Honors Living Learning Communities

The Honors LLCs are designed to create purposeful links among academic, residential, and social components of the university experience. Members of the LLCs usually live together on the same floor and participate in group co-curricular activities. This shared academic involvement provides the foundation for the student’s LLC experience. Living in the Honors LLCs provides a number of unique academic and social benefits including academic advising, tutoring, on-site classes, and special opportunities for faculty, staff, and student interactions. Some Honors LLCs include themed classes in a specific cluster, allowing students to take two or more courses with the same group of peers.

Who can apply?

  • All current Honors students may apply for the Honors General LLC.
  • All entering Honors students for Fall 2021 may apply for either the Honors General LLC or any of our Nested LLCs (Business, Louisville Experience, Political Science & Leadership, Research & Creative Activity, Science, or Service & Social Justice).
  • 2nd-Year Honors students, with majors in Biology, Chemistry, or Bio-Engineering, may apply for the Honors 2nd-Year Science LLC.
  • Returning students who wish to live in Kurz Hall, and do not wish to be in the 2nd-Year Science LLC, should apply for the General LLC.

What are the member benefits?

  • Guaranteed space in Honors courses for those who are part of a Nested LLC.
  • Broad academic and social collaborations facilitate coursework and the transition to university study.
  • Strengthen relationships with faculty members and peers.
  • Individualized planning sessions with an Honors academic advisor.
  • Programming designed for your interests.
  • Guaranteed living space in the Honors residence hall.
  • High level of academic engagement through Honors courses.
  • Additional academic assistance and services for LLC members.
  • Numerous opportunities to connect with faculty and staff.

Honors First-Year LLC:

Honors students (first-year and upperclassmen) who wish to live in Kurz Hall can choose to participate in the Honors First-Year LLC. This LLC does not require students to enroll in a specific set of linked courses. Rather, students are able to choose which Honors courses they prefer to take. Student must enroll in at least one Honors course during the 2022 - 2023 academic year. These courses will be selected in conjunction with an Honors advisor prior to, or during, summer orientation. In addition, students in the Honors First-Year  LLC have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular programming throughout the year focused on community building and academic success. If you have any questions about this LLC, please contact luke.buckman@louisville.edu.

Nested LLCs:

Students who choose to live in Kurz Hall may apply to participate in any of our Nested LLCs, which are designed around specific themes and linked Honors courses. Nested LLCs include:

  • Honors Business LLC
  • Honors Louisville Experience LLC
  • Honors Research & Creative Activity LLC
  • Honors Science LLC


Honors Business LLC

This LLC brings together first-year students interested in careers or majors in business. Students will have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular programming focused on community building and academic success. Students in this LLC will live together in the hall and enroll in at least three courses throughout their first year, comprised of required business courses and Cardinal Core general education requirements. If you have specific questions about this Nested LLC, please contact the LLC Coordinator at luke.buckman@louisville.edu. 

Required Courses:

Fall

  • ECON 201 – Microeconomics (3 hours)
  • COMM 112 – Business & Professional Speaking (3 hours)
  • HON 101 - Modes of Inquiry

Spring

  • BUS 301 -- Business Communication (3 hours)

Honors Louisville Experience LLC

For this LLC, the city of Louisville will be one of our primary sources. The LLC is designed to introduce students to Louisville’s rich social and cultural landscape. All entering Honors students are encouraged to consider the LLC, but especially those who may be coming from out-of-state or other parts of the commonwealth. Classroom sessions, programming, and service activities with strengthen connections to community, campus partners, local businesses, and organizations. Students will enroll in up to 9 credits of Honors courses and general education requirements. Participants will live on the same floor, take classes together, and participate in programming designed specifically for this LLC, including academic, social, and community engagement. Note: Students from all majors are encouraged to apply for this LLC. If you have specific questions about this Nested LLC, please contact the LLC Coordinator at luke.buckman@louisville.edu.

Required Courses:

Fall

  • HON 101 – Modes of Inquiry (1 hour)
  • HON 202 – Windows on the World (1 hour)
  • Honors Cardinal Core general education courses (3-6 hours)

Spring

  • HON 202 – Windows on the World (1 hour)
  • Honors Cardinal Core general education courses (3-6 hours)

Honors Research & Creative Activity LLC

This LLC is designed for any first-year student interested in developing an understanding of the range of opportunities for undergraduate research and creative activity on campus. Students will participate in co-curricular and extracurricular programming that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to research that enhances student learning. Students will enroll in up to 6 credit hours of Honors courses over the duration of the academic year. This LLC is open to students from all majors on campus. Participants will live on the same floor, take classes together, and participate in specialized programming, including academic, social, and community engagement. If you have specific questions about this Nested LLC, please contact the LLC Coordinator at luke.buckman@louisville.edu.

Required Courses:

Fall

  • HON 101 – Modes of Inquiry (1 hour)
  • HON 202 – Windows on the World (1 hour)
  • An Honors Cardinal Core general education course (3 hours)

Spring

  • HON 202 – Windows on the World (1 hour)

Honors Science LLC

This LLC is designed for first-year students interested in the natural sciences or careers in healthcare (including dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary science). Students with an interest in one of these professions or with an intended major in biology, chemistry, bioengineering, or chemical engineering may apply. Students enroll in a cluster of up to 12 credit hours of Honors coursework in the fall semester and an additional 3-6 hours in the spring semester. Participating students have the opportunity to take advantage of academic support sessions and programming designed specifically for this LLC. If you have specific questions about this Nested LLC, please contact the LLC Coordinator at cody.gault@louisville.edu.

Linked Courses:

Fall

  • HON 101 – Modes of Inquiry (1 hour)
  • BIOL 240 – Unity of Life (3 hours)
  • Honors General Education Cardinal Core course

Spring

  • BIOL 242 or CHEM 202 (3 hours, students will work with an advisor to select one of these for Spring semester)
  • Honors Cardinal Core general education course (3 hours, students will work with an advisor to identify the most appropriate course)

Location:

The Honors First-Year LLC and all Nested LLCs are housed in Kurz Hall. 

For any additional questions related to Honors LLCs, please contact Luke Buckman at luke.buckman@louisville.edu.