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  • Count your Way to College Success

    This learning community is ideal for students who need to take the math course DS082. The community includes that class as well as the College of Arts and Sciences first year course CAS 100. In addition, the community includes a JagPAL that is able to assist with challenges and concerns common to new students. Requirements: eligible for DS 082.
  • Honors STEM

    Are you in the Honors Program and interested in majoring in disciplines that involve science, technology, engineering, or math? If so, this is the place for you. Join a group of like-minded students in a first year experience Honors course (HON 105) that will focus on skills necessary for success in chemistry, math, and physics, as well as engineering. This community offers two additional Honors courses: English composition (EH 105), and calculus (MA 125).
  • Honors Gen

    Are you in the Honors Program and interested in Medicine, the Humanities, or the Social Sciences? This select student community includes an Honors section of the first year experience course (HON 105). It also includes two other honors classes: English composition (EH 105) and Public Speaking (CA 110 H). This is a great opportunity to get to know other in the Honors Program and complete three required Honors courses Plus, you will work with Honors Program faculty and enjoy all the advantages of this small group experience.
  • Leadership

    The Leadership Learning Community is designed for first year students at the University of South Alabama with an interest in making an impact through leadership. This community gives priority to students receiving the USA Leadership Scholarship but is open to any first year student with an interest in becoming a leader at South Alabama. Students will engage in a 2-credit hour first year experience course focused on leadership (CAS 100) which will be paired with a 3-credit hour public speaking course (CA 110). Whether you have a strong leadership background or you are looking to becoming engaged in student life at South Alabama, this community promises to offer great things.
  • Stretch for Success: Intense Academic Development Program

    The Stretch for Success learning community welcomes students from all majors who seek academic support to help them meet their graduation and workforce goals. This community is intended to challenge and motivate students to successfully meet graduation requirements. Students involved will experience a particularly supportive and stimulating environment in which they can experience campus life; develop math and reading mojo; and begin formulating a graduation plan and career goals. Participation in this learning community, however, is by invitation only.

    Students will participate in daily activity for the purpose of improving the whole person - linking the brain to the body. Grant Roberts, Hollywood trainer for Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby, is consultant for this program. Students will have the opportunity to join a USA study to measure their academic success.

    The Stretch for Success learning community “stretches” the 16 week fall semester to 19 weeks to provide every opportunity for students to be successful. Both introductory Algebra (MA 100) and the First Year Experience courses (CAS 100) will begin July 18, 2011 prior to the start of the fall semester. Students will attend class from 9:00 to 4:30 daily during the summer semester. Students will take a break from August 6 until the official start of fall semester on August 22. On campus Housing is available from July 18 - August 5.
  • Bridge

    This learning community was designed for students who are transitioning in to USA from the School of Continuing Education Summer Bridge Program. Students will take three classes together: Reading (RDG 153), Math (DS082 or MTH100, depending on placement test scores), and Career Planning (CP 250). This community is limited to students who are in both the Reading and the Math courses. Permission is required to join this community.