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Learning Communities

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. Inspired by the goals of our Newman Studies Program, 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

Honors Learning Community

Limited to students in the Honors Program, this Learning Community challenges freshmen to engage in important issues affecting our world today through team building, role-playing, Reacting to the Past curriculum. With the help of two honors program faculty, students will also explore Newman University, the Honors Program and to make the most of their education as they prepare for the future.  HNRS 1103 Freshman Honors Seminar Kelly McFall, Ph.D. GNST 1001 Traditions and Transitions


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

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.


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.



Are you ready for the challenge?

The nursing profession has a long and noble history. NU nurses are truly making a difference in this exciting and demanding field. Explore your potential in a Learning Community that combines the study of Anatomy and Traditions and Transitions led by the director of our nursing program.


  • Biology 2032 Anatomy - Susan Orsbon
  • Biology 2031 Anatomy Lab - Susan Orsbon
  • GNST 1001 Traditions & Transitions - Teresa Vetter