Antioch College promotes meaningful engagement with the world through intentional linkages between campus-centered and field-based experiential learning. For nearly a century, a central component of Antioch’s progressive education model has been its Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program. Through Co-op, students spend up to a third of their academic program—a minimum of three academic terms—engaged in the kinds of full-time work, research, artistic production, or self-directed enterprise that have earned Antioch students an international reputation for creativity, industriousness, and ingenuity.
By linking our student’s diligent learning with the practical experience of work, student experiences animate a unique liberal arts curriculum that positions students to take action in the world. Not only do Antioch students graduate with an outstanding education, an impressive resume, and compelling stories of adventure in distant locales, they also gain exposure to innovative workplaces while discovering their unique talents as they apply themselves to real problems in the world. Through sustained involvement with a variety of partner organizations throughout their college careers, students learn to navigate complex environments, experiment with solution-oriented approaches, negotiate for themselves, and mobilize resources to affect change in diverse settings.