Living-Learning Communities, by design, help to facilitate conversation and learning far beyond the traditional classroom setting and allow students to engage in profound discussion, dialogue, and meaningful interaction in the place where students spend the majority of their time—in the residence halls. Studies show that students who participate in learning communities, in general, and in living-learning communities, in particular, have more frequent interactions with peers and faculty, higher classroom attendance rates, higher cumulative GPAs, a greater sense of engagement with the campus community, and higher participation rates in faculty and peer mentorship programs than their non-learning community peers. Living-Learning Communities promote a sense of “belonging”—to the campus, to others who share similar interests, and to the academic community of the University. The course instructors, along with resident assistants living within the communities, work closely with participants to develop engaging extra- and co-curricular activities that expand and enhance learning in the associated courses.
Wilkes University has developed four Living-Learning Communities. These communities have welcomed first-year students for the past several years. Students who have been conditionally accepted are required to take a specific FYF course and are, therefore, unable to participate in the Living-Learning Communities.
The following are descriptions for the 2017 Living Learning Communities. These descriptions are also noted in the FYF section since the learning community courses, if you are selected,  will be your FYF.

 Learning Through Leadership (honors designation)

This course is designed to offer students a general understanding of several leadership theories and relate that understanding to the individual student’s leadership skills. The course will be delivered using: a leadership theories text; several current, relevant, case study articles; and an interactive, discussion format.  Students will complete an online leadership skills test to gain personal understanding relative to their learning.  Field experiences and a research project will serve as stimuli to discussions related to leadership and social change. 

Requirements:  Students interested in this LLC must be enrolled in the Honors program. If you choose to live on-campus, you will be housed as a group. Space is limited and selection will be made based on FYF enrollment and responses to questions asked through Orientation Station.

   

Leadership: Not Just One Word

This course is designed to offer students a general understanding of several leadership theories and relate that understanding to the individual student’s leadership skills. The course will be delivered using: a leadership theories text; several current, relevant, case study articles; and an interactive, discussion format.  Students will complete an online leadership skills test to gain personal understanding relative to their learning.  Field experiences and a project will serve as stimuli to discussions related to leadership. 

Requirements: Students interested in this LLC must be enrolled in the Leadership: not just one word FYF course. If you choose to live on-campus, you may be housed as a group. Space is limited and selection will be made based on FYF enrollment and responses to questions asked through Orientation@wilkes.edu.

 

Communicating Across Cultures: Cross Cultural Dialogue

Communicating across cultures is designed to provide students with an understanding of self-identity development through cultural experiences.  The class will explore the views and cultures of others to gain a better appreciation for diversity, thus creating a more inclusive campus environment. Class readings and discussions will be supplemented by self-reflective journaling, interactive activities, case studies, debates and group projects – all in an attempt to further develop students’ self-awareness in preparation for success in a global society.

 Requirements: Students interested in this LLC must be enrolled in the Cross Cultural Dialogue FYF course. If you choose to live on-campus, you may be housed as a group. Space is limited and selection will be made based on FYF enrollment and responses to questions asked through orientation@wilkes.edu

 

Learning Without Walls

Learning without Walls will focus on both environmental sustainability topics and service learning.   Students will work on projects related to their field of study / interests that will help the local community.    For more information e-mail marleen.troy@wilkes.edu.

Requirements:  Students participating in this Living-Learning Community will be enrolled in the Learning without Walls FYF course. If you are selected for this community and choose to live on-campus, you will be housed as a group. Space is limited and selection will be made based on FYF enrollment and responses to questions asked through orientation@wilkes.edu