• Welcome to Chicago Studies

    ENGAGING UCHICAGO STUDENTS IN CHICAGO

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CHICAGO STUDIES engages the intellectual, creative, and civic energies of University of Chicago undergraduates in the life of the diverse communities that make up our city. A partnership between the College and the University Community Service Center (UCSC), Chicago Studies highlights and creates opportunities for members of the University community to encounter and learn with Chicagoans from all walks of life. In so doing, we facilitate the development of reciprocal, respectful collaborations between city and campus that can meaningfully respond to complex and systemic social issues in Chicago.

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Our Programs

Chicago Studies programs offer students opportunities to
integrate their academic lives and develop professional skills in meaningful dialogue
with Chicago's diverse communities and local sources of knowledge.

  • Civic Journalism Series

    Professional development opportunities for journalism about urban issues and events, in partnership with UCIJAM, South Side Weekly, and City Bureau

     

     

  • Chicago Studies Quarter

    A quarter-long for-credit immersion in study of Chicago through three inter-related courses, taught by distinguished instructors from a range of disciplines

     

     

     

  • Undergraduate Research Series

    An opportunity for dialogue and critique between Chicago-focused undergraduate researchers, professional academics, and the broader community
  • Engaged Research Support Grants

    Micro-grants and research support for College students who wish to meaningfully engage the local community in their academic projects

     

     

     

  • Annual and One-Time Events

    Community-based research, cultural events, and neighborhood explorations that engage students in the life of the city and its diverse communities
  • Chicago Course Connections

    Micro-grants and pedagogical support for instructors who wish to enrich their classes with Chicago-focused experiential learning opportunities

     

     

Chicago Studies Dispatches


Take a closer look at recent Chicago Studies-sponsored events, from collaborative research featured at the Workshop to deep dives into Chicago's diverse neighborhoods with the Study Chicago Quarter!