Integrate Inquiry with Impact in the City

The College's interdisciplinary Certificate in Chicago Studies recognizes the meaningful integration of academic inquiry with positive, impactful engagement in Chicago. The certificate is available to students in any field of study; the specific fulfillment of its requirements (below) is up to the individual student, with close advising and support from Chicago Studies' team. Students may choose to focus their certificate on discipline-based, academic study of the city; pre-professional experience with Chicago institutions; deep engagement with a particular community; or social change.

For a downloadable overview of the Certificate program and its requirements, click here.


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Headshot of Maddie Anderson, Certificate recipient

Madeline Anderson

Capstone: Analysis of Chicago's reparations package on behalf of Jon Burge torture survivors' advocacy campaign

Drew DePinto

Capstone: Documentary films promoting awareness of the missions and programs of two Chicago-area nonprofits 

Hafsa Razi

Capstone: comprehensive CPS school closings dataset to resource civic journalism and advocacy

Alex Theodosakis

Capstone: Historical analysis of role of Chicago Transit Authority in reinforcing neighborhood-level segregation

Maryann Deyling

Capstone: Public health gaps analysis of Chicago Public Schools' asthma prevention programming and services

Nora Sullivan

Capstone: Study of utilization patterns of closed CPS school facilities with recommendations for future redevelopment strategies