Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning at College of DuPage incorporates the best of what enrichment has to offer at any age. Our popular Lifelong Learning classes offer a mix of courses, workshops, seminars and lectures designed especially for adults 55 and older, in a wide variety of topic areas. A reduced senior rate applies.

We remain appreciative of your years of curiosity, commitment to growth and learning, and your support of COD programs. We believe that learning never stops. Come join us for one of our classes! 

Lifelong Learning Courses

We invite you to check out the great selection in Lifelong Learning this  term, as well as the broad range of inspiring programs throughout Continuing Education. New courses begin each week. Reserve Your Seat in an Upcoming Class. Call (630) 942-2208 or fill out our online form.

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Spring classes are Here!

Start dates for upcoming courses are listed below. Please see our spring schedule for course descriptions and meeting details. 

The Roberts Supreme Court – Jan. 22
Beginning Bridge – Jan. 24
Bridge: Beginners and Beyond – Jan. 24
History of Multicultural America – Jan. 24 or Jan. 25
Feudalism and Serfdom in Medieval Europe – Jan. 29
Those Amazing Plantagenets – Jan. 29
Audrey Hepburn – Jan. 30
The James Gang – Jan. 30
All about Elizabeth – Jan. 30
Kings and Queens of England I – Jan. 31
Christianity and Islam: A Comparative Study – Feb. 1
The Odyssey – Feb. 1
The Story of the Potawatomi – Feb. 5
Clash of Civilizations – Feb. 5
The Tragedy of the Donner Party – Feb. 6
Life and Times of Old Abe – Feb. 9
Abe's Religion: Spirituality of Abe Lincoln – Feb. 12
John & Henry III – Feb. 12
Steppe Invaders of Europe – Feb. 13
Crimean War – Feb. 14
The Beatles: A Magical History Tour – Feb. 15
Spanish Armada – Feb. 15
George Washington Slept Here – Feb. 15
Guns, Germs and Steel – Feb. 16
The Art of Screen Cuisine – Feb. 21
Hidden Memory: An American Story – Feb. 22
Women of Power and Intrigue in Chinese History – Feb. 26


New Course Spotlight

England's Three Civil Wars
England had not one, but three civil wars. The first occurred in the 12th century between King Stephen and a European Empress called Matilda, the granddaughter of the 'Conqueror.' The second, known as the Cousins' War, was fought between members of the same royal family during England's troubled 15th century. And the third, in the 17th century, resulted in the only English king to be executed by the people. Instructors: Marcus Sanghera and John Schreiber

Tuesday, Jan. 30 to March 20
10 a.m. to noon
HUMNT-0001-041, $189; Lifelong Learner $149
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Between the Wars: 1919-1939
Analyze the worldwide political and military events from the Treaty of Versailles to the outbreak of World War II. Topics include U.S. isolationism, the rise of fascism and communism in Europe and militarism in Japan among others. Discuss the effects of the Great Depression, the breakdown of democratic leadership in Europe, the rise of nationalism throughout Asian and African colonial empires, and the outbreak of wars in Ethiopia, Spain, and China as precursors to the cataclysm of the Second World War. In addition to well-known World War II leaders, we will chronicle the deeds of many lesser-known individuals throughout Europe and Asia who vitally impacted post-war society. Instructor: Tim Dailey

Tuesday, Feb. 6 to March 27
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-017, $179; Lifelong Learner $139
Villa St. Benedict, Lisle (Please enter from Subiaco Drive)

The Mystery of the Princes in the Tower: Lost Boys, Suspect Kings and a Cold Case 500 Years Old
The victims: King Edward V, age 12; his brother, age 9. The suspects: Richard III, Henry VII and his mother, among others. Did one prince survive to claim his throne? Inspect the scene, analyze clues and
question the suspects. We will begin with the story of the princes in the tower and use the mystery of their disappearance as a lens through which to focus on the nature of kingship and queenship at a historical moment that lies squarely at the crossroads of Medieval and Modern England. Can you crack the case? Instructor: Joan Krawitz

Wednesday, Feb. 14 to March 21
1 to 3 p.m.
HUMNT-0001-013, $159; Lifelong Learner $119
Naperville Center, Room 15

Gustav Mahler: Life and Work
We will review Gustav Mahler as an intellectual, conductor and composer, in the context of the culture
of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Our emphasis will be on an appreciation and enjoyment of his compositions.

Monday, Feb. 26 to March 5
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-030, $59; Lifelong Learner $39
Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange

Tuesday, Feb. 27 to March 6
9 to 11 a.m.
HUMNT-0001-031, $59; Lifelong Learner $39
On campus in Glen Ellyn

Programming for Plus 50 Community Members

Continuing Education has developed a series of streamlined classes designed with experiences and skills of adult learners in mind.

March 5 - Networking for Plus 50
April 18 - Self-Discovery for Plus 50
March 17 - Plus 50 Regroup
Feb. 23 - Computer Skills Camp for Plus 50
Jan. 29 - Plus 50 Career Search
April 19 - Introduction to Job Search Websites for Plus 50

Free Enrichment for Lifelong Learners

Enjoy the topics and the company! Continuing Education presents free lectures and discussions through our Sage Series and Lunch Break Lectures. Join us for an inspired selection of new topics this spring.
Lunch Break Lectures
Join us for engaging lectures and discussions during the noon hour on Wednesdays in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Registration is recommended.

Jan. 10 - Warrior Monks
Jan. 24 - All About Elizabeth
Feb. 7 - Beatles, The Solo Years
Feb. 21 - When Normans Attack!
March 7 - All About Shakespeare
March 21 - Chicago's Magnificent Glessner House
April 4 - Travel Portugal


Share Your Passion and Experience

College of DuPage Continuing Education is seeking community members who are interested in facilitating Lifelong Learning courses and seminars! Call (630) 942-2208 for assistance with completing a New Course Proposal Form.

Continuing Education wants to hear from you!

Let us know what kind of Lifelong Learning programs you'd like us to offer. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions—complete the Lifelong Learning Survey.

Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund

Limited scholarship funds are available to assist Lifelong Learners who choose to participate in Continuing Education programs. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please choose "Lifelong Learning Programs" on the College of DuPage Foundation donation page or call (630) 942-2462. 

Contact Continuing Education

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email CE@cod.edu. You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2018 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information


Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Kathleen Mullin

    Kathleen MullinContinuing Education

    “Teaching adults is so rewarding, because they are lifelong learners and when I look at their faces in my classroom, it makes me want to continue to grow and learn as they have.”

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  • Spotlight: Carmela Martino

    Carmela MartinoContinuing Education

    “I love teaching almost as much as I love writing. I learn so much from it, not only from the work I do in preparation to teach but also from my students.”

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  • Spotlight: Irina Gorbunova-Ford

    Irina Gorbunova-FordContinuing Education

    "I love to share and learn from my students at the same time. I understand how important it is to build a working relationship with students and embolden them to learn a subject.

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  • Spotlight: John Schreiber

    John SchreiberContinuing Education

    "I encourage an open classroom environment where the students are free to engage me with questions, comments, additions and corrections."

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