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Learning Communities

Live with students who have interests similar to yours and who share some of the same classes—join a living learning community! Members of a living learning community:

  • Live in the same residence hall
  • Enroll in two—or three—of the same classes
  • Build a unique community around a common theme
  • Experience an enhancement of classroom learning
  • Connect to students and faculty with shared interests
  • Commit to participate in the living learning community for one semester

When you participate in a living learning community, you are more likely to be engaged on campus and have a higher GPA. You're also more likely to graduate!


How toEnroll in a Living Learning Community

1.  Review the selection of living learning communities.
2.  Apply for fall 2014 housing.
3.  Talk to your adviser during New Student Orientation to sign up for a Learning Community!


Fall 2014 Learning Communities

Our faculty are working to create exciting opportunities for you. Learning communities will be housed in Cross Hall, Jones Hall and Founders Hall. The following living learning communities are available for fall 2014.

Can We Talk?:
Language, Learning and Teaching

SPAN 1411+1411L/
EDEC 2383/IDS 1071

Do you want to make a real difference for English language learners and support Hispanic heritage in your classroom? The Can We Talk learning community will provide you the opportunity to apply new knowledge, Spanish language skills and cultural understanding to your professional role in order to positively impact the local and global community.

Prerequisite: Education major seeking EC-6 ESL or EC-6 Bilingual certification

Care for Life and Sport

ATTR 2372/IDS 1071

This learning community gives students the opportunity to learn foundational information about caring for basic injuries that occur in life and sport while gaining career information for becoming an Athletic Trainer.

Prerequisite: Athletic training major 

Caring, Sharing and Daring: The Life of a Nurse

IDS 1071

Are you looking at a career as a nurse? Then this learning community might be for you. These courses are designed as a study and exploration into the daily life of a nurse. This introduction combines a nursing specific seminar course with either chemistry or math and will help you understand what nursing is all about.  Students in this community live and learn together while interacting with nursing faculty throughout the semester.

Prerequisite: Pre-nursing major

From Scrubs to Suits: The Wide
World of Health Sciences

NURS 2330/BIOL 1406

What do we mean by health sciences? This learning community offers students exploring the major of health sciences an introduction into the many career and/or professional school options within the health sciences field.

Prerequisite: Health sciences major 

L3: Live Learn Lead

HIST 1301/IDS 1071

L3: Live Learn Lead is a community of first semester students who wish to expand their leadership skills and capacity. This course will develop communication and problem solving skills through the context of college success, with an emphasis on leadership development. Students will develop a set of problem-solving skills and experiences to ensure academic and professional success. This is a linked course with HIST 1301, a survey of early United States history (from pre-contact North America to the end of the Civil War). Aside from teaching students to think critically about our nation’s past, the HIST 1301 component will also highlight some important successes and failures in political, military, and sociocultural leadership in the United States prior to the U.S. Civil War.

Students must satisfy TSI Reading requirements before registering for HIST 1301. Exemptions and TSI Assessment passing scores can be found at wtamu.edu/tsi. Students with questions regarding TSI status should contact Advising Services at 806-651-5300.

It's Not All Lips and Ears: The
Truth About Communication

BIOL 1406/IDS 1071

Helping people communicate is the specialty of a career in communication disorders. This living learning community will help those with a major in communication disorders take a fascinating look behind the scenes of a career in Communication Disorders. 

Prerequisite: Communication disorders major 

Outside the Lines

IDS 1071

This introduction to Sports and Exercise Sciences is an exploration of the career options related to areas of Sports and Exercise Sciences.

Prerequisite: SES major