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Street Smarts + Book Smarts

Street smarts + Book Smarts
A First-Year Learning Community


This learning community focuses on breaking down the walls that can sometimes exist between lived experience and the worlds we access through reading – sometimes, life can give us the message that street smarts are separate smarts from what happens in the classroom, but they are not – book smarts and street smarts complement and enhance each other. The power of learned knowledge and the power of experience come together in this quote from the African American writer Toni Morrison: "I’m a believer in the power of knowledge and the ferocity of beauty, so from my point of view, your life is already artful—waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.” 

As a learning community, Street Smarts + Book Smarts will:

  • Assist students with their transition to college and their transition into their scholarly and professional identities.
  • Develop advanced reading and writing competencies.
  • Use real-life experience to enhance the academic world and relate academic work to real-life experience.
  • Help scholars develop comprehensive transferable skills which can be applied to future employment.



  • FALL- ENG 101 College English I           SEM 101 Spartan Seminar 
  • SPRING- ENG 102 College English II    SEM 102 Spartan Seminar

Residence Hall


Contact Information 

Michele Rozga, MFA, PhD, COI
Associate Professor of English
Department of English and Foreign Languages