Learning Communities – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

FSEM students
Students enrolled in a Learning Community take one or more courses together. They also live together on the same floor of a co-ed residence hall and attend some of the same lectures and field trips. These living and learning environments focus on shared, active learning, linking academic and out-of-class experiences and developing strong bonds with faculty and fellow students. Learning Community students tend to achieve higher grade point averages, make friends quickly and transition into college life smoothly.

Please note: Learning Community students live in co-ed housing. That means, they share a room with a same-gender student but the floor they live on is co-ed by room. If you are interested in living in a single-gender residence hall, you cannot be in a Learning Community. Additional information on Living Learning Communities housing is available here.

To show your interest in a Learning Community, you must select one or more First-Year Seminars that are also Learning Communities when completing the Academic Directions task on the Orientation website. You may also indicate your interest in the space that asks for additional information on the Academic Directions task.

There are currently two different kinds of learning communities available at Hobart and William Smith, each allowing students to connect their academic experiences with an additional academic or social experience in order to provide students with a more integrated approach to learning in the first year.

Linked Pods: Your First-Year Seminar is linked to another First-Year Seminar. As a group, the Seminars will enjoy common lectures, field trips, and other special events throughout the academic year.

Linked Course: Your First-Year Seminar is linked to a second academic course taken during the Fall semester. Your professors will work together to link the courses through common readings, themes, and projects. FSEMs with linked courses are listed below:

Fall 2021 Living-Learning Communities

  • FSEM 004 Outsider Women: Activists, Artists, and Outspoken Women in American Popular Culture, Elizabeth Belanger
  • FSEM 011 Britpop: From the Beatles to Brexit, Robert Carson
  • FSEM 040 Fields of Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, Cynthia Williams
  • FSEM 042 Face to Face: Interrogating Race, James McCorkle
  • FSEM 078 Sustainable Living & Learning, Kristen Brubaker, Darrin Magee, Robinson Murphy
  • FSEM 112 Through the Lens: French and Francophone Cinema, Courtney Wells
  • FSEM 117 Who Speaks in STEM, Nan Crystal Arens
  • FSEM 139 Mars!, Nan Crystal Arens

Fall 2021 Learning Communities

  • FSEM 004 Outsider Women: Activists, Artists, and Outspoken Women in American Popular Culture
    Students enrolled in FSEM 004 will also be enrolled in AMST 101, Introduction to American Studies: Difference, Power, and Paradox.
  • FSEM 006 Sewing and Social Justice
    Students enrolled in FSEM 006 will also be enrolled in AMST 101, Introduction to American Studies: Difference, Power, and Paradox.
  • FSEM 079 Haunting Memories: Revealing the Uncanny
    Students enrolled in FSEM 079 will also be enrolled in GER 101, Beginning German I.
  • FSEM 112 Through the Lens: French and Francophone Cinema
    Students enrolled in FSEM 112 will also be enrolled in a FRN course that corresponds to their level, according to the placement test.
  • FSEM 139 Mars!
    Students enrolled in FSEM 139 will also be enrolled in GEO 184, Introduction to Geology.
  • FSEM 112 Through the Lens: French and Francophone Cinema
    Students enrolled in FSEM 112 will also be enrolled in FRN 101, Beginning French I.
  • FSEM 144 Parched: Past, Present, and Future of Water
    Students enrolled in FSEM 144 will also be enrolled in GEO 186, Introduction to Hydrogeology.

Four Reasons to Join a Learning Community

1. A higher first semester GPA
2. Strong ties with faculty members
3. Out-of-class activities, including field trips and lectures
4. A built-in network of friends who share your experiences and help you through the process of transitioning to college life

MORE INFO

For more information, contact the Orientation Office at (315) 781-3041 or at orientation@hws.edu.