Learning Communities

A Learning Community is a group of courses that are team taught by two or more faculty members with fully integrated course work. This instruction model brings together multiple subject perspectives to explore issues and concerns and leads students to actionable solutions.

Learning Communities can be a full course load with a total package of 10-15 credits. Their interactive curriculum includes student seminars, field trips, group projects, performances, guest speakers, co-curricular activities, action research – anything but your traditional classroom fare.

Our next Learning Community is scheduled for Fall 2022

  • LC150 - Reimagining Community: Our Present, Our Future
    ENGL&101 English Composition I; HUM 150 Ways of Knowing; HDC 101 Orientation to College Success; INFO 101 Intro to Information Resources

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“The place in which I'll fit will not exist until I make it” -James Baldwin.
Come map your journey toward strong college and career pathways!  In this learning community, we will explore how our lived experiences influence the ways we co-exist, communicate, and create.  We will critically examine the powers of self, language, information, and play.  Our goal is to creatively reimagine how we can use our powers responsibly to generate a sustainable future where we thrive.

ONE class-TEN credits, and you get to learn with a supportive cohort of your peers!
quick info sheet (pdf format)

Meets Mon, Tue, Wed from 9:15-11:35 and online
Instructors: Elizabeth Whitley, Bryce Walb, Sharon Spence-Wilcox
Contact: sharon.spence-wilcox@seattlecolleges.edu

Register for LC150 in the quarterly class schedule 
Type LC in the 'Subject begins with' search box or 34634 in the 'Class Number' box.

  • Stories Beyond Bars: Race, Power, and (In)Justice
    ENGL&102 English Composition II; ENGL 265 Literature and Society; SOC 150 Race & Ethnic Relations in the US; SOC&201 Social Problems
    - Centering on stories by incarcerated people, this 10-credit course integrating Sociology and English examines the history, impact, and issues surrounding mass incarceration in the US. Key issues we will explore are the role of power and control in the criminal justice system, violence, race, restorative justice, abolition of the prison industrial complex, and alternatives to prison.
    quick info sheet (pdf format)
  • Say Their Names: Power, Resistance, Justice
    ENGL&101 English Composition I; HDC 101 Orientation to College Success; HUM 150 Ways of Knowing; INFO 101 Introduction to Information Resources; SOC& 101 Intro to Sociology
    quick info sheet (pdf format)
    welcome video (opens in YouTube)

  • From Atoms to Anatomy
    BIO 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology I; CHEM 121 Intro to Chemistry; BIO 298 Exploratory Pathways in the Sciences

  • The Art of War
    ART 105 Modern Art; ART 255 Survey of Asian Art; HIST 210 The Pacific Century; HUM 105 Intercultural Communications

  • Math in Motion I
    MATH 151 Calculus I; PHYS 221 Physics I for Engineers; CSC 102Q Computers in Math
    - innovative course that brings the content of mechanics and differential calculus together in one classroom led by two expert teachers with research experience. Ideal course for the aspiring STEM major (science, technology, engineering, and math). Studying both subjects together will give you a sense of how the two reinforce each other and provide you with the skills needed to be successful going forward. Opportunity to learn in a fun, engaging, highly interactive environment.

  • Speaking Up – Building Bridges, Building Community
    CMST& 101 Intro to Communications; ENGL&101 English Composition I; HDC 101 Orientation to College Success; HUM 150 Ways of Knowing; INFO 101 Introduction to Information Resources

  • Holocaust: Memory and Meaning
    HIST 269 History of the Holocaust; HUM 105 Intercultural Communication; ENG 218 Literature of the Holocaust; ENG 102 Composition
    - provides students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the causes, experiences, and representations of the Holocaust. Through an in–depth study of firsthand accounts, literature, historical documents and theory, students in "Memory and Meaning" will examine core questions about intolerance, prejudice, representation, memorializing, and genocide.

  • Explore issues and concerns of a topical theme with instructors from different subject areas (academic disciplines).
  • Develop creative and critical thinking skills, while making connections across academic disciplines.
  • Enter and complete an educational journey that welcomes life experiences and encourages problem-based learning.
  • Retain knowledge and gain a sense of belonging at our college.
  • Build bonds with your peers that will help in your academic success.
  • Meet the Integrated Studies special requirement for the AA transfer degree.

It was extremely different but, I enjoyed it thoroughly. This has been such a unique experience, and I can't stress enough that it was for my first quarter of college. When looking back at when I wanted to take a gap year after graduating high school, I am so grateful that I changed my mind and was presented with this class. Learning from four amazing super smart instructors who actually give a damn about their students encouraged me to seek out to be my best self.

I think the four subjects/instructors were cohesive, organized and well integrated. The different assignments were not confusing. I really enjoyed the learning model…

I really like that there were constant connections being made between the four subjects and that helped me connect and understand the things I was learning. Also really liked that even though there was materials from all four subjects, I never felt overwhelmed by the work or the homework. It was also a lot more helpful to have four instructors to hear different perspectives and opinions from each one.

Interdisciplinary... Many subjects connected which helped me to think outside of the box and simultaneously about intersecting ideas.

I felt grateful to experience concepts and perspectives that I hadn't before. I wanted to share them with my family and friends, because I wanted them to experience the joy of learning something new too. I wanted to change aspects of my life that I previously thought were given, so that I could make a greater impact on issues that I didn't see before. I wanted to meet more people that had perspectives and concepts that were different than mine, and look for classes that would continue to challenge my view of the world.

A life changing experience, you will build bonds and relationships that will last a lifetime!

The joy and fun I had with this class, really nice instructors. They helped when we needed, they showed no pressure toward us. All I want to say is thank you!


Contact Sharon Spence-Wilcox, Learning Communities Committee Chair LCC.Central@seattlecolleges.edu