Learning Communities




Deborah Mutnick, English,
LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities Co-Director
(718) 488-1110

Jose R. Sanchez, Political Science,
LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities Co-Director
(718) 488-3436

Katie Harman,
LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities Promise Coach
(718) 488-1327

New Students

Welcome to LIU! As a new student, you can register for a learning community when you attend a “New Student Advising and Registration Day.” LIU Promise and Learning Community (LC) staff will greet you and provide you with materials and other information about the Learning Communities program.

To find out more about this year’s learning community offerings, please visit our Fall 2016-Spring 2017 lists of First Year Learning Communities (FYLC) and Collaborative Learning Communities (CLC). Discuss your interests with your Promise Coach and the Learning Community staff. Contact us if you have any questions. 

First Year Learning Communities 2016-17

The EcoProject

Professor Andrea Libin | English 14.015 | TTH 2-4:50 p.m)
Professor Stacey Horstmann Gatti | History 1.005 | MW 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Are you an advocate for our Earth? Join the EcoProject and discover how civilizations and societies transformed and adapted to the natural environment. Find out what role economics, race, and class play. Consider what impact you can have on the issue. Field trips will include visits to the Manhattan High Line, Fort Greene and Prospect Parks, farmers markets, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Exploring the City

Professor Tony Iantosca | English 14.007 |TTH 2-4:50 p.m.
Professor Halbert Barton | Anthropology 4.001 | TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m.

In Exploring the City, you will learn about the fascinating culture, economy, and politics of New York City from the local bodega to Wall Street. Discover the city’s history and explore its streets, museums, and underground system of transportation. Through readings, photographs, films, and field trips, you will encounter the diverse people and places that define this “Global City.”

Build Your Own Business

Professor John Killoran | English 14.016 | TTH 1-3:50 p.m.
Professor Hugh Marriott | Business 101.002 | TTH 4:30-4:45 p.m.

In the Build Your Own Business learning community, you will learn how to develop an entrepreneurial project and to persuade others to believe in it. Working in groups, you and your collaborators will plan and deliver a persuasive business proposal for a new product or service of your own devising. Field trips include visits to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and local startups in the community.

Journeys: Past, Present, and Future

Professor Morgan Schulz | English 14.008 | MW 3-5:50 p.m.
Professor John Sannuto | Speech 3.033 | MW 1:30-2:45 p.m.

In this learning community, you will trace your family's journey to the U.S. and learn how America has been a place of both hope and dreams and despair and defeat since the “discovery” of the “New World.” Then, journey—through story and science—to new worlds within reach like Mars and ones beyond. Explore these worlds on field trips to the American Museum of Natural History, Ellis Island, and an observatory to gaze at Mars.​

Pathways to Freedom 1

Professor Deborah Mutnick | English 14.004 | MW 12-2:50 p.m.
Professor Kimberly Jones | History 1.010 | TTH 12-1:15 p.m.

In Pathways to Freedom, you will explore how world history shaped places like Brooklyn. Join us to discover how the idea of freedom inspired revolutionary change as you sharpen your critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills. Learn how the aftermaths of colonialism and slavery play out in the history of freedom struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, and women in Brooklyn and beyond, past and present. Field trips include museums, theater, neighborhoods, and historic sites.

Pathways to Freedom 2

Professor Sara Campbell | English 14.005 | MW 12-2:50 p.m.
Professor Kimberly Jones | History 1.011 | TTH 1:30-2:45 p.m.

In Pathways to Freedom, you will explore how world history shaped places like Brooklyn. Join us to discover how the idea of freedom inspired revolutionary change as you sharpen your critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills. Learn how the aftermaths of colonialism and slavery play out in the history of freedom struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, and women in Brooklyn and beyond, past and present. Field trips include museums, theater, neighborhoods, and historic sites.

Childhood & Society

Professor Michael Sohn | English 14.001 | MW 9-11:50 a.m.
Professor Chris Araujo | Philosophy 62.004 | TTH 3-4:15 p.m.

In this learning community, you will explore the role of children in society and conceptions of the child in literature and philosophy. Through different stories—graphic novels, fairytales, and film—and the study of logic, ethics, and the psychology of how we come to form our beliefs about the world, you will examine the imaginative world of a child.

Exploring Brooklyn

Professor Barbara Parisi | Speech 3.034 | TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Professor Liz Dalton | English 16C.001 | TTH 12-2:50 p.m.

In this learning community, you will discover what Brooklyn has to offer. You’ll go on field trips to museums, parks and neighborhoods. Consider the uses of public space in urban communities. Next you will look at the shared experience of the neighborhood block, and head out of the classroom for a street-level view of neighborhoods surrounding LIU that are in the midst of radical and rampant gentrification. Research the effects of gentrification on Fulton Mall and tell your story about Brooklyn.

Health & Society

Professor Eric Lehman | English 16C.002 | MW 2-4:50 p.m.
Professor Joanne Hyppolite | Psychology 3.009 | TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m.

In Health & Society, you will learn about the state of health care in America. Why are over 30% of American children obese? Is grandma’s cooking always healthy? Why do so many Americans lack health insurance, even in the era of Obamacare? Explore these and other questions through the literature and psychology of health and sickness. This learning community will be of particular interest to prospective health science majors.

Imagining Community

Professor Sara Campbell | English 16C.003 | MW 9-11:50 a.m.
Professor Amy Robinson | Philosophy 61.022 | MW 3-4:15 p.m.

If you have ever been unhappy with your world and wished for a better one, you'll want to join "Imagining Community." This learning community examines diverse societies’ failures and the ways people have sought to correct them. In Philosophy 61 and English 16C you’ll investigate the ways people have thought about and created past, present and future worlds—for better and for worse—through readings, films, and fieldtrips.

Collaborative Learning Communities Fall 2016

Collaborative Learning Communities (CLCs) are peer-assisted classes in which students who have already successfully completed a course work facilitate peer-to-peer learning. Research shows that students who engage in peer learning are more involved, learn more, and achieve higher grades. Educational experiences that are active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning. The benefits of collaborative learning include:

  • Development of higher-level thinking, self-management, and leadership skills.
  • Stronger command of course content.
  • Promotion of active learning.
  • More time for individualized learning.
  • Preparation for real life social and employment situations.

By joining a CLC, you dramatically improve your chances of academic success in a required course. You have nothing to lose by joining a CLC and everything to gain!

Biology 1 ~ General Biology

BIO 1.006 | TTH 8:00-11:00 a.m. | Professor Stephanie Procelli
BIO 1.004 | MW, 1:00-4:00 p.m. | Professor Su-Hwan Kwak

First semester of a two-semester sequence (BIO 1, BIO 2). A biochemical and molecular approach to the study of concepts of general biology. Topics include the study of cellular and sub cellular structure and the function of plant and animal tissues, including bioenergetics, physiology, heredity, and development and evolution of living systems. Two hours of lecture and two two-hour laboratory periods per week. Open only to Science and Pharmacy majors and University Honors Students. In order to register for this course, students must be in Biochemistry, Biology, Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology or Pharmacy Professional major. Credits: 4. Every Fall and Spring.

Chemistry 4X ~ Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

CHM 4X.003 | TTH 1:00-2:20 p.m. (Lecture) | Professor Glen Lawrence
CHM Lab | TH 2:30-5:00 p.m. | Professor Glen Lawrence

A review of the general application of organic chemistry and biochemistry to everyday living. Fulfills science requirements for non-science majors. Two lecture hours, one recitation period, three laboratory periods. Not open to Division II majors. Pre-requisite of CHM 3X is required. Credits: 4. Every Semester.

English 14 ~ English Composition

English 14.014 | TTH 12:00-2:50 p.m. | Professor Barbara Henning

In English 14, students develop their reading, writing and formal rhetorical skills. Not only do students learn to read and write about a variety of texts, they also learn to compose rhetorically sophisticated essays that take into account purpose, context, and audience. Students learn strategies for creating effective written arguments. This course has an additional fee. Six classroom hours per week. Letter grades and U. Credits: 3 Every Semester. The focus of this section of English 14 is on the American experience. What can we discover about our lives in the U.S. by reading short stories and imagining the lives of those who lived before us? Besides reading about others who may have lived and walked in the same space you now walk in, but a hundred years earlier, you will also write about your own experience and ideas.

French 11 ~ Introductory French I

FRE 11.003 | MW 12-1:15 p.m. | Professor Carole Maccotta

Introductory speaking, reading and understanding French with emphasis on contemporary culture. Credits: 3. Every Fall and Spring. Continues with French 12 in Spring 2017.

Political Science 11 ~ Power and Politics

POL 11.001 | MW 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Professor Dalia Fahmy
POL 11.002 | | Professor Jose Sanchez

An introduction to the world of politics and power, from the workplace to the United States Supreme Court. Topics include the family, the community, the evolution of the nation-state, forms of political organization, state and federal governments, the Constitution, Congress, the presidency, and other political institutions and formations. Credits: 3. Every Fall and Spring

Psychology 3 ~ Introduction to Psychology

PSY 3.003 | MW 1:15-2:30 p.m. | Professor Nicole Cain
PSY 3.004 | MW 1:15-2:30 p.m. | Professor Benjamin Saunders

An introduction to the basic concepts and empirical data in the scientific study of human behavior, including a study of the biosocial basis of behavior and personality development, the measurement of individual differences, processes of learning, sensorimotor functions, social interaction, and emotional conflict and adjustment. Credits: 3. Every Semester.

Sociology 3 ~ Introduction to Sociology

SOC 3.005 | TTH 12:00-1:15 p.m. | Professor Syed Ali

This course provides us with the language to understand what we experience in our lives and how we are connected to others. Students will be introduced to key concepts, theories and methods involved in what is called "the sociological imagination." They will put these ideas to work investigating contemporary social trends and current events. Important topics include: social change; social structures; culture; city life; economy and technology; deviance and social conflict; inequality; the social causes and consequences of human behavior in local and global terms. Credits: 3. Every Fall, Spring and Summer.

Social Work 101 ~ Introduction to Social Work

SWK 101.001 M | 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. | Professor Joanne Rees

An examination of both historical and contemporary social work practice focusing on the knowledge, values and skills of generalist practice, along with career opportunities. Credits: 3. Every Fall and Spring.