The Odyssey Project
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The Odyssey Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers students an opportunity to build their humanities knowledge base and develop critical thinking skills that will serve them in their pursuit of higher education, workforce opportunities and a lifetime of learning-based citizenship.
Students enrolled in the Odyssey Project take a two-part series of core humanities courses that introduce them to Literature, Philosophy, Art History and U.S. History taught by University of Illinois instructors. These face-to-face, discussion-focused courses offer Odyssey students the chance to learn in a supportive, interactive classroom environment with instructors whose expertise and pedagogical commitments provide a rich and dynamic learning environment rooted in humanities values and practices. The courses also devote significant resources to reinforcing critical thinking and writing skills in the context of the subject-matter covered.
Typically offered in the evenings, Odyssey courses are free to enrolled students, and include books, dinner, and transportation. The program is open to students 18 or older, regardless of whether they have completed a high school education at the time of enrollment.
- Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Eligibility criteria can be found on the Odyssey Project website.