Institute for Learning in Retirement - Alabama - USA Center for Continuing Education

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Odyssey USA...your adventure in learning with great classes, luncheon lectures, and field trips - without tests, homework, or grades.


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Discover Odyssey USA

Odyssey USA is the University of South Alabama's Institute for Learning in Retirement.  It is a membership organization made of a community of learners with inquisitive minds who share the love of learning at any age. Members come from a variety of backgrounds to learn and enrich their time together. They design their own classes based on the interests and intellectual curiosity of the group.

Classes are usually held on Friday afternoons on USA's main campus and during this time you will see more than 125 members participating in a variety of classes.  Classes are challenging and thought-provoking with mind-stretching activities on a wide variety of topics. Class instructors are community experts, University faculty, and fellow Odyssey members.

Luncheon Lectures and Field Trips

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To enhance the camaraderie among members, Odyssey also sponsors monthly luncheon lectures and special field trips. Luncheon lectures generally focus on issues and happenings in the community. Field trips are usually organized in conjunction with class offerings.

Odyssey Membership

There are no formal requirements for membership to Odyssey USA other than an interest in being a continuous learner.  You also need not be retired, nor are there any academic or experience requirements. 

To join, please complete and submit our membership application.  For more information, call us at 251-460-7200.

The Log

Fall 2016 Odyssey Classes

Wednesday, September 28-November 16

  • 1:30-2:30 PM                       Egyptian History, Art, and Architecture
  • 3:00-4:00 PM                        Irish History

 Friday, September 30-November 18

  • 1:30-2:30 PM                      Baroque Art History
  •                                             Medical Issues
  •                                             Asian History
  • 3:00-4:00 PM                      Music of Bach
  •                                             Greek Orthodox Theology and History


Odyssey USA's official newsletter is titled The Log and is mailed to members prior to beginning of each eight-week term (summer term is only six weeks). In this newsletter you will find information on upcoming classes, luncheons, and other events.