Specialty communities allow students to integrate their personal interests, academic passions, or lifestyle preferences into their residential experience. Emerson offers three different styles of specialty communities to choose from: Learning, Theme and Special Interest. Each community is individually designed to deliver a meaningful and impactful living environment. While each community offers its own unique benefits and opportunities, shared among them is a focus on building connections, social engagement, and exploration. Students can apply for a specialty community through their housing application.
Learning Communities (LCs) synthesize students' academic pursuits with their housing environment. Members of each LC will live alongside others who may be working toward similar degrees or are passionate about a particular field. Resident Assistant(s) partner with faculty to create community events tailored to that specific LC. In the past these events have included skill-building workshops, seminars, guest speakers, off-campus excursions and more.
Theme Communities bring students together who share an interest that may exist outside of their academic pursuits. With the support of a Resident Assistant, members of each community will participate in activities and opportunities centered around that theme.
Special Interest Areas bring together students who share a similar lifestyle such as Substance Free, or are looking for a specific element to their housing experience. Experiences on these floors are similar to other communities around campus, but may help to eliminate some of the concerns that can accompany transitioning to the college environment.