Non-Residential Learning Communities

Allied Health  American Sign Language   Animal Science    Chemistry    Communication    English

Non-Residential Learning Communities are developed by having students who share a major, or interest, enroll in a 1-credit course in their first semester. These unique FYE courses are taught by a professor or advisor from the major, or expert in the Learning Community topic. They provide students with information about career paths within the field and connect them with relevant opportunities and tips for success, or connect them with students, staff, faculty and resources associated with the topic of the community. Students meet peers who share their major or interest which provides a network of support during their college years and beyond.

Students do not apply to participate in a non-residential Learning Community. Some majors are automatically enrolled in the corresponding UNIV 1810 course, while others encourage students to enroll during new student Orientation.

Allied Health

Mission: The Allied Health Learning Community is designed to bring together students who are interested in the Allied Health major and careers in the health care field. Students will be provided with an introduction to the major, as well as UConn and all of its resources. You will also connect with other students who share the same interests as you in pursing a health care career. In addition, students support each other academically which leads to a successful transition to the university.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Amy McKeon


American Sign Language

Mission: The American Sign Language Learning Community is designed for students interested in pursuing the American Sign Language Major, a new major introduced in Fall 2020, including activities and opportunities related to ASL and Deaf cultural studies.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Dr. Linda Pelletier



Animal Science 

Mission: Animal Science majors learn about their major and the resources and opportunities available to them at the University of Connecticut. They also benefit from having regular direct contact with their faculty advisor who understands their curriculum and can help direct their activities at UConn based on their interests. Learning about this major as a cohort places students on a track to be successful, and allows them to support others who share their interests.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Dr. Steven Zinn



Mission: The Chemistry Learning Community is designed to offer Chemistry majors an opportunity to explore the different professional and research options available to them within this field and develop a support system with other chemistry students. Students will also have opportunities to connect with faculty and be able to explore some of the resources available to them on campus.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Jill Bouchard



Mission: The Communication Learning Community is designed to offer Communication majors an opportunity to participate in activities, assignments, career prep, and reflection to help students make the most of their study of Communication. 

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Joel Nebres



Mission: The English Learning Community is designed to help first and second year English majors explore various career options with a liberal arts degree. The first step in the process will be to gain a better understanding of self through personality assessments and developmental theories. Students will then explore how this information relates to various career choices and opportunities. The second part of the course will cover different career goals, paths to obtaining those goals, the transferable skills of a liberal arts degree, and how best to present oneself in a competitive job market.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Inda Watrous



The Kinesiology Learning Community is designed to provide first year college students with exposure to the field of exercise science and post-graduate opportunities for Exercise Science students. Students will develop critical thinking skills, increased self-awareness in professional settings, increased professional competency, and a better understanding of future career options and approaches to achieving professional goals.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Dr. Stephanie Singe

Native/Indigenous Scholars

Mission: The Native/Indigenous Scholars Learning Community is designed to speak to the academic, cultural, and spiritual needs of Native or Indigenous students. Students will explore what it means to be Native/Indigenous and a scholar through culturally relevant readings and discussions. This Learning Community will help to facilitate the transition to college by building a sustained sense of community with other Native/Indigenous students and allies.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Kaylee Jangula Mootz

Neurodiversity in Engineering

Mission: The Neurodiversity in Engineering Learning Community will provide students with the opportunity to explore issues relevant to new UConn students, with a particular focus on engineering students who identify as neurodiverse. The goal for the community will be to provide an open forum for discussion about college transition, and to promote greater self-awareness, growth, and understanding of yourself as a neurodiverse individual, engineer and global citizen.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Dr. Maria Chrysochoou & Connie Syharat


Nutritional Sciences

Mission: The Nutritional Sciences Learning Community is designed to introduce students to the Nutritional Sciences major as well as build community amongst the students and with faculty. Students will reflect on their transition to college through discussions of issues related to living and learning within the university environment.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Dr. Yangchao Luo


Mission: Students will interact with faculty and staff from the Department of Journalism as they obtain an introduction to the profession and to the resources available on campus. Students sharing this major support each other academically and socially. Participation helps students plan the educational and professional experiences that will lead to successful careers in journalism.
Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Dr. Maureen Croteau



Mission: Students in the Pre-Teaching Learning Community will be introduced to the profession through exploring the role and function of teachers in today’s schools as well as discussing topics such as cognitive processes, problem-solving, social change, and motivation.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Dr. Jason Courtmanche



Physiology & Neurobiology 

Mission: The Physiology & Neurobiology Learning Community will give you an opportunity to explore topics relevant to both incoming freshman and Physiology & Neurobiology majors. These will include understanding the university’s structure and culture, finding and using university resources, and building skills and strategies for success in college and your future career. In addition, the Learning Community will develop a cohort of Physiology & Neurobiology majors. 

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Susan “Zen” Burasceski


Psychological Sciences

Mission: The Psychological Sciences Learning Community will provide you with the opportunity to explore issues relevant to PsySci majors. It is also designed to help PsySci majors consider various career options.  This non-residential learning community for Psychological Sciences majors will be two semesters long. Over the course of the semester you will investigate your college experiences holistically, which will allow you the ability to make informed decisions paving the way for a richer, fuller college career as a Psychological Sciences major. The second semester will focus on gaining a better understanding of self through assessments. You will also explore how this information relates to various types of employment through some career research.  Transferable skills of a liberal arts degree, and how to best present oneself in a competitive job market will also be explored.

Course: UNIV 1810
Director: Jessica Groves