A big part of college success is making connections — with other students and with your professors. And as a first-year student at Johnson State, there’s no better way to build connections than joining a Learning Community, or LC.
LCs are small groups of students who take two classes together and participate in a variety of activities all organized around a common theme that matches your interests — so from day one you’re making friends with people who share those interests. And because LCs are small, you’re building close-knit relationships with your professors as well.
LCs build bridges — between the academic and co-curricular parts of your education and between learning on campus and off, whether that means a field trip to Boston or dinner at a faculty member’s home. A retreat within the first three weeks of classes, monthly shared meals, and other activities round out the experience and help you form close relationships with your professors and peers.
Students in LCs tend to make smoother transitions to college life, do well academically and succeed through graduation.
2017-18 Learning Community Options
Art of the Social Imagination - A learning community for art majors
Art is a reflection of the human experience, shaped by the social, cultural and political environment in place at any given time. Throughout history, art has played a profound role in social and political movements. This LC explores art as a force for positive change. Among other things, we’ll examine how social issues have influenced artists and art, how artmaking has played a role in promoting human rights, and ethical issues in the art world.
CommUnity: Service and the Self - A learning community for psychology majors
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mind, and how the environment influences and impacts us as individuals. In this Living & Learning Community, you will explore person-environment interactions and the ways society affects the functioning of individuals and communities. You will use psychological principles and theories to understand social issues and social institutions that influence individuals, groups, and organizations. You will explore how your many communities – family, peers, schools, neighborhoods - influence your attitudes, beliefs, and habits, and how you can influence those communities in return. You will explore student activism around the world and the American civil rights movement, as well as strategies for active citizenship and community engagement. You will have the opportunity to learn about local or regional residents who are involved in grassroots, statewide, national and global community-change initiatives.
Go GloBull — A learning community for business majors
We’ve all heard about the global problems of poverty, starvation, war, human rights abuses, and lack of education. The question is: What can we do to solve these problems? How can we live in Vermont and change the world? Our learning community explores global problems that can be addressed locally — and successfully — through the application of standard and evolving business practices.