Learning Communities

Students who participate in learning communities at SAU are more likely to stay in college, participate in service in the first semester, and connect to important campus resources.

Participating in common learning experiences can help you make friends and form relationships with faculty who are interested in helping First-year students make the transition to college. Students who participate in learning communities at SAU are more likely to stay in college, participate in service activities in the first semester, and connect to important campus resources.

All communities include two courses that fulfill major or general education requirements.

Some learning communities provide:

  • an introduction to a major while others are built around an area of interest or current issue.
  • a component called New Student Seminar, a one-credit, extended orientation to college that includes college skill development, a chosen piece of text that everyone reads, and an introduction to the liberal arts. The New Student Seminar is very popular.
  • an Information Literacy course, which is a graduation requirement that helps you develop solid research and inquiry skills for your college career.
2017-18 Learning Communities

FYLC 101A: Quantitative Reasoning in Business (BUSINESS)
This Learning Community teaches students to use information in ways that every business needs. Financial Accounting offers an introduction and ways of organizing information with the purpose of informing decision-making. Quantitative Reasoning in Business allows students to develop quantitative insights relevant to business success. ACCT 201, STBE 137, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101B: Managing for Creativity (BUSINESS)
The creative economy is here and organizations are looking for creative professionals who know how to problem solve, design and innovate. This Learning Community will focus on managerial and creative problem solving while giving students practice with the technology tools needed for the creative process. MGMT 210, ART 235, NSS 101, IL 101.

FY101C/D: Inquiry in Action: Field Biology Research (SCIENCE/PRE-PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CAREER)
The foundational skill set for a scientist includes asking interesting questions, formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing data and communicating results. In this Learning Community, students develop all of these abilities as they conduct original research at Nahant Marsh, one of the few remaining large wetlands along the upper Mississippi River. BIOL 199, BIOL lab, STAT 213, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101E/F: Fulfilling the Dream: The Promise of American Higher Education (EDUCATION)
Are you the same person as your great-grandfather or great-grandmother? Were you raised any differently? From generation to generation, there are changes-from small to large-in psychological development of children and adolescents. Explore these in a historical context from 1877 to the present. This theme has two communities. EDUC 284, HIST 202, NSS 101, IL 101 OR EDUC 284, PHIL 102, NSS 101, IL101.

Open Interest

FYLC 101G: Research and Writing at St. Ambrose
This learning community will introduce students to university-level research and writing. By engaging in coordinated projects, choosing their own research topics, working in a computer lab, and making extensive use of the St. Ambrose library, students will explore areas of interest and develop skills essential for success at SAU (or any college or university) and in their chosen careers. ENGL 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101H: Reconciliation and Peace-Building
Directed at students interested in public health, psychology, sociology, social work and business, this learning community explores the meaning of conflict resolution, reconciliation and forgiveness through the development of essential conflict transformation skills such as mediation. The courses include analysis of various case studies, practical application of conflict engagement strategies and a personal conflict transformation project. PHIL 207, THEO 160, NSS 101.

FYLC 101I: Faces of Globalization
Faces of Globalization seeks to explore various aspects and implications of globalization on issues including international conflicts/terrorism, climate change, human rights, population/immigration, poverty, trade, labor/social justice and energy. PSCI 130 fulfills the social science requirement, COMM 132 satisfies the COMM general education requirement, and NSS 101 counts toward graduation.

FYLC 101J: Visual and Social Media: A Dominant Force in Society
We live in a visual, technology-driven society. This learning community will help students examine ways in which they are influenced by the volume and quality of modern visual imagery. ART 203, CSCI 101, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101K: Be the Change You Want to See
This learning community will explore how gender impacts human rights problems from global and local perspectives. Students will also learn how to effectively and ethically communicate to solve conflict, engage in civil dialogue, and advocate for justice or protest injustice. Students will also partner with service agencies in our community. WGS 201, COMM 132, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101L: The Hero's / Heroine's Path
Artists, storytellers and filmmakers revisit themes, depicting and recreating symbols, archetypes and characters from myths, legends, folklore and fairy tales. In The Hero's / Heroine's Path, students will investigate and compare tales representing a broad range of Western and non-Western civilizations, from Classical mythology to Star Wars and pop culture. AH 120, HIST 102, NSS 101.

FYLC 101M: In Sickness and In Health
Intended for students interested in health and disease, this learning community will explore the personal impact and biology of disease through research, testing and experimentation. By investigating human body systems, pathology, and their own chronic illness family tree, students will set health goals and examine the personal impacts of disease. BIOL 112, KIN 149, NSS 101, IL 101.

FYLC 101N: Writing and Research for International Students
This LC incorporates ENGL 101 and IL 101 requirements for international students. ENGL 101 will build writing skills appropriate to ESL and ELL students. This section of IL 101 will be tailored to bridge the experiences of international students to the perhaps less familiar academic expectations of the US information landscape.

FYLC 101O: Leadership in the 21st Century
Leadership in the 21st Century explores leadership styles across cultures. We seek to better understand diversity and leadership through popular culture as well as recognize and counteract stereotypes about culture and leadership. PSCI 104 satisfies social sciences general education credit. IS 101 satisfies humanities general education credit.

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!