Learning Communities

Learning Communities provide freshmen at Auburn University with unique opportunities for success and a foundation that will last an entire college career. Each Learning Community consists of 20-25 students sharing several classes. These classes are focused around a central topic or theme including a University course. University courses address ways to successfully transition to college. These classes are taught by professors and instructors who are involved in the Learning Community and take special interest in each student’s success.

The College of Liberal Arts will coordinate the following LCs during the 2013-14 academic year. For information on these LCs, contact Dr. Giovanna Summerfield (summegi@auburn.edu), Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, or Valerie Bagley (vlb0018@auburn.edu), Auburn Connects! and Learning Communities Program Coordinator.

Community Engagement

Community and Civic Engagement Learning Community

The Community and Civic Engagement Learning Community explores how liberal arts disciplines impact society and enrich the human experience. Students will learn the foundation of becoming an active member in the Auburn community both in the classroom and by partnering with local non-profit organizations and schools. This learning community is an interdisciplinary learning community for students in any major.

Coordinators of the Community and Civic Engagement Learning Community

  • Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Mark Wilson, Director of Civic Learning Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts

Global Perspectives Learning Community

The Global Perspectives Learning Community is for students who are interested in exploring other cultures, examining global current events, traveling abroad, or pursuing a career that will place them around the world.  All Auburn students are encouraged to have a global experience during their time at Auburn and this learning community can both offer you that experience and prepare you for other opportunities such as study abroad, alternative breaks, and related academic minors. This learning community is an interdisciplinary learning community for students in any major.

Coordinators of the Global Community Learning Community:

  • Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in College of Liberal Arts/li>
  • Valerie Bagley, Auburn Connects! and Learning Communities Program Coordinator

Liberal Arts Learning Community

Interested in a Liberal Arts degree? Graduates in the Liberal Arts go on to be outstanding leaders in their professions and in their communities. The Liberal Arts Learning Community will orient its members to the College of Liberal Arts and explore major and career choices available to them. Biology courses included are for non-science majors. Some majors in Liberal Arts require alternative science classes. The Learning Community Office and your academic advisors will check to see which courses are appropriate for you.

Coordinators of the Liberal Arts Learning Community

  • Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in College of Liberal Arts
  • Blake Evans, College of Liberal Arts Graduate Assistant

Liberal Arts: Communication and Journalism Learning Community.

The School of Communication and Journalism is pleased to introduce the Communication and Journalism Learning Community for their incoming students. Students in any major in the school will benefit from this experience. They will learn about the valuable resources and opportunities in their school and connect with other students and faculty in their majors.

Fall 2014

  • First Year Seminar
  • PSYC 2010: Introduction to Psychology
  • HIST 1010: World History I
  • HIST 1020: World History II

Spring 2015

  • ENGL 1100: English Composition I
  • ENGL 1120: English Composition II
  • RTVF 2350: Introduction to Film Studies
  • JRNL 1100/COMM 1000: Journalism Fundamentals/Public Speaking

Coordinators of the Liberal Arts Communication & Journalism Learning Community

  • Lori McLean, Academic Advisor for Communication and Journalism
  • Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in College of Liberal Arts

Learning Communities for Upperclassmen

AU Women Lead

AU Women Lead was Auburn's first learning community for sophomores, junior, and seniors. This community was built for students who share an interest in taking a proactive role in interacting with today's leaders in politics, business, and institutions and engaging in real-life leadership roles in non-profit communities. The AU Women Lead learning community provides students an opportunity to discover their passions and put them to practical use in order to prepare to become successful leaders in a variety of career paths. Get preregistered early for these exciting classes and earn credit toward the Community and Civic Engagement and Women's Studies Minors.

Coordinators of the AU Women Lead Learning Community

  • Dr. Kathleen Hale, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Dr. Mary Helen Brown, Associate Professor, Journalism and Communications

For additional information on these Learning Communities and the program in general, visit www.auburn.edu/lc.

Last Updated: November 14, 2016