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. 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.

Questions about learning communities? See if our Frequently Asked Questions have the answer or for more information contact the Office of Academic Affairs at: 316-942-4291 ext. 2127.

 

"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."

– Caitlyn Maksymiak

"I would strongly recommend learning communities for any student at Newman. I feel that a learning community is a great way for new students to find other students on campus studying the same material. It is a wonderful opportunity to gain confidence in learning new material and to build a strong relationship with other students on campus. It was definitely one of the best experiences I had during my four years at Newman."
 

– Heather Ranney, Class of 2012

Medicine, Literature and the Human Condition

"The field of medical humanities is transforming contemporary medical practice. Health care professionals are learning how to listen to, recognize, and be moved by their patients’ narratives so as to alleviate their suffering... Most importantly, as literary scholars, writers, nurses, doctors, therapists, and patients, we can all join in the effort to absorb the wisdom and compassion that are the cornerstones of both disciplines.

– Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D. and Maura Spiegel, Ph.D., Literature and Medicine (Professional Journal) 2005 

The growth of medical humanities in the past thirty years or so shows that many medical schools consider it important that their students acquire good verbal communications skills. Analytical skill has long been considered important for the study of both medicine and literature, and both fields involve narratives, or stories. In this themed college writing course, we will examine closely the logic and language of fictional and non-fictional narratives involving doctors, nurses and patients. Our goals are to become better readers and writers by listening and responding to representations of illness from an array of perspectives.

Courses

ENGL 1003 College Writing I – Susan Crane-Laracuente, 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.

Courses

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.

Courses

HIST 1023 World Civilization 2 - Kelly McFall, Ph.D.
COMM 1013 Oral Communication – Audrey Curtis Hane, Ph.D.
GNST 1001 Traditions and Transitions

 

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.

Courses

ART 1013 Art Appreciation – Mary Werner, M.F.A.
HIST 1013 World Civilization I – Cheryl Golden, Ph.D.
GNST 1001 Traditions and Transitions