If you’d like to take a few stimulating college classes without actually going back to school, you’re in luck. Two new centers in North Phoenix offer anyone age 50 and up college-level courses from ASU instructors for the sheer pleasure of learning. The prices are low and there are no grades to worry about.
Courses offered include history, art, music, opera, health, creative writing, science, current events, the environment, literature, politics, religion, physics, space exploration and Shakespeare.
For 12 years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (OLLI at ASU) has provided “university-quality, low-cost learning experiences through diverse short classes, campus-based learning opportunities, and pathways to public service,” the organization said in a statement.
“OLLI at ASU offers a diverse selection of non-credit short courses and lectures taught by premier ASU faculty, emeritus professors, and talented community scholars,” said Sally Underwood, Coordinator of the center’s West campus. “There are no grades, no tests, or educational requirements.”
The fall semester runs from September through December at the two new locations:
OneAZ Credit Union
2355 W Pinnacle Peak Road
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
3711 W. Deer Valley Road.
Among the more than 100 classes offered this fall (full schedule):
- Innovations in Health: Finding Solutions
- The Lives and Rights of Animals in Literature, Philosophy, and Culture
- From Bach to Rock: Inspiring Great Choreographers
- An American Presidential Dynasty: 1800 – 1840
- Archaeology of the Unseen
- Humans and the Environment
“Along with the classes will come many opportunities for you to experience extraordinary cultural events, meaningful volunteer activities, deep friendships, and new ways to serve others.” said Richard C. Knopf, director of OLLI at ASU.
Once joining OLLI, members can register for as many classes as desired, and they get discounted admission to cultural centers such as the Heard Museum, The Nash, Ballet Arizona and the Arizona Opera. Membership for the fall semester is $20, and classes are $12 per session.
Registration can be done now or anytime during the semester at lifelonglearning.asu.edu or by calling (602) 543-6440.
The program is funded, in part, by the Bernard Osher Foundation.