Undergraduate Bulletin for 1998-99

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Learning Communities and Freshman Seminar

Jodi H. Levine, Director
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Daniel P. Tompkins, Faculty Fellow
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Learning Communities
Learning Communities, an academic program designed to ease the transition from high school to college, provides an opportunity for students to form connections for academic and social support. Temple University offers over 30 communities every fall semester. Each community consists of two or three courses, scheduled in a block, which students take together as a group. In a learning community, students get to know each other and their professors, making it easier to work collaboratively in class and to form study groups outside of class.

Learning Communities are offered on both the Main and Ambler campuses and are available for students in most schools and colleges. Most courses in Learning Communities fulfill Core, college, or major requirements. For example, students can enroll in a community that pairs College Composition and College Math, satisfying degree requirements while building valuable academic and social connections.

Learning Communities are designed primarily for the first semester college freshman but are open to all first- or second-year students, including transfers, with fewer than 60 credits. Some colleges or majors require freshmen to register for a community, while others strongly recommend it. During New Student Orientation an academic adviser will help students select the learning communities which best meet their academic interests and needs.

Freshman Seminars

Freshman seminars are academic courses designed to support student learning and development in the critical first semester of college. Seminars are currently available for students in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications and Theater, and School of Business and Management.

Learning for the New Century is the freshman seminar offered for students in Arts and Sciences. It is a one-credit course that meets one to two times a week for 11 weeks of the semester. Students receive a letter grade for the course and the credit applies toward graduation. See course description below.

Freshman Seminar 0051. Learning for the New Century (1 s.h.) FS
A course that introduces first-year students to the purposes of higher education and to the skills needed to use information technology and academic resources successfully in college and also in preparation for the workplace of the 21st century. The seminar also focuses on topics useful to college students including time management, teamwork, study skills, and academic and career planning. This course was formerly the Learning Community Seminar.

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