NONSTOP LIBERAL ARTS INSTITUTE is currently not accredited. Nonstop courses are not accredited. Course credit equivalents have been assigned.


Students may earn equivalent credit for several types of courses.

Scheduled Courses

These are the courses which are being offered during the term and which appear in the Published Course Schedule.

Nonstop Work Project
Effective Spring 2009, all full-time and half-time students will participate in the Nonstop Work Project.

  • All full-time students will contribute the equivalent of 4 hours of work per week.
  • All half-time students will contribute the equivalent of 2 hours of work per week.

Additional information about the Nonstop Work Project will be available during Orientation, or please inquire at (937) 319-4440.

Independent Study Courses

Independent study courses are ad hoc courses designed by the student and a regular full-time faculty member. An Independent Study Syllabus must be submitted at the time of registration and may be taken as part of a regular study term or as academic credit over co-op, if approved. The approval and signatures of the instructor in which the course is classified is required. All independent study courses are designated with the course number 196, 296, or 396, depending on the level of study involved. Students are expected to complete at least three hours of work per week for each credit hour registered.

C-Special: Half-time Study/Half-time Co-op

Students may register and earn up to eight academic credits during a half-time co-op term. Other courses can be done by arrangement with Nonstop faculty as a course pursed on as independent study basis or as a regular course if the student’s co-op is located near Yellow Springs.

Adding and Dropping Courses

The Add/Drop period of academic registration lasts for one week following the first day of class at the beginning of the term. During the Add/Drop period, students are permitted to add and drop courses from their registration. The signature of the instructor whose class is being added is required.

Rolling registration on workshops will continue until the first day of class at which time will be final, no refund. Download the Drop/Add Form.

Withdrawing from Courses

After the Add/Drop period, requests to add a course are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students may formally withdraw from a course after the Add/Drop period through the end of the second week with refund. Signature from the instructor is required. Download the Withdrawal Form.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses require students to possess a certain body of prior knowledge before taking them. Any course listed as prerequisite to another must be completed before taking the advanced course. If a student wishes to have a prerequisite course waived, the student may be able to test out of the course by having the faculty member administer an appropriate test or to obtain the instructor’s permission to register for the course, thus instructor signature required on Drop/Add Form to be submitted to Registrar’s Office. No credit is granted for such a test or for waiving a prerequisite course.

Credit Load

12 credit equivalents is considered full-time. Nonstop’s policy set limits on the amount of equivalent credits that students are permitted to register and earn during each term. A student is permitted to register for and earn a maximum of 19 equivalent credits during the term. The Registrar must approve any registration for credits beyond these limits. Please submit Overcredit Petition Form.

Same fees apply. Narrative evaluations will be written for those wishing to receive credit. Incompletes will not be granted.


Courses must be registered for credit or audit. Audits must be requested from the faculty on a course by course basis and at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to audit policy in course syllabus. Same fees apply. Narrative evaluations will be written for those registered for credit.


Academic credit is expressed in equivalent semester credits. One credit is assigned to a class that meets 50 minutes per week for 15 weeks. Attendance required of students at all regularly scheduled classes.


The following standards of assessment apply to courses:

  • CR-Credit: Satisfactory completion of requirements.
  • NC-No Credit: Unsatisfactory completion of requirements.
  • AUDIT: Courses not taken for credit.
  • INCOMPLETES will not be granted.


Evaluation is the process by which an instructor and student inform one another of what they are learning. Student self-evaluations are to be submitted to the course instructor prior to the last day of the class to be added to the narrative evaluation submitted to the Registrar at the end of the semester.


The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 grants to students certain rights, privileges, and protections relative to individually identifiable student education records, which are maintained by Nonstop. Specifically: (1) Students’ educational records (with the exception of directory information) will be released to third parties outside Nonstop only with the written consent of the student. (2) Students have the right to inspect their own educational records, which are available at Nonstop headquarters. (3) Students have the right to challenge the content of their records.

Directory Information

FERPA permits the release of Directory information to third parties outside the institution without written consent of the student, provided the student has been given the opportunity to withhold such disclosure. Nonstop defines Directory information to include student’s name, dates of attendance, withdrawal dates.

You also may request at any time that Directory information be withheld for the term by informing the Registrar’s Office in writing of your request. This must be done once a year and is only good for the academic year in progress.

Please consider very carefully the consequences of any decision by you to withhold Directory information. Should you decide to inform Nonstop not to release Directory information, any request for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be refused for the remainder of the current academic year.


Most courses are offered for 3 equivalent credits. The specific number of credits is indicated in the schedule of courses published.

  • 100 Basic skills course
  • 101-199 Introductory level course
  • 200-299 Intermediate level course
  • 300-399 Advanced level course
  • 400-499 Senior requirement
  • A course numbered 196, 296, or 396 is an independent study course.


The prefix to the course number identifies the concentration area. The course prefixes identifying the subject area of a course are as follows:

AFAS: African/African-American Studies
ANTH: Anthropology
ARTS: Arts
BIO: Biology
CHEM: Chemistry
CS: Computer Science
DANC: Dance
ECON: Economics
EDUC: Education Studies
ESS: Environmental Sustainability Studies
FREN: French
GER: German
GEOL: Geology
HIST: History
HUM: Humanities
IS: International Studies
JAP: Japanese
LIT: Literature and Creative Writing
MA: Media Arts
MATH: Mathematics
MGMT: Management
MUS: Music
PE: Physical Education
PEAC: Peace Studies
PHIL: Philosophy
PHYS: Physics
POLS: Political Science
PS: Physical Science
PSYC: Psychology
RELS: Religious Studies
SOC: Sociology
SPAN: Spanish
SS: Social Science
THEA: Theater
VISA: Visual Arts
WS: Women’s Studies


15 week semester calendar based on 27/28, M/W or T/TH classes during the term.

  • 1 credit course needs to meet 12 ½ hours for the term.
  • 2 credit course needs to meet 25 hours for the term.
  • 3 credit course needs to meet 37 ½ hours for the term.
  • 6 credit course needs to meet 75 hours for the term.

One or two day workshops will qualify as a one credit equivalent offering when there is sufficient required pre-workshop study or post workshop follow-up assignments equivalent to the additional hours of outside preparation implied in the above credit ratios. Narrative evaluations are required, if credit equivalent is awarded to workshop.


  • Tuesday 3:00 PM Community Meeting
  • Thursday 3:00 PM COMCIL
  • Friday 10:00 AM EXCIL
  • Friday 2:00 PM Faculty Meeting