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Justice & Society Learning Community (JSLC)

The Justice & Society Learning Community in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is offered in association with specific classes. Learning community (LC) classes are different from traditional classes in several ways. First, the Justice & Society LC attempts to replicate a small, liberal arts learning environment within a large, public university setting. Second, the LC is designed to create cohorts of students and continuity of instruction across semesters, as well as maximize the number and quality of student-professor interactions.

Continuity is achieved through students' exposure to the same professor for two consecutive semesters, while increased student-professor interactions are achieved through events and service-learning activities built into the course that occur outside the classroom. Third, our LC uses peer mentors (PM) to help assist you with the transition to the university classroom. Specifically, the PMs will work with you to refine note-taking skills, proper study habits and writing skills, among other things, in an effort to facilitate success in the classroom. Lastly, the LC places a great deal of importance on fostering connectedness among students, faculty, the department, university and the City of Detroit.