The Special Interest Learning Community (SILC) program is a new opportunity that will be available to Immaculata students this fall. A Special Interest Learning Community is a group of about 15 students who take two linked courses together, have a community space in which to meet and study, and engage in co-curricular learning experiences.
This initiative is a partnership between the College of Undergraduate Studies and Student Development and Engagement. These Special Interest Learning Communities will connect students, faculty, and administrators through their special interests. SILCs will enhance students’ long-term goal development and support their exploration of professional interests. This initiative supports Immaculata University’s affirmation of liberal education as an integrative process, bringing together curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities.
Special Interest Learning Communities seek to enhance the undergraduate experience by creating dynamic, focused communities in which students, faculty, and administrators collaborate on a shared interest in order to experience transformative learning and meaning-making at a profound level.
Through participation in the Special Interest Learning Community program, students will:
Develop a sense of belonging to the Immaculata University community
Understand their shared responsibility for constructing a transformative learning environment
Establish connections with peers, faculty, and administrators
Connect curricular, co-curricular, and community-based learning opportunities and apply knowledge across these settings
Identify appropriate campus resources to explore short-term and long-term interests, especially as they relate to professional aspirations and academic goals
Demonstrate improved knowledge and skills related to the special interest topic