Swarthmore College Offers Education Program for Adult Learners

Nancy Nicely

Lifelong Learning Program Continues at Swarthmore 

Swarthmore College is again offering courses for adult learners this spring.  The College's program - Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore - is designed for alumni and other adults who are interested in an intensive liberal arts experience.

The courses offered for the Spring 2009 semester will be taught by some of Swarthmore's most distinguished professors beginning in February.  They are:

  • The U.S. Presidency, taught at Swarthmore by Rick Valelly '75, Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science;
     
  • Mathematics in Nature and Human Experience, taught at Swarthmore by Deb Bergstrand, professor of mathematics;
  • Making Trouble: The Modernist Revolution, taught at Swarthmore by Philip Weinstein, Alexanser Griswold Cummins Professor of Literature; 
  • Living Lightly on the Earth, taught in New York City by Carr Everbach, professor of engineering; and
  • The Russian Short Story, taught in New York City by Thompson Bradley, Professor Emeritus of Russian. 

Each course meets once a week on a weekday evening and runs for eight weeks. Students do not receive grades or academic credit. The courses in NYC are open to Swarthmore alumni, adult members of their family, and friends.  

Gil Rose, the founder and director of Lifelong Learning, says Swarthmore's program is significantly different from other adult and distance-education programs offered by numerous other schools.  "Adult students in Lifelong Learning will have an experience that closely resembles that of Swarthmore undergraduates," he says.  "Classes are limited in size and taught by senior Swarthmore faculty.  The students have an intensive discussion-oriented experience in the true Swarthmore liberal arts tradition."

For more information, call 610-328-8696 or find more online.