Exterior of Maxwell Hall on WSU Main Campus.

Senior University


Senior University at WSU is a peer-led set of short courses taught by retirees and topic experts to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation and growth, thus providing today’s accomplished adult with opportunities for lifelong learning and leadership, combined with the fellowship of peers sharing a common quest for continued growth.

Senior University courses are open to everyone, and are meant to “encourage lifelong learning for retirees in the community.” You are welcome to join these classes whether you who have had college opportunities or not.

Each non-credit course is about four to five weeks long with no tests, papers or homework. The classes are currently $40 each.

Registration is required and subject to space availability. Early registration is recommended.

Spring 2020 Classes

Explore the upcoming Senior University courses and register for classes online today!

Peace and Justice After War


Instructor: David Speetzen
Day: Monday
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Location: Maxwell Hall, Room 257

Sessions: January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24

Course Fee: $40

Look at some of the practical and ethical questions that arise in the aftermath of war, especially those having to do with military occupation, insurgency and counterinsurgency, withdrawal and exit strategy, punishment for war crimes, political reconstruction, restitution and reparations, and reconciliation.

David Speetzen is a philosophy professor and the director of the Conflict Studies program at Winona State University. 

How Things Work: Kitchen Cheminstry Edition


Instructor: Jennifer Zemke
Day: Thursday
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Pasteur Hall, Room 307

Sessions: Pasteur Hall, Room 307

Course Fee: $40

Participants in this course will discuss current and historical perspectives of food additives, learn about flavor chemistry and common classes of flavor molecules, and will actively investigate common food products for their energy content and presence of certain additives.

This course is a combination of discussion and hands-on activities that revolve around the chemistry of food.

Dr. Zemke is a WSU Alum (BS Chemistry, 2005) and has been part of the faculty in the WSU Chemistry Department since 2011.

What is Poetry?


Instructor: Emilio Degrazia
Day: Tuesday
Time: 2-3:30pm
Location: Maxwell Hall, Room 259

Sessions: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7

Course Fee: $40

This course will examine poetry’s types, its language structures, and its manifestos and cultural motives.

Discussions will range from ancient to bizarre modernist modes of expression. 

What the instructor hopes emerges from discussions is clarity about how language shapes our sense of what is entertaining, important and real.

Emilio DeGrazia, a long-time resident of Winona, Minnesota, began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine, in 1977.