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Experience a New Kind of Learning

Why Design
Your Own Degree?

The answer is simple: there is no better way for the students of today to become the change-makers of tomorrow. Antioch College is a platform where students launch themselves down a path of self-directed study, engaging a core topic through a range of academic disciplines and real- world experiences. Resolving today’s complex social and ecological problems requires adopting perspectives that are as unique as our students’ backgrounds, interests, and aspirations. By taking charge of their learning and engaging in interdisciplinary study, Antioch students are preparing to win victories for humanity in the twenty-first century.

Designing your own degree may seem like a daunting task. But Antioch students are supported through signature courses that guide them through the creation of their self-designed majors. During their first quarter on campus, students enroll in ANTC 101: Antioch Commons, where they are introduced to our faculty, their areas of expertise, and the educational experiences available to them through our Cooperative Education program (Co-op) and affiliated learning assets including as the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, the Antioch Farm, the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, and NPR affiliate WYSO FM.

After taking courses in academic areas of interest and going on their first Co-op field placement, students return to campus in their second year ready to embark on their self-designed major. In ANTC 200: Design Your Degree, students identify the topical areas that will form the base of their self-designed major, select a faculty advising committee, and write a Statement of Inquiry that outlines their path of self-directed study. Students then take topically-focused courses in multiple disciplines to expand the depth and breadth of their knowledge.

Guided by faculty committed to student-centered teaching, students explore their interests through research projects, social engagement initiatives, and creative practices while gaining autonomous learning skills. After two more co-op adventures, Antioch students enter their final year prepared to launch dynamic Senior Capstone Projects.

The words of the late Loren Pope, former education editor of The New York Times and author of Colleges That Change Lives, speaks to Antioch College’s unique capacity:
Antioch is in a class by itself. There is no college or university in the country that makes a more profound difference in a young person’s life, or that creates more effective adults. None of the Ivies, big or small, can match Antioch’s ability to produce outstanding thinkers and doers.

An Antioch College Education Works

Ultimately, Antioch College shapes students who are capable of undertaking and completing long-term projects while making connections across multiple disciplines and real-world experiences.

Motivated by the pursuit of social and environmental justice at the core of our College’s mission, today’s Antioch graduates will play a key role in crafting a present and future for the betterment of all.

Design your own degree and your path to achieving it

Students design their own pathways to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. In their second year, they enroll in a Design Your Degree course that helps them articulate their program vision, goals and course lists. Student degree plans can be focused around a single theme, or as multi-disciplinary as our courses and our faculty. All Antioch students continue to participate in the College’s signature Cooperative Education program, which includes periods of full-time work, research, or other off-campus experiential opportunities.  

Degree Requirements

In a traditional college, students talk about “declaring” a major, usually by the end of their sophomore year. Your guided self-design process will help you affirm your vision and how to get there, and will be way more worthwhile.

Curricular AreaCredits
General Education54
Language and Culture12
Cooperative Education36
SustainabilityCredited above
Total Credits to a Degree180

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General Education and the First Year

The College believes education is a process of helping each individual to develop in his or her own way to his or her utmost capacity. An independent liberal arts college originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is imbued with the spirit of the words of its first president, Horace Mann: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

The general education program includes courses in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences; English composition and math courses; and values-based courses such as required courses in diversity, sustainability, and the senior reflection paper. 

Here are some courses that make up the core of the first year/general education experience. 

ANTC 101, Antioch Commons

The world needs people like you who can engage in unconventional thinking. Here you will learn the Antiochian way of learning through exploration, participating in campus governance, serving, collaborating, and forging a better future together through the democratic process.

ANTC 102, Dialogue Across Difference

The cure for bigotry is not mere tolerance, it is the ability to understand others. In this course, you will learn how to engage in intercultural dialogue, how to conduct respectful discourse across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion and national origin.

ENG 105, English Composition

No matter what you want to become, you will need to know how to write in an authoritative, academic voice. This course will teach you general guidelines for how to put your ideas into writing so the stories you tell and the solutions you propose receive the respect they deserve.

ENG 251, Expository Writing

It will take more than proper spelling and grammar to persuade your audience that your words are important. This course will teach you research techniques to support your stories and ideas, and how you will need to adapt your writing technique to reach different audiences.

EXPR 145, Foundations of Community Action: Preparation for Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education, or “co-op”, is your opportunity to get off campus and put your passions, knowledge and skill to work. Yes, it’s a job, but also part of the Antioch College curriculum. We will prepare you to apply, interview and build relationships through this exciting experience.

Self-Designed Major

As they advance in their studies, students work with faculty advisors to devise self-designed majors. Coursework in the major builds upon students’ experiences in the general education curriculum while providing students with pathways to deepen their knowledge or further develop their passion in a particular area of study, and culminates in a Capstone Project in which students create and present original work based upon and inspired by their self-designed major.


Term by Term Pathway

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education remains a central component of Antioch’s curriculum. Through Co-op, students spend at least 25 percent, and up to 33 percent, of their undergraduate education engaged in the kinds of full-time work, research, or self-directed enterprises that have earned Antioch students an international reputation for creativity, industriousness, and ingenuity . During co-operative education terms (listed as “work” in the table below), students earn 12 academic credits for their experiential education as they work full-time.

Students Have completed their co-ops throughout the United States and in the following countries:

United StatesThe AmericasAsia
Boston, Mass.ArgentinaIndia
Chicago, Ill.CanadaIsrael
Cincinnati, OhioBahamasJapan
Dayton, OhioBelizeNepal
Evanston, Ill.BoliviaThailand
Honolulu, HawaiiChile
Houston, TexasColombiaEurope
Kauaʻi, HawaiiCosta RicaAustria
Lopez Islands, Wash.EcuadorBelgium
Los Angeles, Calif.GuatamalaCzech Republic
Monterey, Calif.MexicoDenmark
New Orleans, La.NicaraguaFrance
New York, NYPeruGermany
Olympia, Wash.St. VincentIreland
Philadelphia, Pa.Italy
Portland, Ore.AfricaUnited Kingdom
San Diego, Calif.EthiopiaSpain
San Francisco, Calif.Ghana
Santa Fe, NMMaliOceania
Washington, D.C.SenegalAustralia
New Zealand


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Language and Culture

At Antioch, we believe the victories for humanity we seek require us to reach beyond ourselves and engage with others for global solutions. We’ve crafted a language and culture requirement that is proficiency based, not credit based. This means that each student must demonstrate that they can can communicate and cooperate with others in a second language.

Showing native speakers of another language that you can build on common ground with them and that you care about what’s important to them is a necessary step to working for a better world. This also improves skills of cultural awareness, communication, and engagement that will be useful to you wherever you might be.

Antioch College currently offers study opportunities in FrenchJapanese, and Spanish. All students are required, at a minimum, to achieve Novice-High oral proficiency in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in a second language.

Students also have the option of pursuing more advanced language learning leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a language focus. This program of study includes the completion of one language immersion Cooperative Education experience abroad.