New in 2017-2018, the Chicago Studies Certificate Program offers students in the College opportunities to meaningfully integrate their academic inquiry with positive impact in Chicago.
EFFECTIVE 2017–2018, undergraduate students who wish to integrate their academic inquiry with positive impact in Chicago through sustained community engagement, urban scholarship, and creative expression have the opportunity pursue a Certificate in Chicago Studies through a unique partnership between The College and the University's Office of Civic Engagement.
Completion of the Certificate requires three introductory experiences to help students frame, focus, and reflect on their future study of and engagement in Chicago; three Chicago-focused academic classes; 200 or more hours of direct engagement in the city; and development and execution of a capstone project that meaningfully applies academic and community-based experiences in response to a pressing social issue, public problem, or community development priority.
Students may enroll in the Certificate Program at any time during their College careers. Prior experiences of Chicago-focused engagement and study may fulfill many or all Certificate requirements for upperclass students. For examples of the kinds of prior experiences that Certificate Program enrollees have submitted in fulfillment of program requirements, visit the CSCP Wiki.
An initial advising session, provided by the University Community Service Center, reviews enrollees' prior experiences of study of and engagement in Chicago and offers assistance with the development of a coherent and well-integrated program of inquiry and impact through the Certificate. The Chicago Studies Core, a recommended introductory experience, provides further support in developing a Certificate learning plan. Finally, students complete a second required advising session prior to beginning the capstone project. Academic advising in connection with the Certificate is provided by the Program on the Global Environment, home to the University's Environmental and Urban Studies major.
Completion of the Certificate is designated on students' official transcript. The transcript designation and the Certificate itself are standalone recognitions, conferred by the College and the Office of Civic Engagement without reference to students’ formal degree programs. However, completion of the Chicago Studies Certificate does fulfill the internship/field study requirement of the Environmental and Urban Studies major.
Additional information about the Chicago Studies Certificate Program can be found in the 2017-2018 College Catalog under "Chicago Studies", and by clicking on the component icons above.