Special Interest Housing

Special Interest Housing is comprised of groups of students with a shared academic interest and/or experience who live together, either on the same floor or within the same building. These communities provide residents an opportunity to challenge and shape their personal and professional identities. This is accomplished through building a community conducting socialized programming that is designed by faculty and staff from your academic area, as well as Residence Life staff, and by providing access to resources that will aid in your classroom success.

Research has shown that students living in learning communities have a better understanding of the academic material, better interpersonal and critical thinking skills, and a stronger connection with faculty members and the institution (Shapiro and Levine). The Office of Residence Life, in conjunction with our many academic partners, is pleased to offer interest, themed, and residential learning community experiences in the subjects or interest areas listed. Click on a link below to learn more about that specific community.


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Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Community

The Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Themed Community is designed to support new and returning students who are studying Horticultural Science, Plant Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Business, Environmental Science, and other applicable majors within the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students choosing to live in this Themed Community will be housed in LaFerla Hall, which is in close proximity to their academic classes. Students electing to take part in this community will have the opportunity to engage with students and faculty in their interest areas and will be able to take part in programs and events that are specifically created for them. There is no extra cost to be a part of this community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu


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Arts and Media Collective

Launching in Fall 2019, this community will be housed in Towers East, and will be open to new and returning students. Open to any student with a major in the Holland College of Arts and Media, this community will create an environment for students that supports their artistic and media career interests. As with the VPA community, students participating in this community will have opportunities to interact with faculty in their majors through programs and events that will be held in the residence hall. There is no extra cost to be a part of this community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu


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Business Learning Community

The Business Learning Community is open to any first year student with a business major in the Harrison College of Business and Computing and is limited to 32 students. In the community you will take selected classes together and have informal opportunities to interact with faculty and staff and participate in faculty-lead special events throughout the year. Through these activities you will become better prepared to enter the business world for internships, externships, and upon graduation. This community is housed in LaFerla Hall, located close to Dempster hall, home of the Harrison College of Business and Computing. There is no extra cost to be a part of this community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu


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Cybersecurity, Computer Science, and Engineering Community

Located in LaFerla Hall for the 2019-2020 year, this community is designed to support any incoming and upper class student who is studying in the areas of Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering, Industrial Education and other relevant majors through experiences and opportunities. The classes you will take as one of these majors are some of the most difficult that Southeast offers. You will be connected to faculty and able to take part in unique experiences. This community is open to both new and returning students. There is no extra cost to be a part of this community. There is no extra cost associated with the community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu


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Entrepreneurship Learning Community

The Entrepreneurship Learning Community is the newest Learning Community for the 2019-2020 year! The Office of Residence Life is proud to partner with the Harrison College of Business and Computing and Catapult Creative House. This community is open to any student who will be a sophomore or above during the 2019-2020 year. In this community you will have the opportunity to live in LaFerla Hall and to take a class with your fellow community members each semester. This community is open to students of any major and is going to be a great opportunity to get connected to faculty in various disciplines. You will also have the opportunity to get connected to local entrepreneurs who work in various fields. There will be opportunities to win cash prizes and potentially scholarships through your involvement in this community as well. You must apply to join this community.


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Future Medical Professionals Community

The Future Medical Professionals Themed Community is designed to support and encourage students who are planning to enter the medical field upon graduation. This includes students who are Nursing, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, or Healthcare Management majors. First year students and upper-class students will participate in organized activities sponsored by the Office of Residence Life with opportunities to collaborate with faculty and current health care professionals. This community will be located in LaFerla Hall for the 2019-2020 academic year. There is no extra cost associated with the community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu


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Honors Community

Located in LaFerla Hall for the 2019-2020 academic year, this community is open to both new and returning Honors students. This community promotes student and faculty involvement in the Jane Stephens Honors Program in and out of the classroom. In the Honors community you will be living among other dedicated students with diverse academic ambitions and interests and encouraged to be engaged in your academic experiences. Programs in the community may include field trips, community service projects, and educational social events. There is no extra cost associated with the community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu


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Military and Veteran

Located on the 1st floor of Vandiver Hall this community promotes student engagement and transition to Southeast Missouri State University and is open to new and returning students. Students living in the Military and Veterans Community will live among other students with similar experiences, but with diverse academic ambitions and interests. This community encourages students to become engaged in their academic experiences and encourages personal growth. This community aims to connect students to Southeast and focus on issues common among all university students. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu

The Office of Residence Life is dedicated to providing a residential experience for those students who are Show Me Gold, Air Force ROTC, enlisted military, and/or veteran students of Southeast Missouri State University.


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Pet-Friendly Community

We get it, your pet is a part of your family. Southeast now has a pet-friendly community on the 1st floor of Myers Hall. Apply for the opportunity to bring your four-legged furry (or scaly) friend with you to campus.


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Science Integrated Community

The Science Integrated Theme Community includes students who are pursuing a major in one of the many science and science-related fields. This community is not limited to one specific academic area of the sciences but instead is focused on the academic environment that students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, nursing or another major will appreciate. Students assigned to this community will live together in H Building in the Group Housing area adjacent to the Towers Complex, which is in close proximity to many of their classes. Provided in partnership with the Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics she and her faculty members will be regular participants at the community’s programs throughout the year. There is no extra cost to be a part of this community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu.


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Tomorrow’s Teachers

The Tomorrow's Teachers Learning Community is open to all freshmen education majors at Southeast. This community provides opportunities to link general studies and their major immediately. You will learn about your future profession with coursework and interaction with education faculty and advisors and will be in an environment that ties you to the College of Education, Health, and Human Studies and your peers. You'll take classes together and have special study sessions hosted by faculty that include studying for the entrance exam and other topics for success in the education curriculum. Tomorrow's Teachers is housed in LaFerla Hall, close to many academic halls and the home of the education program, the Scully Building. There is no additional cost to participate, but you'll be expected to sign and agree to a set of expectations for living in the community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu


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Visual and Performing Arts

Located at Dobbins River Campus Center, the VPA Community offers an environment supporting students with a shared interest in music, dramatic performance, and artistic expression. This program integrates first-year students and upper-class students within the variety of majors in the college to create a support and social network of artists. The Visual and Performing Arts Community is open to both new and returning students. Students participating in this community benefit from informal opportunities to interact with faculty in the college through programs and events in the residence hall. There is no extra cost to be a part of this community. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu

Contact

(573) 651-2274
residencelife@semo.edu
Towers Complex 102

Office of Residence Life
One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701