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 across the College as Chicago Studies (CHST) classes each term, and regularly sponsor special opportunities such as the Chicago Studies Quarters. For students, these can count toward the College's interdisciplinary Certificate in Chicago Studies. We also offer safety tips for students as they engage the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Chicago Studies (CHST) Classes

Chicago Studies classes may include ANY of the following:

CHST Classes – Winter 2021

The following courses explore aspects of Chicago's ecology, culture, politics, history, social structure, and economic life, either as their primary focus or as a significant example. Several explore topics or methods in urban studies using Chicago as a significant example or case study; many engage students directly in the life of the city’s communities, cultural institutions, or community organizations through in-person and/or virtual experiential learning and fieldwork.  All may contribute to fulfillment of the academic requirements of the College’s interdisciplinary Certificate in Chicago Studies, if taken as part of an approved sequence with other classes.  New for Winter 2021:  Chicago Studies classes are now cross-listed as "CHST," making them easier to find in the catalog.  Look for the "Chicago Studies" search term among the academic programs, or search for CHST when you're choosing your classes!

Chicago Studies Quarter

The Chicago Studies Quarter mirrors the University's Study Abroad programs, especially those based in cities, that advocate civic literacy, contact, acculturation, and excursion as companion dimensions of learning. Offered in Spring each year, the Quarter is open to up to 20 College students by application.

Students in the Quarter immerse themselves in Chicago through three interrelated classes, taught by distinguished instructors versed in aspects of the life and history of the city's diverse communities. The classes are organized around a common theme and 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.