Learning Communities

Learning Communities at Moorpark College are two or more courses in which students and faculty study a theme, topic, or body of knowledge. Student learning is enhanced through collaborative, interdisciplinary intellectual engagement that is connected to the world. Learning Communities encourage strong peer, faculty, and student-service support. They help students and faculty build partnerships with each other, with the community and with the professional world by integrating academic subjects to learning opportunities outside the classroom. Learning Communities make learning relevant, lifelong, innovative, student-focused, analytical, and fun.



THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY ~ This Learning Community is designed for students exploring the career path of Criminal Justice. Students will explore such issues as the following: What is crime? Why do people become criminals? How does society react to and deal with criminals? This collaborative course will examine these questions from the perspective of contemporary administration of justice and sociology. Students MUST enroll in both SOC M15 (CRN 31755) and CJ M01 (CRN31231). 

  • DAN VIEIRA, SOC M15, TTh   10:00am - 11:15am , AC 111
  • LEANN MULVILLE, CJ M01TTh 11:30am - 12:45pm, AC 111


THE AMERICAN PROMISE ~ This Learning Community is designed for students interested in exploring the development of American society from 1865 to the present day. Students will discover firsthand the voices of Americans from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. This collaborative course examines American documents, both literature and non-fiction, as well as history, from the dramatic and passionate struggles from the end of the Civil War to the present day. As students study and research the American past, they will reflect on their own experiences and on what it means to be an American today. Buy one set of books and work on coordinated assignments. Students MUST enroll in both ENGL M01A (CRN 30150) and HIST M07A (CRN 31749). 

  • SUSAN KINKELLA, HIST M07B, TTh 10:00am-11:15am, FH 220
  • BETH GILLIS-SMITH, ENGL M01A, TTh11:30am - 01:20pm, FH 220 


WRITING YOUR WAY ~ This course is a link of ENGL M02: Introduction to College Writing (CRN 36763) and COL M01: College Strategies (CRN 34215). "Writing Your Way" helps students identify their passions and goals while developing writing, reading, and college success skills. Students must take BOTH classes in order to participate in this course. ENGL M02 is a course that meets on campus Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:50 PM in LLR-126. COL M01 CRN 34215 is a hybrid course that meets online and on-campus. Its on-campus portion meets Wednesdays, 12:00-12:50 PM in LLR-126. Students will be orientated to the online portion of COL M01 during the first on-campus course meeting, Wednesday, February 8, 2012. These courses use the same texts and materials.  

  • TRACY TENNENHOUSE, ENGL M02, MW1:00- 2:50pm, 02/06/12 05/07/12, LLR 126
  • KATHRYN ADAMS, COL M01, Hybrid: on campus W 12:00 – 12:50, LLR 126