I’d like to offer you my personal welcome to Antioch University Los Angeles.
AULA has rightly earned its reputation as an exceptional university, offering a learning environment as intellectually stimulating as it is academically rigorous. But what exactly does it mean to be “exceptional”?
For starters, we are an exception to the “rule” that all students of higher education must be between 18 and two years old. Our adult learners range in age from early 20s to over 70. These adults bring with them a wealth of lived experience—personal, academic, and professional—that add immeasurable value to campus discourse.
We also are an exception to the “ivory tower” mentality of many institutions. Through internships, traineeships, and field studies, our students are constantly engaging with the world around them. Social justice and community service are integral parts of our mission to prepare students to become active agents of change in the world. In addition, AULA has developed a number of community partnerships with other higher education institutions to facilitate new learning opportunities for all students and reduce the potentially insular nature of university life.
Our esteemed academic programs are an exception to the cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all approach that can diminish student excitement about learning. Our unique Bachelor’s degree completion programs cater to returning students. We offer a BA in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Business and Social Entrepreneurship, Child Studies, Creative Writing, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Addiction Studies, Queer Studies, and Urban Studies. We recently began offering four new bachelor’s degree completion programs that allow students to leverage their technical, occupational and professional training skills and apply these on-the-job skills toward academic credit. Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Studies, Applied Arts and Media, Urban Communities and Justice, and Applied Technology and Business Leadership differ from our existing Liberal Studies degree because they emphasize and recognize the value of the students’ vocational education and skills in addition to their prior academic credit.
Our low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program has won accolades from publications including The Atlantic and Poets and Writers magazine, and offers unrivaled mentorship support. Our Teacher Credentialing programs and Master of Arts in Education programs provide training for those who wish to bring about positive educational reform. Our Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management emphasizes responsible leadership in the world of nonprofits. The Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability is training the next generation of urban problem-solvers. We also offer a dual MA degree in Urban Sustainability and MFA in Creative Writing.
Our largest program, the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, continues to add groundbreaking specializations, which currently include Child Studies, Applied Community Psychology, Spiritual and Depth Psychology, Psychological Trauma, Professional Clinical Counselor, and LGBT-Affirmative Psychology – the latter being the first program of its kind in the nation. We also offer a Master of Arts in Psychological Studies which can be completed in one-year and is perfect for students who want to learn and apply skills in psychological research and gain hands-on experience that they can use to further their career in psychology.
And we take “exception” to the idea that higher education is only for the lucky few. AULA’s Bridge Program has been providing college courses in the humanities to low-income adults, free of charge, since 1999.
I invite you to visit our campus to see firsthand what makes AULA such an exceptional place to learn. I look forward to seeing you on campus.
Mark Hower, PhD
Antioch University Los Angeles
(310) 578-1080 ext. 408