Learning Community


History Learning Community

Mine the Past, Explore the Future              

All entering Freshmen at UNC Charlotte must complete a Prospect for Success curriculum. The History Learning Community (HLC) is our departmental program that integrates these requirements within the major and its optional pre-professional tracks (business/law – public history/education – science/medicine).

Build around the freshmen-mandated Introduction to Historical Methods, The HLC program consists of

  • Two courses – one course per semester –  with preferential registration for additional history electives.
  • Dedicated year-long academic advising/mentoring/planning.
  • Field trips, eyewitness encounters, and exploration opportunities.

In addition, HLC members may house together in CF Lynch Freshmen Suites; or choose to live elsewhere on or off campus.

The HLC program is directed by Oscar Lansen, a social historian of war and conflict and member of the honors faculty, who holds the distinction of Teaching Professor. There is no additional charge for the History Learning Community program. Once confirmed, HLC members are exempted from Prospect for Success courses and freshmen seminar requirements.  

You register for the History Learning Community/prospect exemption via the University’s Learning Community Application site:  https://lcap.uncc.edu:

  • Select History Learning Community as first and only choice
  • (only non-majors need to fill out a full essay)
  • Select your housing option:
    • HLC housing in CF Lynch suites (requires separate housing application).
    • Elsewhere on campus (requires separate housing application).
    • Off-campus (leave section blank).

You will receive a confirmation offer upon receipt – be sure to formally accept it.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Dr. Oscar Lansen at oelansen@uncc.edu.

The History Learning Community is one of the oldest freshmen programs on campus. As the freshman cohort learns, explores, lives, and studies together under dedicated year-long mentorship, HLC members report higher satisfaction in their course and learning experience, outscore their peers on GPA and time to completion data, are more likely to pursue honors and less likely to drop out of college; and form tight friendships that carry through the remaining college years and beyond. The History Learning Community program is funded by the Provost Office.