Our Learning Communities

Brown Learning Community

The Brown Learning Community (BLC) is designed for students who wish to engage in dialogue and experiences focused on the four pillars of the BLC: social justice, community, inclusion and leadership. Students in this community should have a special interest in creating a more inclusive society and be willing to engage in challenging dialogue about current societal issues of injustice and intolerance.

BLC at a Glance

  • Community Capacity: 45 students
  • Common Courses: Fall Semester: BU 100 Freshmen Focus, English 101 or English 200, Sociology 101 or Psychology 103; Spring Semester: IDC 101
  • Residence Hall (optional): Petrik Hall
  • Majors: All majors considered

BLC Mission Statement and Student Learning Outcomes

The Brown Learning Community (BLC) challenges students to think morally and ethically about issues of social justice so that they may be more enlightened citizens of a diverse and inclusive community that, in the words of Bellarmine University’s mission, “respect[s] … each individual’s intrinsic value and dignity.” The BLC educates students in issues of social justice by engaging in meaningful and lasting service to the community, so that they are able to discover their passion and call as a leader.

As an active participant in the Brown Learning Community, students will learn the following.

  • Social Justice: Increase understanding and awareness of contexts that inform social justice issues
  • Community: Understand the role, responsibility, and commitment of each community member to create an environment welcoming of all
  • Civic Engagement: Participate in dialogue and activities that consider multiple points of view and disciplines to understand the complexities of social justice issues  
  • Leadership: Identify guiding values, principles and experiences that shape how one defines and demonstrates leadership

Eureka Learning Community

The Eureka Learning Community (EULC) is based upon the theme “Explore and Discover.” The EULC strives to enrich the academic experience through a variety of activities such as opportunities to interact and bond with other students to develop social and intellectual connections, develop skills necessary to be successful in life, and to be part of a nurturing and supportive network of peers who share similar academic and career interests. Eureka is one of the few learning communities in which students participate throughout their undergraduate career. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to apply pending good academic standing.

Eureka at a Glance

  • Community Capacity: 15 students (each year)
  • Common Courses: Fall Semester: BU 100 Freshmen Focus
  • Residence Hall (optional): Sienna Complex
  • Majors: Designed for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Actuarial Science, Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors
  • Requirements: Minimum ACT score of 23 and a GPA of 3.0

Galileo Learning Community

The Galileo Learning Community (GLC) is designed for first year students interested in careers in health and medical sciences. The GLC challenges students to consider the elements of “Mind, Body, and Spirit” as they explore the many facets of becoming a healthcare provider. Each of these concepts are important to health and wellness and are interrelated and must be considered as symbiotic.

Mission Statement and Student Learning Outcomes

The mission of the Galileo Learning Community (GLC) is to create a learning environment in which students interested in the health profession can connect with one another and explore, together, the complex intersection of mind, body, and spirit as it relates to personal and patient care.

As an active participant in the Galileo Learning Community, students will learn to:

  • Develop interpersonal skills necessary for understanding the relationship between health, the body, and personhood such as critical thinking, empathy and compassion
  • Understand the meaning of embodiment, and the relationship between a physical body and personhood
  • Foster a culture of awareness and education about ethical health-related choices for oneself and within a community
  • Actively engage in experiences related to the health and the body to confirm career and major choice
  • Explore the ways in which our ethical, spiritual, or faith-based views interact with our perceptions of bodies, health, and the ways we add meaning to our lives and the lives of others.

GLC at a Glance

  • Community Capacity: 85 students
  • Common Courses: Fall Semester: BU 100 Freshmen Focus, English 101, Biology 108 or Biology 130 (lab); Spring Semester: IDC 101
  • Residence Hall (optional): Petrik Hall
  • Majors: Students majoring in programs related to the health professions: Nursing, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Biology, Psychology, and Respiratory Therapy

Rachel Carson Environmental Learning Community

The Rachel Carson Environmental Learning Community (RCLC) focuses on the theme “Sustainability: from words to action.” The community is designed for students that have a strong interest in the issues of sustainability and/or majoring in environmental disciplines. The students in the RCLC will support each other in the courses they take, in environmentally conscious living, civic engagement benefitting the greater community and activities that align with the theme of RCLC such as a visit to a farm to table restaurant, projects in the Bellarmine garden, and outdoor activities.

RCLC at a Glance

  • Community Capacity: 15 students
  • Common Courses: Fall Semester: BU 100 Freshmen Focus & English 101; Spring Semester: IDC 101
  • Residence Hall (optional): Petrik Hall
  • Majors: All majors considered; highly encouraged for students majoring in enviornmental science or environmental studies

Student Learning Outcomes

As an active participant in the Rachel Carson Environmental Learning Community, students will learn to:

  • Apply productive interpersonal strategies in transitioning to the academic environment
  • Identify tangible ways to contribute toward solving environmental sustainability issues
  • Integrate interpersonal, extracurricular and academic experiences to further develop personal and professional goals.

Who was Rachel Carson?

Rachel Carson was a socially concerned naturalist at a time before most Americans realized that unchecked pollution and carelessly applied pesticides posed a potential threat to public health. She gathered data from across the continent, and reported in clear and compelling language the environmental consequences of indiscriminate release of toxins into the environment. Her award-winning book, Silent Spring, launched the modern environmental movement, and made it possible for later generations to enjoy a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful world. This gifted writer, insightful scientist, and determined environmental advocate is recognized today as an American hero and a role model for Bellarmine’s environmentally informed students.