Learning Communities (LCs) are team-taught, interdisciplinary courses that take a common theme and view it through the lens of multiple disciplines. For example, the LC, "Exploring Inequality: The Causes and Consequences of Hunger and Homelessness," was co-taught by instructors from the English and economics departments, providing students with the opportunity to consider the problem through at least two different perspectives. Students collaborate on research and group projects, developing peer support networks that foster teamwork and encourage friendships through the exploration of shared interests.
There is strong quantitative and qualitative evidence that LCs help underprepared students to prepare, prepared students to advance, and advanced students to excel, while providing a transformational professional development opportunity for LC faculty. The LC program also functions as a platform for innovation regarding new interdisciplinary curriculum, e.g., Sustainability Studies and Women's Studies Programs, and new pedagogies, such as transdisciplinary and documentation practices. At HCC, learning communities have played a critical role in supporting the college mission along with leading the campus in innovation, collaboration, and inclusion.