Taking Wilmette Institute Courses for College Credit

The Wilmette Institute is not accredited, but it has a long history of students arranging for credit through their university or college. Since 2000, ten students have arranged for credit at seven different institutions, and altogether they have gotten credit for about sixteen courses. We are excited to reach out and form partnerships with universities to offer Bahá’í inspired courses both in Bahá’í Studies and Social Transformation. This website is being redeveloped to reflect our outward-looking approach to serve students from the wider community in higher education as well as current learners.

United Theological Seminary (UTS). In 2017, the Wilmette Institute signed an articulation agreement with the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Through United, one of our students was able to take six Wilmette Institute courses for credit, thereby creating a Bahá’í concentration for her Masters degree in Interfaith Chaplaincy. Two of her friends took a course as well. The ongoing agreement specifies that anyone can sign up as a student at United (registration costs about $50) and pay United’s tuition to take a Wilmette Institute course for credit. United will reimburse the Wilmette Institute for teaching the course.

Courses in Bahá’í Faith Concentration  that were available for credit through UTS, with 2020 Dates

Other courses can be added as desired. Scroll down for a chronological list of college level courses scheduled for 2020.

The Wilmette Institute is pursuing accreditation, so that it can be a recognized post-secondary educational institution. For advice on taking one of our courses for college credit, scroll to the end of this page, or find more details here: How to Seek College Academic Credit for a Wilmette Institute Course.

Proposed New Concentration: Bahá’í Inspired Social Transformation
  • Nonviolent Social Change: A Bahá’í Approach
  • Racial Justice in the U.S.
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • Gender Equity and World Peace
  • Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind.

Unique Pedagogy. Introducing a Bahá’í perspective on multiple subjects is not the only unique element of the proposed courses. The pedagogy itself will aim to be dialogical, participatory, and service-oriented. The curriculum will move beyond cultivating critical and systems thinking to unpack complex and interrelated problems of the day. It seeks to give adequate time to explore spiritual and material solutions to the most pressing social issues. We will strive to work toward courses that are interdisciplinary, interfaith, multi-modal and challenge students to apply their learning outside the class in order to experience a “service learning” element. This element will focus on using the arts and/or power of utterance (interactive presentations) to raise consciousness on issues that are foundational for changing beliefs and behaviors that replace old-world culture with a new reality.

Courses Designed for College Credit, 2020

SC315 Social Change: Bahá’í Approaches 
10/01/20 to 12/23/20

Course Catalog (updates automatically – report errors to wi@usbnc.org)


If You Are a Student:

  1. Examine the list of courses and decide which course you might want to take for credit.
  2. Download the course syllabus.
  3. Complete an Application for Credit form.
  4. Email the completed form to the Director of the Wilmette Institute, Dr. Robert Stockman, at rstockman@wilmetteinstitute.org. The Director will provide suggestions for the next step.
  5. Approach your advisor or university registrar to find out what they need to accept a Wilmette Institute course.

If You are an Educational Institution:

  • The Wilmette Institute offers courses on world religions such as Buddhism, Islam, and Shi’ism that are available for credit.
  • It offers important social action courses on climate change, sustainable development, and interfaith dialogue.
  • It seeks partnerships where its courses are accepted for credit.

If You are a University Faculty Member:

  • The Wilmette Institute (WI) seeks to enrich the diversity of perspectives offered on college campuses through its online courses, video conferencing, and webinars.
  • WI provides speakers who can present on various topics in person or via video conference with slides and discussion.
  • WI Ph.D. faculty, experienced across many disciplines, are available to speak about Bahá’í perspectives in various departments including religious studies, Middle Eastern studies, literature, sociology, and others.
  • WI can provide several different speakers offering different perspectives for a single course.
  • WI offers an entire live web video course on the Bahá’í Faith, for public use.