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? Check out our Fall 2023 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 2023 Learning Community Options:

Open to All Majors

LDAR 1100 "Be The Change"

This class is for people who want to make the world a better place and have questions such as: Does my voice matter? Can I make the world a better place? Is it possible to have a joyful career that pays me enough and supports positive change at the same time? We will explore how each of us can answer all these questions for ourselves with a resounding “Yes!” by looking at how the tools of ecological design can be applied to all areas of life.  Over the course of the semester we will approach making change at all levels from our inner selves to our personal relationships to our social systems by looking to patterns from the natural world.  Along the way, we’ll be applying these frameworks to real-world projects while building deep and meaningful connections with our fellow students.  Throughout the course we will focus on supporting each other as  we develop answers and ideas that are meaningful to our own lives. This learning community is open to all majors.

CourseDayTime
LDAR 1100-001- Be The ChangeTuesday and Thursday9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
*We recommend students also select a UNIV 1110 class of their choice to pair with this LDAR course* 


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 1000-004: Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Overview (Social Sciences)
Tuesday and Thursday 
9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
UNIV 1110-006: College Success
Tuesday11:00 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. This learning community is for EDHD majors.

Course
Day
Time

CLDE 2000-H05: : Foundations of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (Hybrid course)

Monday
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
MTED 3040-002: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 
Wednesday
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
UNIV 1110-007: College Success (First-Year and Transfer EDHD Students) Wednesday
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 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 1130-111: Pre-Calculus Mathematics

or

 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 a.m. -10:50 a.m.

MATH 1401-111: Calculus I 

or

Monday and Wednesday

 

10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

 

MATH 2411-111: Calculus II

and

Monday and Wednesday8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

ENGR 1200-111: Interdisciplinary Freshman Design 

and

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

ENGL 1020-111: Core Composition I 

or

Monday and Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
ENGL 2030-111: Core Composition II  Monday and Wednesday 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (1) Open to Biology Majors only.

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2010 -111: Biology
Tuesday and Thursday
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
BIOL 2011-111: Lab Monday2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
UNIV 1110-111: College Success  Thursday11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (2) Open to Biology Majors only.

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2010-E12: Biology
OnlineOnline
BIOL 2011-112: LabThursday8:00am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-112: College Success  Thursday11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (3) Open to Pre-Health Majors only.

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2010-113: Biology 
Monday and Wednesday
9:30am-10:45am
BIOL 2011-113: Lab Tuesday2:00pm-4:45pm
UNIV 1110-113: College Success  Monday11:00 a.m - 12:15 p.m.


Entering Biology Learning Community (4) Open to Pre-Health Majors only.

Course
Day
Time
BIOL 2010-114: Biology 
Tuesday and Thursday
11:00am-12:15pm
BIOL 2011-114: Lab Wednesday8:00am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-114 : College Success  Thursday12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.