and success within college and beyond. With both a dedicated residence hall and access to the Wayne House Entrepreneurship Center, “learning by doing” with support of faculty and staff and the space to do so is well-supported.
Additionally, SITE is linked with the Entrepreneurship First Year Seminar, which provides opportunities to develop the entrepreneurial skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to excel in a rapidly changing world, within the context of Ignatian identity and values.
Our Wellness program is designed for students pursuing a balanced lifestyle as it focuses on 8 dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, environmental, and multicultural.
Students are encouraged to explore these themes as they apply them to their life, navigating together the many ways to be successful in their first year of college in a balanced, healthy manner. Students in the Wellness program enroll in Wellness & Food, which fulfills the Introduction to Philosophy course, a General Education requirement for all students.