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Academic and Thematic Communities

What are the Academic and Thematic Communities?

Those who choose to live on campus have an opportunity to participate and live in a community where students share common residential experiences. Participating in an Academic or Themed community will help with transitioning into college. Housing and Residential Life offers three distinct communities within each Residential College: Living-Learning Communities, Thematic Learning Communities, and Academic Houses.

If you decide to sign-up for a Living-Learning Community, Thematic Learning Community, or Academic House, you are required to live in one of the designated floors, halls, or buildings.

There is limited amount of space per each community. Therefore, each community is on a first come first serve basis.

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Do all Residents have to live in an Academic and Thematic Community?

All students who live on campus have options when it comes to their living choice. Participating in a Living-Learning community (LLC), Thematic Learning Community (TLC), or Academic house will allow one to get connected to their residential college.
Housing and Residential Life recommends that first-year freshman sign-up to live and participate in an LLC Program or Academic House. Returning and Transfer residents also have the opportunity to participate in TLCs or Academic House. It is ultimately your choice if you desire to live in this type of community..

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Why would I want to live in an Academic and Thematic Community?

Living-Learning Communities - Exclusive for first-year freshman

The Freshman Living-Learning Communities are intentional inclusive communities formed around academic programs where students have an opportunity to live and learn together. Students in this community will take courses with their peers in their community. Freshman can thus choose to live in a community with other students who have the same social and academic interest. All Living-Learning Communities are located in Parkside College.

Helps you get good grades

Research indicates that students living in an LLC report higher grade point averages and are more likely to stay at the university and receive an overall better college experience. Living-Learning Communities will provide you with the opportunity to create study groups because you are living and taking at least one course together. Additionally, the extra support you receive from Faculty-In-Residence, and Resident Assistants, will help you gain the necessary skills to succeed in your courses.

Make new friends

Starting college can be exciting yet a little overwhelming. LLC’s will help you transition to college because you will be living with others who have the same personal and academic interests. Your Faculty-In-Residence and Resident Assistants will provide opportunities for you to make friends with others in your community by offering field trips, floor and building events, and providing other academic and social programs.

Reserved courses that count towards your degree

By signing up for a living-learning community each semester you will be required to take either a General Education course (which is required for graduation), major course and/or program specific course that is associated with your LLC. Participating in an LLC automatically reserves your seat in the course before you attend new student orientation. Why wouldn’t you want that?

Academic Advising

The advising program developed for freshmen coupled with the special relationships created by the freshmen living together in the LLC’s have proven to result in a wonderful atmosphere of collaboration. Advising experiences have led to enthusiastic discussions on choosing courses for the next semester as well as the beginning of the important decision making for choosing a major.

Themed Learning Communities - Open to all class levels

Interest themed housing offers opportunities for students who share common interests to live in an environment in which their shared passions can be explored by others. Students have the opportunity to interact and build friendships with neighboring residents through social and educational activities revolving programming that is focused around the theme of their community. All thematic communities are located in Beachside College.

Make new friends

Maybe there is not an LLC that you want to participate in or you are a returning or transfer student who wants to meet others with similar interests? Thematic Communities will provide opportunities to make friends with others in your community by offering field trips, floor and building events, and providing other academic and social programs that are focused around your community theme.

Living with others with similiar interests

Thematic Communities provide an opportunity to live with all academic class levels on the same floor. You will be surrounded by others with similar interests regardless of their academic class standing.

Academic Houses - Open to all class levels & specific Populations

The Houses offer opportunities for students to engage in meaningful discussions around certain themes or academic programs within each community. Each house has designated courses designed for only students who reside in these particular communities. They have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships or connections with peers within their community. All Academic Houses are located in Hillside College.

Helps you get good grades

Research indicates that students living in an Academic House report higher grade point averages and are more likely to stay at the university and receive an overall better college experience. Academic Houses will provide you with the opportunity to create study groups because you are living with others with taking similar courses with you. Additionally, you are a member of a larger campus communities that offers additional campus resources.

Make new friends

Whether you are a first time freshman, returning or transfer resident, Academic Houses, will provide opportunities for you to make friends with others in your community by offering field trips, floor and building events, and provide other academic and social programs. As a resident in an Academic House, you will meet others who share similar academic and personal interests.

Reserved courses that count towards your degree

By signing up for an Academic House, you will have specific courses reserved only for residents who are living in your Academic House. As an Academic House resident, you will have opportunities to take courses with other residents you are residing with. Why wouldn’t you want that?

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Applying for an Academic and Thematic Community

Living-Learning Community

Apply to be part of a Living-Learning Community within the housing application by going to the University Housing Application page. Only first time freshmen who meet the requirements for each specific Living-Learning Community can apply. If you decide to sign-up for a living-learning community, you are required to live in one of the designated living-learning community halls, or buildings. You will be required each semester to take either a General Education course (which is required for graduation), major and/or program specific course that is associated with your LLC theme. There is limited amount of space per each community. Therefore, each community is on a first come first serve basis.
You will indicate on the housing application, your living-learning community preference. By the beginning of May you will be notified via email with a confirmation letter, if you were accepted into one of the living-learning communities. By accepting to participate in one of these communities, you are committing to living in a designated building and/or floor and taking the designated courses each semester for the community. Please note that assignments are to specific sections of courses and cannot be changed. In order to remain in your living-learning community, you must stay enrolled in this designated course.
When you attend Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR), please bring your printed confirmation letter to show to your SOAR and Professional Advisor that you are participating in a Living-Learning Community.

Thematic Learning Community

Apply to be part of a Thematic Learning Community within the housing application by going to the University Housing Application page. Any student, regardless of academic standing, interested in a Thematic Learning Community can indicate their interest in participating in these communities. If you decide to sign-up for a Thematic Learning Community, you are required to live in one of the designated Thematic Learning Community floors in Beachside College.
You will indicate on the housing application, your Thematic Learning Community preference. By the beginning of May you will be notified via email with a confirmation letter, if you were accepted into one of these communities.

Academic House

Apply to live in an Academic House within the housing application by going to the University Housing Application page. All class levels are welcome to participate in one of the two Academic Houses. In order to be admitted into the Academic House, each community has specific requirements.

If you are interested in the University Honors Program Academic House, you must be admitted into the University Honors Program. For more information please visit their website @ www.csulb.edu/uhp.

If you are interested in the International House, you must be either a matriculated (degree seeking) International student, Study at the Beach Abroad, Exchange, or U.S. Domestic students. If you decide to sign-up for this community, you are required to live in International House. Housing will also determine your room and roommate selection within each of the communities. If you are a first-year freshman in Global Connections, you will be required each semester to take a General Education course (which is required for graduation). There is limited amount of space in International House. Therefore, each community is on a first come first serve basis.
You will indicate on the housing application, your community preference. By the beginning of May you will be notified via email with a confirmation letter, if you were accepted into one of the communities. By accepting to participate in one of these communities, you are committing to living in International House.

When you attend Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR), please bring your printed confirmation letter to show to your SOAR and Professional Advisor that you are participating in an International House.

Living-Learning Community 1, Parkside College: Healthy Living and Wellness

LLC Healthy

Students who are interested in living a balanced, active, and healthy lifestyle will have an opportunity to explore themselves through in-class and out-of-class experiences. They will explore other areas of health and wellness such as mental and spiritual health. Students in this community will live in Parkside College and will also enroll in a 3 unit, General Education course, Nutrition 132.

*Requirement: This community is open to only students who are pre-majors, or majors within the College of Health and Human Services

Living-Learning Community 2, Parkside College: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Living-Learning Community assists first-year STEM students in achieving academic and personal success and to foster a supportive and collaborative environment for students interested in these fields. Students participate in a variety of personal, academic development and career exploration activities such as exploring the health professions. Students in this community will either take an Experience Success Course (NSCI 190A) for CNSM majors or Fundamentals of Engineering Analysis (Engr 101) in addition to one of their required Math courses.

* Requirement: This community is open to students with declared pre-majors in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the College of Engineering.

Living-Learning Community 3, Parkside College: Living the Liberal Arts

Find your home in the College of Liberal Arts! This Living-Learning community will provide a supportive environment for students in the College of Liberal Arts’ 27 departments and programs. Living the Liberal Arts will also provide opportunities for further student and faculty involvement through events, dinners, discussions, lectures, field trips, and service projects. Students in this community will take CLA 230 “The Home in Comparative Perspective” a course that will enable students to explore personal meanings associated with home, analysis how the term “home” has been deployed in a number of contexts, and assist students in finding their home in the Liberal Arts and CSULB community.

* Requirement: This community is open to students with declared pre-majors in the College of Liberal Arts, and undeclared, or has an interest in the College of Liberal Arts.top

Thematic Learning Community 1, Beachside College: Leadership & Service

The Leadership & Service Thematic Learning Community (TLC) is designed for all students (any major) who are passionate about furthering their leadership abilities and discovering their personal strengths. Students will focus on transformational leadership by working collaboratively and serving others. Living on the same floor and sharing new experiences will help students build close-knit relationships and grow personally. This community is a great fit for you if you love to inspire people and help make positive change. In order to practice leadership skills, make campus connections, and create a larger support system, we highly encourage students to pursue leadership roles on campus and within housing through program board/senate.

Thematic Learning Community 2, Beachside College: Expression of The Arts

The Expression of the Arts Thematic Learning Community (TLC) is designed for all students (any major) who have a love for arts (studio art, design, theatre, dance, music, film, graphic design, photography, ceramics/sculpture, etc.). Students who live in Expression of the Arts will build a strong sense of belonging by engaging in programs that foster creativity and imagination through collaboration with other artists. Expression of the Arts is a great fit for you if you are passionate about creating meaningful and supportive relationships that will help you grow and learn as a unique artist.

Thematic Learning Community 3, Beachside College: Adventure & Outdoors

The Adventure & Outdoors Thematic Learning Community (TLC) is designed for all students (any major) who interested in experiencing new adventures with new people. This TLC focuses on finding inspiration, relieving stress, and learning through the exploration of the outdoors and other unique adventures in the surrounding areas. Adventure & Outdoors is a great fit for you if you are ready to embrace the unexpected and build life-long bonds with other students through programs like camping, hiking, beach bonfires, etc. Make your college experience fun and fulfilling by immersing yourself in the world around us.top

Academic House Community 1, Hillside College: University Honors Program House

This community is open to students who are admitted into the University Honors Program. The University Honors Program (UHP) Academic House enriches the educational experience of high-achieving students through its commitment to academic excellence and undergraduate research, mentorship and professionalism, and meaningful engagement both on-campus and in the surrounding communities. The Honors curriculum explores social justice, diversity, and sustainability topics that encourage students to become informed citizens locally and globally. For more information about the UHP as well as the admissions criteria and application process, please consult the Program website at www.csulb.edu/uhp.

Academic House Community 2, Hillside College: International House

International House aims to assist students in gaining knowledge and experience in intercultural competency. Students will engage in intercultural discussions and topics including, but not limited to English language skills, cultural adjustment, identity, academic success, etiquette, and interpersonal relationships. Furthermore, students will develop a global perspective and how they can engage with various cultures and experiences, like Travel Abroad programs. Our first-year experience Global Connections program is housed within International House and students will enroll in a 3 unit, General Education course.

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