2020 Courses

This is a tentative list. Courses dates may change; some courses may be removed, and others added; course titles may change. To see a summary description of any of these courses, and the current fee schedule, use the new online WI Catalog. You can search the Catalog for courses by the course number.

Ongoing 24/7/365 Courses (Register anytime)

Department/Section Key
AL = Arts and Literature/Writing; AT = Authoritative [Bahá’í] Texts; CA = [Bahá’í] Community and Administration; HS = [Bahá’í] History; MF = Marriage and Family (includes Relationships and Parenting courses); PT = Philosophy and Theology; RL = Religion; SC = Social Change/Transformation; ST = Sacred [Bahá’í] Texts.

Note on college credit courses and course numbering system

  • Courses in the zero-level series (001 through 099) are community learning courses which may be taken by anyone, regardless of educational background.
  • Courses with course numbers in the 300 series (300-399) are designed to be taken for college credit. See Taking Wilmette Institute Courses for College Credit.
  • Courses with numbers in the 100-series (100 through 199) are courses we may upgrade for credit in the future. If you are a college student interested in taking one of these courses for college credit please email us at wi@usbnc.org.
    • While there are no prerequisites for the 100-series courses, they will require more reading and discussion time than the community learning courses.
    • For guidance on choosing the course and level of study that is right for you, please contact the Registrar’s office by email: learn@wilmetteinstitute.org, or phone: (847) 733-3466.

Students who wish to take a course for possible college credit will be asked to fill out an application for credit form indicating whether they are currently in an academic program or have applied to be in one, and what level of study is appropriate for them. College-level courses can be taken at the 100 level (simple undergraduate, suitable for junior college), the 300 level (advanced undergraduate, suitable for someone majoring in a related subject or attending a university with higher expectations), and the 500 level (basic Master’s degree, which can be tailored to the student’s needs based on the research paper they write).

WINTER TERM (January to March 2020)
January 2020

ST052 Introduction to the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
01/09/20 to 03/04/20

New: MF035 Strengthening Married Individuals
01/06/20 to 02/16/20

ST005 Finding the Hidden Gift: An Approach to Studying the Bahá’í Writings
01/16/20 to 03/04/20

SC070 Promoting Moral Excellence in Business
01/16/20 to 03/11/20

MF057 Communication Skills for Spiritually Minded Families
01/20/20 to 03/08/20

SC036 Bahá’í Perspectives on Agriculture and Food
01/23/20 to 03/11/20

February 2020

SC022-1 Anti-black Racism in the U.S.—The Most Vital and Challenging Issue
02/06/20 to 04/08/20

New: SC080 Cultivating Transformative Leadership
02/13/20 to 04/01/20

ST071 Discovering the Báb’s Persian Bayán: The Most Holy Book of the Bábí Religion
02/13/20 to 04/15/20

CA005 The Badi’ Calendar
02/20/20 to 04/01/20

AT061 One Common Faith
02/27/20 to 04/15/20

March 2020

New: MF036 Re-Connecting As Marriage Partners
03/09/20 to 04/19/20

CA025 How to Collect, Arrange, Maintain and Promote a Bahá’í Archives
03/12/20 to 06/03/20

SC060 Economics and Community Building
03/12/20 to 05/06/20

RL066 Indigenous Perspectives on the Sacred
03/19/20 to 05/13/20

AL021 The Arts and Community Building
03/19/20 to 05/20/20

AT023 Three World Order of Bahá’u’lláh Letters
03/26/20 to 05/06/20

MF060 Fostering a Bahá’í Identity in Families
03/30/20 to 05/24/20

WI Live: Foundations for Relationships
For individuals aged 18-30 (couples in the early stage of a relationship are welcome too)
03/30/20 to 05/10/20

SPRING TERM (April to June 2020)
April 2020

PT185 Interfaith Dialogue and Collaboration (new title)
04/02/20 to 05/27/20

SC035 Climate Change
04/09/20 to 06/03/20

HS040 `Abdu’l-Baha: His Life and Ministry
04/30/20 to 06/17/20

May 2020

ST055 Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas
05/07/20 to 07/01/20

New: HS033 Mirza Mihdi: The Purest Branch
05/14/20 to 07/01/20

MF010 Creating Unity with Friendship, Fun, Social Vitality, & Laughter
05/25/20 to 07/12/20

June 2020

New: MFY01 Foundations for Relationships-Ages 18-30
06/01/20 to 07/19/20

HS105 A Short Introduction to Bahá’í History
06/04/20 to 08/29/20

RL130 Introduction to Islam
06/11/20 to 07/29/20

SC022-2 Anti-black Racism in the U.S.—The Most Vital and Challenging Issue
06/18/20 to 08/19/20

RL023 Exploring the Book of Revelation
06/25/20 to 08/12/20

AL020 The Bahá’í Faith and the Arts
06/25/20 to 08/03/20

SUMMER TERM (July – August 2020)
July 2020

ST075  Some Answered Questions  (new dates)
07/02/20 to 08/26/20

SC038 Sustaining 11 Billion People: Challenges for an Ever-Advancing Civilization
07/09/20 to 08/26/20

ST058 Tabernacle of Unity
07/16/20 to 08/26/20

RL050 Buddhism for Deepening and Dialogue
07/23/20 to 09/02/20

SC055 Educating Through the Bahá’í Revelation: Developing the “Gems of Inestimable Value”
07/30/20 to 09/23/20

August 2020

New: SC075 Bringing Consultation to the Workplace
08/20/20 to 10/18/20

PT094 Science, Religion, and the Bahá’í Faith
08/20/20 to 10/14/20

MF070 Embracing a Spiritual Identity of Motherhood
08/31/20 to 10/11/20

FALL TERM (September – December 2020)

September 2020

ST131 Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation: A Systematic Survey
09/03/20 to 11/04/20

SC330 Sustainable Development and the Prosperity of Humankind
09/10/20 to 12/09/20

New: MF040 Utilizing Consultation in Marriage and Family
09/14/20 to 10/25/20

HS032 The Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees
09/17/20 to 11/11/20

RL132 Introduction to Shi’i Islam
09/17/20 to 11/18/20

AL023 Writing About the Writings: The Art and Craft of the Personal Reflection Piece
09/24/20 to 11/04/20

October 2020

SC315 Social Change: Bahá’í Approaches 
10/01/20 to 12/23/20

RL013 Exploring the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
10/08/20 to 11/26/20

SC050 Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving Our Global Crises
10/15/20 to 12/02/20

ST048 Bahá’u’lláh’s Summons to Two Ottoman Prime Ministers: A Study of Súriy-i-Ra’ís, Lawh-i-Ra’ís, and Lawh-i-Fu’ád
10/15/20 to 12/02/20

MF056 Helping Families Navigate Media and Screen Time
10/19/20 to 11/22/20

ST061 Exploring Bahá’u’lláh’s Last Major Work: Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
10/22/20 to 12/09/20

SC065 Economic Justice in a World of Injustices
10/29/20 to 12/23/20

November 2020

HS090 Writing Biographies and Histories: Recording Stories of People and Places
11/12/20 to 12/30/20

AL024 The Seven Valleys and the Arts of Transformation
11/12/20 to 01/06/21

New: MF038 Spiritualizing Your Money in Marriage
11/16/20 to 12/27/20

ST072 The Secret of Divine Civilization and Ottoman Reform
11/19/20 to 01/06/21

New: MF080 Raising Spiritual Families
11/23/20 to 01/03/21

December 2020

ST008 Charters of the Faith
12/03/20 to 01/13/21

PT080 Philosophy and the Bahá’í Faith
12/10/20 to 01/27/21

SC040 World Peace: The Bahá’í Perspective (formerly, The Promise of World Peace)
12/10/20 to 01/20/21