Bearkat Learning

Quick Facts

  • Students in a living-learning community attend two to three classes together each semester;
  • This is a residential learning community; students in this program are grouped in the same residence hall;
  • For more information, visit our FAQs page.

The Bearkat Learning Community (BLC) is a program designed for incoming freshmen who want to take full advantage of their university experience.  In BLC, students take two to three classes together each semester.  In the fall, BLC students complete the BLC Challenge, a six session program that encourages students to think deeply about their reasons for attending college, to visualize accomplishments for their four years and to identify resources, attitudes, and opportunities that will help them to have a meaningful college experience.   Throughout the school year, they have the to option of participating in additional extracurricular, social, educational, and community service programs.

Living in BLC

48 BLC students live together in Piney Woods Hall, a coed residence hall.

Applying to BLC

What are the requirements for admission to BLC?

In order to participate in the BLC program, students must be accepted to SHSU, have a completed Housing Application and $200 housing deposit on file, and fill out a separate BLC application. 

In addition to the application, students must schedule an interview with the Program Coordinator or attach an essay.

What is the essay prompt?

The essay must be a single, typed page and should respond to the following prompt: BLC is an opportunity for students who are committed to personal and academic success in college. Please 1) explain why you want to participate in this program, 2) how you can contribute to the community, and 3) your current strategies for academic success. 

How do I apply to BLC?

Applications may be picked up at a Saturdays @ Sam Information Session, at New Student Orientation, and at various offices on-campus. You may download the application using the "Apply Now" link above.

2018-2019 Courses

  • Fall Courses
  • Choose one of the two options below:
  • UNIV 1301.80 (CRN 83195) + ENGL 1301.16 (CRN 80129)
  • UNIV 1301.81 (CRN 83196) + GEOG 1401.90 (CRN 83882)
  • Spring Courses
  • Choose one of the two options below:
  • ENGL 1302.08 (CRN 20249) + BIOL 1436.90 (CRN 23818)
  • SOCI 2319.90 (CRN 23816) + POLS 2305.90 (CRN 23817)