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Community Learning Courses

We bring together learners of diverse backgrounds and ages. Our courses facilitate personal and collective transformation through consultation, action, and reflection.

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WHY TAKE A COMMUNITY COURSE WITH US?

The Wilmette Institute offers courses to people of diverse backgrounds and ages interested in world religions and Bahá'í history, texts, and teachings for individual and collective transformation. Our community courses aim both to enhance personal understanding and to strengthen involvement in community building.

Scholarship

Hone your writing and research skills

Critical Thinking

Engage in solution-based awareness of issues that matter to you most

Communication

Create presentations and contribute to discourse right where you are

Change Making

Gain a global perspective

Upcoming Community Learning Courses
Our Departments
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Social Transformation

Explore sustainable social change from an integrated spiritual and scientific perspective.

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Bahá’í History
& Texts

Analyze Bahá'í history and community development; explore sacred texts.

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Religion, Theology
& Philosophy

Discover new perspectives on world religions, interfaith dialogue, and indigenous faith traditions.

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Relationships, Marriage
& Family

Build capacity for happy marriages that blend family life with spirituality and service for a healthy world.

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Independent Sections

Compose and create art that expresses your spiritual journey. Explore Bahá'í Administration and community building.

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Our Courses Will Inspire You to…

INVESTIGATE

Independently investigate reality to discern fact from conjecture.

ANALYZE

Analyze global issues through critical thinking.

APPLY

Apply knowledge, spiritual and scientific insights and skills for the common good.

EXAMINE

Examine the root causes of global issues from a Bahá'í perspective, and explore the prerequisites for building a just and peaceful society.

BUILD COMMUNITY

Apply consultation, action, study, and reflection to community-building through participatory social action and discourse.

ENGAGE

Engage family, friends, and community in becoming change agents for their own spiritual and material well-being.

Testimonials

Wilmette Courses are far better in many ways than any other courses I have taken anywhere else because of the materials and resources offered, and the staff excellence. And I say this in view of university degrees and graduate studies I have previously taken and earned in Canada, UK, and USA.

Douglas Ladore
California

The harmony of science and religion is something I have always taken for granted, but this course has given me a more intimate understanding of the nuance of feedback between the two.

Andres Elvira
California, Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith (2019)

I feel much more hopeful about the future after this course. I learned that there is a way out of the mess we're in... I was also heartened to learn about the many people in the world successfully working on these problems in a spirit of global unity.

Mark Johnson
Kansas, Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind (2019)
Fees & Tuition Support
Fees & Tuition Support

​The fee is typically $75 for a 6-9 week course. The fee for shorter courses is $50 or less. Senior citizens, Bahá’í pioneers, and full-time students are eligible for a 20% discount. In 2020, first-time Wilmette Institute students will get a 30% discount.

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to register for our community courses

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1. Discover

Browse the courses and choose one that’s open for registration.

2. Register

Click the Register button and complete the registration form. Payment and tuition support options are detailed on the form.

3. Start the Course!

That’s it! You will immediately receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the course. Browse our courses now.

1. Discover

Browse the courses and choose one that’s open for registration.

2. Register

Click the Register button and complete the registration form. Payment and tuition support options are detailed on the form.

3. Start the Course!

That’s it! You will immediately receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the course. Browse our courses now.

Tuition Support

To apply for an interest-free installment payment plan, or for a needs based scholarship
complete this simple online application.

Learn Individually or as a Group
Learn Individually or as a Group

Study Groups are a great way to enrich your learning experience and also save you some money. A group can be as small as two people, or as large as ten.

FAQs

When does a course start?

Our courses are spread throughout the year, to allow learners to take more than one or two courses annually. Some courses from the Marriage and Family Department are available on demand.

Can I Audit a University Course?

Absolutely. Individuals are welcome to audit many of our university courses. Students who audit will have access to the same materials as the university students, but will not be required to submit the assignments, and will not be eligible for university credit. The same discounts that apply to Community Learning courses are available, as well as needs-based tuition support. A certificate of completion will be offered as appropriate.