A Learning Community is a small group of students who take their classes together during their first year. Learning communities offer a “small college” environment within the larger campus. Some of your classes consist only of your fellow Learning Community students. These courses center on a common theme, such as film, creative writing, the environment, or science-based careers in either the health professions or engineering.

For more information about each community, contact New Student Programs. Depending on the Learning Community some or all of your classes may be pre-set. Your class schedule may include a thematic Learning Community courses, English Composition, and other Core courses needed for graduation.


  • Exploring your academic and career options
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Connecting with a faculty or staff member in your area of interest
  • Finding your passion in life
  • Off-campus experiences related to your Learning Community theme
  • Building friendships that will last a lifetime


If you have any question regarding the specific Learning Communities please contact the Learning Community Coordinator.  If you have questions about signing up for your first-year program please contact First-Year Academic Programs at 678-839-6069.

  • African-American Male Initiative Learning Community 

    The African-American Male Initiative First-Year Program (AAMI-FYP) helps African-American male students adjust academically, personally and socially to college.  Merging educational and social activities which allows students to make friends easily, establish study partners, and develop positive connections with faculty. For more information, see www.westga.edu/aami.

    LC Coordinator:
    Ashley Lewis

  • Art Access – Block Schedule for Bachelor of Fine Arts

    The accelerated schedule is appropriate for students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Students commit to 18 credit hours for the fall semester and another 18 in the spring, but due to the block scheduling, they will not take more than 12 credit hours at any point.  Successful completion of all courses in this schedule will result in students completing Area F and art secondary core set of classes, preparing them for applications into their BFA programs by the end of the spring semester.

    Art ACCESS Flyer (PDF)

    Block Coordinator:
    Kevin Shunn

  • Creative Writing Learning Community 

    Do you have stories to tell? Do you scribble poems on napkins? Take notes on the back of your hand? Blog late into the night?  The Creative Writing Community is the right place for you.  You will receive hands-on experience with writing, revising and workshopping in a supportive environment.

    LC Coordinator:
    Dr. Katherine Chaple

  • Early Childhood Education Learning Community 

    This Learning Community connects freshman interested in majoring in either the Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood - Special Education Dual Certification program to the College of Education early in their program.  The XIDS 2002 course included in the community allows students to explore teaching in grades Pre-K through 5 as a career option through field trips, observations, and class activities.

    LC Coordinator:
    Lyn Steed

  • Film Learning Community

     Love Film? Join our learning community devoted to the study of cinema.  Our students learn to analyze, interpret, and write about all genres of movies.  We attend screenings of films and meet directors and screenwriters through the Film Studies program.  Students create written and visual work that foregrounds cinematic technique and collaborate with colleges and professors who love talking about film as much as you do.  Let’s go to the movies!

    LC Coordinator:
    Dr. Angela Insenga

  • Nursing Learning Community 

    The Nursing Learning Community is designed to provide an inclusive first-year experience for students interested in a career in nursing that will foster success in a challenging major.  Participants will take common courses in English and an interdisciplinary elective (XIDS 2002) taught by nursing faculty that focuses on healthcare and nursing practice.  Participants are provided with additional support in academic advising and career exploration.

    LC Coordinators:

    Linda Barber

    LaDonia Patterson

  • Pathways to a Career in Engineering or Applied Physical Science 

    Join this Learning Community to know about an Engineering or Applied Physical Sciences career in a collaborative and team-learning environment. A centerpiece seminar class explores the nature and curriculum of different branches of engineering and applied physical science as well as the grand challenges that make the career exciting and rewarding.

    LC Coordinator:
    Sharmistha Basu-Dutt

  • What does it take to live on Earth?

    Humankind is facing challenges unlike those seen by previous generations.  As our population increases and our environment changes, our resources are being stretched thin and pollution, waste and disease become increasing threats. If you believe, as we do, that science offers the best hope to understanding and addressing these problems join us in this exciting adventure where we will discuss what it takes to live on this beautiful planet.

    LC Coordinators:

    Chris Berg
    Doug Stewart

  • Theatre Access – Block Schedule

    The Theatre ACCESS block is for students majoring in Theatre. Its purpose is to develop a strong ensemble within the cohort as a way to strengthen retention and progression within the major. The schedule allows for students to take core courses, including the foreign language requirement, while also taking courses within the theatre major. This means that incoming freshman theatre majors will be involved with our productions in their first semester of college. At the end of their first year at UWG, students in the Theatre ACCESS block will have 32 credit hours under their belts, ahead by two credit hours on their graduation timetable.

    Theatre ACCESS Flyer (PDF)

    Block Coordinator:
    Shelly Elman