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Living/Learning Communities

2018-2019 First-Year LLCs

The Commons is the home of our Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) for First-Year students. This state of the art residential facility boasts six different communities that provide a variety of opportunities for students to pursue their academic and social goals in a safe, supportive and dynamic environment. The LLCs help create a more seamless transition to college life by providing an environment where faculty and residential staff work collaboratively to nurture communities where students can develop friendships and succeed academically.


If you are a faculty member interested in starting a new LLC please click here for more information.

Building Excellence in Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.)

The B.E.S.T. LLC is designed for students majoring in or intending to major specifically in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics. Students in the B.E.S.T. LLC will benefit by taking two core classes together in support of their major. These courses will be supported by Peer Course Assistants that have previously excelled in the material. Students in the B.E.S.T. LLC will be given priority for undergraduate research opportunities and will participate in events that connect them to their major and faculty in the STEM disciplines. The B.E.S.T. program connects students, faculty, and staff in order to form a community that supports student success.

Fall 2018 semester: ISCS 140 Programming Foundations I, Shari Bemis
Spring 2019 semester: MATH 141 Introduction to Statistics, Karen Stanish

For more information contact: Karen Stanish,


Do you love making, viewing, or talking about films and intend to major in Film? If so, join the Film LLC and get to know other students who are passionate about cinema and moving image media. The Film LLC will become an active group within the Film Society, meeting each week and experiencing the films that are screened at the college’s historic Putnam Theater. LLC Students can also make independent films through Keene State Media Productions. Share your love of film as a form of art, entertainment, and social commentary, get to know faculty and other students, and learn more about the world of film.

Fall 2018 semester: Film 270, Introduction to Film Analysis, Jiwon Ahn
Spring 2019 semester: Film 271, Introduction to Film History, Irina Leimbacher

For more information contact: Debra White-Stanley,

Global Citizenship

This LLC engages students committed to meaningful action as citizens to explore their personal evolution as active members of a community while grappling with complex public policy issues. In the fall, students enroll in IIHGS-155 Introduction of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, along with a one-credit Global Citizenship lab designed to guide students into a deeper understanding of related issues. Spring semester course selection includes options with civic engagement themes. Activities will ask students to consider the purposes and differences between charity, voluntarism, community engagement, and political action. Together we explore what global citizenship requires of each of us.

Fall 2018 semester: IIHGS-155 Introduction of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, James Waller
Global Citizenship Lab, Kim Schmidl-Gagne

For more information contact: Kim Schmidl-Gagne,


Each year a select number of qualified first year students are invited to participate in the Morris August Honors Living and Learning Community. Do you have a passion for learning about a range of different subjects? Do you consider yourself to be academically motivated? If so, then this Living and Learning Community is for you. Here you will work together with fellow honors students as you explore human history, science, arts, and culture—knowledge that is unique to a liberal arts education. You will work closely with professors and peer mentors in the classroom while enjoying outside-of-class activities that include book discussions, guest speakers, field trips, service projects, movie nights, and social gatherings.

Fall 2018 semester: HNRSTW-101-01 Media Literacy, Karen Honeycutt
Spring 2019 semester: HNRSS-290-01 Immigration in the United States and the European Union, Carolyn Keller
HNRSH-290-01 Natives and New Comers in North America, 1500-1800, Greg Knouff
Natural science course: To be identified.

For more information contact: Anna Schur,


Are you interested in a career in law? The Pre-Law LLC provides opportunities to explore the field of law in both theoretical and practical ways. Students will engage in discussions about law and its role in our lives, hear lectures by Law School professors, visit with law school representatives, and visit regional law schools and courts. In the spring semester, you will begin to discuss ways to prepare for the LSAT, build your resume, start investigating law schools, and find meaningful internships. This LLC will help set students on a path to a career in the field of law.

Fall 2018 semester: POSC 190 Introduction to Law, Philip Barker, 4 credits, TR, 2:00-3:45
Spring 2019 semester: POSC 190 Law School Admissions, Philip Barker, 1 credit , Thursday, 4:00-5:00

For more information contact: Philip Barker,

Time Travelers

Do you have a lively interest in studying the past? The Time Travelers Living and Learning Community provides an engaging environment for you to live and study with others who share a genuine interest in history. Participating students take a two-course sequence that introduces you to ways of reading, writing, and thinking as historians, as well as exposes you to an array of different types of historical study and understanding. The Time Travelers LLC is dedicated to offering a welcoming academic culture for history students and to developing strong intellectual bonds.

Fall 2018 semester: ITW 101 Exploring the Disability History Museum, Graham Warder
Spring 2019 semester: IIHIST 161 American Encounters to 1877, Matthew Crocker

For more information contact: Graham Warder,

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Residential Life Office
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

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