First-Year Residential Learning Communities
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The Office of Residence Life offers several 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 an RLC for juniors and seniors; for information on this community, 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 live together, take a course together or work together with faculty and staff partners 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.
You may opt into 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 (if applicable).
Students who opt into an LLC will be expected to take the linked First-Year Seminar course (if applicable), 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.
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.
All RLCs are offered at no additional cost, do not have specific sets of rules, and are optional.
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!
2022-2023 Linked course: ARTH 111X: Art, Time and Place
(Faculty partner: Dr. Darlene Miller-Lanning)
Community for Transformative Learning
University life is all about transformation and learning through active reflection, but it begins with the transition from high school to college. That’s where a successful start begins, with our transformational learning community. Students will live and study with a group of peers in exploration of who they are and what unique strategies, resources and daily practices work for them. Staff advisors, along with a dedicated academic coach, will offer individual and group programming that focuses on adjustment to University life, academics, connection to campus, and an awareness of their own agency.
2022-2023 CTLE Staff partners: Christina Lenway, Rosemary Termini
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.
2022-2023 Linked course: PHIL 121X: Faith and Reason
(Faculty Partner: Dr. Christopher Hauser)
A First Generation Community (THR1VE)
This First-Generation Community (to be formally named by the Class of 2025) is a residential experience designed to support first-generation college students to assist them with their transition from high school to the University of Scranton. (*A first-generation college student is a student whose parent/guardian have not received a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.) Students who choose to live in this community will gain an extra layer of support in navigating through the University, increased connections to faculty, staff and first-generation specific resources and a fostered support system of first-generation peers. The goals of increased academic success and enhanced sense of belonging are promoted through a variety of co-curricular experiences with their peers, increased faculty and staff interaction, as well as intentional programming efforts that include academic and social connections.
(Staff partner: Shannon Murphy-Fennie)
"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!
2022-2023 Linked courses (students will only take one):
CHS 110X: The Ignatian Imagination
PCPS 122X: Foundations of Professional Integrity
(Faculty partners: CHS - Dr. Mary Troy or PCPS - Dr. William Miller)
Global Citizenship LLC
The Global Citizenship community explores the broad concept of citizenship on both the domestic and global levels. Discussions related to the structure and values of democracy, the relationships between cultures, political systems, ideologies and the social consumption of information through mass media will allow students to share their own experiences while learning from their peers and broadening their perspectives. The impact of current events and scope of engagement from citizens are driving forces to the success of society as a whole.
2022-2023 Linked course: INTD 122X: Ignatian Citizenship/American Politics (both sections linked)
(Faculty Partners: Dr. Teresa Grettano and Dr. Gretchen Van Dyke)