Learning Communities are designed to make the transition to Delaware State University (DSU) easier, we at DSU offer students the opportunity to participate in Learning Communities (LCs) and/or Living-Learning Communities (L-LCs) during their first year. The purpose of a LC is to create connections. All LCs allow groups of students with similar interests to connect with each other, connect to campus activities, and connect to faculty.
What is a Learning Community?
A learning community (LC) is a group of students who have the same major and are enrolled in the same courses. A LC provides students with a strong academic foundation through integrative learning. This is accomplished by linking two or more courses across disciplines based upon a common theme or interest. This fall, based upon your major you may be in a linked course that is led by a dedicated faculty member who is committed to your academic success. The following is a list of our LC offerings; Apply online.
Learning Communities Themes
- College Advance (English Composition I and American History from 1865)
- The Physical Energy of Engineering (Physics and Engineering)
- Carefully Calculating Aerodynamics (College Algebra and Aviation)
- The Chemistry of Life (English Composition I and Chemistry)
- Organisms, Writing, and Problem-Solving (English Composition I, Biology, and Quantitative Skills)
- Accounting for Your Future (English Composition I and Accounting)
What Can a Learning Community Offer Me?
Learning communities were created to help first year students successfully transition into college by providing a multilevel support system which includes faculty, staff, students, and peer mentors. Students who actively participate in learning communities have:
- Common classes
- Common extracurricular and or cocurricular activities
- Common faculty/instructor who are interested in your academic growth and development
- Peer mentors to whom you can turn to for extra support
Who Can Be in a Learning Community?
You can, all incoming first time freshmen students are eligible to participate in learning communities. Upon being accepted, read all emails that are subject-marked “Learning Communities” carefully and be sure to follow through on all instructions!
What is a Living-Learning Community?
A living-learning community (L-LC) allows students the option to live as a community of learners in a designated section of a residence hall for a particular cohort of students. L-LC students mingle with other students of various majors. The activities of the L-LC are organized by its creative coordinator, and in some cases, upper classmen. Below we have listed the L-LC offerings, please visit Living-Learning Community for more details.
Living-Learning Communities (Residential/Themed)
College Advance in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is designed to help first-year students develop a strong academic foundation that will lead to success in college and beyond. The program links members of this learning community in English Composition I and U.S. History since 1865 during the fall semester of their freshman year. In their sophomore, junior and senior years, students will continue to take one class together. Students also participate in a vast array of extra and co-curricular activities, receive additional academic support, and interact with their peers who share similar academic and professional interests. Participants reside in Meta V. Jenkins Hall.
Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness encourages students to develop and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit, as well as share a commitment to the pursuit of optimal health. Programs will focus on academic success, personal development and leadership potential through the promotion of six key areas of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and occupational. The members of the Health and Wellness Living-Learning community reside in Warren-Franklin Residence Hall.
Leadership and Service Living-Learning
Leadership and Service Living-Learning Community provides new students with the opportunity to impact the surrounding community through leadership, service learning and civic engagement, and the essential tools to become strong, ethical leaders. This community is ideally suited for students who aspire to become future leaders of student organizations or student government, or within their majors or professional fields. It is also for those who just want to challenge themselves in personal growth. Whether the desire is to lead an organization or focus on becoming a more confident and prepared individual, this community is a great way to progress in both leadership and service! The members of the Leadership and Service LLC reside in Medgar Evers Hall.
Project Success is a five-week, pre-college program for students admitted to the University under special conditions. The special conditions for admission include participation in a yearlong academic monitoring program that begins with an intense, five-week summer residential program. The student must complete a college math, college English and/or “developmental course(s).” These courses must be completed with a GPA of 2.0 or above. As a structured program, students are provided with tutoring, supplemental instruction, support labs, mentoring, counseling and opportunities for social bonding. Upon completion of the full program (including the fall and spring semesters), students who maintain a 2.0 and above cumulative GPA are allowed to continue their enrollment at the University, without special conditions. They continue to be monitored by University College staff members.
Jumpstart is an academic enrichment and leadership development program that provides a seamless transitional opportunity for first-time freshmen to get a “jumpstart” on their college career by staying on campus, and completing up to nine (9) credits during five (5) weeks in the summer. Jumpstart provides students the opportunity to fast-track their academic success and leadership development in a nurturing learning community upon starting the fall semester. Students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or better combined with a SAT score of 800 are invited to participate in the program.