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Aging Finance & Retirement

Courses Date(s) Day(s) Time Schedule

Lecture (In-Person): Growing Older, Growing Stronger: San Diego's Aging Ecosystem Growing Older, Growing Stronger: San Diego's Aging Ecosystem
Instructor: Michelle Matter

2/28 Wednesday 10 am-12 pm 99800

Growing Older, Growing Stronger: San Diego's Aging Ecosystem" dives into the multifaceted aspects of our region's aging...

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Arts and Humanities

Courses Date(s) Day(s) Time Schedule

Lecture (Online): Joan of Arc and the Contradictions of Female Heroism Joan of Arc and the Contradictions of Female Heroism
Instructor: Oliva M. Espín

2/13 Tuesday 10 am-12 pm 99822

Who was Joan of Arc? Was she a hero, a saint, a witch, a martyr, a patriot, a mentally ill person, or a visionary? Although we...

Lecture (In-Person): Ancient Egypt Series: The Old Kingdom Ancient Egypt Series: The Old Kingdom
Instructor: Jessica Angell

2/14 Wednesday 10 am-12 pm 99801

Explore the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt with a look at the rulers, turmoil, accomplishments, art, and architecture of the...

Lecture (Online): How America's discovery promoted Europe's Renaissance. How America's discovery promoted Europe's Renaissance.
Instructor: Alex Castaneda

2/15 Thursday 10 am-12 pm 99810

The discovery of America by Europeans in the late 15th century had profound and far-reaching consequences for both the...

6-Week (In-Person): Art History: Interpreting What We See in the Visual Arts Art History: Interpreting What We See in the Visual Arts
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock

2/16-3/22 Friday 9:30 am-11:30 am 99808

Broaden your visual vocabulary and further develop your terminology for discussing art and its principles of design. This...

3-Day (In-Person): The Art History of the Islamic Realm The Art History of the Islamic Realm
Instructor: Douglas Barker

2/20-2/27 Tuesday(s), Thursday 10 am-12 pm 99817

Curious about amazing Islamic art? Do you wish to better understand religion and culture? Look no further! This course explores...

Edventure (In-Person): Into the Archives: The Comic Arts Collection at SDSU (Edventure) Into the Archives: The Comic Arts Collection at SDSU (Edventure)
Instructor: Pamela Jackson

2/21 Wednesday 9 am-11 am 99821

Would you like to see (and touch!) unique and rare comic books, including the oldest comic published in the United States? Then...

4-Day (In-Person): Charlie Chaplin: Silent Film Master Charlie Chaplin: Silent Film Master
Instructor: Bob Jordan

3/4-3/13 Monday(s), Wednesday(s) 10 am-12 pm 99814

The student will learn not only about Chaplin’s film career, but about his life and challenges. The class will include an...

2-Week (Online): The Library-A History The Library-A History
Instructor: Nadine Bopp

3/12-3/19 Tuesday 10 am-12 pm 99805

In this course, you will dive into the rich history of libraries and learn how they have evolved to meet the needs of modern...

6-Week (In-Person): Studio Art: A Distinctive Studio Art Experience, Drawing Studio Art: A Distinctive Studio Art Experience, Drawing
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock

3/18-4/29 Monday 9:30-11:30 am 99809

This unique and enjoyable course offering is designed to build self-assurance with freehand drawing skills in a variety of...

2-Week (In-Person): Reconstruction Period after the Civil War Reconstruction Period after the Civil War
Instructor: Dan Pittman

3/21-3/28 Thursday 9 am-11 am 99819

This course will cover the period after the Civil War between December 1863 and March 1877. The goal of the period was to...

Lecture (Online): Death on the Rails: How Trains and Murder (Fictional and Historical) Have Gone Hand In Hand Death on the Rails: How Trains and Murder (Fictional and Historical) Have Gone Hand In Hand
Instructor: Kim Keeline

3/26 Tuesday 10 am-12 pm 99802

The history of steam trains in England and America (and real-life death), appeal of setting in murder mysteries (fictional).

4-Week (In-Person): Steal This! Loot that!- Art Heists on Film Steal This! Loot that!- Art Heists on Film
Instructor: Rebecca Romani

4/2-4/23 Tuesday 1 pm-4 pm 99813

Whose hands don’t feel just a little itchy when you encounter a piece of art you LOVE, held captive in a museum? Is...

Lecture (In-Person): San Diego Women during World War II San Diego Women during World War II
Instructor: Linda Canada

4/3 Wednesday 2 pm-4 pm 99804

Wouldn't you like to learn more about what San Diego was like for the women who lived and worked here during World War II?...

Lecture (Online): How the Spanish Civil War and WWII promoted America's intellectual and artistic boom How the Spanish Civil War and WWII promoted America's intellectual and artistic boom
Instructor: Alex Castaneda

4/4 Thursday 10 am-12 pm 99811

“Cultural Migration.” Intellectual migration occurs when artists, writers, scholars, and intellectuals leave their home...

2-Day (In-Person): The Art History of Southeast Asia The Art History of Southeast Asia
Instructor: Douglas Barker

4/9-4/11 Tuesday, Thursday 10 am-12 pm 99818

Curious about the amazing temples of Angkor in Cambodia, the stupa of Borobudur on the island of Java, Siamese Buddhas, the art...

Lecture (In-Person): D-Day D-Day
Instructor: Blaine Davis

4/10 Wednesday 10 am-12 pm 99803

On June 6, 1944, Allies composed primarily of American, British, and Canadian soldiers and sailors launched the largest...

4-Week (In-Person): Story, Science, and Human Connection Story, Science, and Human Connection
Instructor: Maria Keckler

4/10-5/1 Wednesday 3 pm-5 pm 99806

Unlock the Power of Storytelling. In this engaging course, we delve into the art and science of storytelling, revealing its...

4-Day (In-Person): Old Time Radio: Science Fiction & Fantasy Old Time Radio: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Instructor: Bob Jordan

4/16-4/25 Tuesday(s), Thursday(s) 10 am-12 pm 99815

Radio drama was better than television. The pictures were better. In another time, radio was about telling stories - even...

Lecture (In-Person): Osher Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Osher Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five
Instructor: Jonnie Wilson & Melanie Dunn

4/17 Wednesday 9:30 am-11:30 am 99816

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, our “Classic Book” for the Spring Semester might not be as well-known as our previous...

2-Week (In-Person): How the Beatles Altered the Trajectory of Popular Music How the Beatles Altered the Trajectory of Popular Music
Instructor: Scott Lipscomb

4/17-4/24 Wednesday 12 pm-2 pm 99820

Have you ever wondered how popular music evolves? Are you a music listener who wants to understand more about this evolution...

2-Week (In-Person): The Sociological Imagination: Questioning Society Later in Life The Sociological Imagination: Questioning Society Later in Life
Instructor: Christopher Vito

4/18-4/25 Thursday 2 pm-4 pm 99807

Have you ever wanted to discuss important social issues with your peers in a safe space? Sociology, or the critical and...

Lecture (Online): How the European Enlightenment intellectually promoted America's Revolution How the European Enlightenment intellectually promoted America's Revolution
Instructor: Alex Castaneda

5/2 Thursday 10 am-12 pm 99812

After the European Renaissance, Europe started to experience an enlightenment period. While various factors contributed to the...

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Osher Member Only

Courses Date(s) Day(s) Time Schedule

6-Week (Online):Native Ground: Indigenous Communities and Colonization Before 1900 Native Ground: Indigenous Communities and Colonization Before 1900
Instructor: Matt Jennings

2/19-3/25 Monday 2 pm-3:30 pm 99833

"Native Ground" will introduce students to the depth of Native American history in what is now the United States, as well as its...

6-Week (Online):Chemistry in the Real World Chemistry in the Real World
Instructor: Kjir Hendrickson

2/20-3/26 Tuesday 12 pm-1:30 pm 99835

Far from being “stuff that happens in a lab” or a science rooted in balancing equations and watching solutions bubble and change...

6-Week (Online):Fake News: Keys to Ethical and Impactful Journalism Fake News: Keys to Ethical and Impactful Journalism
Instructor: Annie Krall

2/24-3/30 Saturday 6 am-7:30 am 99834

While the polarization of politics in recent years has put fuel on the “fake news” fire, the concept of conflicting truths is...

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Personal Development & Special Interest

Courses Date(s) Day(s) Time Schedule

3-Week (In-Person): Dance and the Silver Screen: What Made Cinema's Golden Age Shimmer Dance and the Silver Screen: What Made Cinema's Golden Age Shimmer
Instructor: Anna Massey

2/12-2/26 Monday 10:30 am-12:30 pm 99828

Immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of classic Hollywood cinema where dance takes center stage in storytelling. From the...

2-Day (In-Person): In Search of Calle Judeo: Old Town San Diego’s Street of "Jewish Men of Enterprise" In Search of Calle Judeo: Old Town San Diego’s Street of "Jewish Men of Enterprise"
Instructor: Alexander Bevil

2/14-2/17 Wednesday, Saturday 1pm-3pm (ces)
10am-12pm (off campus)
99830

Did you know that Old Town San Diego once contained a row of Jewish-German-owned commercial businesses along a dirt-paved...

3-Week (In-Person): Dance and the Silver Screen: Social Commentary and America Dance and the Silver Screen: Social Commentary and America
Instructor: Anna Massey

4/15-4/29 Monday 12:30 pm-2:30 pm 99829

From classic Hollywood musicals to contemporary dance films, together we will unravel the nuanced relationship between movement...

Lecture (In-Person): Generational Diversity: Millennials & Generation Z: Who Are They. Generational Diversity: Millennials & Generation Z: Who Are They.
Instructor: Jacqueline Penhos

5/1 Wednesday 10 am-12 pm 99831

Ever wonder why each generation thinks they know it all? Explore and dispel myths and stereotypes about Nexters and Millenials...

Edventure (In-Person) Fitness, Fun and Sports on the SDSU Campus!! Fitness, Fun and Sports on the SDSU Campus!!
Instructor: Melanie Dunn

5/3 Friday 1 pm-3 pm 99832

Have you ever wondered what is inside the MASSIVE, NEW glass and brick building at the corner of 55th Street and Aztec Way? Do...

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Politics & Current Events

Courses Date(s) Day(s) Time Schedule

5-Week (In-Person): The Supreme Court’s Landmark Decisions: Background and Enduring Legacy The Supreme Court’s Landmark Decisions: Background and Enduring Legacy
Instructor: Glenn Smith

2/13-3/12 Tuesday 2 pm-4 pm 99824

We regularly hear about “landmark” Supreme Court cases – but what makes a High Court decision truly worthy of the name? Should...

3-Week (Online): Gotta Get US Some of That Reform (Part One) Gotta Get US Some of That Reform (Part One)
Instructor: James Ingram

3/1-3/15 Friday 1 pm-3 pm 99823

This course consists of a series of lectures and discussions focusing on important areas of national, state, and local government...

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Religious Studies

Courses Date(s) Day(s) Time Schedule

2-Week (In-Person): So Why are there Four Gospels in the New Testament? So Why are there Four Gospels in the New Testament?
Instructor: John Spencer

2/29-3/7 Thursday 10 am-12 pm 99827

One would have thought that a single official gospel, relating the story of Jesus, would be sufficient. However, there are...

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Sciences

Courses Date(s) Day(s) Time Schedule

Lecture (In-Person): Tectonics of the Western USA and Associated Hazards: The San Andreas Fault - so near and so silent... Tectonics of the Western USA and Associated Hazards: The San Andreas Fault - so near and so silent...
Instructor: Isabelle Sacramento-McJilton

2/16 Friday 1 pm-3 pm 99826

What is the San Andreas fault? Why is it here? What can it do to us when it moves? Why is it not moving? What kinds of plate...

Lecture (In-Person): Gravity and Weightlessness Gravity and Weightlessness
Instructor: Michael Ziegler

4/5 Friday 1 pm-3 pm 99825

What keeps us bound to earth? The answer has changed from Aristotle to Galileo and from Newton to Einstein. Galileo took man...

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How to Register for Courses

Remember - Osher members receive discounts on all courses! Click here to discover the benefits of becoming an Osher member.

  1. Log in to your account. If you haven’t created an account yet, click here.
  2. Pick your courses from our online catalog and add them to your cart.
  3. Once you’ve added all your courses, click on the Checkout button.
  4. Complete the checkout process and pay.
  5. Once registered, you'll receive a confirmation by email. Additional information like Zoom links and locations for in-person classes/Special Events will be sent in a separate email closer to the date of the event or the start of the course.

You can also submit a registration form to sign up for courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How to Create an Account

If this is your first time signing up for Osher offerings, you’ll need to create an account with SDSU Global Campus. Please complete the following steps:

  1. Click on SDSU Global Campus Student under Login at the top of the page.
  2. Click Create Account under Create a New Customer Account.
  3. Fill out your personal account information and click Create.
  4. Log in to your New Account using your Login and Password.
  5. Complete your Account profile information with any remaining required information.
  6. Activate your account by signing up for your first course. Click here to learn more.

If you need help creating or logging into your account, please contact the SDSU Global Campus IT Support Team at itsupport.global@sdsu.edu or 619-594-5893.

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How to Become a Member

​​You can sign up for a membership at any time to receive the full benefits of the Osher @ SDSU community. Please note that you’ll need to sign up for membership before registering for an Osher course to get the membership discounts.

Once you’ve chosen which type of membership you’d like to purchase, please complete the following steps.

  1. Log in to your account. If you haven’t created an account yet, click here.
  2. Click here to choose your Osher Membership.
  3. Add your membership to the cart.
  4. If you’d like to sign up for courses in the same purchase, visit our online catalog and add your courses to the cart as well.
  5. Complete the checkout process and pay.

You can also sign up for membership by phone by calling 619-594-5152.

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How to View Your Current Classes
  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Go to My Academics.
  3. Click on Current Courses.
  4. View the list of courses displayed. If you’d like to view course details and the schedule, click on the schedule number link for the section you wish to view.

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Late Registration

Registration deadlines are posted with each course on our website. Please register by the deadline for all courses and activities. You may request to register after the deadline with Osher staff approval, provided there is still room to enroll. Please note there is an additional $5 fee for late registration.

  1. Write to Osher@SDSU.edu to obtain approval
  2. Fill out an Osher Registration form
  3. Once approved, submit the registration form to enrollment.global@sdsu.edu.
  4. Contact cashier.global@sdsu.edu to submit payment

For questions or assistance with late registrations, please contact the SDSU Global Campus Registration Office at 619-594-5152

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How to Sign Up for the Waitlist

If a course/activity is full, there may be an option to put your name on a wait list. If a registered participant drops, those on the waitlist will be contacted in order and given a 24-hour period to register before the next person on the list is contacted. If you’re on the waitlist before the registration deadline and a spot opens up, you will not be charged a late fee to enroll.

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When Do Classes Start? When Do Classes End?

Our university-quality classes start throughout the semester and can be up to six weeks long. You will find the specific start and end dates for each course/activity listed with their descriptions on our website. These dates will also appear on the confirmation letter sent to you after you register.

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Who Teaches the Classes?

Osher classes are led by current and retired SDSU professors, faculty from other universities, professionals with recognized expertise in their fields, and award-winning artists and authors.

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Do You Offer Courses Online and in Person?

Yes, our offerings feature a mix of in-person and online classes. Please click on the Courses tab for details on specific courses.

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What is the Price Per Class?

Fees vary, depending on the type and length of the course. You will find each course fee listed with the description in the Courses tab above.

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Do You Ever Cancel Classes?

If we do not have sufficient enrollments to cover expenses related to the course, we will have to cancel the course. You can help by recruiting others to join you in the class. If your course is canceled, you have the option to transfer your registration to another eligible offering within the same semester or receive a full refund for your course.

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Where Do I Park?

Parking is conveniently located in Parking Structure 6, just steps away from the buildings where classes are held. The cost of parking per class is $2. Please refer to the Parking and Transportation section of our Additional Osher Resources page for more information.

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What is the Osher Refund Policy?

Please refer to the Refund Policy section of our Additional Osher Resources page for more information.

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Can I mail in my registration?

Yes! We are pleased to offer mail-in registration for our members/ Please complete a Registration form and mail to: SDSU University Bursar’s Office, SSW 2536, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, Ca., 92182-7425
Please make sure to reference your EMPL ID/Red ID number on the check and not what the check is for.

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