First-Year Learning Communities

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Apply to an FLC

Interested in applying to join a First-year Learning Community? Click here to find out who your advisor is and get advised at the Sam Center.

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We offer different types of FLCs depending on your major, interests, or your college.
We have Learning Communities, Living Communities and Living Learning Communities.


Living Learning Communities

Open to Criminal Justice, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Medical Students

  • Students in these communities share a common interest or major and take classes together, including UNIV 1101, they also live in the same residence hall together.
  • Students must see an advisor at the SAM Center to be accepted into a living learning community.
  • These communities are open to first-time freshmen.

Bearkat Learning Community

Open to All Students

  • All UNIV 1101 classes that meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm are Bearkat Learning Communities.
  • There are special sections for students in Honors College, the College of Arts and Media, Smith-Hutson Scholars, and students who are part of TRIO

Living Communities

Open to College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and College of Science and Engineering Technology Students

  • Students in these communities share a common interest or major and live in the same residence hall but do not necessarily take the same classes together.
  • Students should contact Residence Life about these communities.
  • These communities are open to first-time freshmen.
  • Criminal Justice Living Learning Communities

    The Criminal Justice Living Learning Communities are designed for first year students who are committed criminal justice majors.

    • This community is open to all Criminal Justice and Victim Studies majors. There are 24 spots in each community.
    • Required Fall Classes:
      • CJ One: UNIV 1101, CRIJ 2361, ENGL 1301, BIOL 1408, (Math), Lone Star Hall
      • CJ Two: UNIV 1101, CRIJ 2361, POLS 2306, BIOL 1408, (Math), Lone Star Hall
      • CJ Three: UNIV 1101, CRIJ 2361, ENGL 1301, (Math), No residential requirement
  • Pre-Nursing Living Learning Community

    The Pre-Nursing Living Learning Community cultivates the academic and professional experience of incoming students considering a career in nursing. Participants must be college ready (TSI Complete) in all subjects.

    • This community is open to all future nurses with a major in the College of Health Sciences. There are 24 spots in this community.
    • Required Fall Classes: UNIV 1101, BIOL 2403, KINE 2115, (Math)
      • Piney Woods Hall
  • Pre-Med Living Learning Community

    The Pre-Med Living Learning Community at Sam Houston State University is a one-of-a-kind program for students who are interested in attending Medical School (allopathic and osteopathic medicine). Participants must be college ready (TSI Complete) in all subjects.

    • This community is open to all future medical professionals. There are 24 spots in this community.
    • Required Fall Classes: UNIV 1101, BIOL 1411, CHEM 1411, (Math)

College of Health Sciences: Health Careers

This community is open to students in the College of Health Sciences interested in health careers.

Humanities and Social Sciences: People Helping Professions

This community is open to students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who share an interest in a career working with and helping other people.

STEM

This community is open to all non-agriculture majors in the College of Science and Engineering Technology.

Education

This community is open to all Education majors. Secondary education majors please contact fye@shsu.edu for more information on joining this community.

Students interested in connecting with other incoming freshmen who share similar interests and want to make a smooth transition to college life should enroll in any Monday/Wednesday 2pm section of UNIV 1101. This course is designed to enhance the experience for students new to SHSU. All sections will have their own peer mentor who will guide students through their first year. This 1 credit hour course meets two times per week. University 1101: Learning Frameworks. Students who enroll will be grouped by interest, major, or residence hall by FYE staff.