Weekend College

Students enrolled in Antioch University Seattle’s Weekend College are on a fast track to receive a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies within a structured four-quarter program.

The Weekend College is designed for students who have a significant number of college credits, with approximately 45 credits already completed in a specific area of concentration.

If you wish to complete your degree in a program that fits a busy life and schedule and offers alternative class scheduling, the Weekend College is for you.

Classes are held one weekend a month, three times each quarter, and online distance learning takes place independently in between sessions. The Weekend College also works well for students who live far away, but can travel one weekend a month to attend classes.

Adult students deserve respect for knowledge gained in the real world. With structured classes to help you translate past work and life experience, these can be acknowledged and honored as academic credit earned toward your degree.

The Weekend College offers a chance for you, as a student, to participate in a community learning environment that honors multiculturalism, social justice and a deep intention to value all students’ different learning styles, experiences and personal and professional goals.


Campus Cohort & Online Learning

The Weekend College is a cohort program for busy students who seek a low-residency bachelor’s degree completion option.

The Weekend College emphasizes a collaborative learning experience through its cohort-based education philosophy. A cohort is a group of approximately 20 to 25 students who take all of their classes together. You work with and learn from your peers throughout the duration of the program with the support of small learning teams formed at the beginning of your first quarter.

  • Students in the Weekend College meet on Saturday and Sunday, one weekend a month, three times each quarter, with occasional learning team meetings.
  • Between sessions, you participate in structured online learning activities to help them stay academically and socially connected.
  • The program is designed for a full-time academic load (average 12 credits a quarter).

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Admission Requirements

  • Upper division academic skills, including writing and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and carry out independent academic work, including a high degree of responsibility and skills in self-directed learning
  • Strong ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others in an interactive learning environment
  • Familiarity with and strong competency in online computer skills

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Length of Program

You can complete your degree in the Weekend College in four, five or six quarters depending on the number of credits you transfer to the program.

  • On average, the program admits students who have 90 to 120-plus transfer credits already completed.
  • Students with 120 transfer credits and college-level learning (which can be documented through prior learning — see below) can complete this degree in four quarters.
  • Students admitted with less than 120 credits or who have fewer prior learning credits to document can complete this degree within an extended five or six quarters.

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Prior Learning: Earning Credit for Life Experience

Antioch University believes adult students deserve respect and recognition for their achievements and knowledge gained in the real world. The University offers an option to pursue academic credit for college-level knowledge and skills acquired outside the classroom. Click here to learn more.

On average, students document 18 prior learning credits in the Weekend College program. The maximum amount you can document is 48 prior learning credits.

To help you navigate the prior learning process, two classes are offered:

  • Learning From Experience (1 credit class)
    Adult learners bring enormous amounts of life experience with them as they enter the B.A. program. This class enables students to translate life experience into potential credit for their prior learning.
  • Writing From Life (1 credit class)
    This class is designed for students who are actively documenting life learning for college credit and provides them with the opportunity to write their documentation packages.

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Assessing Student Learning

The degree requirements for completing a bachelor’s degree through the Weekend College are:

  • Complete 180 quarter credits, at least 45 of which must be completed at Antioch University
  • Enroll for at least four quarters in the Antioch University B.A. program
  • Complete the degree process with the creation of an online portfolio of academic progress
  • Document 60 upper-division level credits
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of at least one focus area (an Area of Concentration)
  • Demonstrate mastery of the five core competencies through presentations, coursework, writing, creative products and reflection on other experiences
  • Complete an internship or field-based learning
  • Complete a senior synthesis project

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Areas of Concentration & Degree Options

  • Individualized Degree Program: You choose and create your own degree to fit your particular area of interest
  • Arts and Literature: You prepare for work in writing, publishing, visual arts and arts management
  • Environmental Studies: You will increase your understanding of environmental justice issues, explore techniques of place-based urban sustainability and enhance your appreciation of the natural world
  • Global Studies: You explore and learn ways to create democracy and social justice through cross-cultural studies, environmental activism, international relations and political activism
  • Human Development and Learning: You examine developmental theories and research associated with infancy, childhood and adolescence in the context of families, schools, work and community
  • Human Services: You learn about case management, advocacy, community organizing and policy-related work
  • Leadership & Organizational Studies: You understand the nature of dynamic leadership skills, promoting effective change, management, organizational psychology, business and policy, and advocacy in education and social services
  • Psychology: You prepare for graduate studies in psychology & social studies with a career as a counseling professional
  • Social Justice Studies: You focus on work in political and grassroots organizing with positive social change and justice issues and within governmental agencies concerned with social justice issues
  • Spiritual Studies: You study the sacred, religious traditions, the human psyche, philosophy and professional and personal spiritual context
  • Sustainable Business: you learn innovative business practices that effect positive social outcomes and develop the knowledge and skills to effect positive, lasting change within today’s challenging business environment

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Sample Curriculum

Fall – First Quarter

  • Liberal Studies Seminar– 4 credits
  • Learning From Life Experience – 1 credit
  • Academic and Critical Writing – 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary humanities and science seminar (example: Spiritual Psychology of the Human Heart) – 4 credits

Winter – Second Quarter

  • Diversity, Power and Privilege – 4 credits
  • Writing From Life – 1 credit
  • Inquiry and Research – 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary seminar (example: North American History 1870 to present) – 4 credits

Spring – Third Quarter

  • Interdisciplinary seminar (example: Literature of Displacement) – 4 credits
  • Priors Registration – estimated 16 credits
  • Group Independent Study (chosen by cohort) – 4 to 6 credits
  • Integration and Synthesis Seminar 2 credits

Summer – Fourth Quarter

  • Applied Liberal Arts – 4 credits
  • Interdisciplinary seminar (example: The Palestine-Israeli Conflict) – 4 credits
  • Senior Synthesis – 2 credits
  • Independent Study or Internship – 2 credits

FAQ

Is the Weekend College a good fit for me?
If you say yes to many of the following questions, this program is right for you.

  • I am available for an intensive one-weekend-a-month course load (Saturday and Sunday all day)
  • I have strong computer competency skills, ready access to a computer and I am able to engage in an online learning program
  • I have upper division writing and critical thinking skills
  • I have a desire to work collaboratively with my peers in a cohort (small group) structured style of learning
  • I would like to receive college credit for my life and past work experiences
  • I already have completed at least 45 credits of concentrated learning in an academic area
  • I appreciate self-directed learning environments

How long is the degree program?

  • Students with 120 transfer credits and college-level learning (which can be documented through the credit for life experience or prior learning process) can complete this degree in 4 quarters (a calendar year).
  • An AUS BA Completion degree requires 60 upper-division level credits.
  • Students admitted with less than 120 credits or who have fewer prior learning credits to document can complete this degree within an extended 5 or 6 quarters.

Is it possible to enter this bachelor’s degree completion program without deciding my specialization?
The Weekend College is designed for those who already have completed significant learning in at least one academic area. Some think of it as a kind of “upside-down degree.” The primary focus of the weekend college is to provide students with a range of upper-division liberal studies courses to help them develop academic skills and competencies to earn a bachelor’s degree. Most students have completed the primary coursework in their specific area of concentration.

When are classes?
Classes are held one weekend a month on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., three times a quarter. Classes are located at Antioch University Seattle’s campus in the Belltown neighborhood north of downtown.

How much time will I have to spend on online learning outside of the classroom?
Required online sessions is a large part of your independent learning. On average, you’re asked to be online 10 hours per class credit.

How much time (on average) is spent doing homework?
Keep in mind this is a full-time course load. While you have a great deal of flexibility because you can complete reading, writing and the online learning requirement at your own pace, you need to spend approximately 36 hours a week on average on university-related activities (this includes classroom time, online learning and all of your homework combined).

Will I collaborate with my peers in my classes?
Antioch University emphasizes collaborative learning through its cohort-based education philosophy. A cohort is a group of approximately 20 to 25 students who take all of their classes together. You work with and learn from your peers throughout the duration of the Weekend College program.

Can I work full time while in this program?
Yes, the program is designed with this in mind and most Weekend College students are employed full time while in the program. You also are encouraged to integrate your work within your learning as much as possible.

What is the cost of the program?
Antioch Univeristy’s costs are competitive with those of other private universities. You can reduce your costs by documenting life experiences through our prior learning process.  In this way, you may receive credit for experiences and learning you have obtained over the course of your life (up to 48 credits), and at about a quarter the tuition of regular credits.  Moreover, you are likely to discover that through the process of reflecting on and documenting this prior learning, you will deepen your understanding of the topic, thus providing new insights and a solid foundation for your studies at Antioch University.

In addition, Antioch University Seattle offers scholarships, payment plans and financial aid for full and part-time students.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, please contact Antioch University Seattle’s Financial Aid office at 206-268-4010 (or toll free 888-268-4477) or e-mail financialaid.aus@antioch.edu.

Faculty

To read about adjunct faculty who teach in the B.A. in Liberal Studies program, click here.

 

B. J. Bullert

PhD
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4715

Katherine S. Davies

Center for Creative Change
DPhil
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4908
206-268-4811

Anne Nancy C. Harvey

MSW
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4401

Mark Hower

Center for Creative Change
PhD
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4713

Randolph Morris

PhD
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4408

Phoenix Raine

BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4419

Jonathan Scherch

PhD
Dean, BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Dean, Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4710

Michael Viola

PhD
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4402

Sue Woehrlin

PhD
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4411

Britt Yamamoto

Center for Creative Change
PhD
BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change

206-268-4908
206-268-4706