Why An Antioch BA?

When you complete your bachelor’s degree at Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), you will receive a rigorous, well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares you to succeed in your career, graduate school, or community leadership.

With an innovative approach based upon experiential learning and engaged citizenship, our BA program is designed to broaden your understanding of self, society, and contemporary issues, prompting you to apply your skills and knowledge to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Founded in 1852, Antioch University has five campuses across the US and is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Are you ready to earn the BA or advanced degree you’ve always wanted?

AUSB helps you save time and money with financial aid opportunities, a generous credit allowance, innovative Pathway Programs to graduate school, one-on-one academic assistance, and numerous other benefits.

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Small Classes

AUSB guarantees a maximum of 25 students per class in our BA program. This creates a positive, intimate learning environment where each student can fully participate, enjoy personal attention, and receive ample mentoring from our faculty.

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Engaging Faculty

Our dedicated faculty members are experienced professionals with their own thriving businesses and practices. As such, they bring the resources to blend real-life experience with theoretical knowledge to help you prepare for success in your future career.

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Experiential Learning

AUSB values a hands-on approach that allows students to “learn by doing.” You will find a wide range of experiential learning opportunities in the classroom, as well as out in the community, through internships, practica, and independent studies.

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Innovative Curriculum

Antioch University has a long, historical commitment to being at the forefront of academic innovation. This means you gain leading-edge information and professional skills in every class, while building a strong foundation to succeed in work and life.

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Purposeful Education

Each Antioch course centers around six core purposes designed to graduate globally-aware citizens, socially-responsible leaders, and highly marketable graduates: critical and creative thinking; effective communication; global and intercultural awareness; holistic personal development; professional competence; and social justice.

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Career Preparation

Our seven BA Concentrations of study give students hands-on experience and training in key skills for career success spanning a wide range of professions. Students receive mentoring by faculty who are highly successful in their own fields.

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Convenient Classes

Designed to meet the needs of students with jobs and/or families, class scheduling in the BA program is flexible, offering daytime, evening, and weekend seminars. Hybrid and online course formats add to scheduling options for busy students.

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Affordable Education

Students can complete their BA at AUSB for the same cost as attending the University of California or California State University. You benefit by getting a small, private, liberal arts education for the price of a large, public university.

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Motivated Students

AUSB students are highly motivated and work with the campus to create a positive and engaging learning environment. Students hold themselves and each other to a high standard of participation and support each other in achieving success.

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Caring Community

AUSB faculty, staff, and students collaborate to create a vibrant, supportive school community. Students receive personal attention, rapid response to concerns, and are assigned an academic advisor to guide their educational journey and help meet their goals.

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Local Connections

AUSB routinely collaborates with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and community programs around issues of importance to the Santa Barbara area. Students have the opportunity to connect with community leaders through a range of academic experiences.

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Involvement Opportunities

Students may choose to volunteer for community events like our social justice film series, sponsored by the SB International Film Festival, or The Fund for Santa Barbara environmental lecture series, sponsored by the SB Museum of Natural History.

AUSB’s Bachelor of Arts Program is centered around six core purposes designed to graduate globally-aware citizens, socially-responsible leaders, and highly marketable graduates.

Critical thinking cultivates an appreciation of the complexities and nuances of an issue by assessing evidence, methodology and the logic of an argument, as well as any underlying biases. Students discern the need for information, and learn to identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use and share that information. Creative thinking encourages students to combine or synthesize existing ideas in original and imaginative ways. Innovation, divergent thinking, risk taking, and problem solving characterize students’ creative thinking.

This outcome fosters a collection of skills that promote effective interaction in a variety of cultural contexts. Students understand the interconnections between nations, socio-cultural groups, individuals, and the elements that influence them. They develop knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity in all its forms. This includes worldview, communication, cultural rules, personal biases as well as the complex interactions of humans and ecological systems in the natural world and their impact on a global scale.

This outcome combines learning and doing for the purpose of encouraging critical consciousness, ethical reasoning, and socially responsible behavior through civic engagement in both political and non-political processes. This objective advances critical awareness of the social, economic, political, and environmental justice issues that demarcate the terrain of power, oppression, and resistance. Students develop the commitment, skills, and knowledge necessary to contribute to justice through activism and engagement in both local and global communities.

This outcome calls upon students to build their learning across the curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences, to synthesizing and transferring learning to new or more complex situations beyond the classroom. Students explore the central knowledge, skills, and professional conduct of their chosen field to prepare for engagement in meaningful and socially responsible work. Core competencies include: connections to experience, knowledge of discipline, synthesis, transfer, and professionalism.

This outcome recognizes effective communications as a cornerstone upon which personal and professional effectiveness and success rest. Students develop and express their ideas in writing and oral communication in many genres and styles, across a variety of technologies and platforms including visual media and/or other creative forms of expression, designed to increase knowledge, foster understanding or promote change.

This outcome engages students in introspection and self-reflection on their attitudes, beliefs, opinions, feelings and personal history in order to gain self -awareness and understanding of social and cultural positions, roles, worldviews, and biases. Students demonstrate the ability to articulate and analyze one’s own behaviors, actions or personal experiences and make connections to their learning and growth, clearly identifying strengths, weaknesses and biases.

“My education helped to put “language” and “legs” to my confidence in my current occupation. I’ve also learned ways of making processes more efficient, but also working with my respective peers and managers at work in a personal way.”

-Jennifer Vogel
Applied Psychology/Communication & Media concentrations