Learning communities = friends for years by katzb
09.06.09, 8:35 pm
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Although Duquesne’s College of Liberal Arts Living Learn Communities only have activities and classes together during student’s freshman year, the friendships and acquaintances gained during that time can last for years.

civitasWhen I was a freshman, I was in the Civitas Living Learning Community.The Learning Communities are a great way to meet people in a less intimidating setting, because the group is fairly small. We had four classes together total during our freshman year, three in the first semester and one in the second semester. We also lived together; the girls lived on the 8th floor of St. Martin, and the boys on the 3rd floor. The Living Learning Communities are made up of students with similar interests, and the group participates in educational activities outside of the classroom that go along with the subject of the community. For example, the subject of the Civitas Living Learning Community is state and citizenship. Our outside activities included registering students to vote on campus and volunteering with local political organizations.

This is us at a Pitt basketball game last year.  Ya Civitas!

Me and my Civitas friends at a Pitt basketball game last year!

It has been two years since I had any classes or activities with my Civitas Living Learning Community, but some of my best friends at Duquesne are from that group. We lived on the same floor, so we ended up hanging out together a lot, and had the same professors and homework. Even though we don’t live in the same building or share the same classes anymore, we remain good friends.

Recently, I had a group project in one of my English literature classes, and was a little nervous because I didn’t recognize anyone in the class. To my comfort, one of the girls in my group ended up being from my freshman Living Learning Community. We recognized each other, and talked about the people from Civitas that we keep in touch with. The group project ended up being a lot less stressful because I was familiar with one of my group members!



Learning communities – CIVITAS by liberalartsduq
03.23.09, 11:27 pm
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The time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

From the Duquesne website:


state, citizenship, city-state

Prepare to make a difference in community and governance.

Director: Dr. Lewis Irwin
Department of Political Science

CIVITAS resident students live in St. Martin Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Martin, 3rd floor
Women – St. Martin, 8th floor

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Martin is #31 on the map.


CIVITAS students are participating in on-campus non-partisan voter registration push. Plus, each student has selected one of three other political participation activities:

  • Democratic campaign activities
  • Republican campaign activities
  • Off-campus non-partisan voter engagement and awareness activities. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiled one of these activities, led by student Deana Munoz and facilitated by The League of Young Voters.


Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Ms. Rita Allison
HIST 151C, Shaping of the Modern World, Dr. Tsekani Browne
POLSC 105C, American National Government, Dr. Lewis Irwin

Spring 2009

HISTY 203C, History of the United States I, Dr. Perry Blatz

Here’s what past Civitas students have had to say:

“The most engaging aspect of being part of a learning community was the service-learning project. I just thought it was fun and an experience that isn’t available to everyone.”

“The fact that we have 3 or 4 classes with the same people is great.  It’s helpful to have study groups of people you know well.”

“It makes studying much easier.  Studying no longer is boring; the learning community allows you to get feedback from other students.  It helps create study groups easily.  It also helps you become acquainted fast with a group of friends.”

“I loved it.”