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

The 2016-17 FLEX Learning Communities Sign Up is now closed
*New: FLEX now offers Academic Coaching in the Learning Communities Hours!

FLEX Learning Communities 2016 - 2017
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LC-FLEX 01: Exploring Arts and Science LC

Interdisciplinary Studies 110 – English 110 – 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. Interdisciplinary Studies 110, or “The Arts and Science of Almost Everything” is a brand new class that will look at the concept of beauty from the perspective of professors from nine different departments. You will get to explore what beauty means to a physicist, a studio artist, a historian and more. This is an excellent way to get exposed to many different Arts and Science subjects in a short amount of time. Biology 120 and English 110 are highly popular first year courses that will give you broad skills in writing and scientific laboratory work that can be used towards any Arts and Science Degree you choose. This LC is perfect for both the undecided and the adventurous.

*English 110 is a six-credit, full-year course that will run in both term 1 and term 2.

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LC-FLEX 02: Passion, Imagination and Ideas LC

English 110* – Philosophy 110* – Classical Medieval Renaissance Studies 110
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LC-FLEX 03: Law and Criminology LC

Political Studies 111 – Sociology 111 – Philosophy 133

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

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LC-FLEX 04: Psychology and Sociology LC

Sociology 111 – Psychology 120 – English 114

If you are interested in studying human behavior, this LC is a perfect fit. Whether you are fascinated by the interactions within the human mind, or among the many individuals in a society, this community will introduce you to concepts that can lead to degrees in Psychology, Sociology and related professional fields such as Social Work. 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.

*English 110.6 is a full year, two-term course that will run in both term 1 and term 2.

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LC-FLEX 05: Social Justice in a Global World LC

Indigenous Studies 107 – Geography 125 – International Studies 110

Calling all aspiring activists! The Social Justice in a Global World LC is where your passion meets your education. Whether you want to stand up for Indigenous rights, fight global warming, or investigate the effects of globalization, this LC will help provide you with the knowledge you need to take action. The courses in this LC focus on the history and present of Indigenous peoples in Canada, the effects of human activity on the environment, and the pressures of globalization. This LC can lead to a Degree in any Arts and Science discipline, but more importantly, it will let you explore the most pressing political issues of our time, and connect you with like-minded people – fellow students, peer mentors, community members – who share your passion for making the world a better place.

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LC-FLEX 06: Physical Sciences LC

Physics 115 – Geology 121

The Physical Sciences LC is for students who want to know “how it’s made.” We’re not talking about cookies or a pair of shoes here, but the pig picture – the earth and the ancient lifeforms that have wandered it, the galaxy and the particles and processes that created it. The physical sciences are for students who are interested in how it’s all put together. 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.

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LC-FLEX 07: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) LC

Computer Science 141*** – Mathematics 110**

I.T. whiz, digital entrepreneur, genius inventor, maverick developer, hi-tech researcher, moneyballer… If one of these sounds like your future career, then the STEM LC beckons. Start your academic journey with your fellow coding and numeracy enthusiasts. This LC is a great choice for students interested in majoring in Computer Science, Interactive Systems Design, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Bioinformatics. Courses in this LC could also be used towards any other 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.

*** 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-FLEX 08: Nursing - 1 LC

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 10-13.

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LC-FLEX 09: Nursing - 2 LC

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 10-13.

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LC-FLEX 10: Life Sciences LC

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – English 114

The courses in this learning community are designed to complement a program in the life sciences such as Biology, Biology & Biotechnology, Environmental Biology, Food Science, or Biomedical Sciences. The courses in this LC are also used for many professional programs in the health sciences, however enrollment in this LC does not guarantee admission or special consideration for any college or program. Courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

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LC-FLEX 11: Biomedical Sciences - 1 LC

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – HIST 165

This LC is one of two Learning Communities designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical 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. HIST 165 is a medical history course that will partially fulfil the Humanities Writing requirement of any Science degree. These Biomedical 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. Courses in this LC can be used towards any Degree in the College of Arts and Science.

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LC-FLEX 12: Biomedical Sciences 2 LC

Biology 120 – Chemistry 112 – MATH 125***

This LC is one of two Learning Communities designed for students interested in majoring in Biomedical 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 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. 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 306-966-1945.

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LC-FLEX 13: Health Studies LC

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

Health Studies is a new 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.

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