First-Year Seminars and Experiences

Themed Learning Communities

Themed learning communities (TLCs) involve two or more discipline-based courses paired with an integrative first-year seminar in which entering students enroll. TLCs engage students, faculty, librarians, advisors, and others in a community of learners that explore interdisciplinary connections both in and out of the classroom. Students are encouraged to explore relationships among different academic disciplines and develop a comprehensive perspective on higher education. Through the use of thematically linked curricula, service learning, and co-curricular experiences, TLCs provide enriching learning experiences that foster interdisciplinary understanding. TLC faculty have developed creative strategies to integrate their assignments across disciplines and with co-curricular events.