Take an Unlimited Number Courses at the Osher Campus
Courses form the core of our program and are offered in four terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. 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. Your membership fee allows you to take as many courses per term as you would like, at no additional charge. With three class periods per day, you could take as many as 14 classes per week if you were so inclined! The link below will take you to our current course catalog that contains the schedule and detailed course descriptions.
Take Liberal Arts Courses on the RIT Main 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. Search the RIT online course catalog for available Liberal Arts courses (see our Member Benefits Guide for search instructions and the necessary audit form), and then submit your form 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. At Osher, courses are developed and led by member volunteers as it fosters a sense of community in, and ownership of, the program. No previous teaching experience is required, just a desire to share with others your knowledge or passion for a topic. Class members are energetic, curious, and have a lot of life experience to bring to the discussion. In keeping with our mission, 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. Leading a short, one-session class gives you the opportunity to "try out" course leadership to see if it is for you! Mentoring for new course leaders is available.
Go to the Resources page to fill out the Course Proposal Form. Mentoring for new course leaders is available.