Learning Communities

Learning Communities ....

Required to live with LC in Lynch or Hawthorn

May live with LC in Lynch (not required)

No Residential Component

  • Explore
  • Business
  • Computing & Informatics
  • Engineering 
  • Health Connection
  • Leadership Journey
  • Education
  • English
  • Gen-X
  • History
  • UTOP
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Global Village
  • Math & Science First
  • Sociology Bridge




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 first-year business students who live and attend classes together. The program is designed to ease the transition to university life, enhance student academic performance, provide opportunities for direct exposure to business and networking, and improve the overall student experience.

Designed for diverse, highly-motivated students with leadership potential and an interest in professional development, UNC Charlotte's BLC provides first-year business students with a built-in community of learners and a current and future professional network.

The application process includes completion of the Learning Community Application and a phone discussion.

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

Business Learning Community
Sarah Haley, Assistant Director of Professional Development
Belk College of Business, Niblock Student Center

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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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Computing and Informatics Learning Community

Freshmen accepted into College of Computing & Informatics majoring in Computer Science; Residential

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
Brandy Turner

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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. Jesse R. McKee

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Education Learning Community

 Freshmen who intend to become teachers and are designated as Pre-Education; Residential Optional (open to students living both on and off campus)
 The Education Learning Community (ELC) is open to incoming freshmen declared as Pre-Education majors. The program is designed to foster students’ passion for teaching, provide networking opportunities, and ease the transition to university life. Students build a sense of community through the residential optional experience of living in Lynch Hall, as well as taking the required ELC seminar course together both fall and spring semester. Professional development activities are a key part of each semester.

Education Learning Community
Lisa Gaskin

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Engineering Freshman Learning Community

Freshmen accepted into The William States Lee 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 EFLC 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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Explore Learning Community

Students with majors in University College who are interested in exploring their major options; Residential 

New for Fall 2019! A one-year program for undeclared freshmen who are exploring majors. The Explore LC will focus on self, academic, and career exploration, with a particular focus on finding a good major/career fit for each student's individual interests and strengths. The Explore Learning Community is available to residential students.

University College Explore Learning Community 
Ms. Ashley Pauling



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. Kendra Jason
vschmutz@uncc.edu         kjason@uncc.edu
704‑687‑7829                    704-687-7819

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

Any student interested in the Health Connection Learning Community must go to the following survey link and complete the survey in order to be considered for the community. Failure to complete both the LC application and survey will result in automatic denial into the community. 


Health Connection Learning Community
Ms. Brenda Ward               

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History Learning Community

For All Freshmen with an interest in history or careers in related professional fields. Residential-optional

The History Learning Community (HLC) program is for all majors and undecided freshmen with an interest in history or its pre-professional foci in business, law/justice, public history, education, military, diplomacy, and advocacy. This one-year program offers small-scale learning in a large university and is designed to accelerate and enhance academic performance with hands-on experiences in history. The curriculum is centered around two dedicated major courses, with opportunities for field work, career orientation, excursions, and job shadowing. HLC members may opt to live together, commute; or select housing elsewhere on campus. The HLC is required for entering history freshmen; all other majors or undecided freshmen are welcome.

History Learning Community
Dr. Oscar Lansen

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Leadership Journey Learning Community (LJLC)

Freshmen with interest in leadership development and campus involvement; Residential

The LJLC is a program for all first-year students who have an interest in developing or building leadership skills and abilities. This experience is designed to build students into ethical leaders in today’s multicultural and rapidly changing world through the development of practical skills. Our program is based on active learning in and out of the classroom with structured activities, experiences, and community service that provide leadership opportunities, help first-year students adjust to college life, and set them up for success at UNC Charlotte. The program requirements may conflict with some academic curricula.

Leadership Journey Learning Community
Michael Maksymowski

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Math and Science First Learning Community

Math and Science First Learning Community

Freshmen majoring in, or intending to major in, a Math or Science major within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Residential-Optional

The Math and Science First LC is designed around the degree requirements for majors in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, and Earth Sciences (Geology, Meteorology, and Environmental Science) fields of study. First-generation students are strongly encouraged to apply. A first-generation student is someone who is among the first generation of their family to attend a college or university.

Participation in the LC can increase your success in college by helping you access resources and develop skills to help you succeed in your major. The LC will also provide a community of peers and mentors to support you during your first year at the University and beyond. The program is designed specifically to address challenges students in STEM fields often encounter. Features of the program include individualized advising, support for introductory science and math courses, career and goal coaching, community of peers with similar interests, and early contact with faculty in these disciplines.

Math & Science First Learning Community
Dr. Sarah M. Wells
UNC Charlotte Department of Chemistry

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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. Kendra Jason
Fretwell 490G
Dept. of Sociology
Phone : 704 687 7819
Email : kjason@uncc.edu

SUCCESS Learning Community

Freshmen with declared majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and undeclared freshmen in University College who have interests in majoring in the Liberal Arts & Sciences; Residential-Optional.

As a SUCCESS Learning Community (SLC) 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. Students joining SUCCESS will take common classes in both the Fall and Spring semesters. SUCCESS is powered by the LEADS program, which is designed to help students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences grow into critical thinkers, imaginative leaders, and engaged citizens who are well-prepared for their future careers.

SUCCESS Learning Community
Ms. Sayde J Brais

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University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP) Learning Community

Freshmen who participated in the UTOP summer bridge program; Residential-Optional

The UTOP Learning Community (LC) is an extension of the 6-week summer experience. 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 first year.  Students engage in rigorous coursework, academic support services and co-curricular activities.

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

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