Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas offers a number of living and learning options to incoming first-year (FY) students. Living learning communities (LLCs) are specialized living environments that help connect students in and out of the classroom. Each LLC is unique, but all are centered on an academic area of interest or theme.
By choosing to live in a LLC, Residence Life will assign a FY student to the hall and floor community where the LLC is located. Live-in Residence Life staff and the faculty who teach the LLC courses will provide one-on-one interactions and various co-curricular opportunities to enhance the curricular learning that occurs within the classroom.
Students enrolled in a LLC should expect to:
- Experience a smoother academic and social transition to college
- Develop a sense of belonging to the campus community
- Experience enhanced interaction with faculty and staff
- Demonstrate stronger academic achievement
- Develop an openness to different views
LLCs located in Brady, Cretin, Dowling, Grace, or Ireland Halls will have first-year residents living on a floor or section of a floor together with other students of the same gender. LLCs located in Murray Hall will have female and male first-year students living in the hall together. Female and male residents will live separately in rooms of four with a full bathroom in each room.
The following Living Learning Communities are options at St. Thomas (please click on the links for more information). We look forward to having you participate in one of our exciting LLCs. For more information or questions, please contact the Department of Residence Life.
Open to students who have applied and been accepted to the honors program. Aquinas Scholars Honors Students take several courses together as a cohort.
Open to all business majors. Students will take introductory business courses together while living in a community.
Open to anyone who is interested in Catholic Studies. Students will take a core courses together: theology or philosophy; or both if interested.
Open to all majors and ideal for communication and journalism (COJO) majors. Students will take COJO 111 together in the fall.
Open to students interested in engaging in social justice issues and who want to engage with a community partner. Students will have the option of taking one of two courses as part of this LLC.
Open to students interested in a career in healthcare. Participating students will enroll together in the same Biology lecture and lab sections – BIOL 207 in the fall and BIOL 208 in the spring; placement in BIOL 207 will be needed to participate in this LLC.
Open to engineering majors and offers two paths. Students arrive three days early in the fall and begin working with faculty to prepare them for a path in engineering.
Open to all students interested in changemaking or being a changemaker. Students will take a course together and engage in social entrepreneurship projects and activities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul community.
Open to all students interested in exploring issues regarding sustainability within and outside of the classroom. Students will take a course together in the fall with an option for priority registration for a THEO 101 course focused on sustainability from a theological lens in the spring.
Open to all students interested in exploring opportunities for wellness. Through a partnership with the Health and Human Peformance (HHP) Department and the Wellness Center, students will take HHP 250 and participate in many wellness activities outside of the classroom.