Humanities Curriculum

In the Humanities, we provide students with a solid grounding in the historical knowledge, clear writing, and clear thinking in order to provide them with the means to do the creative and intellectual work they love. 

We focus on transdisciplinary learning and foster agency while you engage in old and new communities.

Our faculty guide you as you discover your voice.

You collaborate with your peers and our faculty.

Real-world experience gained in our Cooperative Education Program will inform your classroom and academic life.

Practice-based classes provide you the opportunity to find your own way into an artistic discipline through hands-on, interactive, and small collaborative courses. You’ll get to do creative research and learn to use design software. Our small campus means you create connections to other students, your professors, and local arts practitioners. We provide access to opportunities and individualized mentoring.

Arts students have many spaces in which to learn their craft, make work, and exhibit/perform what they’ve created, including media and visual arts studios, WYSO Radio, Herndon Gallery, and the Foundry Theater, which houses blackbox, mainstage and other maker’s spaces.

Independent research-based and creative projects on a multitude of topics like:

  • Turkish immigrant communities in Dayton
  • racial discrimination in housing
  • Chicana feminist literature
  • rural trans poetry
  • Antioch College’s Books to Prisons project and the Dayton Correctional Institute
  • Marxist philosophy
  • the thought of Walter Benjamin
  • A comparative study of Hannah Arendt, Saul Alinsky, and Aristotle

While the Humanities Division emphasizes texts and contexts, knowledge and action are connected to ideas and experiences. Our students are:

  • leading community reading groups at the public library
  • taking courses that link the study of the Yoga Sutras to yoga practice at the Wellness Center
  • integrating the Antioch Farm into the study of philosophy, history, and literature
  • participating in the historic social justice milestones, like the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer in Mississippi

From queer literature to a quarter-long study of Gandhi, coursework spans disciplines and engages you in and out of the classroom. Some recent courses include:

  • HIST 110 Ohio Stories (Farm Edition) 
  • HIST 370 Special Topics in World History: Cross Cultural Encounters
  • ENG 351 Phenomenologies of Place 
  • LIT 350 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction 
  • PHIL 310 Special Topics in Philosophy: Ecology in Modern Religious Thought 

A requirement for completion of the bachelor’s degree at Antioch is completion of Cooperative Education experiences, full-time periods of either paid work, research, or other experiential opportunities. Humanities majors have held the following Co-op placements:

  • Paralegal Aide, Scholl-Ashodian LLC (Philadelphia)
  • Legal Assistant, Law Office of Phillip Brigham, LLC, (Chicago)
  • Program Assistant, North Star Fund (NYC)
  • Miller Fellow, Affordable Housing Associate, Yellow Springs Home Inc.
  • Arts in Action Fellow, Betty’s Daughters Arts Collective (NYC)
  • Dance Student/ Server, West African Dance Studio/ The Palace (Durham, NC)
  • Community Advocate, Causa Justa, (Oakland & San Francisco)
  • Production and Distribution Specialist, Collective Eye Films (Portland, OR)
  • Editorial Assistant, River Styx Magazine (St. Louis, MO)
  • Editorial Intern, Offbeat Magazine (New Orleans)
  • Paraprofessional Educator, Switzer Learning Center (Torrance, CA)
  • Sustainability Advocate, Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions (Yellow Springs)
  • Environmental Education and Data Collection Assistant, Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (Albuquerque,
    NM)
  • Sustainability Assistant, Lopez Island Land Trust (Washington);
  • Artist and Administrative Liaison, International Studio Curatorial Program / Bourbon Springs restaurant (NYC)
  • Copy Editor, Microcosm Publishing (Portland, OR)

Students culminate their Antioch experience with the completion of a capstone project. The pathway pursued by students will organically lead to the formation of their capstone project, developed in the final year through a combination of capstone coursework and faculty mentorship. The capstone project embraces a broad array of opportunities, including field study co-ops and/or projects based in Antioch’s curricular assets or in the local community.

Coco Gagnet
Philosophy

Hospitality, Erotic Interruption, and Salons as Experiential Philosophy / Welcoming the Strangeness of Ourselves / This project proposes feminist hospitality, a theory which values inclusion, care, and playfulness, as a necessary practice for knowing ourselves and others. Hospitality manifests as experiential philosophy by building on the legacy of 18th-century salons as spaces of exchange and growth, while reimagining that space as being newly accessible, vulnerable, and sensual. With the introduction of a meal, guest and host reconcile with the shared human precarity revealed through eating. I develop the concept of erotic interruption, which explores the permeability of our psychic and material edges, and desires to fully elucidate the transformation that can occur at the borders of what we know. The erotic interruption that happens in the co-created, ephemeral space of the salon serves as a thoughtful practice in which we might hope to catch a glimpse of one another, and ourselves, to have both a private and shared experience of joy, renewing our faith in possibility.

Rose Hardesty
Literature

Ecology in Children’s Literature / Children’s literature has historically been used to teach practical and ethical lessons about the world, as well as engage children’s imagination, creativity, and empathy. In this project, I will analyze children’s literature that explores themes of environmental justice, ecology, bioregionalism, and a sense of place, collective organizing, and community stewardship. My project is literature-focused, but inherently interdisciplinary, and will be grounded in the theories of ecocriticism, ecofeminism, and critical ecopedagogy. The work is rooted in eco-criticism because it will focus on the relationships between humans and their environment, and the treatment of nature in literature. It is rooted in ecofeminism as a lens through which to consider underrepresented experiences of gender, race, and class in environmental children’s literature. Finally, it is rooted in critical ecopedagogy as praxis to move forward the
conversation on inclusive and participatory environmental education.

Laura Kokernot
Literature

Stories from the Service Industry: What is it Like to Work in a Bar? / This project is based on interviews with bartenders and servers in the Ohio area. Although it is considered to be a rather ordinary profession, working in a bar actually puts the employee in quite the unique spot. Bartending and serving force one into close proximity with other people. This closeness, coupled with the effects of alcohol, naturally creates an environment that allows for intimacy between strangers, and puts the bartender at a vantage point where they are able to learn about people and their lives. It is an environment ripe with stories. My project explores the stories employees have collected on the job, what they have learned from the work, if anything, and their general thoughts and feelings about this type of work. The project is at its heart a piece of creative nonfiction; its focus is to capture the beauty and uniqueness of the lives of people that might normally be considered entirely ordinary.

Jebetu Matta Moiwai
Liberation Studies

Grandmamas Back | stories of war and resilience / Grandmamas Back explores the effect the blood diamond war had on my family through the body, space, and time. Never in her day did my grandmama think she would be forced to leave the land our people inhabited for generations. This work includes the voices of my father and eldest brother who survived the war. Grandmamas Back serves to illuminate questions of ancestral trauma and ancestral wisdom. How do we move trauma for our daughters and for those who came before? How do we preserve the stories, wisdom, and gifts of our ancestors? Storytelling is a tradition that runs deep within my bloodline. It is a
tool that has the power to weave a collective thread of understanding through an instance. This work is personal, therefore collective; collective, therefore personal. Welcome to my Grandmamas Back. Within each line, mark, rib, and vertebrae lies a story aching to be told.

Angel Nalubega
History

Saint Sabina: A History of Faith-Based Community Organizing in a Neighborhood Church / This paper explores the political and material importance of faith communities to working class Black people in the urban environment. It is a case study on The Faith Community of Saint Sabina, a Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago. This case study analyzes the Church’s place in a legacy of Black community organizing. Through this paper, I seek to illustrate the nuanced ways in which a church interacts, supports, and anchors a neighborhood in the urban environment. Ultimately, I argue that churches are effective spaces for revolutionary practice and sustained change in and for oppressed communities.

Meli Osanya
Literature

The World Is Yours / The World Is Yours is the creation of a person: a broken, black, queer woman living in a world that is falling apart around her. In her neurodivergence, the world’s smoke and flames are just a reflection of her state of being. An original retelling of Cinderella as a science fiction anti-novel, I seek to invite the greater audience to have a visceral intake of being as they are transported into the eclectic, ever-shifting mind of a vulnerable stranger. A clean 100 pages of selected works with an accompanying analysis of mental health, queer identity, and blackness in science fiction and pop culture. I hope you will make my world, yours.

Angelina Rodriguez
Literature

Approaching Anorexia: A Disordered Body of Work / This body of work engages Julia Kristeva’s essay, “Approaching Abjection” from Powers of Horror to investigate the human intimacies of eating and feeding disorders. The lens of abjection offers profound insights that move beyond the realms of church, the clinic, or the big screen. I will utilise Kristeva’s points regarding mortality, the body, relationship to the mother and father, narcissism, self identity, and the symbolic to re-frame Anorexia and Bulimia. “Approaching Abjection” begins to uncover the emotions, drives, and religiosity of restrictive eating practice. This essay pushes against common narratives of Anorexia and asks how these narratives shape the stories of the disordered. Anorexia is not merely a weight-loss regimen or a fad diet, but a deeply complex and varied culturally and historically significant psychic phenomenon. My writing style pushes against convention by evoking an uncertainty
that is proper to the abject and the ever changing, impermanence of the disordered body. The essay plays with the revolting and enticing qualities of the abject like Julia Kristeva’s post-structuralist style does. It offers both linguistic deconstruction and creation.

Students who graduate with degrees in the humanities continue their education in graduate programs in all disciplines, become teachers, work as artists, and pursue a variety of professional opportunities. Here are a few: 

  • Perri Freeman ’15, BA in History, was elected to the Burlington (Vt.) City Council in March 2019.
  • Eric Rhodes ’16, BA in History, is completing the MA in History at Miami University. 
  • Jenn Wheeler ’15, BA in Philosophy, is the database and systems support analyst at Antioch College.  
  • Nargees Jumahan ’15, BA in History and Visual Art, is an elementary school teacher at Gold Oak Montessori.
  • Trinica Sampson ’16, BA in Literature, is a support services coordinator at Foundation Communities in Austin, Texas. 
  • Angel Nalubega ’18, BA in History, is a co-teacher at St. James School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.