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Join a Learning Community at Barry University

Joining a learning community is an opportunity for you to enhance your educational experience and expand your knowledge and professional skills within your degree program. Our learning communities are a joint effort between our academic programs, Housing and Residence Life, and the Center for Student Involvement.

Being Part of a Learning Community

Belonging to a learning community ensures a smooth transition to Barry life. Not only will you get to know your fellow peers quickly, but you will also have the opportunity to live together, attend the same classes, and network with faculty, staff, and alumni with similar personal and professional interests.

Advantages of a Learning Community

The following benefits will provide you with greater satisfaction and academic success while at Barry University:

  • Events to enhance your education and expand your knowledge and skill set
  • Increased access to faculty and staff, and supportive study groups
  • Exposure to degree related speakers and events
  • Introduction to the academic support resources available on campus
  • Support from your Resident Assistants if you are living on campus
  • Mentoring opportunities with faculty, staff and alumni

Barry students report that the learning community helped them make friends, form study groups, be more successful in their courses, interact more closely with their faculty, and become more aware of university and departmental resources.

First - Year Learning Communities

We currently offer three communities within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences that includes a partnership with the College of Arts Sciences. As we continue to create communities within the colleges and schools across campus, we will advertise these communities as they come available.

College of Arts and Sciences

Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

To confront many of the complex, global problems facing us today such as: emerging diseases, energy sustainability, and climate change, highly trained individuals will be required to use interdisciplinary and diverse approaches. Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will play a crucial role to address these and other problems.

The College of Arts and Sciences is offering first year students interested in STEM, the opportunity to participate in a STEM living and learning community (CAS-STEM) To help you to meet your goal of becoming a professional in a STEM field. As part of this community of STEM scholars, you will take courses in Biology, Chemistry and Math with other motivated and like-minded students and have close, interactions with faculty and peers that will enhance your college experience. You will participate in special sections of freshman orientation that will help you transition to college life, while introducing you to many careers options and opportunities that exist in STEM disciplines though activities such as field trips, guest speakers and designated readings. Residence Life has designated residence hall space for the CAS-STEM students and selected a residential assistant, who is also in a STEM discipline and will serve as a peer mentor, to coordinate this community with the faculty and staff. Come see what CAS-STEM has to offer you; but hurry, spaces are limited!

Fall Semester Courses

  • ORI 100, First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit), Dr. Leticia Vega
  • BIO 104, Biological Foundations (3 credits), Dr. Brenda Schoffstall
  • BIO 104L, Biological Foundations Lab (1 credit), Dr. Christoph Hengartner

Honors Program

The Honors Program Living and Learning Community (HP-LLC) fosters the student-faculty as well as peer interaction and learning about on and off-campus community. As part of the HON 199 H1 First-Year Experience Seminar course requirements, each student will pair with one HP-LLC faculty mentor and one upper-class Honors Program (HP) peer to discover the student’s academic and personal interests. By being more comfortable talking with faculty and collaborating with peers, the students will increase class participation, motivation, and ownership in the learning process. By pairing with an HP peer, students will build intellectual community by forming student friendship, working collaboratively on campus wide projects, and joining on campus student clubs.

Through class participation, designing and delivering the first-year Honors Program Colloquium, and creating a learning portfolio, students will experience how to create and maintain a strong community, engage in critical thinking, collaborate with others, and live in community effectively. In response to the Common Reader and in conjunction with PHI 191 H1 and THE 201 H1 classes, students will choose a theme for their First-Year Honors Program Colloquium and invite guest panelists to discuss topics related to social justice.

Through a variety of the course requirements, HP-LLC students will a) integrate and apply curricular and co-curricular experiences, b) have a sense of belonging with the university community, develop networks of peers with similar personal and career interests, c) inquire into areas of personal and academic interest in ways that are designed to be helpful in settling on a major and in taking the first steps toward a calling or career, and d) have an appreciation for diversity in people and experiences.

For more information about this learning community, please contact Dr. Pawena Sirimangkala at psirimangkala@barry.edu or call 305-899-3453

Fall Semester Courses

  • PHI 191-H1, Judeo-Christian Doctrine (3 credits), Dr. Ruth Tallman
  • THE 201-H1, Theology: Faith, Beliefs and Traditions (3 credits), Dr. Raymond Ward
  • HON 199-H1, First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit), Dr. Sirimangkala

Transitions: Live Communally - Learn Collaboratively

Start your Barry education off strong in the College of Arts & Science's Learning Community. This community offers a built-in community of peers and an innovative, integrated curriculum. You’ll share a living space and classroom time with a team of similarly engaged students. You’ll take special-designed courses - in writing, thinking, and learning effectively - to help you make a successful transition to college life. Whether you’re nervous about the rigors of college or interested in learning collaboratively, this learning community offers a unique opportunity to get a head start on building your life at Barry University.

As part of your course schedule, you will enroll in the following five courses based on the theme - Transitions. Three of the courses will be offered in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. The remainder of your course schedule will be completed with the assistance of your academic advisor.

Fall Semester Courses

  • ORI 100, First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit)
  • PHI 220, Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
  • ENG 111, First-Year Composition & Literature (3 credits)

Spring Semester Courses

  • SOC 200, Perspective Consciousness and Social Justice (3 credits)
  • THE 201, Theology: Faith, Beliefs and Traditions (3 credits)

For more information about this learning community, please contact Dr. Victor Romano at vromano@barry.edu or call 305-899-3756.

School of Business

Business Connections

In the Business Connections community, students visit corporate sites, hear successful business professionals speak about their careers, attend great lectures, and study together. As part of your course schedule, you will be enrolled in the three courses listed below with your fellow learning community peers. The remainder of your course schedule will be completed with your academic advisor.

Fall Semester Courses

  • ORI 100, First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit)
  • BUS 181, Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • ECO 201, Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)

In order to join, you must be a first-year, full-time student within the School of Business.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Pre-Nursing

As part of your course schedule, you will be enrolled in the following four courses with your fellow learning community peers. The remainder of your course schedule will be completed with your academic advisor:

  • ORI 100, First-Year Experience Seminar (1 credit)
  • BIO 220, Introduction to Human Anatomy (3 credits)
  • BIO 220L, Introduction to Human Anatomy Lab (1 credit)
  • ENG 095 – English Comp Strategies (3 credits)

In order to join, you must be a first-year, full-time student within pre-nursing.

Sign Up for Your Community

Each learning community has limited spaces available. If you are interested in joining, please fill out an application using your myBarry account. There are no additional costs to join a learning community.

Exploring your interests and making new friends are big parts of the college experience. We hope you will consider participating.

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