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Learning Communities

Get off to a great start by being part of a Residential Learning Community! Learning communities create an environment for success for first-year students in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts.

Each community shares:

  • Three integrated courses of study in the fall semester.
  • A theme.
  • A floor in a residence hall (if you live on campus).

Community members:

  • Benefit from being taught by a faculty team who connect their courses
  • Get to know faculty members on a personal basis
  • Discover friends and study companions with similar interests
  • Organize study groups quickly and easily
  • Take part whether you live on campus or commute

Choose Your Community

With no more than 22 student members, communities quickly form their own identity. Each community has a Latin name that captures its emphasis and focus.  Every class in each community satisfies either a McAnulty College of Liberal Arts or University Core requirement.  Duquesne University Core requirements that can be met through this year's learning community classes are:

  • Core English (CENG)
  • Core Math (CMAT)
  • Core Philiosophy (CPHI)
  • Core Theology (CTHE)
  • Theme Area Creative Arts (TACA)
  • Theme Area Faith and Reason (TAFR)
  • Theme Area Global Diversity (TAGD)
  • Theme Area Social Justice (TASJ)
  • Foundational Community-Engaged Learning (FCEL)

Core requirements that each class meet are listed by their abbreviation after the course title.  You can choose the community you prefer, as space allows:

Africa Learning Community IconAFRICA
Unique people - Diverse places - Enhanced opportunities

AFST 150C - Intro to African Studies (TAGD)
HIST 231C - Pre-Colonial Africa (TAGD)
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Amor Learning Community IconAMOR
Explore love, desire, and violence in literature and culture

ENGL 117C - Love and Dystopia
CLSX 235C - Love & Violence in Roman Poetry
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Artes Learning Community IconARTES
Creativity, passion, beauty

ARHY 112C - Renaissance to Modern (TACA)
ENGL 205C - Intro to Film
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Civitas Learning Community IconCIVITAS
Creating Engaged Citizens in Their Communities, Their Nations, and the World

POSC 116C - Current Challenges for Liberal Democracies (FCEL)
THEO 264C - Religion & Global Conflict (TAFR)
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Justitia Learning Community IconJUSTITIA
Search for truth and justice through evidence in the public sphere.

UCOR 132C - Basic Philosophical Questions (CPHI)
SOCI 103C - Intro to Criminal Justice
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Materiae Learning Community IconMATERIAE
Exploring the relationship between things and ourselves by thinking and working with objects where ever they are found

ENGL 204C - Fashion & Literature
HIST 224C - History of Things
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Narratio Learning Community IconNARRATIO
Engage the world through stories.

ENGL 113C - Literature & Diversity
JMA 140C - Media Literacy
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Natura Learning Community IconNATURA
Earth - Spirit - Psyche

PSYC 275C - Psychology & Nature (TASJ, FCEL)
THEO 248C - Religion & Ecology (TAFR, TASJ)
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Orbis Learning Community IconORBIS
Explore the world and learn about other cultures while confronting the human rights challenges that we face.

WDLI 103C - New Voices... Realities (TASJ)
COMM 114C - Exploring Intercultural Comm (TAGD)
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Ratio Learning Community IconRATIO
Ask better questions; work toward more satisfying answers.

MATH/Comp Sci. majors may NOT choose RATIO

MATH 125C - Fundamentals of Statistics (CMAT)
SOCI 106C - Social Problems & Social Policy (TAFR, CFEL)
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Spectaculum Learning Community IconSPECTACULUM
Explore the idea of performance both on stage and in our daily life.

ENGL 203C - Intro to Drama
THEA 151C - Intro to Theater Arts (TACA)
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

Via Learning Community IconVIA
Travels and Encounters Through Cultures Across the Globe.

ENGL 116C - Travel Narratives (TAGD, TASJ)
THEO 143C - Global & Cultural Perspectives (CTHE, FCEL)
UCOR 101C - Thinking & Writing (CENG)

For more details:

Read the College's Goals for Learning Communities, Testimonials and Reports from past learning communities members.

Browse our Frequently Asked Questions.