Program in Urban Sustainability Graduate Programs Antioch University Los Angeles

Program in Urban Sustainability Graduate Programs Antioch University Los Angeles

Culver City, CA
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Urban Sustainability Programs at a Progressive University

Founded in 1972, Antioch University distinguished itself by its commitment to progressive education, creating a community of learners dedicated to pursuing economic, social, and environmental justice. In fitting with this mission, Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) offers both a graduate certificate program and a Master of Arts (MA) in Urban Sustainability.

Combining fieldwork and coursework, the MA in Urban Sustainability produces graduates who become leaders in ecological practice, corporate accountability, social justice organizing, and public policy. Students explore the economics, science, and social benefits of sustainability through online and classroom learning, site visits, and guest lectures.

Goals of the Master's Urban Sustainability Program

The MA in Urban Sustainability emphasizes systems thinking, environmental literacy, and social justice. Students gain strong foundations in environmental sciences. Viewing cities as ecosystems, they explore creative and holistic methods of aligning the needs of human settlements with nature. The program also presents the reduction of inequality as a prerequisite to urban sustainability.

The program also builds strong practitioner skills such as policy analysis, mapping, research facilitation and presentation, and evaluation.

The Master's Urban Sustainability Curriculum

The Master's Urban Sustainability is a 2-year full-time program. Students complete 18 credits of core curriculum, 15 credits of fieldwork and a capstone project, and 3 credits of elective courses. Students attend 4 residencies in the first year and 3 in the second year. Students take required courses in subjects that include sustainable economics, ecosystem thinking, and research methods.

Residencies are 6-day programs that combine classroom learning with site visits, guest lectures, and elective seminars. Students meet with mentors, collaborate with peers and community partners, and present their work during these residencies.

The Certificate in Urban Sustainability

Students can earn Certificates in Urban Sustainability through one-year of coursework. Students may take courses in sustainable urban economies, urban infrastructures, urban sustainability, and fieldwork. If a student completes the certificate and then decides to pursue an MA in Urban Sustainability, all 15-units of coursework are transferable.

AULA Urban Sustainability Faculty

AULA is just "a little different" from conventional universities in that the university offers no tenured faculty positions. Instructors must continually work to better themselves and actively engage, educate, and support their students. Faculty members have rich real-world experience that informs their instruction.

Gilda Haas has been an urban planner for over 30 years. She served as founding director for Strategic Actions for A Just Economy (SAJE) helping working-class people build economic power in Los Angeles. She helped create the first welfare-to-work bank account and the autonomous Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust.

Donald Strauss is an urban transportation activist whose research interests include the urban bike culture of Los Angeles, urban ecosystems, and global environmental change narratives.

Admissions and Financial Aid at Antioch University Los Angeles

Antioch University Los Angeles offers financial aid to both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students may apply for both the Micucci Scholarship and the President's Student Scholarship.

Candidates for the master's programs in education apply by submitting an online application form and sending in all official transcripts, and at least 2 recommendation forms.

The AULA Difference

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) is "just a little different" from conventional universities in a variety of ways. AULA fosters an LGBT-affirmative culture and is home to adult learners of a wide range of ages and cultural and professional backgrounds.

AULA is home to the Bridge Program, providing an opportunity for adults living on low income to access higher education. Bridge students attend classes in philosophy, art history, writing, literature, and urban studies free of charge and can earn up to 15 transferrable units of credit. Hundreds of Bridge students have completed associate's and bachelor's degrees and even graduate school.

Antioch University also instructors assess students through written evaluations rather than letter grades. This provides students with more comprehensive, individualized feedback that is more useful to students. Graduate and undergraduate students can request a grade-based transcript for admission to other institutions or to apply for scholarships and financial aid.

Nationally Recognized as a Leader in Community Service

AULA is part of the Antioch University system with 5 campuses in 4 states: Los Angeles and Santa Barbara in California, Seattle in Washington, Yellow Springs in Ohio, and Keene in New Hampshire.

Antioch University has been nationally recognized as a leader in community service. The university is a recipient of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Award. USA Today has ranked Antioch University among the top 20 colleges most committed to community service.

A Supportive Campus Community

Located in Los Angeles, California, AULA is home to a vibrant, supportive campus community. The Math and Writing Center offers free tutoring. The Antioch University Counseling Center is staffed by licensed marriage and family therapists and clinical psychologists who provided specialized counseling to students and the surrounding community. Bustling with students during the day, the campus hosts wellness workshops, live music performances, poetry readings, panel discussions, and other events and classes for working adults in the evenings.

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Program in Urban Sustainability

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Antioch University Los Angeles

400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
United States

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