Welcome to Learning Communities at KCC!
Learning Communities offer students a great way to learn and to connect with other students! As a student in a learning community, you will be part of a group of no more than 25 students in courses that are “linked.” The small size of your group and the integration of your courses offers you a dynamic and personal learning experience where you can get to know other students--and your professors--better!
In a learning community, learning is more engaging because your professors work together to help you make connections among the courses, which share a common theme, problem, and/or public issue. For example, in a learning community that links Biology with Psychology, a common theme might be “health.” You would use what you learn in both subjects to explore a real-world issue such as diabetes. In this way, it is easier to connect and apply what you learn. Also, learning communities have shared, integrative assignments that count for all of the linked courses.
Students in learning communities get additional support as the learning communities program has its own counselors, advisers, and other support services. In addition, some learning communities can be used to satisfy the writing intensive requirement.
Why should I join a learning community?
Students who take part in our learning communities:
• Earn higher grades
• Get to know their instructors better
• Become more involved in their own educational decisions
• Develop team building and communication skills
• Register for convenient class schedules
• Enjoy smaller class sizes
• Finish college faster
learning community students
Who should enroll in a learning community?
New, continuing, returning, and transfer students who are interested in being connected, supported, challenged, and excited during their time at Kingsborough!
What kind of learning community should I join?
Kingsborough offers a number of different learning communities, for different student groups
If you are a continuing student, learning communities without the First Year Seminar (SD 10) are appropriate for you as long as you have met prerequisites needed for every course in the link. Some of these learning communities may include a one-credit Integrative Seminar, which is designed to help support and integrate what you are learning in your other courses. Please contact Candice Rosado at Candice.Rosado@kbcc.cuny.edu or at 718-368-6849.
If you are an incoming freshman, you should enroll in a learning community that includes
SD 10 – Kingsborough’s First-Year Seminar. SD 10 will help you learn to navigate the
College, and your SD instructor also serves as your academic adviser. For more information,
please contact Samantha Sierra at Samantha.Sierra@kbcc.cuny.edu or at 718-368-4903.
If you are an incoming multilingual freshman who would benefit from English language support, we offer two-semester ESL learning communities which link English courses with the First Year Seminar (SD 10), Speech, and another subject area, including Psychology, Sociology, History, and Health Education. These learning communities also include tutoring in a Reading Lab. To learn more, please contact Tara Thompson at Tara.Thompson@kbcc.cuny.edu or at 718-368-6610.
If you are a student who is eligible for ASAP, please contact ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 718-368-5616.
What are students saying about their experiences in learning communities?
“I learned to look at the things that around me from a different point of view …. In English class we discussed Sociology, and the professor helped us to understand sociology in an easy way. She brings examples from our lives.”
“In this fantastic program, I can talk to my classmates when I have any questions. We study together and get better at communicating to other people from different cultures.”
“The Psychology class help me to improve my English….I know new words and…[how to be] clear in my ideas.”
“When we have a test on Psychology, our English course helps us to review the key words and gives us practice tests so that we can find something we forgot or did not understand before.”
“The program helped me to think positive things about my college goal.”