Learning Communities

What are they?

Learning Communities are double the fun! Our LCs include two courses–sometimes three!– that are linked together (gotta sign up for both!). The professors tag team to deliver an experience that goes beyond the classroom with interdisciplinary themes, shared assignments, and a fun field trip. But the best part of all is the bonds you make with your classmates from spending all that quality time together.

We’ve got all sorts of combos to choose from. We’ve got LCs paired with College Success, LCs with First Year Seminars, LCs with cool Core classes, LCs for Criminal Justice majors, and one just for Engineering students!

Need more details? Get the full rundown on how LCs work in our Fall 2020 FYE Guide.

Why should you join one?

Learning Communities are identified as high impact practices that are designed to increase student success and persistence in college. CU Denver LCs have five goals.

  • Maximize academic success of student participants
  • Foster a sense of community and connection among students, peer mentors, faculty, and staff
  • Provide an opportunity for students to meaningfully engage with faculty
  • Offer support to students during key transitional moments, including starting college for the first time, transferring to CU Denver, and choosing new majors
  • Boost both engagement on campus and satisfaction with the CU Denver student experience‚Ä®

How do you sign up?

Registration for Learning Communities occurs during New Student Orientation. After the academic advising session is complete, you will visit the registration labs. Simply choose both courses for your selected learning community and register for them at the same time.‚Äč

Fall 2020 Learning Community Options:

Open to All

Thinking Skills for the Engaged Student

This LC will explore (a) how to think like a psychologist: critically, empirically, and ethically, and (b) how to think like a rhetorician: critically, strategically, and purposefully. These modes of thought are characteristic of educated, engaged individuals who actively participate in their university, local communities, and democracy. Both courses involve active learning. We use in-class exercises and discussion, written papers, and collaborative learning to develop thinking skills, which help students address complex problems and navigate both college and life beyond the university.

Course
Day
Time
ENGL 1020-H01: Thinking and Composing Rhetorically(Core Composition) (Hybrid)
Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
PSYC 1111-001: How to Think Like a Psychologist (Behavioral Sciences) Tuesday and Thursday
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

 

Major Based

Criminal Justice

Calling all Criminal Justice majors! This LC offers many opportunities to connect to your classmates, professors, and professionals in the community. In your CRJU course, you will explore the world of criminology and criminal justice. You will also have the opportunity to connect with your classmates through the UNIV course, where you will learn together about how to engage and succeed in college. Workshops will boost your study skills, connect you to campus and offer guidance for getting along with faculty.

Course
Day
Time
CRJU 1000-003: Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Overview (Social Sciences)
Monday and Wednesday
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
UNIV 1110-009: College Success
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


The Curious Teacher

Curiosity is the heart of great teaching and that's the focus of this major-based Learning Community. See the world through the eyes of a learner and nurture a curiosity about children, adolescents, families and communities.

Course
Day
Time

CLDE 2000-H02: Foundation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (Hybrid)

Monday
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
MTED 3040-002: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 
Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
UNIV 1110-010: College Success (First-Year EDHD Students) Wednesday
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
UNIV 1110-011: College Success  (Transfer EDHD Students) Wednesday 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Familia y Comunidad

The ability to develop meaningful relationships with diverse people is key in our global world. Grow as a multicultural being as you explore the definition and dynamics of family across contexts and culture, and broaden your understanding of social justice and diversity.

Course
Day
Time

HDFR 2200-003: Love, Family & Human Development (Social Sciences)

Tuesday and Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

HDFR 3250-002: Families in Global Perspectives (International Perspectives)

Thursday
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
UNIV 1110-012: College Success (New and Transfer HDFR Students Only)
Tuesday2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


Engineering

Join the Engineering Learning Community and explore the world of engineering with like-minded students. You're eligible to enroll in this LC if you're one of these majors—Bio-Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Pre- Engineering, or Math. You will benefit from a connected curriculum (three courses) that fosters collaboration and community, as well as smaller class sizes!

Course
Day
Time

MATH 1130-001: Pre-Calculus Mathematics

or

 

Monday and Thursday
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

MATH 1130-002: Pre-Calculus Mathematics

or

Monday and Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

MATH 1401-001: Calculus I 

MATH 1401-R01: Recitation

or

Monday through Thursday

Monday and Wednesday

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

MATH 1401-004: Calculus I

MATH 1401-R04: Recitation

or

Monday and Wednesday

Monday and Wednesday

9:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

MATH 2411-002: Calculus II

and

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

ENGR 1200-001: Interdisciplinary Freshman Design 

and

Monday and Wednesday 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

ENGL 1020-018: Core Composition I 

or

Monday and Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
ENGL 2030-010: Core Composition II  Monday and Wednesday 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (1)

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2051-005: Biology 
Tuesday and Thursday
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
BIOL 2071-010: Lab Wednesday11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
UNIV 1110-013: College Success  Monday11:00 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (2)

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2051-005: Biology
Tuesday and Thursday
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
BIOL 2071-011: Lab Wednesday11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
UNIV 1110-014: College Success  Monday11:00 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (3)

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2051-006: Biology 
Monday and Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
BIOL 2071-019: Lab Thursday2:30p.m. - 5:15p.m.
UNIV 1110-015: College Success  Tuesday12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (4)

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2051-006: Biology 
Monday and Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
BIOL 2071-020: Lab Thursday2:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
UNIV 1110-016 : College Success  Thursday12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.