Learning Communities

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Caitlyn Maksymiak

Newman University Graduate

"The experience I had with my freshman learning community was one that I will treasure. I learned valuable life skills in honest communication with others, I was challenged to think in novel ways, and I saw how connected my knowledge base really is. Relevant and impactful, I wouldn’t trade my learning community for any random selection of classes. The community is what made the learning so much more meaningful."

What is a Learning Community?

Scholars at Newman University know that when you pair two or more courses in different subjects, amazing things happen: a community of learners forms that engages relevant and meaningful material. This coming school year, Newman freshmen will join a Learning Community and encounter exciting connections. Studying the links between diverse subjects, you’ll bond with other classmates and create a community of active learners. You’ll take a freshman seminar along with another course or two. A student facilitator will help orient you to university life. You and your professors will ask questions and discover answers together. The community you’ll help to create will provide the tools you’ll need to succeed.

Learning Community Options

Medicine, Literature and the Human Condition

Analytical skill has long been considered important for the study of both medicine and literature, and narratives, or stories, are integral to both fields. In this writing course, we will examine fictional and non-fictional narratives and other texts involving doctors, nurses and patients. Our goals are to better understand how language matters and to become
better readers and writers by listening and responding to representations of illness from an array of perspectives.


Problem Solving in a Digital World

Information Literacy in a business context challenges us to access and use information ethically and legally.

How do we recognize what type of information is needed to solve a problem? How do we evaluate the reliability of the information we choose in our problem solving? These questions have always been crucial in a business environment; they are even more crucial today in an information-driven, digital society. Join us as we work to develop skills and critical thinking both in the computer lab and in a world gone wireless.


The Art of Civilization

From the pyramids to Picasso, from Greek sculpture to Calder’s mobiles, human creativity serves to reflect and define distinct points in human history.

This Learning Community combines Art Appreciation and World Civilization I. Our challenge will be to explore these two disciplines to investigate the Human Story as revealed by the Creative Spirit. Expect a field trip or two and prepare to make history through your own creativity.


Lab Rat Pack

Science students, whether you are biology, chemistry or biochemistry majors, whether you dream of a career in the medical sciences or research lab, you will all share a common first year experience.

You all spend a lot of time in lab. A lot of time. You will use this time and this Learning Community to form study groups and begin the scientific dialogue among peers. You’ll pair a lab in biology or chemistry with a freshman seminar to ensure a running start at a challenging and exciting curriculum.


  • BIOL 1011 General Biology Lab – Various instructors
  • CHEM 1012 General Chem Lab – Various instructors
  • GNST 1001 Traditions and Transitions

Reacting to the Past

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the emperor of China or to try to persuade your friends and neighbors to revolt against the British? Join our Learning Community and find out.

By using role-playing experiences you’ll develop a deep understanding of the ideas and personalities that shaped the world in which you live. At the same time, you’ll develop your critical thinking skills as well as your ability to speak and write persuasively. Join us and take a hands-on approach to learning world history while forging an emotional and personal connection to the past.