Against Theme Halls

Student Affairs Leader, 35(22):1-2, 2007

2 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2015

Date Written: 2007


Theme halls — dormitory spaces that bring together all the art students or all the science students or all the athletes or all the nurses — have been proliferating in American higher education for a number of years. Born of a desire to repair the social decay that has spread through campus life since the 1960s, these well-intentioned programs are better than the status quo that has long existed on many campuses, and they are certainly better than nothing. But theme halls are misguided arrangements, and there are intellectual and practical reasons to reject them.

Keywords: colleges, collegiate universities, education reform, higher education, house systems, housing, liberal education, planning, residential colleges, student life, universities

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

O’Hara, Robert J., Against Theme Halls (2007). Student Affairs Leader, 35(22):1-2, 2007, Available at SSRN:

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