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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 AN EXTENSION 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 extension 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, personal transformation, 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

The format of this course was really nicely laid out. Zoom calls to share art and thoughts (which was more intimate) and the online forums which was more classroom like. Without either component of the course, there would have been something lacking.

Anonymous First-Timer
Anonymous comment from Student Satisfaction Survey, Jan. 2021

Excellent content and interaction with faculty! I was also pleasantly surprised by level of sharing within the forums. This was a very engaged and engaging student body. Thanks!

Anonymous First-Timer
Anonymous comment from Student Satisfaction Survey, Feb. 2021

This course was excellent. The readings and references were exemplary. Not officially being a Bahá’í, I was duly impressed by the presentation of Christian materials and the affirming support Bahá’ís give to the concepts of Christianity.

Douglas Ladore
California, Christianity for Deepening and Dialogue, 2021
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

Who can take a course?

Anyone can take our community learning courses. Members of any religion or no religion who are interested in our courses are welcome.

What software do I need for the courses?

We use an educational platform called Moodle. It works with your internet browser (no downloads required). We provide Moodle Tutorials. To attend a live tutorial, register at: bit.ly/WI-Tutorial.