Design your degree, design your future

Those who wish to design the future they wish to see must first create their own path to success – that’s a fact. Antioch College knows best, especially when it comes to teaching students to lead change in social movements. What better place to learn how to create change than at an institution recognized as a member of the colleges that change lives?

The process of becoming a world changer begins with the right degree, which isn’t hard to come by in Yellow Springs, Ohio – a town considered one of the coolest in the state. Within the connected community of Antioch, each program is as unique as its creator – fully personalized based on background, interests and aspirations. Students even assemble their own groups around performing arts, political engagement, athletics and more, which means campus life varies from year to year, depending on the prospects that arrive from near or far.

Throughout, faculty members provide valuable guidance, guiding students on a self-directed path of study that involves engaging with core topics across a range of academic disciplines and real-world experiences. Options abound in the academic divisions of Arts, Humanities, Science, Social Science, Cooperative Education, Language and Culture, Center for Quantitative Reasoning, and Institute of Writing.

Antioch College is located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, a city considered one of the coolest in the state. Source: Antioch College

The rewarding path begins with students choosing between a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Then, in their second year, they enroll in a Design Your Degree course, which gives them the toolkit and perspective to articulate what they want to achieve. Regardless of the specialization or multidisciplinarity of their major, it is entirely up to them.

Popular fields of study include Anthropology, Biology and biomedical sciences, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Environmental Sciences, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global political economy, Story, Interdisciplinary Arts, Literature and writing, Media arts, Pre-legal studies, Psychology, Sustainabilityand visual artsamong many others.

Through Antioch Humanities Division, students savor history, literature, and philosophy to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their world. Through the Social Sciences, they acquire concrete knowledge of political and social institutions. In the Arts Departmentstudents and faculty analyze and produce documentary and narrative film, radio, 2D and 3D visual arts, experimental theater and performance art.

Those who seek to change the world through the power of science would be pleased to know that Antioch is also home to a faculty that has disciplinary expertise in forest ecosystem analysis, forestry, molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology, environment, chemistry and biology. The scientific division also offers multiple opportunities to explore professional experiences. All students can take courses in French language and culture, Spanish language and culture, Global and transnational engagementand Social enterprise and innovation.

“Antioch has changed me in many ways, but the most important and meaningful lessons here have pushed me to be more confident and self-determined,” says Odette Chavez-Mayo, a graduate in media arts who won the En Foco photography scholarship in 2020.

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The Antioch Cooperative Education Program has been in existence for over 100 years. Source: Antioch College

Such results are guaranteed to those who make the most of Antioch’s unique and historical experiential learning requirement. In fact, his Cooperative Education Program has been in operation for over 100 years, offering students the opportunity to make a name for themselves in partner organizations, self-directed learning ventures or through research. At the same time, they learn to navigate complex work environments, communicate publicly, and experiment with solution-focused approaches to social change. These experiments can occupy about a third of their program.

It’s no wonder that all graduates come out of Antioch and join organizations or continue their studies to make an impact. For example, Ryann Patrus, a 2015 graduate, just earned a doctorate in disability studies from The Ohio State University’s Department of Comparative Studies. Gabe Iglesia, a 2016 graduate, has accepted his second post as a diplomat with the US Foreign Service, this time in Seoul, South Korea. Meanwhile, 2017 graduate Taylor Spratt recently received a Fulbright scholarship to teach English at a university in Brazil – her research focuses on youth civic leadership and participatory budgeting.

If you are ready to tackle today’s complex social and ecological challenges, Antioch College warmly welcomes you to find out more. Already convinced? To accelerate a self-directed academic experience of a lifetime, Click here to apply today.

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