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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)





Q: What are learning communities? 
A: Learning Communities are either fully integrated or linked classes that integrate two or more separate courses into one learning experience. They break down the barriers between disciplines and enable students to interact in new and unexpected ways with each other and the faculty.

 Q: How can a learning community enhance my college experience?

 A: The coursework is integrated to emphasize the connections between two subjects. There is a higher degree of interaction and involvement between teachers and students. 


 Q: Why should I enroll in a learning community?

A: Learning communities are an exciting and challenging approach to learning. Topics from separate courses are blended together in a unique way, which enhances the learning experience for students.
Q: Are learning communities extra work?

 A: One of the benefits of learning communities is that assigned readings, written papers and class projects are often designed so that students are doing work for one assignment but two different classes.


 Q: How does a learning community appear on my transcript?

 A: The two courses are listed as stand-alone courses with individual grades and credit.


 Q: What if I want to drop one of my courses in the learning community?

A: You must maintain enrollment in all courses that are linked as part of the learning community. This means that you shouldn't drop one learning community course because you will be dropped from the other learning community courses or courses. 
Q:  Who do I contact if I have more information about learning communities?
A:  It's always best to talk to a counselor about your educational plans, but if you have further questions contact the Learning Communities Coordinator, Alma Ramirez at or call 951-487-3645.