What is a Learning Community?
Learning Communities (LC's) are 2 classes enrolling a common cohort of students that are linked during an academic term around an interdisciplinary theme.
With some exceptions, students are encouraged to enroll in an LC in their sophomore year. A hallmark of The Cornerstone Program since the fall of 2002, LC's emphasize critical thinking and problem solving, and many incorporate short-term travel, experiential learning, or community-based learning.
LC's are designed to broaden the scope of a liberal arts education and to open up new horizons of learning. LC's typically fulfill core or major requirements. The structure of LC's, two classes linked with an integrative seminar or common experience, provide a flexible format for exploration and inspiration.
Some recent LC topics include:
Learning Communities exemplify Stonehill's commitment to creating a student-centered climate that promotes academic challenge, cooperative learning, and authentic community.
For more information about Learning Communities at Stonehill, please contact Dr. Todd Gernes, Dean of General Education.