Upper Level Learning Communities

Upper Level Learning Communities(LCs)

Upper Level LCs provide  sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to live and learn together in an integrated environment with other students who share a common interest or major. This dynamic and fun residential experience offers specialized programming, connection to faculty inside and outside the classroom, a connected course to increase academic engagement, and a supportive community of students to help make a large university feel smaller. Our Upper Level LCs are a partnership between Housing & Residence Life and several academic units to provide a holistic student experience.Unlike First Year students, upper level students have to opt into the LC experience.

List of LCs

Arts

Open to all College of Visual and Performing Arts majors and Creative Writing majors, students in the Arts LC explore innovation and creativity across visual and performing arts disciplines, support each other in creative work, and experience deeper connections between the arts at Mason and in the community. 

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 Application Questions

  • Describe what excites and motivates you to continue in your major and please explain how being a member of the Mason Arts Learning Community will help you achieve your goals.
  • How have you been engaged with the arts community, off-campus or on-campus (including LC membership), either as related to your field of study or as an extra-curricular or co-curricular interest?
  • What activities do you participate in to overcome stress in life and school? How will living in the Mason Arts LC help you manage stress?

Business & Entrepreneurship

The Business & Entrepreneurship LC welcomes students from all fields of study, who are passionate about new learning opportunities. In this LC, students become involved with organizations, nonprofits, government entities, and major corporations to understand their role in society, the economy, and our region. Our students also have the unique opportunity to expand their classroom discussions to real world settings, while interacting with our vast alumni networks. 

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 Application Questions

  • Describe what excites you about the Business and Entrepreneurship fields and how your interests were developed. Please include any experiences at Mason, internships, or other involvement that can help to illustrate your story.
  • Describe what you hope to gain from your experience as a member of the Business and Entrepreneurship LC, and how you plan to contribute to your LC community (both in and out of the classroom).

Volgenau School of Engineering

Receive academic, professional and personal support from faculty, student leaders, and peers through the development of a close-knit community. Students in the LC gain a network to manage the academic demands of the Volgeanu School of Engineering. Explore technology and engineering on and off campus through field trips and excursions while connecting with faculty and staff. This LC is for students in engineering and computing majors that are currently part of the Volgenau School of Engineering.

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Application Questions

  • Describe what excites and motivates you to continue in your major and explain how being a member of the Volgenau School of Engineering Learning Community will help you achieve your goals.                       
  • How have you been engaged with the community, off-campus or on-campus (including LC membership), as related to your field of study?
  • At the end of the academic year, what would a successful LC experience look like for you?

Honors College

Upper-Level Honors College students are invited to participate in our residential Honoring Our Community: Cultivating an Anti-Racist Culture program. Cohorts will be designed to connect students representing a broad range of experiences, perspectives, and identities, build new relationships, develop communication abilities, and strengthen the Honors College and Mason communities. Students will meet 2-3 times a month with 5-6 other students, a peer and Honors College staff facilitato, participate in monthly social programs and off-campus trips, and participate in a community service program. Students may also be asked to do brief readings, or watch videos.

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Application Questions

  • In a few sentences, please tell us a bit about the life experiences and personal identities that you feel have played the biggest role in shaping your life so far.
  • Please tell us a bit about how you work with people who are different from you?
  • What Honors College events (non-colloquium) have been the most impactful for you at Mason and what further programming would you like to see?

Environment and Sustainability

Learn about sustainability and make an impact at Mason! Whether you’re a sustainability activist or just interested, join an expansive community of students from all areas of study who are committed to learning and creating positive change for people and the planet! 

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Course

  • INTS 395: Leadership for Sustainability

Application Questions

  • What has your involvement been with environmentally related service and/or educational opportunities?
  • How does the Environment and Sustainability LC relate to your academic interests and/or your future aspirations.

Well-Being

Participate in a strengths-based, values-guided, holistic college experience that combines principles of mindfulness with traditional academic study. Students gain opportunities to learn more deeply about themselves and how they relate to others through meditation, yoga, and explorations on methods of mindfulness. 

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Course

  • IINTS 395: Explorations of Well-Being    

Application Questions

  • Define what self-care means to you. Describe some activities or practices you engage in that promote self-care.                     
  • Living in community has significant benefits for individuals; describe how living in the Well-Being community can facilitate your own self-care.
  • A benefit of being the Well-Being community is developing social networks among other students with common interests and goals. How would the Well-Being community benefit from your participation and input?

Leadership through Community Engagement

Live with like-minded peers interested in exploring social concerns in order to become an active part of solutions through community engagement. Members examine local and global issues through academic study and activism, with an emphasis on leadership, positive change and active citizenship. 

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Course

  • INTS 395: Leadership & Community Engagement

Application Questions

  • What do you see as your responsibility to the community around us? How can you be a leader through social change?  
  • What social issue are you most passionate about and why? What can you do to affect social change around this particular issue? 
  • What do you hope to gain from your participation in the Leadership through Community Engagement LC?  
  • How do you plan to/how have you contribute(d) to the LC? 

LGBTQ+

The LGBTQ+ LC strives to create an on-campus environment of care, support, and trust; both within LGBTQ communities and across lines of gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, culture, religion, ability, and other identity groups. We invite students who identify, their allies and any community members interested in creating a more inclusive on campus community to apply. 

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Application Questions

  • Please describe a self-care practice you engage in regularly.                         
  • At this point in your academic career, what do you hope to gain from the opportunity to live in a community that centers the experiences of LGBTQ+ people?
  • In what ways will you positively contribute to your floor community?
  • What is one goal you have for the 2021-2022 academic year?

 

Global Patriots

The Global Patriots LC aspires to give students broad exposure to international campus activities and events, global student organizations, and other global learning opportunities at Mason. Live with globally minded peers and learn from internationally experienced faculty and staff.  

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Course

  • COMM 305: Foundations for Intercultural Communication

Application Questions

  • What are your strengths and how will they help you develop a global mindset?
  • Share a time you interacted with someone who is different then you at Mason. What made that experience memorable?

Green Machine

March onward to victory! The Green Machine LC is an inclusive environment available for students in all of our Green Machine Ensembles programs. To be eligible for the Green Machine LC, you must be enrolled in one of our MUSI 280 courses (1 or 0 credits). 

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Course

  • MUSI 280: Athletic and Ceremonial Ensemble

Application Questions

  • Describe what excites and motivates you to continue participation in the Green Machine Ensembles and explain how being a member of the Green Machine LC will help you achieve your goals.
  • What activities do you participate in to overcome stress in life and school? How will living in the Green Machine LC help you manage stress?