Our Learning Communities

Compassio Learning Community

The Compassio Learning Community (CLC), formerly named Brown Learning Community, is designed for students who wish to engage in dialogue and experiences focused on the four pillars of the CLC: compassion, civic engagement, civility and community. 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.

CLC at a Glance

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

CLC Mission Statement and Student Learning Outcomes

Deriving its name from the Latin word meaning “empathy,” the Compassio Learning Community (CLC) 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 CLC 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 social justice advocate.

As an active participant in the Compassio Learning Community, students will understand:

  • Compassion: Increase understanding and awareness of contexts that inform social justice issues especially as they relate to the plights of others
  • Civic Engagement: Engage in service learning experiences and activities that immerse students in the local community to further explore social issues
  • Civility: Practice skills for respectful dialogue and active listening in order to positively explore diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Community: Understand the role, responsibility and commitment of each member in creating an environment welcoming of all

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 activities include opportunities to: interact and bond with other students to develop social and intellectual connections, develop skills necessary to be successful in life, and engaging in a nurturing and supportive network of peers who share similar academic and career interests.

Eureka at a Glance

  • Community Capacity: 15 students
  • Common Courses: Fall Semester: BU 100 First-Year 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 is to create a learning environment focused on the holistic development of a healthcare provider, placing an important balance between scientific knowledge and skills necessary to provide care inclusive of the entire individual, not just their illness or disease. These skills include cultural competence, medical ethics, compassion, empathy, resiliency and mindfulness. The development of these skills leads to better understanding of the inter-connection between mind, body, and spirit as it pertains to healthcare and defines a one’s identity.

As an active participant in the GLC, student will:

  • Mind: Understand the role that mental soundness plays in the identity and well-being of an individual
  • Body: Explore the meaning of embodiment as the relationship between a physical body and identity
  • Spirit: Acknowledge the importance of spirituality in a healthcare setting as it relates to the care of one’s physical body

GLC at a Glance

  • Community Capacity: 85 students
  • Common Courses: Fall Semester: BU 100 First-Year 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 

Terra Learning Community

The Terra Learning Community (TLC), formerly known as Rachel Carson Environmental Learning Community, 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 TLC 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 TLC, such as a visit to a farm to table restaurant, projects in the Bellarmine garden, and outdoor activities.

TLC at a Glance

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

Student Learning Outcomes

As an active participant in TLC, students will learn to:

  • Increase understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of environmental issues
  • Gain awareness of personal attributes and academic interests in enviro topics for developing or enhancing environmentally sustainable communities
  • Identify and practice opportunities for living sustainably, both locally and globally