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JMU offers first-year students the option of applying to live in one of eight learning communities
By Paula Polglase
Three members of the Madison Eco Learning community enjoy the natural beauty of campus. Left to right are Lindsay Holt ('14), Liz Coates ('14) and Sam Frere ('14).
For most first-year honors students a built-in sense of community starts where they live, in the Honors Living and Learning Center housed in Shenandoah Hall. This community brings together 200 first-year honors students from all majors to create an intellectual culture within the Honors Program.
Twenty pre-professional health students are accepted each year to the Huber Learning Community. Students who are interested in preparing for a professional health career share a seminar class in both the fall and spring semester that addresses local and global health challenges and how they relate to a variety of health professions.
First-year students who want to explore environmental issues and learn how to live more a more sustainable life live in Wayland Hall, designed to be the first Platinum LEED certified residence hall renovation in the country. Students share several classes, develop outdoor skills through recreational activities, and participate in community projects and field trips.
Madison International is a diverse cohort of international and American students who are interested in learning about world cultures, beliefs and practices from each other. Students participate in a seminar class each semester as well as various programs and activities that give them a diverse international experience right in the center of campus.
Students interested in a teaching career take their core science classes together. Education-related community service and field trips to local and regional museums, parks and schools round out the experience.
Biology majors and students interested in research get a jump-start in the field through their participation in Trelawney. In addition to seminar classes exploring topics in biological sciences, each student is paired with a faculty member to conduct hands-on research during freshman year.
The Visual and Performing Arts Learning Community is housed in Wayland Hall, newly renovated to accommodate performance, practice and studio space for students interested in the arts. This community focuses on the artist as citizen leader and on identifying the creative and interdisciplinary connections between the arts and campus.