Courses for Credit & Audit

Earn college credits or just learn more about a subject that interests you. Courses are open to high school juniors and seniors, students enrolled at other colleges and universities, and the general public. Courses may be audited or taken for college credit. Special topic courses are offered both by the College’s faculty and by visiting faculty who are experts in the field. 

2020 July–August Block Courses

July 6 — July 31, 2020 

In this historic moment of closures and self isolation, we invite you to gather with Antioch, virtually.

Due to COVID-19, all courses are being offered via distance learning formats.

Audit fees are $300 per course. Non-degree-seeking students may take course for academic credit for $500 per credit unit.

Democratic Discourse, Deliberation and Understanding

Interdisciplinary and Programmatic Course, Experimental (IPCE) 105: Democratic Discourse, Deliberation and Understanding
Susan (Shay) Mayer
Thursday and Friday 10am-12 noon
Monday-Thursday, 2pm-4pm (Eastern Time)

July 9–23, 2020
Week of July 6th: Thursday and Friday
Weeks of July 13th and July 20th: Monday and Thursday

On-line synchronous, 2 credits, minimum enrollment to run: 5; maximum enrollment: 15

Description: What do we mean when we speak of “democratic discourse” or “democratic deliberation”? Do we think of democracy as a useful resource as we seek to negotiate our relationships with those who differ from us based on their belief systems, social identities, or cultures? Participants will engage in several collaborative, inquiry-based investigations and will reflect together on those experiences and on a number of short texts on pluralism and democracy drawn from a diverse array of American thinkers, including 19th century Black, indigenous, and female intellectuals. The course will meet for ten days over a period of two and a half weeks. In addition to assigned readings, the course will involve some ongoing journaling, a culminating 2-4 page reflection paper and 3 listening and writing exercises. For those registering for academic credit, the possibility exists of expanding the course listening exercises into a 1 credit oral history project.

About the Instructor

Susan Jean (Shay) Mayer is a developmental learning and curricular theorist who writes on a range of issues related to democratic K-12 practice, social science method, and the study of learning within schools. Mayer draws on contemporary understandings of the work of psychologists Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky and on the philosophy of pragmatism as explicated by John Dewey. Her 2012 book, Classroom Discourse and Democracy: Making Meanings Together, employs classroom discourse analysis in order to characterize and theorize distinctively democratic features of secondary literature discussions.

Mayer has taught in teacher education programs at Brandeis and Northeastern Universities and worked in secondary textbook production for five years. She is editor-in-chief of the online Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies and was a founding member of Critical Explorers, a non-profit that conducts curricular research and design residencies ( An edited book on the use of the teaching approach Critical Exploration in the Classroom within teacher education programs is in review.

International Hispanophone Conversations & Current Topics

Interdisciplinary and Programmatic Course, Experimental (ICPE) 105: International Hispanophone Conversations & Current Topics
Didier Franco
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
4:15pm -5:30pm (Eastern Time)
July 6–31
Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or placement in Spanish 102 or higher (contact instructor with questions)

On-line course, synchronous; minimum enrollment to run: 5; maximum enrollment: 15

This course will use the communicative approach to language learning and cross cultural study. It will integrate cultural products, practices, and perspectives while developing the four skills of communication in Spanish (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Language focus will be on real time interpersonal oral production of simple present and past tense phrases. This course roughly targets the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Novice-High rating. Teaching methodologies may include task-based and other experiential learning assignments. Taught in Spanish.

About the Instructor

Didier Franco, Assistant Professor of Spanish, received his MA in Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Summa Cum Laude, from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He has also received a Certificate of Achievement from the College of Graduate Studies and Research, at Northeastern Illinois University. Didier is a member of the SIGMA DELTA PI, National Honor Society in Spanish, The Association of College Honor Societies, and a member of the NACADA, National Academic Advising Association. Didier previously taught both Spanish and Literature at the City Colleges of Chicago. Didier has recently received a certificate from CARLA, The Center for Advanced Research and Language Acquisition, for completion of study in teaching language online. His future research interests include the exploration of various identities in United States Latino literature emphasizing their significance and role in past and modern American Intersectionalism.


To enroll, please apply for admission as a non-degree-seeking student. View full instructions here under the “Non-Degree-Seeking” tab.

Registration must be completed by Monday, June 22. 

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To enroll, please apply for admission as a non-degree-seeking student.