Common Threads

Majors Eligible to Join

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Program Description

First developed in 2002, Common Threads is learning community for freshmen in the Apparel Merchandising, and Design (AMD) major. Common Threads consists of all AMD first-year students enrolling directly from high school. Approximately 27 students may live in the residential component in Maple Hall. The learning community consists of an academic, peer mentor, and residential component.

The academic component consists of a university orientation class and a major specific orientation. In addition, there is reserved seating in two beginning-level AMD classes: AMD 165 - Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society, and AMD 131 - Fashion Products and Markets. One section of English 150 is reserved for AMD students who would like to enhance their writing experiences with topics related more closely to their major.

Five to six AMD peer mentors work to provide students experiences and information to aid in the successful adjustment to the academic, social, and personal challenges college may present. Peer mentors organize study and project work sessions, creativity sessions, and social activities.

Living Options

Residential – Twenty seven students are slated to live in Maple Hall on the second floor. 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community, simply select your learning community preference when filling out your Department of Residence contract in the Housing portal. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.


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