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Special Interest Housing

Special Interest Housing is comprised of groups of students with a shared academic interest and/or experiences 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 specific academic areas, as well as Residence Life staff, and by providing access to resources that will aid in your academic and personal 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 learning community experiences in the subjects or interest areas listed.

The Communities listed below are for the 2021-2022 academic year. Adjustments to the Special Interest Housing program will be made if communities do not fill, as new partnerships with faculty are made, and as program needs change.


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Agriculture Community

The Agriculture Community is designed to support new and returning students who are studying any major within the Department of Agriculture. Students choosing to live in this 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. First year students participating in this community will have the opportunity to take 1-2 classes each semester with other students in the Community. 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

The Arts and Media Collective, which is housed in Towers East is open to new and returning students. Any student with a major in the Holland College of Arts and Media is eligible to participate in this program.  This community creates an environment for students that supports their artistic and media career interests. 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 BSBA major in the Harrison College of Business and Computing and is limited to 28 students. In this community you will take selected classes together in both the fall and spring semesters. You will also have informal opportunities to interact with faculty and staff and to participate in faculty-led 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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CyberHawks Learning Community

The CyberHawks Learning Community is open to any first-year student with a major in the Department of Computer Science in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. This program is limited to 24 students. In this community you will take selected classes with the other students in your community. You will also have opportunities to interact with faculty and staff and to participate in faculty-led activities throughout the year. This community is housed in Towers North, located case 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, this community is designed to support any upper class student who is majoring in an area within the Department of Computer Science and any incoming or upper class student who is studying Engineering, Industrial Education and other relevant majors through experiences and opportunities.  You will be connected to faculty and able to take part in unique experiences.  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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Future Medical Professionals Community

The Future Medical Professionals 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 is located in the LaFerla Hall. 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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Gender Inclusive Community

A Gender Inclusive Community, located in Vandiver Hall, is available to any student seeking a living and learning space that is gender inclusive for LGBTQ+ individuals. The Gender Inclusive Community is an optional community for students who are transgender, non-binary, questioning their gender identity, who are more comfortable living with someone who is not the same biological/legal sex that they are, and for those who same biological/legal sex room assignments are not ideal or appropriate. For more information about this community please look here or contact the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu.


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Honors Learning Community

Located in LaFerla Hall, the Honors Learning Community is open to both new and returning students who are members of the Jane Stephens Honors Program. This community promotes student and faculty involvement in the 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 Veterans

Located in 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 GoldAir Force ROTCenlisted military, and/or veteran students of Southeast Missouri State University.


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Pet-Friendly Community

Located in Myers Hall, the Pet Friendly Community allows for students to bring their family pet with them to campus.  Students interested in bringing their pet must submit an application requesting to do so.  For specifics on the types of animals allowed and the documentation needed, please visit the website.  Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu.


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SEMO Startups Learning Community

The Office of Residence Life is proud to partner with the Harrison College of Business and Computing and Catapult Creative House for the SEMO Startups Learning Community. This community is open to any student who will be a sophomore or above during the academic year they are taking part in the community. In this program you will have the opportunity to live in LaFerla Hall and to potentially take a class with your fellow community members. 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. Questions can be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or learningcommunities@semo.edu. You must apply to join this community.


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Sports Management Learning Community

Housed in Towers West, the Sports Management Learning Community is open to new and returning Sports Management majors.  First year students in the community will have the opportunity to take courses together with faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation.  Students taking part in this community will take part in dedicated programs and events related to their area of study, including in faculty-led programs.  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 Learning Community

The Tomorrow's Teachers Learning Community is open to all freshmen education majors at Southeast. This community provides opportunities to link general studies and your major immediately. Students taking part in this program will learn about their future profession with coursework and interaction with education faculty and advisors.  They will also be in an environment that ties them to the College of Education, Health, and Human Studies and their peers. Students in the community take classes together in both the fall and spring semesters.  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 students will 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 Community

Located at Dobbins River Campus Center, the Visual and Performing Arts Community offers an environment supporting students with a shared interest in music, performance, and artistic expression. This program integrates first-year students and upper-class students within the variety of majors in the Holland College of Arts and Media to create a support and social network of artists.  Students participating in this community benefit from informal opportunities to interact with faculty in the Holland College of Arts and Media 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