Learning Communities

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Learning Communities

What is a Learning Community?

Learning Communities (LCs) are designed for intellectually curious, first-year liberal arts students who seek a deeper immersion into the Purchase College community. Focused on different themes, LCs facilitate close-knit relationships through academic and social connection: members live together in freshmen residence halls and take at least two classes as a group each semester. The faculty members who lead the LCs are available for formal and informal advising and a variety of events throughout the year.   

Why you should apply . . .

The Learning Communities have so much to offer, but here are some reasons why you should apply:

The Learning Communities have so much to offer. You will:

• Build meaningful connections with exceptional faculty as well as the Purchase community

• Discover potential interests and career fields

• Access one-to-one mentorship opportunities with both a faculty member and a peer advisor

• Live together and take classes with other first-year students with shared interests

• Attend special events, on and off campus, with your LC

• Expand your academic and educational experience outside of the classroom with study groups, activities, and much more.


2016-2017 Learning Community Options

::CLOSED:: Media, Art, & Activism

Required Courses
Intro to Media Studies (3 Credits) - Core: Social Science
42855 - MSA 1050 - W 2:30pm - 5:00pm
College Writing (4 Credits) - Core: Basic Communication
43292 - WRI 1110 - TF 8:30am – 10:10am

First Year Seminar (1 Credit)

Mainstream media recycle increasingly familiar forms of spectacle and infotainment, from the Kardashians to Fox News. And while the Internet has afforded new opportunities to generate content, how much of this content is relevant to the lives of people around the world? This Learning Community focuses on media from another set of perspectives, namely art and activism. Using social science perspectives, especially anthropology—the study of human cultures—we will consider a series of examples that demonstrate the creativity and potential for change contained within media. These examples will include, among others, histories of art and political propaganda, independent news media sources, and new media artists that creatively deploy media technologies to express marginalized political ideas.  

For more information contact Shaka McGlotten (shaka.mcglotten@purchase.edu)

::CLOSED:: Leadership

Required Courses
Fundamentals of Leadership (4 Credits)
43968 - IDI 3250 - MR 2:30pm - 4:10pm
College Writing (4 Credits) - Core: Basic Communication
43274 - WRI 1110 - TF 8:30am - 10:10am 

First Year Seminar (1 Credit)

Are you a leader? Would like to become one? The Leadership Learning Community explores these questions and asserts that all people can be leaders. Regardless of position, influence, or power, this community helps student recognize that leadership can come from a place within. Participants in the community will examine multiple facets of leadership through 1-1 meetings, conversations, & coursework. Students in the community enroll in the Fundamentals of Leadership and a particular section of First Year Seminar taught by Thomas Gelok, along with a section of College Writing. Students will participate in a variety of activities aimed at considering concepts of identity, leadership, relationships, interpersonal dynamics, and intrapersonal identity. All of these concepts allow students to begin thinking critical, morally, and ethically about how to be an effective leader. Participants will be invited on group trips, 1-1 meetings with faculty and staff, and gain crucial insights on how to be successful at Purchase. This learning community attracts students interested in psychology, sociology,
management, Humanities, and undeclared students.

For more information contact the Advising Center (advising@purchase.edu)

::CLOSED:: Psychology and Social Justice

Required Courses
Psychology of Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination (3 Credits) - Core: Social Science
44543 - PSY 2745 - W 2:30pm – 5:30pm
College Writing (4 Credits) - Core: Basic Communication
43291 - WRI 1110 - TF 8:30am - 10:10am
First Year Seminar (1 Credit)

Passionate about making a difference? Are you dedicated to promoting an understanding and respect for all races, religions, and cultures? The Psychology and Social Justice Learning Community is designed for students to learn and engage in meaningful and open discussions on such issues. Learning community members will engage in discussions meant to challenge existing beliefs on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, citizenship, etc. The learning community will approach these topics and discussions wearing the hat of a social psychologist. That is, we will examine psychological theories that have attempted to explain and reduce stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, as punctuated by empirical psychological findings. Students will be challenged to use and apply these psychological foundations to understanding pressing and hot button social issues and implementing change in meaningful ways. Students will enroll in "Psychology of Stereotypes" and "First Year Seminar" with Dr. Krystal Perkins, Visiting Professor of Psychology and Faculty Member in Residence.

For more information contact Krystal Perkins (krystal.perkins@purchase.edu)

::CLOSED:: Climate Change, Biodiversity, & Society

Required Courses
General Biology I (4 Credits) – Core: Natural Science
42300 – BIO 1550 - TF 12:30pm – 2:10pm, W 10:30am – 12:10pm 
General Biology I Lab (1.5 Credits) 
42301 – BIO 1551 - T 2:30pm – 5:20pm
42303 – BIO 1551 - R 12:30pm – 3:20pm
42304 – BIO 1551 - F 9:00am – 11:50am
42305 – BIO 1551 - F 2:30pm – 5:20pm
College Writing (4 Credits) - Core: Basic Communication
43272 - WRI 1110 - MR 8:30am - 10:10am
Biology Freshman Seminar (1 Credit) 
42297 - BIO 1880 - W 4:30pm - 6:00pm

REGISTRATION NOTE: Students who select this LC will be required to register for the following courses in the Spring 2017 Semester as well:

Required Courses
General Biology II (4 Credits) – Core: Natural Science
TBD – BIO 1560  
General Biology II Lab (1.5 Credits) 
TBD – BIO 1561

Within 50-100 years from now, the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide will double, global temperatures and water levels will rise, and seasonality will increase. These predictions are based on scientific research focused on global climate change. How will climate change impact biodiversity, the distribution of essential crops, disease ecology, human health, and societies? This learning community will explore the science behind climate change predictions through published research, and examine the effects of climate change on societies and the crops on which they depend. Biology, Environmental Science, Economics, Political Science majors, and anyone interested in the future of humanity in the face of climate change, are encouraged to join this learning community.

For more information contact Mark Jonas (mark.jonas@purchase.edu)

How to Apply

1: Review the information above to learn about the different options available.

2: Interested in joining? Register online for the LC list serve to receive updates and more information.

3: Register for your LC along with the rest of your fall courses by completing the Freshman Email Registration Form, which will be sent to you before freshman registration opens. Please check your Purchase email account often for updates.

4: Start off your first year at Purchase College ahead of the curve!

For General Information Please Contact
Office of Community Engagement
Suzanna Farner
Phone: (914) 251-6344
Email: suzanna.farner@purchase.edu