“Residential” - has a residential component requiring students to live together in the same residence hall, unless otherwise noted.

“Residential-Optional” - open to students living on or off campus, unless otherwise noted.

Business Learning Community

Freshmen accepted into Belk College of Business designated as pre-business, pre-accounting, and pre-economics; Residential 

The Business Learning Community (BLC) is a cohort of freshman business students who live and attend classes together. The program is designed to ease transition to university life, enhance student academic performance, provide opportunities for student engagement and networking and improve the overall student experience.

Designed for diverse, highly-motivated students with leadership potential and an interest in community service, UNCC’s BLC provides freshman business students with a built-in community of learners and a current and future professional network.

For more information on the BLC visit the Belk College of Business here: http://belkcollege.uncc.edu/blc.

Business Learning Community
Robert A Niblock
Student Center for Professional Development

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Communication Studies Learning Community

Freshmen accepted into the pre-communications major; Residential-Optional

The communication studies learning community is a nonresidential program designed to give selected pre-communications majors a head start in college and ultimately their communication careers. Learning community members can form bonds with other pre-communications majors as they share some classes, engage in extracurricular activities and go on field trips to media organizations.  The program begins with a freshman seminar course that introduces faculty members in the department and orients students to the university. In the second semester, students will have a devoted section of public speaking, a prerequisite for students declaring a communication major.

Communication Studies Learning Community 
Mr. Craig Paddock

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Community Psychology Learning Community

Transfer students or new students with Sophomore standing or higher, majoring in Psychology; Residential-Optional; Freshman in Psychology might consider the Psychology Learning Community.

Open to students living both on or off campus, the Community Psychology Learning Community is for declared psychology majors who wish to use psychology to create change in communities that can improve the lives of children, families and individuals.  With a strong social justice orientation, community psychology focuses on reducing disparities and helping disenfranchised groups have a voice and place in society. In the CPLC, students learn about community psychology, develop their research and applied skills, use this knowledge and skill to improve communities, and become better prepared to apply for graduate programs or enter the work force. In the Fall Semester, students enroll together in the Community Psychology (PSYC 2165) and Community Psychology Learning Community (PSYC 3001) courses, and if they have previously taken statistics, Research Methods 1 (PSYC 2101). Students work with faculty and community partner organizations to develop their skills and make a difference, while getting to know Charlotte and the department of psychology.

Community Psychology Learning Community 
Dr. Jim Cook

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Computing and Informatics Learning Community

Freshmen accepted into College of Computing & Informatics majoring in Computer Science or Software & Information Systems; Residential yet open to students living on and off campus

The CCI-LC is designed to jump-start the participants’ academic careers through studying and learning experiences more commonly associated with a small college: a close knit environment and community of mutual support. Recognizing that all significant development projects today are team efforts, the CCI-LC provides opportunities both for individual work and group work through team assignments, study groups, and community-wide activities that will provide life-long learning skills and ease the transition from high school to college, and eventually to the workplace.

Computing and Informatics Learning Community
Mr. Rich Nguyen

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Criminal Justice Learning Community

Transfer Students with a pre-major or major in Criminal Justice; Residential-Optional

The aim of the year-long Criminal Justice Learning Community is to facilitate the transfer student’s academic and social transition to UNC Charlotte. Specific aspects of our program and benefits to those transfer students who participate are an opportunity to complete: six credits of the required 12 credit Criminal Justice electives; two University required goals (writing and oral communication); and two required Criminal Justice courses:Criminal Justice Theory (CJUS 2040) and Criminal Justice Research Methods (CJUS 2070). There is a special emphasis on activities associated with the courses; an opportunity to take these courses with other transfers in the learning community; and a foundation for employment in criminal justice and/or a related field through volunteer work either on or off campus in related organizations.

Criminal Justice Learning Community

Dr. Anita Blowers

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Education Learning Community

Freshmen designated as pre-education and who wish to become teachers; Residential

This initiative, sponsored by the Cato College of Education, offers a powerful vehicle for capturing and supporting students’ interest in teaching as they complete their educational requirements for admission to the Cato College of Education.  The pervasive theme of the Education Learning Community is diversity, a critical element as students prepare to assume responsibility for the learning of diverse students in today’s classrooms.

Education Learning Community
Liz Adkisson

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Engineering Freshman Learning Community

Freshmen accepted into College of Engineering; Residential

Students in the Engineering Freshman Learning Community will have a variety of opportunities to network with other students, learn from one another, and teach others by taking classes and working on projects together. In addition, through mentoring and study groups students in the community acquire the skills necessary to improve and enhance learning.  The FLC encourages students to achieve academic excellence with the support of a tight-knit community of persevering students, dedicated staff, and involved faculty.

Engineering Learning Community
Ms. Meg Harkins             Ms. Yolanda McIlwaine
coe-flc@uncc.edu           coe-flc@uncc.edu
704-687-5026                  704-687-1995

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English Learning Community

Open to all freshmen who enjoy literature or creative writing, strongly encouraged for English majors, minors, or those considering English; Residential-optional (open to students living both on and off campus)

The English Learning Community is for students with an interest in literature or creative writing. While based in the Department of English, the ELC welcomes all majors, including “undecided.” Participation can increase your success in college and provide an environment that helps develop friendships and support, while adjusting to university life. We do this through social activities and community involvement. Features of the program include peer mentors, individualized advising (including early career exploration), instructional support, and early connections with the English faculty as well as with a variety of campus academic, cultural, and social programs and resources. We highlight the interrelated themes of literacy, the arts, and community in our participation in a full range of Charlotte’s rich cultural resources.

English Learning Community
Ms. Tiffany Morin

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Gender Excellence (Gen-X) Learning Community

First-year students with interests in issues related to women, gender and activism; Open to all students in all majors and disciplines, including undeclared; Non-Residential and Residential options

The Gen-X Learning Community is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of social justice issues that relate to women and gender and to help them make early connections with a variety of women and gender related campus, cultural and community programs.  During the program, students in the Gen-X learning community will participate in a variety of classroom and community experiences that focus on women and gender.  These experiences draw on the ideals of service learning, which combine volunteer efforts with academic study.  Students will also make progress towards their General Education requirements and have individualized advising during the program.  Finally, through their shared enrollments in classes, students will work in groups on a number of course related projects, form common study groups, and develop core friendships and associations with other Learning Community students who share their interests.

Gender Excellence (Gen-X) Learning Community
Ms. Jennifer Byrd

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Global Village Learning Community

Freshmen; Residential-Optional

The Global Village Learning Community is a one-year non-residential program designed to introduce freshmen to the phenomenon of globalization by means of social scientific study of societies and cultures. It is open to all students but will be of particular interest to students interested in any one of the social science majors such as Anthropology,  Sociology, and Political Science, any student interested in pursuing a career that has a global dimension, or any student interested in other peoples and cultures. Students will enroll together in a series of courses that fulfill General Education requirements and will also participate in service learning. At the end of the academic year, students are given the opportunity to travel to an international site for additional academic coursework and service learning experiences.

Global Village Learning Community
Dr. Vaughn Schmutz          Dr. Lisa Walker
vschmutz@uncc.edu         lisa.walker@uncc.edu
704‑687‑7829                    704-687-7825 

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Health Connection Learning Community

Freshmen accepted into College of Health and Human Services; Residential

The Health Connection Learning Community is a program for students pursuing a major in nursing, social work, athletic training, exercise science, or public health. Students will take classes, participate in community services, and learn together to enhance their understanding of different healthcare and social service disciplines and to increase their communication and teamwork skills so they can function successfully in these settings. They will live together in the same residence hall. Individual academic advisement, registration for courses, and faculty support is provided. Our overall goal is to provide collaborative teaching services to better prepare each student for possible entry into the five competitive college majors.

Health Connection Learning Community
Ms. Brenda Ward               

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History Learning Community

For Freshmen History Majors and affiliated pre-professional tracks – Residential optional.

The History Learning Community (HLC) is a one-year residential-optional program for entering Freshmen History Majors and those interested in pursuing one of the department’s pre-professional tracks (Pre-Business/Law – Education/Public History –  Science/Medicine). The program offers students an experiential curriculum with field trips and eyewitness encounters, opportunities for career shadowing; and access to internships, honor and/or study abroad in history or the affiliated fields. HLC members receive preferential registration, reserved course seats, and dedicated advising. Students may house together in Lynch Freshmen Hall, elsewhere on campus; or commute from off-campus.

Note: the learning community seminar is mandatory for all entering history freshmen

History Learning Community
Dr. Oscar Lansen

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Leadership Journey Learning Community (LJLC)

Freshmen with interest in Leadership Development; Residential

The LJLC is a program for all freshman who have an interest in developing or building leadership skills and abilities.  However, program requirements may conflict with some academic curricula.  This experience is designed to build students into reflective, ethical leaders in today’s multicultural and rapidly changing world. Our program is based on active learning in and out of the classroom with structured activities, experiences, and community service that focus on providing leadership opportunities as well as helping first-year students adjust to college life.

Leadership Journey Learning Community
Ms. Nadia Campbell

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Psychology Learning Community

Freshmen majoring in Psychology; Residential-Optional

Open to students living both on and off campus, the Department of Psychology is invested in providing our undergraduate majors a top notch opportunity to learn about the broad expanse of psychology and prepare our students to take their place in graduate programs and the work force.

Psychology Learning Community
Dr. Kim Buch

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Sociology Bridge Learning Community

Transfer students with declared majors in Sociology or intended majors in Sociology; Residential-Optional

The Sociology Bridge Learning Community (SBLC) is a one-year program for transfer students interested in majoring in Sociology at UNC Charlotte. The purposes of this community are three-fold: (1) to integrate new transfer students into the University and the Department; (2) to provide professional socialization to these students; and (3) to enable these students to make timely progress toward degree completion.  Students in SBLC will be guaranteed seats in four classes that fulfill upper-level requirements for Sociology majors, which will advance their progress towards graduation.

Sociology Bridge Learning Community
Dr. Sarah Pollock

SUCCESS Learning Community

Freshmen with declared majors in College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and undeclared freshmen in University College; Residential-Optional


Students joining the SUCCESS Learning Community will take common classes in both the Fall and Spring semesters. As a SUCCESS student, your journey will include investigating the power of problem-solving, creativity, leadership and community engagement, all in an effort geared toward recognizing and verbalizing the value of a liberal arts and sciences degree.

SUCCESS Learning Community
Ms. Sandy Hanson

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University College Transfer Students Learning Community

Transfer students admitted to University College; Residential yet open to students living off-campus

UCOL Transfer Learning Community will support the academic transition and social engagement of new Transfer Students to UNC Charlotte.  This is an annual residential learning community designed to help reduce stressors in the transfer experience (Transfer Shock).  The Goals of the UCOL Transfer Learning Community are to improve first semester UCOL transfer student’s academic performance, increase their sense of connection and bonding to UNC Charlotte support programs and increase each student’s successful transition to their intended major.

University College Transfer Learning Community
Mr. Howard Simms

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University College/College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (UCLAS) Learning Community

Freshmen with declared majors in College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and undeclared freshmen in University College; Residential and Non-Residential (one section for commuters only).

The UCLAS Learning Community students are enrolled in several general education courses required of all majors at the University.  Students work closely with a designated academic advisor.  Through their shared enrollments in classes, students have the opportunity to form common study groups, and develop core friendships and associations with other Learning Community students, and build community on campus and in the Charlotte area.

University College/Liberal Arts & Sciences (UCLAS) Learning Community
Ms. Maureen Doran-Loftis

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University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP) Learning Community

Freshmen who participated in UTOP; Residential yet students can live off campus if necessary

The UTOP Learning Community is an extension of the 5 week summer experience. Although similar in intent, there are differences in approach and implementation.  Students who participate in this learning community acknowledge this difference and still appreciate the benefit of joining.  The UTOP Learning Community (LC) provides students with resources and activities that aid their transition into college such as peer mentoring, socials, tutoring, study groups, workshops on academic and personal growth, leadership opportunities and community service. The LC works with the colleges within the University to ensure students take the requisite classes for his/her major during the freshmen year.  Students engage in rigorous coursework; Academic support services and co-curricular activities are provided.

University Transition Opportunity Program (UTOP) Learning Community
Mr. Shawn Simmons

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