Pre-Major Learning Communities

Pre-major learning communities are a set of programs designed to help you explore the link between your interests and experiences and academic opportunities at SUNY Cortland. A learning community consists of two to four content courses that address common themes. You will take classes with the same group of students and with highly motivated faculty. As a Pre-Major student, you will select a learning community for the first semester only.

Learning communities lead to greater student satisfaction and success in the first year of college by helping you connect with faculty, learn about the campus, and collaborate with other students.


The fall 2018 learning communities for Pre-Majors include:

Building Community Through Recreation - This learning community will be of particular interest if you are thinking of majoring in recreation, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation or recreation management. Learn how you can make a different by building community and enhancing quality of life through recreation.

Democracy Matters - The concept of democracy has been around for 2500 years, but substantial questions about it remain. We will examine what democracy has meant at different places and times, and what it means for us in the modern world. If you are interested in law, politics, government, or public affairs, or if you simply want to become a more informed and effective citizen, this learning community is for you.

Earth and Environment - You should consider this program if you are interested in the earth sciences or the environment.  Earth and Environment provides a unique opportunity for you to explore the earth and environmental sciences by taking classes and labs as a group. Classes are small and students and faculty work together. All the classes satisfy Cortland General Education requirements.

Happiness and Society - This community is a great introduction to philosophy and the major questions of human life. We will provide you an opportunity to study philosophical and ethical issues of significance to contemporary society.

Human Communication - This option allows you to explore concepts and principles related to the field of communication studies. You should consider this learning community if you share an excitement about, or are interested in, the field of communication studies.

Molecular World - You will explore topics that include nanotechnology, medicine and how green technologies benefit everyone on the planet. If you are interested in biochemistry, chemistry and adolescence education in chemistry, you should consider this learning community.

Our Future World - If you are excited to learn about geography, the environment, technology and communication, you will enjoy this learning community.  You will have a unique opportunity for you to explore the complex interrelationships between human beings and the global environment while developing mastery of technology-based skills.

Peace and Conflict - The human story is one of peace and conflict. This learning community will help students think through the complexities of peace-building, peaceful communication, and the role that institutions play in the development and maintenance of peace in our society.  Students will learn how peaceful practices can benefit them both personally and professionally.


Play Across Cultures - Every day children play games. They play for healthy physical, social and cognitive development, and they play for fun.  When people plan, culture is learned and perpetuated. This learning community is for students interested in play, children and learning about cultures.

Social Issues in Sport - With this learning community, you can examine social issues through the context of sport and exercise. All classes fulfill Cortland's General Education and college requirements.

World First - You will explore past causes of, and future solutions to, the global issues and problems facing our world today. World First is a great option if you have an interest in international issues, travel, world cultures and ethnic groups, or working in international settings.

For additional information please call Advisement and Transition at 607-753-4726. 

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