Living Learning Centers


Senior Staff Assistant: Jessica Klare
Office: N-3071 Melville Library
Phone: (631) 632-4378
Web site:

Living Learning Centers integrate the student’s residence hall experience with academic concerns and enrich both aspects of the college education. Stony Brook offers eight Living Learning Centers: Environmental Studies in Hendrix College, Health and Wellness in Schick College, Human Sexual and Gender Development in Eisenhower College, Interdisciplinary Arts in Sanger College, International Studies in Stimson College, Science and Engineering in O’Neill College, Community Service Learning in James College, and Media Arts in Douglass College. Many classes are held within the residential buildings and building activities are centered around the living learning center topic. All Living Learning Centers add an academic component to each student’s residential experience, and all offer academic minors.

Resident students not living in Living Learning Center buildings, as well as commuting students, may also participate in Living Learning Center programs and take the minors. For minor requirements, see the specific listings in the Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs chapter.

Community Service Learning

The Community Service Learning Living Learning Center, housed in James College, is designed to use the special educational opportunities available at Stony Brook to create citizens with the depth of commitment to community service that the 21st century will demand. Acquisition of skills and knowledge is combined with a fostering of an appreciation by students of their role as citizens both in the University and in the surrounding communities.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Living  Learning Center, housed in Hendrix College, offers an environmental studies minor as well as activities that emphasize both scientific and social issues encompassed by the broad field of environmental studies. Through this program, motivated natural science and social science students are able to apply their coursework specifically to the study of the environment.

The minor in environmental studies is designed to give students enhanced exposure to one subfield of environmental stu­dies—the natural science of the environment.

Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness Living Learning Center, housed in Schick College, is designed to give students a foundation in the concepts of healthy living and to help students select future studies and careers in the health professions.

Human Sexual and Gender Development

The Human Sexual and Gender Development Living Learning Center, housed in Eisenhower College, offers a minor in human sexual and gender development and brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the examination of evolving concepts of a gendered, sexual self. Small group seminars focus on sex, gender, and the human life course, while students broaden their understanding with relevant courses in the arts, sciences, and social sciences.

Interdisciplinary Arts

The Interdisciplinary Arts Living  Learn­ing Center, housed in Sanger College, offers a minor in interdisciplinary arts and provides an interdisciplinary and collaborative perspective on the fine arts. It is designed to explore the factors that unify the arts in modern culture and society.

International Studies

The International Studies Living  Learning Center, housed in Stimson College, provides an integrated view of institutions, ideas, historical traditions, and aspirations of peoples of other countries or regions. The minor is open to all undergraduates who wish to add an academic dimension to their residential experience.

Media Arts

The Media Arts Living Learning Center, housed in Douglass College, offers a minor in media arts with courses examining media technology, theory, and practice. The program builds on strong relationships with student media organizations, and encourages research, independent study projects, and internship opportunities. Projects can include assignments in radio, television, and print journalism.

Science and Engineering

The Science and Engineering Living Learning Center, housed in O’Neill College, is intended for motivated students with an interest in science, engineering, and mathematics who wish to better prepare for their chosen professions through multidisciplinary inquiry and development of communication skills. Courses prepare students for the issues and events that they will confront in subsequent careers or graduate study.