English “Language Lair” Learning Community

English RLC

The English “Language Lair” Residential Learning Community will introduce you to the area of English and its various fields. As an RLC member, you will learn about the English department’s emphases in Literature, Rhetoric, Linguistics and Creative Writing. This community will compliment your interest in exploring professions where research and writing are a focal point. You will also learn about volunteer and internship opportunities through your participation in this community.

What is a Residential Learning Community?
It is an awesome opportunity to live in a freshman hall with other students (20-30) who share your academic major or interests. You will be able to attend social and academic programs together, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor (student) who shares your major or career path.
What are Common Courses?

By participating in the Residential Learning Community program you benefit from taking one or two classes with others in your community. These “courses in common” allow you to attend class with other RLC members and form study groups around those classes. For this RLC, those courses include:

Fall semester:

  • ENG 105 – Critical Reading and Writing in the University Community: This course assists students in acquiring writing skills for completing university coursework. 
  • ENG 130 – The World of Literature: This course explores what literature enables us to discover about others and ourselves by examining literature from diverse cultures and time periods with an emphasis on theme, style, and traditions.
Spring Semester:
  • ENG 210 – Principles in Rhetoric and Writing: This course offers an overview of rhetorical theory and effective written communication to meet the demands of any rhetorical situation in current text and digital communication practices.
  • ENG 270 – Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction: This is a beginning course in short-story writing that emphasizes the composition and revision of student stories.
Why do I want to participate in an RLC?
Over and over again, we hear from our RLC students that being a part of the RLC program helped them find future friends and experience a smoother transition to college their freshmen year. By participating in an RLC, you will learn about campus resources and become more involved in your university experience. And this involvement has consistently led to RLC students remaining at the university in greater numbers, and more RLC students successfully graduating from the university.
How do I sign up?
Simply select your preferred Residential Learning Community on your online housing application. If you qualify for and are selected to participate in that RLC, we will assist you by placing you within the RLC of your choice in a freshman hall, and matching you with a roommate within that same RLC. That’s it! You can relax knowing your housing space and roommate selection are being taken care of for you.