Students explore inside the ore wall at the historic Southworks site in South Chicago

Studying Chicago with Chicago Studies (CHST)

Chicago Studies supports students and course instructors in studying Chicago both in and beyond the classroom.  We cross-list Chicago-focused classes or classes that engage the city through experiential learning as Chicago Studies (CHST) classes, and regularly sponsor special curricular opportunities such as Chicago Studies Quarters. All CHST classes count toward the College's interdisciplinary Certificate in Chicago Studies.

For instructors, we support Chicago-based teaching with course/instructional design consultation, content resources, microgrants and logistical support for experiential learning in the city, and more.

Why take CHST classes?

CHST Classes – Spring 2022

Chicago Studies (CHST) cross-listed classes explore aspects of Chicago's ecology, culture, politics, history, social structure, and economic life, either as their primary focus or as a significant example/case study. Many engage students directly in the life of the city’s communities, cultural institutions, or community organizations through experiential learning and fieldwork.  You can search for CHST classes when registering.

All CHST classes contribute to fulfillment of the academic requirements of the College’s interdisciplinary Certificate in Chicago Studies.

Chicago Studies Quarter: Calumet (Spring 2022)

Chicago Studies Quarters are immersive, multi-course experiences in which small cohorts of students engage with Chicago topics through interrelated classes. Quarter classes regularly utilize excursions, guest speakers, and engagement with stakeholder groups and leaders to enrich course readings and assignments. On Fridays, the cohort participates in trips to relevant sites in the city, including restaurants, cultural centers, ecological and historical sites, and advocacy institutions. 

Spring 2022's Chicago Studies Quarter will focus on the Calumet (Southeast Chicago) Region, in partnership with the Environmental & Urban Studies program/Program on the Global Environment.