• New in Fall 2017, an open-ended sequence of curricular and co-curricular opportunities, plus advising and resources, to help undergraduate students to meaningfully integrate their academic inquiry in any discipline with positive impact in Chicago across their College careers.

About the Chicago Studies Certificate Program

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.

Students may begin pursuing the Chicago Studies Certificate Program at any time during their College careers. This will require an initial (and highly preliminary) proposal for how one hopes to fulfill the requirements and an advising session to discuss the plan and resources available to support it. That mandatory advising is provided by the University Community Service Center, with a second required meeting before proposal of the capstone project.

Students who complete the certificate will have that designated on their 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.

More information on the Certificate Program will be available on this site in coming months. However, the following PDF provides an overview of the program's design and components. Additional information can be found in the 2017-2018 College Catalog under "Chicago Studies."

Program Overview

For More Information

Interested in learning more about the new Chicago Studies Certificate Program as you plan for your 2017-2018 academic year?

Click here to schedule an appointment with UCSC Associate Director Chris Skrable.