Tanya Barr works as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles. In addition to serving on the Antioch University LA Undergraduate Faculty as an advisor for the psychology concentration, she is a school-based counselor with a non-profit community mental health agency and an Associate with the Narrative Counseling Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tanya is dedicated to providing equitable access to mental health that is centered on social justice. She is also passionate about holistic health and has focused her endeavors towards helping individuals, families, and communities shift firmly into resiliency, recenter meaning, and recover purpose. Tanya graduated with her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. Educational History: MA in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University Los Angles BA in Psychology/History, Florida State University Ares of Specialization: Postmodern Approaches, Philosophy, Trauma, Spiritual Practices, Feminist and Queer Theory.
Dr. Joanne Tortorici Luna (“Dr. T.”) is an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch. At California State University Long Beach, she is a Professor in the Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling Department and also is an interdisciplinary faculty member for the M.S. program in Emergency Services Administration in the College of Health and Human Services. She is known nationally and internationally for her work with individuals, families, and communities in situations of armed conflict. She is a clinically practicing licensed psychologist, a first and second responder for disaster mental health, trainer, educator, and researcher. Her teaching and psychotherapeutic approaches are integrative and relationship-focused.
As a psychotherapist, her orientation is integrative, experiential, and guided by the unique body-mind needs and circumstances of the client. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and frequently uses this evidence-supported modality, in her practice psychotherapy. Her clinical specialization areas include trauma recovery and post-traumatic growth, first-responder support, balance after war experiences, and navigation of spiritual emergence/emergency. She also serves as staff psychologist at MACH1 (Move a Child Higher) and MACH2 (Military and Companion Horses). Her work in these horse-partnered therapy programs is informed by current trauma-related brain research, human and horse psychology, and sound psychotherapeutic practices.
Dr. Tortorici Luna has a long time interest in the body-mind-spirit approach to self-healing and wellbeing. She is a student of the martial art Taijiquan.
She enjoys the study of complementary and alternative health practices, and is a Master Reiki Practitioner / Teacher (Usui Shiki Ryoho). She provides no-cost energy healing in a local spiritual setting.
She frequently serves as a consultant and trainer regarding school crisis. Soon after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Archdiocese of New York and the New York Chancellor asked her assistance for impacted school personnel. She provided related services for New York schools then, and for several subsequent years.
In Nicaragua, she has worked as a Counseling Psychologist, University Professor (Universidad Centroamericana, Managua), and Coordinator of Mental Health Services for a large region of the country. She was National Director of a mental health program for Nicaraguan child survivors of the war.
As a United Nations consultant, she has worked as a mental health practitioner, trainer, evaluator, and program developer in the war/conflict zones of the Central American countries as well as in South Africa. As a UNICEF advisor, she led the development and implementation of Nicaragua’s first Peace Education Program, and the creation of South Africa’s first UNICEF Country Programme for Emergency and Long-term Humanitarian Assistance. She was an international advisor to South Africa’s Goldstone Commission for the Prevention of Political and Public Violence. Her areas of specialty include crisis response, mental health and human rights concerns in situations of armed conflict and widespread disaster.
She has worked for the Long Beach Unified School District as a school counselor, and as Violence Prevention Coordinator. She helped lead the formation, training, and management of LBUSD’s multiagency School Crisis Response Team, as well as the CSULB Volunteer Crisis Resource Team.
Dr. Tortorici Luna is a member of the National Trauma Network and EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. She is a Trainer/Member of the Culver City Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team. She is a Founding Member/Trainer of the City of Long Beach’s Hate Crime Response Team. Dr. Tortorici Luna is proud to have been one of New York City’s first women cab drivers.
I am returning to education after thirty years working as a private practice attorney, entertainment road manager and business entrepreneur. At Bridge, I have been teaching introductory philosophy and have also participated in classes on Civil Rights and History of African American Film. Previously, I taught Ancient Black History and Ancient African Religion at Long Bach State University.
The world needs you to save tomorrow.
Our planet is a complex ecosystem that is constantly transforming, from both natural and manmade causes. Be at the forefront of global conservation and environmental efforts while learning the critical skills necessary to become advocates and eco-citizens. Explore economic, political, ethical, and social dynamics in the context of environmental stewardship through experiential and engaging coursework. By understanding the multifaceted obstacles that conservation faces, you’ll be able to understand all parties involved and aid in problem resolution.
The world needs adept, flexible, creative, collaborative, culturally humble educators, leaders, scientists, policy-makers, advocates, artists, philosophers, and citizens. Our hope is that together, we can build our capacity to serve in these essential and eclectic roles.
This degree is offered by AU Online.
Whether you are currently a community college student, a busy parent or worker, a veteran, or an international student, our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Sustainability and Sciences completion program is designed to support your personal, academic, and professional goals at any point in your life or career path.
Students are taught by engaged faculty with environmental expertise and the program will prepare students to be practitioners in the field, empower students who may already be dealing with environmental justice issues in their own communities, and provide optional field courses for experiential environmental opportunities.
- explore issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their courses
- discuss physical and biological aspects of environmental issues in their courses
- attend webinars offered by Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience
- become part of a powerful community of engaged students of all backgrounds
- acquire the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to meet your goals
Antioch’s BS in in Environmental Studies, Sustainability and Sciences is a bachelor’s completion program that requires 120 semester credits to graduate. You can transfer up to 75 semester credits, so the program can be completed in 1.5 to 2.5 years depending on your prior learning experience.
There are six entry points each year, so you never need to wait long to get started.
This Environmental Studies program explores numerous disciplines, including global studies, science, economics, health, ethics, culture, and leadership, within experiential and engaging coursework. Coursework pays special attention to issues of equity and justice-mindedness, particularly as environmental hazards and climate change disproportionately impact poor and marginalized groups in societies across the globe.
Students in the major will have courses together creating collegiality and a cooperative learning community that extends beyond graduation. You’ll join a peer community where you receive personal attention in small class sizes.
Measure your success through applied learning and community projects, not one-size-fits-all tests. Antioch University is committed to narrative evaluations, so students receive feedback that directly addresses their learning. But don’t worry if you need a GPA for grad school, letter grades are available upon request.
This course focuses on conservation science theories, models, experiments and fieldwork. We will examine ecological and genetic aspects of conservation of biological diversity at gene, population, species, ecosystem, landscape, and global levels. This course provides a detailed examination of the discipline including the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, established and emerging conservation approaches and strategies, and the ecological and evolutionary theory that underlies these approaches.
Culture, Conflict and Social Research
In this course students will learn how to examine complex issues through different theoretical frameworks. Students will reflect on how these frameworks can empower them to confront issues in their personal or professional lives. Students will identify current and applicable social research methods (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods) to address issues and questions, whether local or global, especially in relation to development of future academic pursuits, such as the senior project. Beginning with productive questions, students will formulate hypotheses, identify appropriate research strategies for data collection, discuss reliability and validity issues, and observe ethical protocols. The course will culminate in each student designing and proposing a research project (abstract, introduction/background, literature review, methodology/design, etc.) that reflects standards of academic scholarship.
Culture and Ecology
This course introduces students to a variety of cultures from around the world, and focuses on how each developed in relation to its natural environment. The course also examines historical and economic changes that have resulted from environmental changes, population and demographic shifts, and interactions between cultural groups.
Students are introduced to how philosophical assumptions and worldviews permeate our orientations to the natural world. We also examine our duties to preserve natural resources, conserve biodiversity, and expand our conceptions of rights to include those of future generations, other species, and terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
This course focuses on understanding macroeconomic theories and the reliance that market mechanisms have historically had on cheap resource availability and cheap energy. The course additionally addresses our understanding of the health and ecological benefits that diverse ecosystems provide, and for finding ways to internalize these values inside of market mechanisms.
Environmental Justice and Advocacy
In this course, students explore fundamental environmental justice issues and effective means of advocacy. Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice is achieved when everyone – regardless of race, color, national origin, or income – has the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process. Students will gain awareness of environmental justice issues and examine case studies from around the world.
This course is designed to introduce students to emerging trends in the natural sciences concerning the environment. Several issues will be addressed, including: biomes; biological communities; species interactions; biodiversity; environmental health and toxicology; land use; water, air and solid waste; energy conservation; climate; natural preservation; resource depletion and management; human population growth; food; urbanization; scarcity; and sustainability.
This course focuses on understanding public health in relation to environmental factors such as air pollution, water pollution, and solid and hazardous waste disposal. It also addresses public health concerns raised by risks due to food supplies in a global marketplace, the spread of infectious diseases, and the apparatuses necessary to deliver health care services to poor and under-serviced populations.
This course is designed to give students an interdisciplinary perspective of ocean science focusing on marine ecosystems, ocean currents, adaptations of marine organisms, and environmental problems, such as ocean acidification. The ecology of several oceanic organisms will be covered including: microbes, algae, invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals. As the largest ecosystem on Earth, students will learn about various marine habitats including coral reefs, mangroves, estuaries, sandy beaches, rocky shores, the open ocean and the deep sea.
Population Growth & Global Poverty
This course will focus on factors that have led to the alarming rate of growth in the world’s population. It will focus on the demographics of population growth and disparities in wealth distribution. It will also examine methods of curbing global population growth, some of which use laws and public policies, some of which use market mechanisms and some of which use the development and health and educational networks.
Thinking in Systems
This course is an introduction to system and other concepts related to Systems Thinking. It explores the axiological principles of sustainability in addition to introducing such concepts as complexity and emergence. Systems thinking is also approached in terms of interdisciplinary perspectives such as the principles of ecology, consumption patterns of energy and natural resources, cultural sustainability, environmental politics, social justice, ethics, sustainable architecture, and engineering.
Optional Field Study Electives
Students may opt into Field Study electives, to extend and deepen their learning and professional development. Three times per year, an optional Field Study will be offered covering a range of topics, including:
- Presentations and professional development at environmental conferences
- Justice and advocacy work with community-based organizations
- Cultural and ecological conservation work in field study locations
- Project-based learning in urban climate change, resilience, mitigation, and adaptation
Understand and describe the complex physical and biological aspects of environmental issues
Critically evaluate the social, economic, and political dynamics involved in both the emergence and the resolution of environmental problems
Articulate the historical development and ethical implications of the human relationship with the natural world
Analyze the intersectionality of environmental, ethical, and social justice issues through various lenses
Apply research methods and communication skills to effectively analyze environmental studies issues
Use systems thinking to conceptualize sustainable solutions and advocate for problem-solving that includes marginalized communities
A BS in Environmental Studies, Sustainability and Sciences imparts research, data analysis, data-gathering, critical thinking, communication, conducting quantitative and qualitative research, environmental sampling, and problem-solving skills, ultimately preparing students for careers in many environmental fields, including:
- community builder
- environmental advocate
- environmental geographer
- environmental health officer
- environmental technician
- renewable energy specialist
- science teacher
- sustainability officer
- town/transport planner
- water quality specialist
- wildlife biologist
Antioch’s requirements for candidates to the bachelor completion programs include:
- At least 24-semester credits of transferable undergraduate work completed from a regionally accredited college or university
- Goal statement
- Two letters of recommendation (if requested)
Please submit all materials to:
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
|Quarter||Final Application||Classes Begin|
|Summer 2021||June 15, 2021||July 6, 2021|
|Fall 2021||August 15, 2021||Oct. 4, 2021|
|Winter 2022||December 15, 2021||January 3, 2022|
|Spring 2022||March 15, 2022||April 4, 2022|
|Summer 2022||June 15, 2022||July 5, 2022|
|Fall 2022||September 15, 2022||October 3, 2022|
Students in this program participate in online learning activities organized within small- and large-group learning communities. Antioch University Online is a 100% online learning environment, and therefore, in addition to having the traditional learning skills, students are expected to have basic technological skills, compatible computer hardware, operating system, and internet connectivity upon entrance into the program.
|Bachelor's Completion – All majors||Tuition: $416/semester credit hour|
By taking advantage of our generous transfer policy, you can complete your undergraduate degree for less than $20,000. The total cost to complete a bachelor’s degree will vary based on a number of factors including area of concentration, credit received for prior life and work experiences, and the credits that would transfer into your BA completion program. Our students typically transfer in between 45-60 semester credits. A minimum of 120 semester credits is required to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Several financial aid options are also available to help you earn your degree. Federal and state grants and federal loans may be available for Antioch students who qualify.
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One teacher changed Andrea Auten’s life. Corny as it sounds, she was a struggling student before learning caught fire. Mr. Bell, her 9th grade English teacher pulled her aside and said, “You are an exceptional writer. Your grades don’t reflect it, but your words do.” He was willing to stick his neck out and recommend she be placed in the high school’s coveted advanced English track. “Don’t let me down.” he said. Once learning was ignited, the pursuit of knowledge became lifelong. That next year, Auten became an A student and maintained honors standing throughout her college degrees. She believes when a student is seen, finds their voice, becomes an integrated member of a classroom, the future is impacted.
Andrea Auten is an arts professional: a vocalist, stage performer, visual artist, and arts outreach coordinator. Alongside these specializations, she writes and teaches, using multi-disciplinary arts approaches to explore language.
She is a recipient of the Eloise Klein Healy Academic Scholarship and the Marylyn Ross Rockefeller and James S. Rockefeller Jr. Writing Scholarship. Her writing has appeared in Lady/Liberty/Lit, Lunch Ticket, The Antioch Voice and is forthcoming in Made in LA’s third anthology. A member of the Degenerate Writer’s Group, she is working on a novel and a short story collection. MFA alum, Mireya Vela recently described Auten as: a “lighter of all dark places. Goddess of all that is good…like cupcakes. That’s it, Goddess of Cupcakes.”
Auten is a writing specialist in Antioch’s Teaching and Learning Center. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a fellow educator, their sons, and beloved writing partner, Dusky, the family cat.
A native Angeleno, Neal Anderberg is a tireless advocate for an educated and efficient non-profit sector, a socially-conscious private sector, and a public sector that empowers strategic social service delivery. This cross-sector perspective is why, upon graduation from the Olin School at Washington University in St. Louis, he developed a consulting practice specifically serving social-benefit organizations, guiding nonprofit executives and their boards of directors through rebranding efforts in order to develop new marketing strategies and leverage organizational partnerships. He later pursued a fellowship in public affairs from CORO Southern California, as well as an M.B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s University, with a focus in nonprofit management. He has worked for several nonprofit organizations, managed a campaign for state office, and served three terms on his local neighborhood council in the City of Los Angeles. Maintaining this commitment to social change at the local level, Neal is actively involved with several organizations serving the homeless, developing educational content around the issue, chairing multiple committees and coordinating immersive community service experiences. He also currently serves on the faculty at his local alma mater, teaching a range of business classes from Corporate Ethics to Advertising to Organizational Behavior and a variety of unique electives. Having found a passion in the classroom, he’s excited about the potential impact that well-rounded and well-versed students can have when they graduate charged with a social responsibility