Simpson University for Seniors Makes Plans for Spring Classes

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University for Seniors is gearing up for spring classes on a variety of topics, including the ancient Mediterranean, Christian faith in American history, aviation history in the U.S., and the Protestant Reformation.

Two on-campus courses are scheduled each month in March and April, subject to Shasta County COVID-19 restrictions.

Simpson University for Seniors, in its 11th year, is designed for adults of any age who love learning. The hourlong classes meet three days a week and are taught by university professors or professionals in their field of expertise. There is no required homework for these non-credit courses.

If Shasta County’s case rate and/or positivity rate are still in the purple tier on Feb. 15, the March classes will be cancelled, due to restrictions on in-person learning. If either number is still in the purple tier on March 22, the April classes will be cancelled.

The following courses are scheduled to start March 1, meeting Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

10:20-11:20 a.m. – The Ancient Mediterranean: Myth and Empire This course explores the origins of western civilizations in the cradle of the Mediterranean. It looks at the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia all the way up to the Roman Empire. It also explores some of the myths that shaped these Empires, like Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, and Romulus and Remus. Presenter: Dr. Timothy Orr 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – “Here I Stand!”—The Protestant Reformation An overview of the spiritual reformation that swept Europe in the 16th century. Emphasis will be placed on the triggering conditions, the rapid development, and the worldwide impact of the powerful movement that was based on the teachings of men such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrich Zwingli, Thomas Cranmer and John Knox.  Presenter: Don Claspill 

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 traditional undergraduate programs, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at