First-Year Residential Learning Communities
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The Office of Residence Life offers eight 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 2019-2020 year, there will be eight first-year LLCs: Celebrate the Arts, Cura Personalis, Explore NEPA, FIRE, Global Citizenship, "Helping Professions" in the Jesuit Context, SITE: Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship, and Wellness. For specific information about each community, please read below.
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 2019-2020 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.
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!
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.
Linked course: T/RS 121X: Sacred Bible
Explore NEPA LLC
The Explore NEPA community is focused on exercise, promoting an understanding of physiology, and learning about environmental conservation. Students will participate in activities that explore the physiological and psychological benefits of physical exercise. Through human performance testing, group exercise opportunities (indoors and outdoors, on-campus and off), students will learn about the importance of building and maintaining fitness. The group will also work with faculty members, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as they travel to various parks and preserves to explore and experience the beauty of Northeastern Pennsylvania's green spaces. They will hike, bike, learn about land conservation, and participate in service work to promote stewardship of Pennsylvania's natural resources.
Linked course: BIOL 184X: Explore NEPA
*This community and course will require several weekend day trips to fulfill course requirements but does not require a student to meet a specific exercise performance standard.
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.
Linked course: ENLT 131X: Living Magnificently
*This course is also designated as Humanities: Literature as part of General Education requirements.
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.
Linked course: INTD 119X: Making Meaning of 9/11
"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!
Linked courses (students will only take one):
CHS 100X: Jesuit Mission/Helping Professions
CHS 110X: The Ignatian Imagination
PCPS 122X: Foundations of Professional Integrity
SITE: Scranton Innovative Thought and Entrepreneurship LLC
The SITE Residential Learning Community 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.
Linked course: ENTR 100X: Entrepreneurship
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.
Linked course: PHIL 127X: Wellness and Food
*This course fulfills the Introduction to Philosophy course, a General Education requirement for all students.