Learning Communities

 

What are learning communities?

A Learning Community (LC) is a small group of first-year students who take classes together and share some common interests. Arts & Science Learning Communities are designed to ease the transition into university by providing our first-year students with extra opportunities to make friends, study and explore ideas together, and work together to develop the academic and personal skills to succeed.

Learning Communities are what a university education is all about – students and faculty from many different backgrounds come together to explore big ideas and a wide range of perspectives on the world. Through this experience, students grow personally as they advance intellectually, and make lifelong friendships.

Arts and Science Learning Communities have three main goals:

  1. Build Community - Learning Communities allow first year students to begin university surrounded by students who have the same interests and goals. Through Learning Communities, students build connections to people and places across campus that will help support them on their academic journey.

  2. Explore Careers - University is a great place to come and improve what you know, but who you know counts too. Learning Communities will help introduce students to programs and colleges across campus that are related to their interests and connect you to professionals who turned similar interests into exciting careers.

  3. Enrich Academics - University is a whole different ballgame than high school. Learning Communities will connect Peer Mentors - our team of expert learners - to first year students to help them develop the academic skills they need to flourish.

Arts & Science Learning Communities

The College of Arts & Science is the largest and most diverse college at the University of Saskatchewan.  To meet the needs of our first-year learners, the Arts & Science Learning Communities program offers:

"91% of FLEX students would recommend FLEX Learning Communities to a sibling or friend"

Source: 2015-16 FLEX Student Survey November 2015

FLEX 2017-18 Sign-up is now Closed!

FLEX Learning Communities 2017 - 2018
TERM 1

LC-FLEX 01: Exploring Arts and Science

English 114 – Biology 120

Not sure what you want to major in? Lucky you! You have a whole world of possibilities to explore, and this Learning Community can help you start your journey. Biology 120 and English 114 are highly popular first-year courses that will give you broad skills in writing and scientific laboratory work. The courses in this Learning Community can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree you choose. This LC is perfect for both the undecided on their major.

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LC-FLEX02: Global Studies

International Studies 110 – Political Studies 112

So you want to work as a front line employee for an overseas development NGO? Or perhaps as the next great policy wonk or deputy minister? Or maybe you had your eye on running for office? Perhaps a jet-set career in a multinational company is in your future? Political Studies and International Studies can offer foundational skills that can take you in any or all of these directions, and connect you with the people who are going there with you. The courses in this LC can be used toward any degree in the College of Arts and Science, but work particularly well for students pursuing Political Studies and International Studies.

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Do you have a flair for the creative? Do you want to make a living from your artistic skills? The Art, Architecture and Design LC is a great way to combine broad skills in the Fine Arts with specific skills to market your talents. Art 112 provides an introduction to the formal and creative language of drawing and Art History 120 is an introductory class explores the production, dissemination and consumption of art, architecture and visual culture up to and including the 1600s. The courses in this LC can be used toward any degree in the College of Arts and Science, but are particularly well suited to Studio Art, Art History, and Drama.

Note: Art 112.6 runs over multi-terms, Term 1 and Term 2 for 2017-18.

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LC-FLEX 04: Psychology

Sociology 111 – Psychology 120 – English 114

If you are interested in studying Psychology, this Learning Community is for you! This LC includes Psychology 120, which will help to familiarize the student with the major biological and cognitive areas of psychology. Psychology, Sociology and English are all among the recommended first-year courses for students interested in majoring in Psychology. This LC can also be a good fit for students interested in other social sciences such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, Indigenous Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or students who are unsure of what they want to major in; the courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree.

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LC-FLEX05: Law and Politics

Philosophy 140 – Political Studies 111 – Classics 107

Do you object to working in a career unrelated to the legal system? Sustain that objection by joining your peers in the Law and Politics Learning Community. You and your peers in this LC will explore content such as the Canadian and American political systems, critical thinking, and the introduction to legal terminology. These themes will all be applicable to pursuing law school, law enforcement, or careers related to criminology. Through the Law and Politics LC, your peer mentors will help connect you with people and resources in law-related careers. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree.

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LC-FLEX06: Sociology and Social Work

Psychology 121 – Sociology 112 – Indigenous Studies 107

If you are interested in studying human behavior, this Learning Community is a perfect fit. Whether you are fascinated by the interactions within the human mind, or among the many individuals in a society, this Learning Community will introduce you to concepts that can lead to degrees in Psychology, Sociology and related professional fields such as Social Work. Psychology 121 and Indigenous Studies 107 are among the specific courses that are required in the Pre-Social Work Program. This LC is also a good fit for students interested in other social sciences such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, Indigenous Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or students who are unsure of what they want to major in. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree.

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LC-FLEX07: Computer Science

Computer Science 141*** – Mathematics 110**

This Learning Community is a great choice for students interested in majoring in Computer Science, Interactive Systems Design, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Bioinformatics. Computer Science 141 provides an introduction to computer science and problem solving using procedural programming. Math 110 includes an introduction to derivatives, limits, techniques of differentiation, maximum and minimum problems and other applications, implicit differentiation, anti-derivatives. Courses in this LC could also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree.

** Please Note: Students enrolled in MATH 110 will be required to write a math placement test, and may be placed in another level of math depending on their performance. Refer to the U of S Math & Stats website for more information.

*** CMPT 141 is a new class designed for students with credit for Computer Science 30 or an equivalent course. Contact an Academic Advisor for more information.

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LC-FLEX08: Environmental Science

Biology 121 – Geography 120

Do you want to study climate change, or dissect the interaction between the environment and human society? This Learning Community will help students prepare to study majors such as Environment & Society, Environmental Biology, Biology and related subjects. Biology 121 will explore the Diversity of Life, examine processes in each representative organism from all major groups and discuss factors influencing changes in biodiversity over time and space. Geography 120 will introduce you to the principles, process and interactions of the Earth’s physical environment with case studies being introduced to illustrate the interaction between human activity and the natural environment. This LC is a great choice for students who are passionate about the environment but are unsure of what to study. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree.

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LC-FLEX09: Geology & Earth Sciences

Geology 121 – Mathematics 110 ** – Physics 115

Interested in Geology or Earth Sciences? Then this is the Learning Community for you! Courses in Geology, Physics and Math are all among the recommended first-year courses for students interested in majoring in Geology. Physics 115 introduces students to physics, Geology 121 explores Earth Processes, and Math 110 includes an introduction to derivatives, limits, techniques of differentiation, maximum and minimum problems and other applications, implicit differentiation, anti-derivatives. This LC is a great start towards a major in subjects such as Geology, Geophysics, Mathematical Physics, Physics, Chemistry or Palaeobiology, but the courses in this LC could be used towards any degree in the College of Arts and Science.

** Please note: Students enrolled in MATH 110 will be required to write a math placement test, and may be placed in another level of math depending on their performance. Refer to the U of S Math & Stats website for more information.

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LC-FLEX10: Nursing 1

Psychology 121 – Biology 120 – Nutrition 120

This Learning community could be your first step towards a career as a Registered Nurse! This is one of two LC’s designed for students interested in applying to the College of Nursing. Psychology 121, Biology 120 and Nutrition 120 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year. These courses can also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. LC Hours will help connect students to the academic process and profession of Nursing. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying. Students interested in health professions other than Nursing are encouraged to register for FLEX 12 – 17.

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LC-FLEX11: Nursing 2

Psychology 121 – Biology 120 – Indigenous Studies 107

This Learning community could be your first step towards a career as a Registered Nurse! This is one of two LC’s designed for students interested in applying to the College of Nursing. Psychology 121, Biology 120 and Indigenous Studies 107 are among the specific courses that are required in the Nursing pre-professional year. These courses can also be used towards any Arts and Science Degree. LC Hours will help connect students to the academic process and profession of Nursing. This LC is designed to support students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing, but enrollment does not guarantee a position in the College of Nursing, or special consideration when applying. Students interested in health professions other than Nursing are encouraged to register for FLEX 12- 17.

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LC-FLEX 12: Biomedical & Life Sciences 1

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Mathematics 125*

This Learning Community is one of five Learning Communities designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Physiology & Pharmacology. All three courses in this LC are part of the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Mathematics 125 introduces mathematical modeling with a focus on applications to the life sciences. This LC (or one of the other four Biomedical & Life Sciences LCs) is also an excellent fit for students interested in the new Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study and work in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed the support students interested in fields related to Biomedical Sciences and Health, enrollment in this Learning Community does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

*Please note: Mathematics 125 only satisfies the mathematics requirement for life sciences majors (i.e., Biology; Biology & Biotechnology; Anatomy & Cell Biology; Biochemistry; Biochemistry & Biotechnology; Biotechnology, Microbiology & Immunology; Environment & Society; Environmental Biology; Microbiology & Immunology; Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology; and Pharmacy). If you plan to graduate with a different major, another math course will be required. For more information, please contact an Academic Advisor at aslc@usask.ca or 306-966-4231.

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LC-FLEX 13: Biomedical & Life Sciences 2

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Classics 103

This Learning Community is one of five Learning Communities designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Physiology & Pharmacology. All three courses in this LC are part of the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. Classics 103 explores medical terminology. These Biomedical & Life Sciences LC’s are also an excellent fit for students interested in the new Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study and work in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed the support students interested in fields related to Biomedical Sciences and Health, enrollment in this Learning Community does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

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LC-FLEX14: Biomedical & Life Sciences 3

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Physics 115

This LC is one of five Learning Communities designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Physiology & Pharmacology. All three courses in this LC are part of the Biomedical Sciences Common Core. These Biomedical & Life Sciences LC ‘s are also an excellent fit for students interested in the new Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study and work in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed the support students interested in fields related to Biomedical Sciences and Health, enrollment in this Learning Community does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

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LC-FLEX15: Biomedical & Life Sciences 4

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – History 165

This LC is one of five Learning Communities designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Physiology & Pharmacology. History 165 is a medical history course that will partially fulfill the Humanities Writing requirement of any Science degree. These Biomedical & Life Sciences LC’s are also an excellent fit for students interested in the new Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study and work in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed the support students interested in fields related to Biomedical Sciences and Health, enrollment in this Learning Community does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

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LC-FLEX16: Biomedical & Life Sciences 5

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – English 114

This LC is one of five Learning Communities designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical & Life Sciences such as Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Physiology & Pharmacology. English 114 will help students develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis a variety of texts focused on culture. This LC (or one of the other four Biomedical Sciences LCs) is also an excellent fit for students interested in the new Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies, or students who wish to study and work in professional health fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Physical Therapy. Although this LC is designed the support students interested in fields related to Biomedical Sciences and Health, enrollment in this Learning Community does not guarantee admission to any degree program or college or special consideration when applying. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

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LC – FLEX 17: Health Studies

Health Studies 110 – Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – Psychology 120

Health Studies is a program combining a bachelor’s degree in both arts and science into one interdisciplinary degree. This program will allow you to study both the social and scientific aspects of health, and this Learning Community will help you take your first step. This LC is the first ever at the U of S to combine four courses. These course in Health Studies, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology are all requirements for the Health Studies degree. Students who chose to major in Health Studies may go on to pursue careers in research, public policy, public health, professional health sciences and many other exciting opportunities. This Learning Community will help you get there. The courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

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LC – FLEX18: History and Human Culture (STM)

History 145 – Sociology 111 – English 114

The St. Thomas More History and Human Culture LC is a unique learning experience that will appeal to students who are intrigued by ideas. If you are a deep thinker who enjoys reading, writing, and talking about big questions, this Learning Community will be fertile ground for growing the boundaries of your knowledge. The courses in this Learning Community will be smaller sections, with overlapping themes and content, creating an intimate and immersive learning environment. Although courses in this LC are taught by St. Thomas More faculty, this LC is open to any Arts and Science student. Courses in the LC can be applied to any degree in the College of Arts and Science, but they work exceptionally well as a foundation for studying Philosophy, History, Religion & Culture, English Literature, Classical Medieval Renaissance Studies, or similar fields.

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