Open to anyone, regardless of educational background, the courses are presented in a noncompetitive, informal atmosphere where interest in learning is the primary consideration. No grades are assigned, no academic credit given, and formal admission to the University is not required.
Arts & Leisure
Fitness & Recreation
(A unified program of USI and the Indiana Division of State Museums and Historic Sites.)
The University enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with the historic town of New Harmony, Indiana, a community with a rich intellectual and cultural inheritance, providing laboratory learning experiences for the town and the University. The University offers professional theatre in the summer months at The New Harmony Theatre, operates the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, and offers tourism and education programs about the community.
HSI is dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and promoting historical, natural, and recreational resources of the twenty-six counties in the southern portion of Indiana. The program hosts workshops, produces publications, conducts visitor research, and facilitates and coordinates with many groups and agencies with the goal of creating a sense of regional identity and pride.
Service learning at USI is a powerful community-based pedagogy technique. It integrates meaningful community service with instruction and structured reflection. It incorporates a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.
USI manages the Southern Indiana Japanese School, a Saturday program for children of Japanese employees of several area corporations. The school is open to any child fluent in Japanese.