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.  They also participate in six weeks of Study Skills seminars in the fall and have to option of participating in additional extracurricular, social, educational, and community service programs. 

The Bearkat Learning Community is no longer accepting female applicants as all female spaces have been filled.  Any applications that are submitted will be placed on a wait list in the event that spots become available.  Because these spots are not guaranteed, please consider applying to one of our other learning communities.

Living in BLC

100 BLC students live together on the 4th floor of Raven Village, a coed residence hall in which rooms are arranged in suites.

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 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 are the specifics of the essay?

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! Session, at New Student Orientation, and at various offices on-campus. You may download the application using the "Apply Now" link above.

2015-2016 Courses

  • Fall Courses
  • Students must choose a section of UNIV 1301 (sections 80-83) and one other course from the list, which includes
  • ENGL 1301.03 and 1301.07 (CRN 80613 and 80618)
  • ENGL 2331.01 and 2331.02 (CRN 80499 and 80500)
  • HIST 1301.10 and 1301.26 (CRN 80939 and 80956)
  • BIOL 1436.06 and 1436.12 (CRN 81158 and 83410)
  • CHEM 1406.05 and 1406.28 (CRN 80096 and 80195)
  • POLS 2305.11 (CRN 82043)
  • POLS 2306.09 (CRN 80896)
  • PSYC 1301.01 (CRN 80797)
  • Spring Courses
  • Students must choose two classes from the spring list:
  • BIOL 1436
  • ENGL 1302
  • ENGL 2332
  • HIST 1301
  • POLS 2305
  • POLS 2306
  • PSYC 1301
  • SOCI 2319
  • UNIV 1301 - Spring Connections only