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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 Division of Nursing 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

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 three courses based on the theme - Transitions. The remainder of your course schedule will be completed with the assistance of your academic advisor.

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

In the Business Connections community, students visit corporate sites, hear successful business professionals speak about their careers, attend great lectures, study together, and participate in signature events like the Business Experience.  As part of your course schedule, you will be enrolled in the following three 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)
  • 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.

Division of 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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