• Liberal Arts Learning Communities

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Learning Communities are strongly recommended for first-year Liberal Arts students.

    The clusters and pairs are listed below. To help you determine which themes and courses interest you most and which schedule works best for you, each includes a full description and schedule with CUNYFirst registration section codes.




  • Spring 2020 Learning Communities



    Public Speaking (HUC106)
    Composition I (ENG101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HUC106
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM HUC106 HUC106
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ENG101 ENG101
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM ENG101 ENG101

    In this pair, students will:
    • Receive an introduction to basic concepts in language diversity in the United States
    • Experiment with meshing English with other languages in written and spoken forms
    • Explore the language identifies of your own ethnic and cultural community and learn about those of your peers
    • Take field trips to cultural institutions like the United Nations



    This Pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to befull time
    • ENG101 fulfills your Required Core English
    • HUC106 fulfills your Flexible Core: Creative Expression or Program Core
    • CUNYFirst codes: 31141 (ENG101) and 29486 (HUC106)



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Communication Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Physical Therapy Assistant
    • L.A. Math and Science
    • Paralegal Studies
    • Travel & Tourism


    Composition I (ENG101)
    General Psychology (SSY101)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM ENG101 ENG101
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM ENG101 ENG101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM SSY101 SSY101
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SSY101

    In this pair, students will:
    • Examine various theories of mind, behavior, and identity through readings, discussions, and writing assignments
    • Explore how personal identity is shaped through perception, learning, memory, the environment, and communication
    • Consider how psychological practices and representations of mental health alter the ways in which people come to know themselves and their world
    • Develop research and critical thinking skills by collecting and analyzing data



    This Pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to be full time
    • ENG101 fulfills your Required Core English
    • SSY101 fulfills your Flexible Core: Scientific World or Program Core
    • CUNYFirst codes: 31142 (ENG101) and 31143 (SSY101)



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Physical Therapy Assistant
    • Human Services
    • L.A. Early Childhood Ed.
    • Practical Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Public & Community Health
    • Therapeutic Recreation


    Language Issues in a Global World (EIS215)
    Research Paper (ENG103)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EIS215 EIS215
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM EIS215 ENG103
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ENG103 ENG103

    In this pair, students will:
    • Discuss the effects of bicultural and bilingual experiences on feelings of belonging
    • Question the relationship between institutionalized power, social groups and a person’s sense of identity
    • Examine the experience of “otherness” through memoirs, stories and research



    This Pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to be full time
    • ENG103 fulfills your Program Core for many Liberal Arts Options
    • EIS215 fulfills your Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues
    • CUNYFirst codes: 31144 (ENG103) and 31145 (EIS215)



    Strongly recommended for majors in:
    • L.A. International Studies

    Recommended for majors in:
    • L.A. Social Science & Humanities (including options)


    Writing through Literature (ENG102)
    Life in the Universe (SCP105)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ENG102 ENG102
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM ENG102 SCP15
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM SCP105 SCP105

    In this pair, students will:
    • Investigate the possibilities that life exists in the Universe beyond our Earth
    • Estimate the number of groups of intelligent life forms in the cosmos that may be able to communicate with us
    • Read and creatively respond to literature that imagines the cosmos and other intelligent life in the universe



    This Pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to be full time
    • ENG102 fulfills your Required Core English
    • SCP105 fulfills your Required Core Science
    • CUNYFirst codes: 31146 (ENG102) and 30937 (SCP105)



    Works with most majors, including:
    • L.A. Social Science & Humanities
    • Most L.A. Options


    World History II (SSH106)
    Topics in Astronomy (SCP140)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM HUC106 HUC106
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SSH106 SCP140
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM SCP140 SCP140

    In this pair, students will:
    • Examine the social context of the scientific revolutions in history and the social forces that surround them, beginning with the Copernican Revolution
    • Explore how scientific paradigms emerge
    • Link astronomy and history through exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History and TheIntrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum



    This Pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to be full time
    • SCP140 fulfills your Required Core Science
    • SSH106 fulfills your Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues or Program Core
    • CUNYFirst codes: 30938 (SCP140) and 31149 (SSH106)



    Strongly recommended for majors in:
    • L.A. History

    Recommended for majors in:
    • L.A. Social Science & Humanities
    • Most L.A. Options


    General Psychology (SSY101)
    Elementary Statistics (MAT120)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM SSY101 SSY101
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SSY101
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM MAT120 MAT120
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MAT120 MAT120

    In this pair, students will:
    • Study Elementary Statistics contextualized with topic of the introduction to psychology course
    • Learn how to pose psychology research studies that can be answered with data



    This Pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to be full time
    • MAT120 fulfills your Required Core Math
    • SSY101 fulfills your Flexible Core: Scientific World
    • CUNYFirst codes: 31150 (MAT120) and 31151 (SSY101)



    Strongly recommended for majors in:
    • Physical Therapy Assistant
    • L.A. Early Childhood Education
    • Psychology
    • Public and Community Health
    • Therapeutic Recreation

    Works with:
    • Most majors


    Intro to Discrete Mathematics (MAT231)
    Advanced C/C++ Programming (MAC125)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM MAT231 MAT231
    3:25 PM - 4:25 PM MAT231
    4:35 PM - 5:35 PM
    5:45 PM - 6:45 PM MAC125 MAC125
    6:55 PM - 7:55 PM MAC125 MAC125

    In this pair, students will:
    • Identify connections between mathematics and computer programming
    • Apply mathematical concepts and models when writing computer programs
    • Write computer programs to find solutions to mathematical problems



    This Pair:
    • Contains 6 credits - add at least 6 additional credits in session I and/or session II to be full time
    • Fulfills two of your Program Core Requirements for Computer Science
    • CUNYFirst codes: 30160 (MAT231) and 31152 (MAC125)



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Computer Science


    General Biology (SCB201)
    College Algebra (MAT115)


    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM SCB201 SCB201
    10:30 AM - 11:30 AM SCB201
    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM MAT115 MAT115 SCB201
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MAT115 MAT115 SCB201
    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM SCB201

    In this pair, students will:
    • Learn basic concepts covering General Biology I: chemistry of life, cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, cell cycle and cell division, classical and molecular genetics and gene expression, DNA replication, genetic engineering, development, evolution, speciation and phylogeny
    • Learn how to use mathematical methods and equations to solve practical biological problems such as measurements, conversions, titration, enzymatic activity, chemical reaction rate, gene composition, Mendelian genetics, evolution process, allele frequency calculation, phylogeny mapping
    • Practice math in biological context and understand biological processes by numeric measurements



    This Pair:
    • MAT115 fulfills your Required Core Math
    • SCB201 fulfills your Flexible Core: Scientific World
    • CUNYFirst codes: 31153 (MAT115) and 31154 (SCB201)



    Recommended for majors in:
    • Biology
    • Environmental Science
    • L.A. Math and Science