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Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities (LLCs), are a great way for students to be a part of a close-knit community and develop bonds with their faculty members. Each LLC has two core components: students are either in a common related course or committed to a specific theme and they live together in the residence hall. The residential space gives students a chance to really immerse themselves in their interests and develop meaningful relationships with their faculty.

Students living in LLCs have a space outside the classroom to watch films, play games, and hold impromptu or planned discussions on class topics. LLC residents are often able to attend special community related events or field trips to places such as local and regional museums, musicals, tea houses, camping, and lectures.

E-town currently has seven LLCs and plans to expand the program in the future.  

The 2014-2015 LLCs are:

Themed Living Learning Communities:

  • Friends of Asia is for students hoping to deepen their understanding of Asian culture and society. Faculty working with this LLC sponsor extracurricular activities that help explain Asia in a comprehensive manner. Student living in this LLC will have a chance to access special field trips, movies, Japanese TV, and guest lecturers. Friends of Asia is open to all cohorts, especially incoming first year intended Japanese majors or those students hoping to minor in Asian Studies.
  • Liberal Arts Residence (LAR) is for students interested in pursuing a Liberal Arts major or minor. LAR seeks to create a supportive community for students in those disciplines as well as provide a living environment that will allow an opportunity for further faculty and student interaction via field trips, discussions, and lecturers that focuses on ways these disciplines can further enrich one’s life and career. (Liberal Arts fields include: Art History, Studio Art, History, Political Science, International Studies, Philosophy, English, Music, Theater, Anthropology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Psychology, any Foreign Language, Religion, Fine Arts, Theater, Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.)
  • Stonewall Hall is for any student wishing to learn more about the issues and laws surrounding the LGBTQ community. Students in this community will have the opportunity to work with faculty in small group settings and on field-trips related to gender studies. The hall also provides a safe space for LGBTQ students.

  Course Based Living Learning Communities

  • First Year Seminar Simple Living

All FYS course based living learning communities will have additional access to their FYS professors, common study areas, and classes and discussions held in their residential lobby areas.

  • Honors Housing is for first-year students accepted into the Honors program will live together on a hall.
  • Partners in Engineering (PiE) is for first year students who plan on majoring in Engineering and/or Physics. In addition to living with classmates with a similar major, these students also receive additional tutoring in the residence hall.
  • The Learning Community Professional Preparation in Business is for all incoming students who intend to major in business. This community will be a place where students are able to continue learning in an environment that promotes foundational business principles as well as those of civic engagement, social responsibility, and business leadership. All incoming business majors will live together and take several common courses over two semesters. Other opportunities on this floor include professional workshops and networking with faculty.

How do I join a LLC?
It’s easy! If you are an upperclassman, you will receive the chance to join the multi-cohort LLCs each spring. If you are an incoming first-year student, you can join the themed based LLCs (Friends of Asia, Stonewall, and Liberal Arts Residence) by selecting them in your housing preference profile that you can access in May.

If you are a first-year student ends up registered for the Simple Living First-Year Seminar, you will automatically be placed in that LLC after Residence Life receives the information from Records and Registration. If you are an incoming Honors student, intended Business major, or Physics & Engineering student, you will automatically be placed on those floors, and you will have an option to share that information with us in your housing preference profile.

Can I select my roommate if that person does not want to participate in the LLC?
It depends on the community. For all of the communities, with the exception of Honors, Professional Preparation for Business, and Physics and Engineering (PiE), there are a few slots for non-LLC roommates. These will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For students living in Honors, Business, and PiE, these halls are for these students only.

 If you have any questions, please contact, Susan Asbury, Associate Director of Residence Life,

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