Housing & Residence Life

Living-Learning Communities

In a Living-Learning Community, students with similar interests and goals have the opportunity to live together and study together in Windward Commons. Students will apply for a Living-Learning Community on their housing application. Armstrong offers the following living-learning communities:

Academic Based Communities

Special Interest Communities

Benefits available to participants in any of the 8 living-learning are tutoring services located within Windward Commons in the areas of math, courses taught in Windward Commons classrooms, personal success at Armstrong and beyond. 

Exploration U.

Through participation in Exploration U., students with an “undeclared” major receive tailored assistance with the important decision of selecting a major while keeping on track for graduation in four years.

This living-learning community is specifically designed for those students who are taking the selection of a major very seriously, and who want to make an informed decision regarding their major and future career choice.

To aid in making this important choice, Exploration U. students actively participate in exploring Armstrong majors and career interest assignments as well as other co-curricular experiences that will provide direction down the path of exploration.

Exploration U. students will:

  • Live together on a floor of the Windward Commons 
  • Attend bi-weekly programs focused on a variety of topics including:
  1. Selecting a major
  2. Academic success strategies such as study skills and time management
  3. Faculty conversation gatherings
  • Have the opportunity to participate in field trips and excursions that will provide unique insights that will aid in the selection of a college major
  • Participate in guided discussions with faculty members about the many academic opportunities available at Armstrong, and what it takes to be successful in the field

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: NONE

College of Education

The College of Education Living-Learning Community is designed especially for students who are interested in becoming teachers or in exploring the idea of education as a college major. The goals for the students who live in this community include:

  • Making friends and colleagues for life (living together is different from just having a class or two together)
  • Connecting with faculty mentors. Students in the Education Living- Learning Community have access to a designated advisor and faculty mentors (who also teach classes in the residence hall) as well as a graduate student, who is available to help with homework or other academic and “college-negotiating” issues
  • Experiencing profession-related activities before they begin their major, through Living-Learning Community activities

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: EDUC 2110 - Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education.

College of Health Professions

The College of Health Professions Living-Learning Community is designed especially for students planning to apply to clinical programs such as Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Science and Respiratory Therapy or major in Communication Science & Disorders, Rehabilitation Sciences, or Health Sciences. Students involved in this learning community will have opportunities to participate in:

  • Seminars of an academic nature and covering basic survival skills designed to foster academic success
  • Tutoring in math, chemistry, biology, English and writing
  • Possible volunteer opportunities at a local hospital in your area of interest
  • Faculty, staff and peer mentors with whom you build a relationship and expand your professional network
  • One-on-one academic advisement and career exploration

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: NONE

College of Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts Living-Learning Community is designed for students with majors in the College of Liberal Arts: Art, Art Education, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Law and Society, Liberal Studies, Music, Music Education, Political Science, Spanish, Spanish Education, Theater, and Visual Arts.

The objective of this LLC is to explore the personal enrichment that comes from international travel, particularly though spending time studying abroad. Together the group will learn about opportunities available to Armstrong students and actually go through some steps to prepare for overseas travel. While there is no obligation or commitment to go abroad, this LLC prepares students for a study abroad trip to London which is planned for Summer 2015. Group meetings and activities will continue through the fall and spring semesters.

  • Obtain your passport and learn about the challenges and rewards of traveling abroad
  • Learn about the London-Savannah connection that dates back to colonial times
  • Learn why a “global perspective” is an important part of your liberal arts curriculum

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: HIST 1111—Civilization 1

College of  Science and Technology

The Science and Technology Living-Learning Community is designed for students majoring in Biology.

Learn about what various pathways and opportunities are out there in the Biology field - ranging from sea turtle research to preparation for being a medical doctor. Discover what it takes to succeed in the major and how to prepare academically and personally for a rewarding career in the field. Grow key networks of friends, students, faculty and future colleagues. Get academic support that will help you succeed in these rigorous fields of study. Members of this Learning Community will have the following opportunities:

  • Seminars with an academic focus, covering topics such as basic survival skills and adjusting to college life
  • Faculty/ staff mentors with whom you build a relationship and expand your professional network
  • Fun, social and learning activities with others who have similar interests

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology I

Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness Living-Learning Community is designed for students who have an interest in general health, wellness, and fitness. Topics covered in this living community include maintaining fitness while living in the halls, making healthy eating choices, involvement in club and intramural sports, and other topics related to wellness.

Through the required Concepts of Personal Health and Fitness course, students will learn many of the topics listed above as well as receive training in first aid, AED and CPR. (Students can pay $15 to receive the actual 2 year certification. This is optional. )

Students in the Health and Wellness Living-Learning Community will have the opportunity to participate in excursions such as sky diving, Tybee Island bike day, sea kayaking, and other activities (Some travel excursions will require the student to pay additional money not covered in the cost of housing or tuition. This is optional.) Many fun, free activities will also be available.

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: PEBC 2001—Concepts of Personal Health and Fitness

Honors

The Honors Living-Learning Community is specifically designed for students who are admitted members of the Honors Program at Armstrong who want to live in close proximity to one another within Windward Commons. Students in this community will be required to take one honors course of their choice during the Fall 2014 term, and they must apply for and be accepted into the Honors Program in advance of housing placement.

In the Honors Living-Learning Community, students will be permitted to bring in their own non-Honors roommate if they so desire, or they will be paired up with another honors student.

To learn more about the Honors Program and its requirements, visit this website link: http://www.armstrong.edu/Departments/honors_program/honors_welcome

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: An honors-level course of your choosing.

Learning to Lead

Do you get involved with friends and in activities easily? Do you wish you were more able to get involved and have a voice? Are you interested in learning strong leadership practices as well as giving back to the community?

The Learning to Lead Living-Learning Community is for both experienced and new leaders who want to learn and practice skills that will help make them more effective in whatever they do. It also provides you with a great opportunity to give back to Armstrong and the Greater Savannah community.

Participation in the Learning to Lead Living-Learning Community will also help to prepare you to find a job on or off campus while you attend school, as well as give you essential networking skills that will help you beyond graduation.

In the Learning to Lead Living-Learning Community you will:

  • Participate in a bi-weekly workshop style seminar that will explore:
  1. An active approach to leadership in which students learn and practice valuable life-lessons
  2. Students' values and styles of communication, conflict resolution, and working with others in order to help them become more effective
  3. Students' leadership skills and styles, and engage in group projects to further their own skills
  4. Opportunities to put learned skills to work by participating in projects within the community
  • Participate in a variety of co-curricular opportunities such as Treasure Savannah, House Calls, and other activities targeted toward service to community and peer mentorship.
  • Meet bi-weekly with leaders within the school as well as the Savannah community to gain insights on what it takes to be a great leader.

ATTACHED ACADEMIC COURSE: LEAD 1001—Introduction to Leadership Studies (will fulfill your ethics requirement within the core curriculum)

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