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Helping Professions Living Learning Community​

You’ll live and learn in a community of helpers, changemakers and advocates and explore the many ways you could use your St. Thomas degree to help people and make a positive impact in people’s lives and communities. The Helping Professions LLC features a community engaged course, Intro to Sociology, where students learn to understand the connections between the individual and larger social and cultural forces while also applying that learning outside of the classroom environment by learning from and engagement with Catholic Charities over the course of the first semester. This LLC consistently works with children and youth at the Catholic Charities Family Service Center. The Helping Professions LLC is ideal for students who want to dive into their first year exploring how communities and networks can come together to solve problems collectively and create lasting change -- for the common good.

What Helping Professions LLC students said about their experience:

"The Helping Professions LLC community is very close, and we had a great time taking sociology together. We all love to engage with each other and help the broader Minnesota community. "

"This LLC stressed the importance of connectivity, helping, and understanding what others have been through. We worked hard to improve our understanding of what others have been through, and how to help."

Hall Location Dowling Hall
Course SOCI 100: Intro to Sociology
Faculty Patricia Maddox;
First Year Experience Meets the Learning Community requirement under FYE
Core Area Courses Social Scientific Analysis
Academic Major/Minor

Social Work



Criminal Justice



Justice & Peace Studies

LLC Capacity This LLC is limited to 24 students

Sample LLC Events

While LLC events vary from year to year, here are some examples of recent LLC events. LLC students are expected to attend at least 4 events or activities over the course of their fall semester to meet their learning community requirement.

  • Welcome Event at the Walker Sculpture Garden
  • Spark Week Event: Homelessness: Journeys in Minnesota with Catholic Charities
  • LLC Holiday Cookie Jar Making
  • Housing Simulation with Catholic Charities
  • Community Engaged Learning at the Catholic Charities Family Service Center