Take an Unlimited Number Courses at the Osher Campus
Courses form the core of our program. Our 50+ course offerings per term, in areas such as the arts, mathematics and finance, film, history, current events, government, language and literature, and science and technology, are presented in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where there are no tests or other “measurement” criteria. We encourage interaction and discussion in every class.
Full-Term and Half-Term Courses
Our courses meet weekly over a full term (10 weeks) or a half term (5 weeks). You may register for as many courses per term as you wish. The link below will take you to our current course catalog that contains the schedule and detailed course descriptions.
During most terms, we offer one-session classes on Mondays at 11:15 am. The current term's one-session classes can be found on our Events Calendar.
Take Liberal Arts Courses on the RIT Campus
Full members can sit in on (audit) RIT College of Liberal Arts courses for free (but you do not earn college credits). Offerings include anthropology, fine arts, languages, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, women & gender studies, writing, and more. Check the RIT online course catalog for available Liberal Arts courses, and then talk to an Osher staff member to get registered. Do not register yourself through the RIT website or you will get charged tuition.
Lead an Osher Course
Some people say teaching is the best way to learn. Share your gifts of experience—or dive into something new.
At Osher, courses are developed and led by members. No previous teaching experience is required, just a desire to share with others your knowledge or passion for a topic. In keeping with the mission of Osher, course topics are primarily academically oriented. Prior to each term, course proposals are submitted to and reviewed by the Course Offerings Committee. Course proposals include the course title and description, the text or materials that will be used, the type of instruction planned (i.e. lecture, discussion, seminar) the length of the course, and other pertinent information. Go to the Resources page to fill out the Course Proposal Form. Mentoring for new course leaders is available.
Additionally, members can lead a one-session class. These classes are appropriate for topics that can be covered in an hour and a half. One-session classes give you the opportunity to "try out" course leadership to see if it is for you! Go to the Resources page to fill out the Course Proposal Form.