Arts & Science is piloting Second-Year Learning Communities, or SLCs, that bring together a small group of second-year students who have a similar academic focus and belong to the same department. In joining a SLC (pronounced “slick”), you will participate in bi-weekly programs designed to build your discipline-specific academic skills, explore careers related to your field and continue to develop a balance between your life and school. SLCs connect you with other students in your discipline, creating a community of learners who will be with you as you navigate your university program and your life beyond university.
In 2019-2020, we will offer SLCs in Cell and Systems Biology, Computer Science, Economics, History, Human Biology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Psychology and Statistical Sciences. Each SLC is facilitated by senior-year students with the support of faculty advisors. It is a program provided by Arts & Science at no cost to students. Students who successfully complete the SLC program will receive a notation on their transcript and their co-curricular record.
What will I do in my SLC?
SLCs provide you with insights into your discipline (e.g. what does a Computer Scientist really do?) and the skills and learning opportunities you could pursue during your undergraduate program. You will meet with alumni, graduate students and faculty and visit workplaces and consider the multiple and changing career pathways related to your discipline and what might be the best fit for you. SLCs also create a space for you to continue to work on your school-life balance, as you build a network of friends and colleagues in your program.
How can I join a SLC?
To be eligible for a SLC you must:
- be a second-year student
- be admitted into the Program of Study connected with the SLC you are applying for
- intend to be a Major or Specialist with the SLC-connected Program of Study.
When will my SLC be held?
When you apply to your SLC, you will find the time and day of the week for your SLC. Here is the complete weekly listing for SLCs: