FAQs

How much a time commitment is a learning community?

Since the learning community is structured within your academic courses, a portion of the experience naturally takes places in the classes that you take. The rest of your experience happens through the informal interaction that occurs within the residence halls, your study groups, connecting with your mentor, and the connections you will make with your peers are based upon your initiative and interest. The more formal co-curricular, service, and social activities occur 2-3 times per month.

Do I have to live in the residence hall designated for the learning community?

Living in the Learning Community residence hall is an optional part of the Learning Community experience. Students may choose to live in another residence hall or off campus while still fully participating in their learning community. All of Learning Communities are housed in Kennedy and Newman Halls.

Are commuter students able to participate?

Yes! Learning Communities provide a great way for commuting students to feel connected to Bellarmine and their peers. Special attention is paid to design experiences with commuter needs in mind. Commuting students also have access to certain areas of Kennedy and Newman Halls so that they can meet up for study groups, visit with LC faculty, and drop by to visit their friends when they have a break in their schedule.

Does my roommate have to be in the learning community in order to live with me?

If you wish to live in the reserved Learning Community area in the residence halls, your roommate must also be a member of a Learning Community. Your admission to the learning community “overrides” your building and roommate preference listed on your housing application unless you indicate otherwise.

Is there an additional cost to participate in a learning community?

Not usually. Learning Community activities are primarily funded by the program. In some cases, events will take place off campus and students may need to transport themselves or car pool with their peers to attend. While events are covered, students are expected to attend events that they RSVP to attend. If a student is a “no show” to an event they RSVP’d to, they may be charged for the cost of the event, such as a venue ticket or box lunch.

Will participating in a learning community slow down my academic progress?

Absolutely not! Learning Community courses fulfill requirements for general education or your major requirements, both necessary for graduation. In few cases, a Learning Community course may fulfill an elective due to transfer credit.

Each community takes a different cluster of courses during the fall and spring semester. Please visit the individual Learning Community pages for more information. 

What if I have credit in a LC course?

If you have credit in an LC course, you will be exempt from retaking that course with the Learning Community. Students must submit their transcripts to the registrar in accordance to the Transfer of Credit Policy to maintain that exemption.

Please see the website for more information: http://www.bellarmine.edu/registrar/transferofcreditpolicy/

Are there required activities?

A large part of being in a Learning Community happens inside the classroom, however, activities outside the classroom are a critical piece to the full experience. These activities may include field trips, a lecture or speaker that is brought to campus, service-learning activities, weekly study groups, and social activities to help you get to know your peers. 

In some cases, Learning Community activities are connected to in-class coursework such as a written reflection. As you might imagine, it is difficult to write about something you didn’t experience! Required activities will be outlined on your syllabi and announced in class. The Learning Community Workshop, which takes place in early fall, is a required activity that is not connected to a classroom assignment. 

Students participating in Learning Communities will attend at least three educational or co-curricular activities, two community social activities, and meet with their mentor twice a semester. The faculty, staff and mentors will work to create a number of opportunities to choose from in order to fulfill these requirements.