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General Education

Students are required to complete at least 65 credits of general education courses, composed primarily but not exclusively of foundation courses and global seminars in a diverse liberal education environment.

General Education Requirements
Type of Course # Classes Credits Total
Foundation Courses 10 4 40
Global Seminars 4 3 12
Writing Requirement* 1 2 2
Quantitative Requirement* 1 2 2
Senior Reflection Paper 1 1 1
Work Portfolio 4 2 8
Total 65

* Based on a student’s background and preparation, a student may to be exempted from these requirements.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses are at the heart of Antioch’s general education program and are primarily intended as introductions to the various ways of knowing that exist within and between disciplines. To fulfill the general education requirement, students must take a total of ten foundation courses distributed as followed:

  • Take two courses from each academic division
  • Take an additional two foundation elective courses from any academic division

Students are free to take foundation courses across their four years of education, but the majority of them should be taken within the first two years.

Foundation courses provide a common intellectual experience and a sound basis of education for students in the liberal arts. This foundation supports the creation of a strong intellectual community, which is further developed in other general education components as described below. Foundation courses also provide an introduction to the various disciplines in the curriculum and hence form the foundation for majors. They introduce disciplines critical to understanding the human experience, including life in the community. These courses focus on students’ intellectual development in the core competency and literacy areas of critical thinking, reading, writing, oral presentation, visual interpretation and analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis, experiment, and research. They provide a cross-disciplinary lens through which to view the various global issues examined in the global seminars, as well as experiences gained in other educational activities. This allows students ample opportunity to forge intellectual bonds that extend beyond the classroom, offering a more cohesive and integrated learning environment.

List of Foundation Courses

MEDA 101 Issues in Contemporary Media Art and Internet-based Culture I
MEDA 102 Basic Media Production
PERF 103 Voice and Speech
PERF 104 Presence of the Performer
VISA 101 Visual Language: A Focus on Two Dimensions
VISA 102 Visual Language: A Focus on Three Dimensions
HIST 105 The World Beyond: Cultural Imagination, Exchanges, and History
HIST 110 Ohio Stories
LIT 110 Literature and History
LIT 120 Literature and Science
PHIL 105 Epistemology: Theories of Knowledge
PHIL 110 Law and Justice in the Western Tradition
BIO 105 General Biology I
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
ENVS 105 Introduction to Environmental Science
MATH 105 Statistical Discovery for Everyone
MATH 110 Pre-Calculus
MATH 115 Calculus I
Social Science
ANTH 105 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 110 Culture Conflict
PECO 105 Foundations of Political Economy
PECO 110 Principles of Economics
PSYC 105 General Psychology
PSYC 110 Foundations of Social Psychology

Global Seminars

Global seminars are interdisciplinary, theme-based courses designed to provide students with a broad understanding of several of the contemporary challenges facing humanity, using economic, social, political, scientific, moral/ethical, philosophical, and other approaches.

Each seminar presents a range of diverse perspectives in a variety of formats, including interactive lectures, visiting speakers, small- and large-group discussions, field trips, and student-driven projects. While Antioch College faculty organize the seminars and present on some issues, many of the presenters come from outside the immediate community and may include visiting faculty, journalists, recognized field experts, and the like. These courses are specifically designed to integrate Antioch College’s long tradition of applied liberal arts learning with its socially conscious values and mission.

As a complement to the thematic courses in the global seminars, Antioch College offers students the opportunity to continue research interests they have developed in their global seminars through courses titled Continued Studies in Global Seminar (GSC). These courses, offered only with instructors’ permission, allow interested students to engage in projects, research, and field work relevant to a Global Seminar topic they have already studied. These courses do not count towards the general education requirement, but they can fulfill elective credits or become part of a self-designed major.

List of Global Seminars
GS 110 Water
GS 120 Food
GS 130 Energy
GS 140 Health
GS 150 Governance
GS 160 Education
GSC 210 Continued Studies in Global Seminar
GSC 310 Continued Studies in Global Seminar

Writing and Quantitative Requirements

All students who graduate from Antioch College are expected to be able to write the English language with fluency and grace, and to be able to comprehend and use visual and numerical information effectively. By the end of their second year of study, and preferably within the first year, all students must complete the writing and quantitative requirement.

Students may complete writing and quantitative requirements in the following ways:

  • Successfully complete in a GSW 105 or GSQ 105 course.
  • Earn a sufficiently high score on the placement test during new student orientation for exemption from the quantitative skills requirement (There is no exemption by means of placement testing for the writing requirement).
  • Earn sufficiently high scores on certain common standardized tests, such as the AP or IB examinations.
  • Complete coursework at another institution that meets the writing or quantitative requirement (See transfer policy in the “Academic Policies and Regulations” chapter of the Course Catalog, page 176).
  • Complete coursework at Antioch College that meets the writing or quantitative requirement (Consult with your academic advisor or the registrar).

In all cases, students should inquire about the possibilities of exemptions from the requirements with a faculty advisor and should not assume these requirements have been met until they receive written confirmation from the registrar’s office.

Placement testing for writing, quantitative skills, and language proficiency occurs during new student orientation, which takes place immediately before the beginning of a student’s first study term on campus. In the event that the student’s placement tests indicate that they do not meet the minimum college-level requirements, students must enroll in the appropriate basic math or basic writing course. Upon successful completion of these courses, a student would then proceed to take courses that satisfy the writing and quantitative requirements.

List of Writing and Quantitative Courses
GSW 105/ENG 105 Writing Seminar
GSQ 105 Quantitative Seminar
List of Basic Skills Courses
ENG 090 College Writing Skills
MATH 090 College Math Skills

Senior Reflection Paper

During their last study term on campus, all students write a formal reflection paper about their educational experiences at Antioch College, in consultation with their faculty advisor(s) who formally evaluate this work. This paper focuses on the relationship and integration of the various elements of their education: classroom, co-op, and community. Students should consider how particular work, study, community, and language experiences worked together and built upon each other. Students may reflect back upon specific assignments, texts, or projects, and upon various successes, failures, challenges, growth experiences, and most importantly continued questions and areas for future growth. Overall, students should contemplate the ways in which various aspects of their Antioch College education contributed to their overall development, their sense of themselves and their future goals, and their ability to be continuing and life-long learners.

Senior Reflection Paper Course
SRP 494 Senior Reflection Paper

Work Portfolio

During each co-op term, students enroll in work portfolio classes of ever-increasing complexity and expectation. Credit is not earned for the work but rather for completion of course requirements, which include reading, creating and maintaining a resume, journal writing, written responses to prompts, and a series of reflection papers on the readings and work experiences. As such, it is possible for a student to satisfy the co-op requirement but fail a work portfolio course. Work portfolio courses are designed to teach students how to learn about their work or other approved experiential learning environments, to enable self-reflection, and to encourage student growth during their co-ops.

List of Work Portfolio Courses
Work 125T Work Portfolio for Transfer Students
Work 150 Work Portfolio I
Work 250 Work Portfolio II
Work 350 Work Portfolio III
Work 425 Work Portfolio IV
Work 450 Work Portfolio IV: Cultural Immersion
Work 475 Work Portfolio V