Recent interest in learning communities indicates appreciation for the value of interdisciplinary study. Learning communities are "supportive settings which require students to share the experience of learning with others" (Tinto, 1998). Research suggests that learning communities are useful for several reasons. They result in more intellectual interaction among students and between students and faculty members. They increase student involvement and create a sense of community.
The learning communities show impressive results in terms of student academic achievement, student intellectual development, retention, and student motivation. Learning communities increae curricular coherence and provide ample opportunities for the integration and reinforcement of ideas. They promote and understanding of complex issues that cross disciplinary boundaries (Smith, 1991)