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Learning Communities Available

At Bergen, we offer several pathways through Learning Communities. Each of these educational pathways is designed to meet the unique and varying needs of different student populations.

I. Integrated Studies Pathway:

The Integrated Studies Pathway combines general education courses in Learning Community pairings. Examples of Gen Ed courses that can now be taken in a Learning Community are:

General Psychology (PSY 101), English Composition (WRT 101 and WRT 201), US History since Reconstruction (HIS 112), American Lit to 1880 (LIT 201), Sociology (SOC 101), Introduction to Theater (THR 101), and History of Western Civ since the Reformation (HIS 102).

Current Gen Ed Learning Communities include:

  • Introduction to Theater THR 101-036P & English Composition WRT 201-036P
    This learning community broadens students’ exploration and understanding of plays, scenes, etc. through writings and discussions.  In WRT 201, students focus on readings and writings related to theater.
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology PSY 123-014P & US History since Reconstruction HIS 112-014P
    This learning community examines the formation of cultural and historical identities and explores how American history and culture led to the rise of individualism.
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology PSY 123-003NP & WRT 101-003NP
    This learning community examines how culture influences people’s behavior and mind through writings and discussions. *N stands for non-native speakers.

II. English Basic Skills (EBS) Learning Communities:

Many students must complete English Basic Skills coursework to prepare for the demands of college reading and writing and to strengthen the critical thinking and study skills necessary for life-long learning. If you have been placed into EBS 011, 012, or 021, you can join a Learning Community that allows you to accomplish these goals while earning college credit.

Current EBS Learning Communities include:

  • English Skills EBS 021P & General Psychology PSY 101.
    Students in this learning community will strengthen their reading, writing, critical thinking and study skills while learning about human behavior with special reference to thinking, learning, memory, perception, emotion, individual differences in intelligence, psychotherapy, and personality.
  • English Skills EBS 021P & Success 101 IST 123P
    Students in this learning community will strengthen their reading, writing, critical thinking and study skills while learning about the strategies, habits, and values necessary to take charge of their own academic and personal development. Emphasis will be placed on self-assessment and goal setting, academic essay writing, written and oral communication skills, time management, and study skills.
  • Developmental Skills I EBS 011P & Success 101 IST 123P
    Students in this learning community will strengthen their reading, writing, critical thinking and study skills while learning about the strategies, habits, and values necessary to take charge of their own academic and personal development. Emphasis will be placed on self-assessment and goal setting, writing, reading comprehension, sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, time management, and study skills.

III. ESL/ALP Learning Communities:

All non-native speakers of English who are currently enrolled in the advanced level of the ESL/ALP (American Language Program) or who have completed the ALP can join a Learning Community.  Studies show that students who are exposed to content-based instruction while developing their second language proficiency perform better in college level courses than those who didn’t have that experience.

Current ESL/ALP Learning Communities include:

  • Intro to Psychology PSY 101P & ESL Writing ALP 063P:
    This learning community provides a transition to college-level writing while emphasizing critical thinking and academic skills.
  • Intro to Sociology SOC 101P & Reading ALP 064P
    This learning community emphasizes reading for content, making inferences, distinguishing main and subordinate points, and evaluating ideas. Students will discuss and present reading material on topics related to social processes, problems, and phenomena.
  • Cross-Cultural Healthcare HSC 100-NP & ALP 064P
    This learning community explores issues in cross-cultural healthcare through readings and discussions.

For more information on Learning Communities, please contact Professor Eileen Fitzgerald at [email protected] or Professor Maria Kasparova at [email protected]