Common Threads

The Common Threads Learning Community consists of first-year students enrolled in the undergraduate apparel, merchandising, and design major. The goal of Common Threads is to provide students with a variety of academic and life experiences. 

Common Threads classes

Common Threads students will attend a common set of classes together. Knowing classmates from the start of the semester helps the student adjust to the academic rigor of college by forming immediate connections and friendships.

An academic link between English and a first-year apparel, merchandising, and design class enables students to enhance their learning experience by drawing upon content from one class to use in another.

During the first semester, Common Threads:

  • Students take AESHM 111: Professional Development for the Fashion Industry in special sections reserved for the residential and non-residential students.
  • Students required to take English 150: Critical Thinking and Communication will also take AMD 165: Dress and Diversity in Society.
  • Students not required to take English 150: Critical Thinking and Communication may select from either AMD 165: Dress and Diversity in Society or AMD 131: Introduction to the Textiles and Apparel Industry.

Common Threads activities

In addition to the connections students make in class, the learning community employs peer mentors who arrange for academic and extracurricular activities to enhance the college experience. Peer mentors may arrange for:

  • Field trips
  • End-of-semester gatherings with faculty
  • Study sessions
  • Project work sessions

Peer mentors also help with the required service learning component of AESHM 111: Professional Development for the Fashion Industry.

Sign up

Each year, 30 spaces are reserved for students who wish to participate in the residential component of Common Threads. Young House in Maple Hall is the home of the residential component of Common Threads. Members that would prefer to participate in the non-residential component of Common Threads may live anywhere on campus.

Residential component: Students interested in participating in the residential component of Common Threads (living on Young Housefloor in Maple Hall) designate this on their housing contract.

Non-residential component: Students interested in participating in the non-residential component of Common Threads should contact Chris Leiran Wise.