learning communities
Living-Learning Communities (LLC)


In a Living-Learning Community (LLC), students are organized into living-learning cohorts that appeal to their interests and goals, thus the classroom and the living room reinforce and promote integrated learning. An LLC includes one course connected to Residential programming designed to complement academic, co-curricular, and thematic learning outcomes. To learn more about Learning Communities, please visit the Facts page.

LEAD LLC'S—the courses (with the LEAD prefix) count as a first-year transition pathway
LEAD LLC's are themed living-learning communities grounded in the principles of Leadership development.  These courses provide an introduction and opportunity for you to transition to university life.  These courses, for first-year students only, will also serve as an elective in the Leadership minor.


LEAD 140: Introduction to Leadership I
lead140This course, as part of the Freshman Leadership Institute and
the Leadership Minor in the Center for Leadership will offer a brief introduction to widely known leadership theories using an inter-disciplinary model. Students will have the opportunity to learn more of themselves and their peers   through activities with a focus on topics such as communication, group theory, diversity, team building, technology, individual personalities, conflict management, and many more. Only students that have applied and have been accepted into
the Freshman Leadership Institute are eligible to take this class. *Prerequisite – acceptance into the Freshman Leadership Institute     **Instructor Approval.


LEAD 150: Band of Brothers
You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of masculinity. You will explore opportunities to express emotion in an appropriate manner and in a setting where individuals rely on one another for support towards reaching and utilizing their full potential. There will be opportunities to begin raising awareness of men's issues among others in the campus community and explore the bonds that are created between men.


LEAD 151 Secrets of Powerful Women:  Leading Change for a New Generation
pwwomenThis class focuses on the bonds that are created between female friends. You will examine the role of and issues for women in leadership within the context  of the individual, group afflictions, and communities including the global community.  You will examine how individuals and cultures measure success as it pertains to women and how and individual can define her own measures of success.   You will examine questions surrounding what it means to be a successful woman in the
new millennium: what a successful woman looks like; how she acts; and the role the media plays in these definitions.


LEAD 152 Going Green: Leadership and Environmental Responsibility
goinggreenYou will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of sustainability, as you examine concepts of sustainable development and global climate change. You will examine the ecological and economic benefits of conserving energy; examine methods on how to reduce energy consumption; and have a positive impact
on long term energy consumption habits of our university community.  You will examine the Social Change Model of Leadership Development within the context of energy consumption and how it affects the economy, environment and our overall footprint on the Earth.



LEAD 157 Digital Culture: Leadership and Technology
digitallifeYou will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of technology and social media.  You will examine the impact and use of technology within the context of learning, both in and out of the classroom and the ways in which digital technology has changed how individuals create, communicate and interact.  You will examine responsible use of technology as it relates to academic and personal integrity, and  the ways in which digital technology has informed and influenced social interaction, culture, social issues, and identity.

More Living-Learning Community Choices


Outdoor Adventure
fyepathwaysEnjoy a dynamic learning experience in an environment designed to challenge and inspire
your best. Residential programming will complement academic, co-curricular, and thematic learning outcomes. This LLC will connect Residential programming with Psychology 190, a first-year seminar (FYS) in liberal studies and co-curricular programs designed by Base Camp Cullowhee.
This course will fulfill your FYS liberal studies requirement. Please select the section of USI 130 or COUN 140 that best fits your schedule for your College Transition course.

WHEE TEACH - The College of Education & Allied Professions has teamed up with the student organization WHEE TEACH and Residential Living to create a dynamic first year experience for our students interested in becoming educators. This Learning Community includes an academic cohort of courses, including your Transition Pathway course. Please click here to learn more.

Please visit this page to learn more about other Learning Community options at WCU!




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