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Cool Course: “5003: Foundations in Individualized Study” 

If you ever talk to a student, alum, or faculty member of Antioch’s Individualized Master of Arts, there is a high likelihood that they will bring up “FDN-5003: Foundations in Individualized Study.” This course, with its alphanumeric code that sounds like something from a Sci-Fi story, is much more than just another class.

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Cool Course: “Senior Project”

“We’re not reading a book and taking a test on each chapter; we’re talking about how what you’re learning impacts your life,” says Hays Moulton, Chair of Undergraduate Studies for Antioch University’s Online programs.

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Cool Course: “How to Address Homelessness in Your Town”

It’s common to hear people say that housing is a human right, yet by many estimates, over half a million Americans experience housing insecurity every year. “It’s time to create a groundswell of interest in this topic in this country,” says Charles Durrett, an architect, activist, builder of cohousing communities globally, and instructor of the upcoming four-week Continuing Education course at Antioch, “How to Address Homelessness in Your Town,”…

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Cool Course: “Strategy, Innovation, and Resilience”

Business is always about profit. That’s the bottom line. Unless you’re talking about Ken Baker’s class, “Strategy, Innovation, and Resilience,”—then it’s time to think bigger. This class doesn’t have one bottom line, but three. “The triple bottom line is not about regular ‘business as usual,’” explains Baker. “It’s about taking a more holistic approach, where we talk about people, the planet, and profits.” This framework is changing how students conceptualize what it means to be successful.

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Cool Course: “Global Perspectives on Stress”

Jeff Gaddess sees the prevalence of stress in our society as a product of the ways that it is arranged. “There are reasons you feel the way you feel,” he says. Instead, in his undergraduate course “Global Perspectives of Stress,” he guides students as they explore how different cultures from around the world manifest and manage stress—ultimately aiming to find new ways to disrupt today’s cycles of stress and trauma. 

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Art and the Path to Healing

“I love the ways that the arts and social sciences can be brought together,” says Ángel L. Martínez, PhD, who teaches the course Systemic & Generational Trauma.